Can someone please advise to whether to get a disc or drum mower for topping on bumpy ground and flat ground, the odd bit of silage cutting too. My budget is €500-€1000. What is the best make to get? Thanks.
Drum mower-PZ, Deutz Fahr M22,SIP, JF
Disc mower-Lely, Kuhn, Vicon, Marangon
Any thoughts here?
For your budget you should forget about which brand is better than another ( fine if buying new ) and see has a machine been maintained well or not. I'd prefer a good " cheaper " brand than an abused " premium" brand. You'll probably get a newer drum mower at that money but I think disc mower is more versatile
If you could go to 2k it would get you a Kuhn gmd model that won’t lose any money and you’ll never wear it out.
Realistically I can’t see you getting a decent drum mower for 1k or a disc mower for 2k. They are a hard machine to buy right at the best of times, most times you’ll be buying someone else’s trouble.
The likes of a pz 5"6 surely?
Most those PZs are at least 30 years old at this stage
Yea, 1200 on average will buy a decent 2nd hand 5 ft 6 ztr rotary.
There is plenty of drum mowers on Done deal for €500-€1000 but a lot probably need work.
Or maybe I am better off just buying a topper?
The 5' 6 drum mowers are all basically the same. When pz stopped manufacturing them Zetor bought the tooling, made a few minor changes but are the same mower.
The quality and workmanship may not be as good so you need to be careful and inspect them for issues like belt pulies out of line. But in general you should get a good second hand one for 1k