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

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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
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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


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Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
14.5 HP
CC
500 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
2.5 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Consumer Engine Warranty
1 Year
Motor
Battery Included
Not Included
Battery Voltage
12 Volts
Battery Type
Lead Acid
Deck
Cutting Options
Rear Discharge
Material
11-Gauge
Construction
Welded
Spindle Material
Ductile Cast Iron
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
Infinite Positions
Cutting Height
2.5-6.5 Inches
Wheels
Rear Tire Size
16 Inch
Tire Type
Puncture Resistant
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
550 Pounds
Dimensions
127.0L x 59.0W x 27.0H
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
UPC
728172398434
Model
RC14544BS

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  9 Questions
Q: can i rent one some where around the mora mn area?
by Kevin Ellis from Minnesota on July 05, 2016

A: Kevin,

Unfortunately we are only an online retailer and therefore I do not have a listing of local rental facilities in your area.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Is the battery included on the electric start model? I have talked to some individuals that insist that it won't be.
by Dean from Washington on April 15, 2016

A: Dean - the battery is not included on Swisher tow behind mowers with electric start
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I am just about to purchase the swisher rough cut trail mower 44in W/ electric start. My question is after I am done cutting the tall grass and brush can I use this machine for just mowing the enormous lawn/open land that I own.
Thanks
Michelle

by Michelle from New York on March 07, 2016

A: Michelle - the Swisher rough cut style mowers, including this RC14544BS, are not really designed to mow your lawn. These mowers use a sickle bar instead of a normal mower blade to cut, so it's going to leave your regular lawn looking very uneven - if it cuts it at all.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: On the Swisher Rough cut trail mower is there any height adjustment for cutting height? I see that the spec says 7" is that the only height that it will cut?
by Rob from Michigan on June 22, 2015

A: Rob - the Swisher RC14544BS rough cut mower has a 4-inch height of cut adjustment range - from a "low" setting of 2.5" to a "high" setting of 6.5"
by Jose, Product Expert
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
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
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 (29)
High Quality (21)
Durable (20)
I'd Buy It Again (18)
Reliable (16)
Cons
Bad Instructions (7)
Heavy (6)
Durability (3)
Packaging (3)
Expensive (2)
94% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
91 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
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Mowers Direct Recommended

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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Michael C.
Fayetteville, TN
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
06
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine
I just wanted to say this machine exceeded my expectations. Cut through 5 acres of thick fescue and other tall weeds.

My mother left a review already but I just wanted to show a video of what the machine can do.

ps: The cable that broke was the blade engage cable when somehow I hit a bump and the latch pin unlocked and released from the 4 wheeler causing the cable to break.

I called Swisher about buying a new cable and the gentleman sent me a new cable and latch pin free of charge... more
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Durable, Exceeded Expectations
Michael Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Michael,
Thank you for your positive review. We enjoy seeing videos of our customers using our machines! Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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Michael's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Very pleased with this purchase!!"
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110
Sue G.
Lexington, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/4/15
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
30
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Not As Rough As I Needed
Went through two belts in two months. Now my mechanic has it to check out a knocking noise when I shut it off. Was expecting it to be tougher than me a 65 year old woman. Also the comments about flimsy nuts and bolts were true. I will be using it more like a finish cut machine.
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Sue,
We are sorry that you are experiencing issues with your machine. Customer service will be contacting you shortly to help resolve this.
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Chad
Edmond, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/19/15
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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Ronald B.
Evansville, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/19/15
REVIEWED
AUG.
10
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Machine - Nicknamed "the Beast"
First let me say that your carrier - SAIA Motorfreight for the Evansville, IN area was excellent. The gentleman who delivered my mower was prompt, courteous and very helpful. The mower arrived in good shape. Assembly was relatively easy with the hardest task getting the unit out of the crate, but nothing a hammer and a pry bar couldn't handle. I checked out the mower per instructions, and the only issue I found was that the motor oil level was about 1/2 qt. low.

I topped off the oil level... more
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Ronald Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ronald,
Thank you for the great review and for including a photo. We enjoy seeing our products in use! Your suggestion regarding the hitch pin will be passed along to the appropriate departments. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Whitney V.
Nacogdoches, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/7/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
28
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Purchase
I purchased this mower about 2 years ago to mow down my horse pasture, and it has been a wonderful purchase. Worked immediately and mows like a dream! My pasture is between 8- 10 acres (has allot of brush and berry vines in areas) and I can mow it just as fast towing it behind a 4 wheeler as I could with a tractor and bush hog.

I was looking for an affordable alternative to buying a tractor and bush hog since I could no longer rent them in my east Texas area and came across this mower and... more
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Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Whitney Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Whitney,
Thank you for the wonderful review of your mower and for capturing the before and after photos. We are pleased that your rough cut has provided several years of happiness. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Guy S.
Missouri City, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/5/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
27
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Performance
Bought it to clear light brush around the house and mow fence lines and scenderos.

Overall has performed well - especially considering the price. Does as advertised chewing up decent sized brush easily. I have cleared about 3 Ac around the house and mowed the fence lines and along our main road. I have about 8 hours of use so far with no issues.

Down sides are:
- The lock nuts on the main towing assembly will work loose. Replaced them with proper nuts and lock washers and some Loctite.more
Guy Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Guy,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Your suggestions have been noted and will be passed along. Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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Joe D.
Port Angeles, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
19
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Beast Of A Mower
Well I had gone through an area and cut some of the bigger saplings with pruners first. Then when I was mowing I discovered I had missed some. This mower just chewed them up and spit them out.

I soon realized that any growth that this mower won't handle, you will probably have to use a chain saw on. The only things I might like to be different are the tongue angle and coupler height adjustments.

They should be more of a true "adjustment" as opposed to a take it apart and put... more
Pros: High Quality, Reliable
Cons: Adjustments Should Be Tooless
Joe Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Joe,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Your comments will be passed along. We are pleased you are happy with your purchase. Thank you for choosing Swisher.
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00
Jay B.
Woodland, WA
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Received my mower and got it running straight away. I have about 3 acres, hilly, to cut and it performed better than i expected. The 3 acres was cleared off (maple trees, old fur stumps, and blackberries), about 3 months ago and grass planted. The berries had come back in places and the mower made short work of the. Not a flat place on the 3 acres and i towed behind a utv with no problem. The only thing i would have liked is a longer control as the control that comes on the machine is clearly... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Price, Fast
Cons: Wish They Had Longer Cable For Utv's
Jay Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Jay,
Thank you for the thorough review. Your comments regarding the wiring harness will be passed along. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Jay's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great experience from order to delivery."
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Jo Ellen M.
Altoona, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/22/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
14
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
14.5 Hp Rough Cut Swisher
I'm impressed. It cut through 4-foot-tall grass and weeds, and never bogged down. It's easy to start and maneuver. I would recommend it to anyone who has a need for it.
Jo Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Jo,
Thank you for leaving a review and for choosing Swisher!
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Jeffrey B.
Smithsburg, MD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/2/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
28
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Mower For Flat Terran
I purchased the 44" rough cut mower with electric start and this will.mow down everything in its path. The mower deck is built to last however the tow bar and offset tubing is to thin to pull the mover over rough terrain. The bolts constantly loosen on the tow bar and height adjustment. The hitch pin snapped immediately so I started to use grade 8 bolts with nylon nuts.

This has helped but hasn't resolved the movement of the tow bar. I am currently fabricating a tow bar the is... more
Jeffrey Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Joseph O.
North Fort Myers, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/5/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
27
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Disappointed
I received this mower in mode 4 Acres and the belt broke put two more belts on it.

Come to find out the bearings more bad on the pulley.

I really can't recommend this machine. Really disappointed.
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Joseph,
We are sorry to hear you are experiencing issue with your machine. Your machine is still under warranty. Please call us toll free at 800-222-8183 so we can determine the cause of the problems.
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