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Has anyone got any first-hand experience of mulching mower decks on these little artic-steer loaders? Are they any good when compared to something like a Stiga park pro? Can they get enough power into the deck to do a decent job is essentially what I’m asking I suppose!!!
 

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They look ok, but you can buy a whole mower second hand in good nick for the cost of one. So why would you? 

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Depends on which loader you have, you can waste a lot of hp powering relatively small decks I’ve had a mini loader for twenty years and never considered a rotary deck maybe alright if your cutting your own grass, but how many contractors do you see using one there are better machines on the market that cut grass cheaper, 

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It’s potentially for a customer who needs to upgrade his existing mowers and is also considering a loader. It wouldn’t rack up massive hours compared to a machine used to earn money, and could save him buying two machines if they aren’t just overpriced crap! 
I can’t see him buying both though.

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If he's looking at something like the little petrol loaders I suppose it might make sense if just a cutting deck. Don't ask for a price for the collector version unless you're sitting down!

 

Those Stigas are pretty cheap secondhand but break a lot from what I've seen of them.

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8 minutes ago, doobin said:

If he's looking at something like the little petrol loaders I suppose it might make sense if just a cutting deck. Don't ask for a price for the collector version unless you're sitting down!

 

Those Stigas are pretty cheap secondhand but break a lot from what I've seen of them.

Yeah, he’ll be buying new, doesn’t seem to do second hand! 
It would be a biggish loader (635 upwards sort of size) with a mulching deck. There’s 10 acres of garden to go at…

I’ve another customer with a similar mowing area who swears by their Stiga Park pro 540 ix with electric deck, and it would be something along those lines that this chap will probably end up buying. However, man-maths dictates that spending extra to end up with a mower that can also operate as a loader makes sense. It’s harder to justify an expensive mower and then a really expensive loader (which would only be for occasional use).

So that’s why the interest in how good the loader mowers are - they would need to leave a nice finish on well maintained lawns (not bollocking down overstood fields). 

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10 acres he needs a tractor will be on the loader all weekend trying to cut the grass has he thought of trailed gangs behind the loader 

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24 minutes ago, dumper said:

10 acres he needs a tractor will be on the loader all weekend trying to cut the grass has he thought of trailed gangs behind the loader 

It’s not 10 acres of grass - quite a few obstacles and relative narrowness. They currently cut and collect almost all of it with a couple of old ride-ons so this whatever they end up with will speed things up massively.

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I would suggest getting a mower to mow the grass. Seems very expensive idea to get a loader to mow with. You can get a seriously good ariens or cub cadet, big american mower to mow all the grass you ever need for less than 10k brand new with upto 60" mulching deck and very sturdy. Very quick to get about with either of those. Also built to mow lawns and excellent handling. Big engines and few parts to worry about. 

 

Not sure how much a mulch deck is on a loader but I think they aren't cheap for a decent size deck. 

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