I went to a small tractor dealer today. He had a mower with about a 50" blade off a road maintinance tractor. With the mower cover (about 55" x 55") & hoses for $1500 plus tax. It has the blade attached to the hydraulic motor. The hoses coming out of the motor are about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2". Do you think this would be better than converting a standard 72" Bushhog? I have a 863G HF but I will not be able to aafforda brush cat for a while. So If I can fabricate something for under $2000 I may do it. I may look around for a used Brush hog or see how much that hydraulic motor and blades are off a road maintinance tractor and build my own cover/deck.