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Swisher (44") 14.5HP Rough Cut Tow-Behind Trail Cutter w/ Electric Start

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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Tow Behind Mowers
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Large
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
44

Cutting Inches
Engine
Briggs and Stratton Engine
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Blaze A Trail Or Clear A Field
Get rid of overgrown ditches, fence lines and fields
Cuts most woody materials up to 3" in diameter
Use for rough cut and brush cuttting applications

14.5 HP Briggs and Stratton Engine
12-volt electric start system (no recoil back-up)
U1L type battery required (not included - buy locally)

44-Inch, 11-Gauge Welded Steel Cutting Deck
2 heavy duty hardened steel swinging blades
Convenient single-point cutting height adjustment
Rear discharge for mowing overgrown and wooded areas

Stump Jumper And Break Away Blade Feature
Protects unit if you hit an immovable object while mowing

Articulating Hitch Pin Tow Arm
Adjust left to right - position unit behind tow vehicle as needed

Remote Operator Control Console
Engage and disengage blades from the tow vehicle

16-Inch Puncture Resistant Tires
Helps mower roll smoothly over rough terrain


Model
  Model Number:RC14544BS
 UPC:728172398434
 ManufacturerSwisher
 Made in USAYes
Engine
 Engine BrandBriggs & Stratton
 Starting System12-Volt Key Start
 Battery IncludedNot Included
 Battery Voltage12 Volts
 Battery TypeLead Acid
 HP/CC14.5 HP/500 cc
 Fuel Tank Size2.5 Gallons
 Cycles4-Cycle
 Cylinders1 Cylinder
 Oil FilterNo
 Consumer Warranty1 Year
Wheels
 Rear Tire Size16 Inch
 Tire TypePuncture Resistant
Deck
 Cutting OptionsRear Discharge
 Material11-Gauge
 ConstructionWelded
 Spindle MaterialDuctile Cast Iron
 Blades2 Blades
 PositionsInfinite Positions
 Cutting Height2.5-6.5 Inches
Overview
 Weight550.0 Lbs. (249.48 kilograms)
 Dimensions127.0L x 59.0W x 27.0H
(322.58 x 149.86 x 68.58 cm)
 Consumer Warranty1 Year
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  5 Questions
Q: Is the battery holding case included or is it an accessory? TKS Mixk
by Mick from Nebraska on June 05, 2014

A: Mick - the battery case is included, but the battery itself is not. The battery would need to be purchased locally.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Want to buy either 44 or 52 inch tow behind bush hog mower. Question is : I would be pulling it with a Kubota RTV. How long is the remote control cord ? I would need it to extend to the cab of the RTV.
by John Blandford from Kentucky on August 02, 2013

A: John - The remote operator control on the Swisher 44" Trail Cutters is 8-1/2 feet in length, and 10 feet in length on the 52" models.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: what battery should I purchase and does it use gas does it use?
by Mary Stuart from New York on July 02, 2013

A: Mary - you would need a 12-volt U1R type battery for the Swisher tow behind mower. This mower runs on regular 87 octane gasoline.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I plan on using a rough cut trail mower on a pond dam with a 3 to 1 slope This I think is about 18 degrees. Will the mower handle this without sliding or the engine oil running out of its sump.
by Randal from Alabama on April 29, 2013

A: Randal - Swisher does not recommend using any of their rough cut mower models on slopes or inclines of greater than 15 degrees for just the reasons you mention in your e-mail.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: The lubrication on the Swisher RC 14544BS, is it splash or pressure? What degree angle of hill will it efficiently operate on?
by David Lavers from Oklahoma on March 24, 2013

A: David - all of the Swisher tow-behind mowers use a "splash" lubrication system. These mowers will operate effectively on a slope of up to about 17 degree's.
by Jose, Product Expert
Swisher RC14544BS Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
Meets All Expectations (1)
Easy To Use (16)
High Quality (13)
Reliable (12)
I'd Buy It Again (11)
Cons
Bad Instructions (4)
Heavy (4)
Packaging (3)
Expensive (2)
Durability (2)
98% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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The Swisher RC14544BS TrailCutter is pretty much the same unit as the RC12544BS, except that the engine is a 14-1/2HP Briggs and Stratton, and it has an electric start.

The 44-inch cutting deck is made of 11-gauge, welded steel and has a rear discharge design. The deck height can be adjusted using a convenient, single-lever cutting height adjustment. The deck, blades, and height adjustment are all very easy to use. Mow through heavy brush, grass, weeds, and tree saplings with ease. ... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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Todd
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/30/13
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
27
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Swisher Rc14544bs – Make Sure You Read All The Instructions
I bought a Swisher RC14544BS, which I absolutely love. That is after I read both of the owner’s manuals from front to back to figure out how it all worked.

I purchased my mower to use at my cabin, which is rather remote and does not have any cellular service…so I’m literally in the middle of the woods and about 20 miles from any place that would resemble a hardware store. Which is the context of my following comments.

I bought a Swisher RC14544BS, which is an electric start mower. The... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Durable, Price
Cons: Bad Instructions
Todd Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Mark W.
Middle Village, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/22/13
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
SEP.
23
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Good Mower/poor Attachment Design
The mower works well but you will have to modify the attachment from the ATV to the mower deck . There will be a time when the attachment will break or become disconnected from the ATV when mowing.
Cons: Poor Attachment From Mower To Atv
Mark Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Mark,
We are sorry to hear you are having issues with your hitch. It should not break or detach from your ATV. Please call us toll free at 800-222-8183 or email us at customercare@swisherinc.com. We would like to get more information on the issues you are experiencing.
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Paul Reed
Marlin, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/11/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
13
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Made It Into A Great Little Bob Cat Mower
I wanted a mower for my Bob Cat but they were so expensive. I bought the swisher mower and revised it by putting an adapter plate on it so the Bob Cat could pick it up from the front. It works perfectly. Even mowing the ditches and around the ponds.
Paul Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Donald F.
Huntsville, AR
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/19/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
09
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Doesn't Miss A Beat
My riding lawnmower boasts much more horsepower, but the Swisher doesn't miss a beat on tall, dense brush and weeds that would leave it dead.
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, Durable, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Heavy
Donald Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Donald,
Thank you for choosing Swisher. We are happy to hear you are having great results!
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Donald's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Ordered, paid, got."
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Janis Hutchinson
Bryan, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/13/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
05
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Gets The Job Done
It does the job I bought it to do. Easy to put together and to start. I am very happy with this product.
Janis Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Janis,
Thank you for choosing Swisher. We are happy that you are pleased with your purchase.
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Richard E.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/3/14
REVIEWED
AUG.
28
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine
This machine is great. It mows high grass like nothing. The only thing they should do is put grade 8 bolts in the hitch bar and pin. And put wheels on corners so when cutting down low corners it won't dig in.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Fast
Cons: Could Use Grade 8 Bolts In Tow Barwheels On Corners
Richard Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Thomas H.
International Falls, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/16/14
REVIEWED
AUG.
27
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Buy Ever
Worked better than advertised everything they promised and more.
Thomas Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Scott
REVIEWED
AUG.
27
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Product For Small Acerage Cutting
I purchased this trail cutter for our 1.5 acre shooting range. I noticed the tow bar connector looked flimsy but after 4 years its has not broken. I also purchased a spare deck spindle to which I added my own grease fitting. The grease fitting extends the bearing life considerably, why don't they do this at factory? I have not have had to replace the belt but every two years. Inspect your pulley regularly and the belts will last. Lastly this thing cuts four foot grass like butter. Small brush... more
Scott Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Derek D.
Redwater, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/11/14
REVIEWED
MAY.
21
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Friends All Said "buy A Tractor"
I couldn't use a tractor, because I don't have anything to pull a tractor out with if it gets stuck. The mower works great at trail clearing. It cuts my bamboo thickets very easily. It makes short work of brush in hunting lanes and around my pond. Mowers Direct did great getting it to me. Well packed from the factory. It's fairly quiet, good on gas, and easy to pull. All in all, I'm extremely pleased.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Durable, Exceeded Expectations
Derek Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Scott D.
Graham, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/22/13
REVIEWED
OCT.
26
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Machine, Conflicting Instructions
Ordered this mower for my farm weeds. I calculated just over 2 acres per hour, and did 28 acres in 14 hours, in chest-high dense grass and weeds. The mower just purred along, almost never sounding labored. It is an incredible machine and performs well beyond expectations. After the 28 acres, I inspected the blades, and they looked brand new. The downsides: it comes with a hitch pin, which was defeated in heavy weeds and caused 2 days of downtime while I rebuilt the control cable and... more
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, Durable, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Unreliable, Bad Instructions
Scott Recommends This Swisher Mower
Scott Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
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"Flawless experience. Mowers Direct is the way to go."
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Bruce S.
Corona, CA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/10/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
02
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Mower was already delivered when Mowers Direct called to say it was shipped. Entire delivery time was 5 days.
Mower setup was a snap, maybe 30 minutes. Put in the battery and just touched the switch to make sure the connections were good and the mower started right up. We mowed our first field, grass about 18" high, and it did not hesitate or bog down one bit. It also does a great job on the edges of the gravel road.
Bruce Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Bruce,
Thanks for the positive review. We are glad that you are pleased with your purchase. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Bruce's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Effortless Process"
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