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John Deere introduces new HX6 and HX7 rotary cutters

John Deere introduces new HX6 and HX7 rotary cutters

John Deere introduces the HX6 and HX7 rotary cutters, which allow for more finely chopped vegetation and easier maintenance. The machines offer new features such as a deeper cutting chamber and a double-deck design. These two rotary cutters replace the JD609 and JD709 machines and allow for several heavy-duty mowing purposes.

“These new rotary cutters leave a cleaner swath and have a deeper cutting chamber than any competitor,” says Robert De La Garza, John Deere product specialist.

The HX6 and HX7 offer a unique double-deck design. “This new design prevents water and debris from collecting on top of the unit because the upper deck is domed," De La Garza says. "Water, grass and crop debris tend to roll off the deck, reducing water buildup and deck rust. The domed shape and smooth profile of the top deck also make the deck easier to clean if trash builds up in adverse conditions.”

The rotary cutters have a variable cutting height of 2 to 9 in. and come in two cutting widths: 6 and 7 ft. The gearbox is rated at 150 continuous and 210 peak horsepower and the blade pan inclusion offers more protection to the gearbox. With an operating speed of 5 mph, the rotary cutters have the ability to cut materials up to 3 in. in diameter.

The machines have a three-point clevis-type hitch for easier height adjustment. “A forward tip adjustment allows the cutter to be tilted forward slightly, so most of the cutting occurs in the front while the shredding action takes place toward the rear of the machine,” De La Garza says.

“These new rotary cutters have been designed to provide years of heavy-duty mowing performance while being easy to clean and maintain. They are a perfect match with John Deere 5 and 6 Series Tractors” De La Garza adds.

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