- Not perfect, but decent for the price. Review by Clark Simpson
Price Value Quality
-reasonable price for a decent 6' FM
-deck is built heavy enough to be used as a battering ram
-belts never slip, regardless of load
-simple design, easily serviced, easily repaired
-good parts availability
-cast iron spindles
-fairly good about not scalping for a 6' mower
-gives a very sharp, even cut, blade speed is good
-it is HEAVY. Your 3-pt. will get a workout if you have a smaller tractor
-quality of construction could be better in some ways
-design tends to use more steel rather than improved engineering (this is maybe both a pro and a con)
-takes a LOT of power to run until the bearings, belts, and pulleys wear in (then it's not bad)
-the spring-loaded belt tensioner is not greasable
-it doesn't spread clipping evenly at all. Particularly in tall grass, it leaves heavy windrows. This is my biggest complaint about using it.
-the top layer of the belt that connects the two individual ribs together shredded the first year I used it, leaving me with two individual belts. They seem fine, and actually it seems to take a little less power to run now. When these fail, I think I will just order two new individual belts rather than a single double belt.
Some other comments:
When I first assembled it, I had to cut one of the welds on the channel that holds one of the wheel arms and reweld it because it was installed in slightly the wrong place and the arm couldn't be inserted. This was no huge deal, but for somebody without basic metalworking skills and access to a welder, it would have been a major pain.
The first time I tried to use it, it immediately spun a spindle bearing, deeply scoring the shaft. The bearings were fine, but evidently one of the bearings had some debris in it and it locked up and spun. I contacted Rural King, and they promptly contacted King Kutter. KK said that, because it was a spindle, they wouldn't replace it because I must have failed to grease it before use. I can understand their position, but I did grease it (thoroughly) and if failed anyway. I ended up welding up the groove in the shaft, grinding it back into shape, cleaning and repacking the bearings, and reinstalling everything. It, and the other two spindles have been fine ever since (2 1/2 years ago), but combined with the weld job I had to do before I could even get the thing assembled, I was left with a very bad taste in my mouth, particularly since I also bought a 5' "Professional" series rotary mower from them at the same time.
Overall, I would still consider buying KK stuff, but I'm not sure I would recommend it to the average guy. You will PROBABLY get what you pay for, but if you don't, don't expect a whole lot of help from King Kutter.
(Posted on 6/14/14)
- Great mower for the price. Review by Kip Hess
Price Value Quality
I am very pleased with the mower. It is well built and cuts as well as my neighbors Farm Pride mower.
It came per-assembled. The only assembly I needed to do was attached the 3-point hitch brackets and rear discharge flaps. I did however have to clean all the grease fittings as they were covered with paint and made it difficult to grease wheels.
All in All I am please with this unit and would purchase other King Kutter products.
(Posted on 6/13/14)