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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 U1L 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
Easy To Use (18)
High Quality (15)
Reliable (12)
Durable (12)
I'd Buy It Again (12)
Cons
Heavy (5)
Bad Instructions (4)
Packaging (3)
Expensive (2)
Durability (2)
96% 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
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Chad
Edmond, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/19/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
APR.
09
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Great Mower So Far
I purchased this mower to mow 5 acres of rough hilly ground. When the mower arrived I was instantly surprised by beefy and well-built it looked. A major reason I purchased this mower was the price point and was expecting to give up some quality for the cheaper price. It fired up first key turn out of the box and ran good.

I've put about 10 hours on it mowing weeds 3-4' tall with no problem. I pull the mower with a Polaris Ranger but a smaller 4x4 ATV would be ideal. I've only pulled the... more
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Chad Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Chad,
Thank you for the great review and the added picture. We are very happy that you are pleased with your purchase. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Chad's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"This website is one of the best in regards to information about its products. It was amazing how quickly the order arrived considering its size. I thought it would take much longer. Great site and service!"
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Ira P.
Knoxville, TN
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
19
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Questionable
I just got this mower in yesterday. The deck looks heavy-duty, but the engine is crap!!! I read the directions twice, tried to start it, but it didn't start.

I ran all the wires making sure that everything was connected properly, and it finally started and ran for the 5 minute warm-up period. I let it cool down, and again it won't start after repeated attempts.
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ira,
We are sorry to hear that you are having issues with your engine. Please call us toll free at 800-222-8183 and we will assist you with your issues.
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Ira's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Ordering was easy. I just wished they mentioned up front that a big rig was the delivery vehicle. I had to pick up my mower from the delivery hub."
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Emil C.
Kettle Falls, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/4/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Mower, But . . .
I am extremely happy with the mower. The hitch was a disappointment. A 5/16 pin for a hitch is pretty skimpy, even for a tag-along mower. I have modified it a bit up to 3/8 and it is better, but half inch would be excellent, like the mower.. It is not a gas hog, it runs great, is easy to start, and as tough as every indication is that it would be. I love it.
Emil Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Emil,
Thank you for your feedback. It will be passed along to the appropriate departments. Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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Carlos T.
Barkhamsted, CT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/4/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Swisher Rough Cut
Bought this mower to do a 5 acre field. I tow it with my garden tracker and with chains on the back wheels it does a great job pulling it even on hills. It had no trouble with dense grass & twigs. Very durable construction. Only problems I've had are with the console control attachment & the clevis pin with a swing arm.

I attached the console to the hitch arm with the provided bolts & wing nuts. But even after tightening with a wrench, they came loose easily. I replaced... more
Carlos Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Carlos,
Thank you for providing detailed feedback. It will be passed along to the correct departments. Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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Pamela M.
Lander, WY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/28/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
19
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Really Great Mower!
Last year I sold my tractor and it's big clumsy 5' PTO driven mower and just replaced it with an ATV and this mower. It is terrific! Does a much neater job on my small, hilly field. It does not bounce around like my previous rig and feels stable towing behind my modest ATV.

My only complaint was the whole battery thing. It is certainly NOT a U1R! I finally had to measure the bracket and just buy whatever 12V battery would fit. Thankfully, once connected, the mower turned over like a... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Heavy
Pamela Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Pamela,
We are sorry to hear you had issues with your battery. Our machines take a standard lawn & garden battery U1. The L or R indicates which side the positive terminal is on. A smaller ATV style battery will also fit but the amperage is usually lower than the recommended 235 CCA. Please feel free to contact us toll free with any questions. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Barry J.
Cleveland, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/16/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
08
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Push It Down And It Will Cut It Brush And Tall Grass No Problem.
Great machine be careful on steep inclines the mower will push you down the hill remember it weighs about 500 LBs. I live on a family farm about 700 acres. Have three tractors various sizes with all kinds of attachments and bush hogs. The mower is for tight areas, trails through woods and wet areas. Works really well.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Durable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Hitch Should Be Upgraded To Ball I'll Make My Own
Barry Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Barry,
Thank you for your positive review. The ball hitch comes standard with our largest rough cut mower only. Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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David O.
Hastings, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/16/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
07
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It Gets The Job Done.
Seems to do a decent job so far clearing the underbrush in my 5 acres. Only put a couple hours on the machine, so the real story will be after I've used it a couple months!
David Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
David,
Thank you for choosing Swisher. We are sure you will be just as pleased in a few months!
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Phillip H.
Huttonsville, WV
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/15/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
06
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Swisher Performs
I have had a 44 inch rough cut Swisher brush hog for a couple of weeks and cut about 6 acres of brush. For swisher it was no sweat. The unit came very well crated. I am quite pleased.
Phillip Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Phillip,
Thank you for your kind review. We are happy to hear that your machine exceeded your expectations. Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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Trevor F.
Goldsboro, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 1/24/15
REVIEWED
MAR.
16
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Amazing Brush Mower
I purchased this mower because I have 33 acres in the mountains of TN that tend to overgrow FAST! I wanted a tractor and a heavy duty brush cutter but didn't want to spend $10K+. I'm more than happy with this thing.

If my UTV could make it over/through this thing would chew it up and spit it out without hesitation. I've used it on 10foot redbud and black locust with 2-3inch bases and although I was a bit nervous at first, my apprehension was laid to rest... Like butter.

Thanks mowers... more
Trevor Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Trevor,
We are very pleased to hear that the machine has exceeded your expectations. If there is anything we can do for you in the future, please let us know. Thanks for choosing Swisher.
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John B.
Chardon, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
19
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Reliable And Very Powerful
The trail cutter started immediately and worked perfectly I have 10 acres of field and it cut everything I had thrown at it including very tall clusters of thorny bush where there were multiple 2 inch trunks and it cut it down without a problem. I was glad I got the 14-1/2 horsepower motor since this brush was very thick and it cut it down without any problem.
John Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
John,
Thank you for the great review. We are very happy that you are pleased with your purchase. Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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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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