Mow It Down

Spring means it’s time again to cut the green, green grass of home.

Massey Ferguson rotary cutters

Massey Ferguson rotary cutters

As a boy, he says he couldn’t get off the farm fast enough. Now, Sherman Barnette dreams of the day when he’ll be able to keep a few horses on his 15 acres near Grenada, Miss.

“The first thing I did when I got out on my own was buy some land and set up a small farm,” says Barnette. “Basically, right now, I grow grass, but I plan to, Lord willing, build a barn and have a few horses.”

Not that there’s any rush, says Barnette, who works for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “There’s just enough land that I can take care of it myself. I built a cabin up there and I spend a couple of nights there whenever I can. I get dirty, work on the tractor and cut that grass.” Staying on the land, he continues, “is therapy. It’s a good stress reliever.”

His tractor is a MF3635, and he keeps that grass in check with two Massey Ferguson mower implements purchased from Cemar Inc., in Holcomb, Miss.: a rotary flex cutter and a rear-discharge finishing mower.

“I bought them both at the same time, and I haven’t had any problems with them. Now, I take good care of them, but they’re well built,” he notes.

In addition to mechanical parts that Barnette says cut evenly, “the decks on both my Massey’s are thicker than those other [brands’] mowers. That might not seem like much of a difference your first year or two—they’ll do OK for a short period of time—but then you’ll start to see some damage and rust. These Massey’s are built to last.”

Rick McCorkle, agrees. Now retired, the Hollandale, Miss., resident uses a Massey Ferguson rear-discharge finishing mower and rotary cutter to maintain the two acres around his home, as well as prepare a food plot for deer hunting. He also helps maintain some other property, including his mother-in-law’s.

McCorkle, who runs his mowers with a MF1428—all of which were purchased at Cemar—says he prefers his Massey equipment over other brands. “I’ve had to replace belts more often on one of my other mowers, but only once on the Massey. My [Massey] mowers are 5 or 6 years old, but I don’t have any rusty spots on my deck or bad spots on them. They’re built real good.”

Rear-Discharge Finish Mowers

Rear-Discharge Finish Mowers

Rear-Discharge Finish Mowers

For the well-groomed and finish trim mowing jobs, rear-discharge RF 3-point hitch mowers come in sizes from 5 to 7 feet (1.5 meters to 2.1 meters). The cutting blades overlap 1.5 inches for clean, non-skip cutting. There are gauge wheels on each corner of the mower to guide the mower and gauge the cutting height across the terrain for uniform cutting.

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Turf Flex Finish Mowers

Turf Flex Finish Mowers

Turf Flex Finish Mowers

These offer all the features of the regular rear-discharge finish mowers, but built for grooming fairways and other large tracts of premium turf. Choose from 11.5-, 13.5- or 16.5-foot (3.5-, 4.1- or 5.0 meter) cutting widths.

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Rotary Cutters

Rotary Cutters

Rotary Cutters

The EM60 and EM72, 3-point hitch rotary single-blades mowers are the ideal choice for general mowing applications, such as pasture clipping and roadside mowing. Choose from 5- or 6-foot (1.5- or 1.8-meter) cutting widths.

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Rotary Flex Cutter

Rotary Flex Cutter

Rotary Flex Cutter

The RX1500 pull-type rotary flex cutter cuts a 15-foot (4.5-meter) swath and makes short work of those big-acreage mowing jobs. The four laminated, puncture-proof wheels gauge the cutting height, and the flex wing design provides a smooth cut on uneven terrain.

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