Best mower for timothy grass

Hi,

I work for an animal sanctuary, and we're sitting on about 3.5 acres. We have a couple of fields of timothy grass (probably 1.5 acres in total) - once used for grazing horses, and now simply parking for events days.

We did have a John Deere X125 ride-on, which broke several times due to (potentially) the overgrown field being too tough on it, or (more likely) improper usage by the people using it.

I'm looking for a mower capable of staying on top of grass that in all likelihood won't be mowed particularly often - possibly every month. It also needs to be fairly easy to use, since the people mowing are generally volunteers.

Our budget is about 1.5K, and I'm at a complete loss as to which type of mower would be most suited for our purposes. I've looked into brush cutters (specifically Sherpa Bravos, I think) and power scythes, but simply think this machinery is too powerful for what we need. The mower needs to be capable of cutting through very overgrown grass, however.

I'd be really grateful for any advice.

Thanks.

Last edited: 12 November 2017 14:14:30

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,047

    "Our budget is about 1.5K,..." What kind of currency is that: euros, sterling pounds, escudos?image

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Papi Jo says:

    "Our budget is about 1.5K,..." What kind of currency is that: euros, sterling pounds, escudos?image

    See original post

    A quick search suggests this is a sanctuary in Manchester. Does that help you now in making a useful suggestion for the lady? 

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,047

    Thanks, Dave, but I still fail to see which currency the K letter refers to.image

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 1,626

    I think 'K' is just a term for a thousand!

    (K is short for Kilo, derived from the old greek χίλιοι (chilioi) which meant thousand.)

    Last edited: 12 November 2017 23:06:57

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  • Papi Jo says:

    Thanks, Dave, but I still fail to see which currency the K letter refers to.image

    See original post

    Manchester, England. £ pounds sterling. K = 1,000 1.5k = £1,500

    Let’s hope that among the forum someone is able to help this lady and the charity in question. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,675

    Papi Jo ... I think you're being disingenuous. We know that you, along with several of us,  are a self-acknowledged pedant image  However, there's a time and a place for pedantic teasing ... Is this really it? image

    Last edited: 13 November 2017 08:24:16

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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,505

    I have to admit that I'd never heard of Timothy grass, and wondered if the question may have come from abroad.  I don't think the question regarding currency was unreasonable.

    I'm intrigued as to what search criteria were used to determine that the sanctuary is around Manchester?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,675

    Put SAA into Google and you'll find a charity which has won a Queens Award for voluntary service. 

    Timothy Grass is one of the most commonly cultivated grasses in the UK and grown in most hay meadows.  This is part of the problem as its wiry flower stalks are causing the problem. 

    I have no solution to offer other than a power scythe or an agricultural haycutter.

    Last edited: 13 November 2017 08:37:21

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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,505

    Thanks for the description Dove.  I know what Timothy grass is now.  It's not the sort of thing you'd normally find in lawns and that's where my knowledge of grasses begins and ends.image

    I presume part of the problem is the stalks wrapping around the workings of the mower and causing it to jam/overheat.

    Best bet for the OP is to speak to a specialist garden or agricultural machinery company and get their ideas.  As they're a charity they may even get a good deal too.

  • Thanks all for the responses. And yes, sorry; I should've clarified that I'm in the UK and working in Sterling.

    I'll try to speak to someone who can talk me through my options. For now I'll revisit the power scythe idea! 

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