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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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  6 Questions
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
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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 (20)
High Quality (16)
Durable (14)
I'd Buy It Again (13)
Reliable (12)
Cons
Bad Instructions (5)
Heavy (5)
Packaging (3)
Unreliable (2)
Durability (2)
97% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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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
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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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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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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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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Nate
REVIEWED
JUL.
26
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Mower
I was pretty leery of buying anything with a Briggs and Stratton.
However, I was pretty surprised how good it runs.

I had this mower in some tough spots and steep hills. I even hit a few hidden rocks and took the tops off some very large ant piles. Love the swing away blades.

It has done everything and more that I wanted.

I still don't have any idea what the "stump jumper" is

Only downsides are the flimsy hitch and manual doesn't explain any maintenance like changing belts, etc.
Cons: Bad Instructions
Nate Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Nate,
We are happy that you are pleased with your purchase. The stump jumper is the diamond shaped piece that the blades bolt to. This is what allows the blades to swing freely instead of bolted to the shaft. The belt configuration is on page 18. If you need additional assistance, please feel free to contact us toll free at 800-222-8183 option 1. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Steve L.
Quitman, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/2/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
24
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pleased
I'm very pleased with the operation of the mower. I didn't know however that it didn't come with a battery or a pull cord if you got the key starter package.
Steve Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Steve,
We are happy to hear that you are pleased with your purchase. Our trailmowers and trailcutters are not shipped with a battery. They require a standard lawn and garden battery (U1L). Thank you for choosing Swisher.
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Mark L.
Winterset, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/8/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
14
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Does What It Was Designed To Do.
I put the mower together, about an hour, checked the oil, put gas in it, turned the key, it started. I have cut thick grass and weeds over 5 ft. Mow it 2 or 3 times to make it look nice. The best thing is I can in places my tractor and bush hog can't.
Mark Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Mark,
Thank you for taking the time to review your purchase. We are pleased that you are happy with the performance of your machine. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Mark's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mowers Direct kept me informed on all aspects of my order and shipping. Everything was first class."
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Trevor F.
Goldsboro, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 1/24/15
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
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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113
Richard C.
Lake George, CO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/8/14
REVIEWED
AUG.
15
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Horseman With Pastures
I needed a mower for rocky and uneven terrain for pastures. While I am still learning how to best use this mower, I am extremely pleased so far. I am rehabilitating pastures which the previous owner neglected, full of weeds, rocks, debris and the like.

The website was easy to use, and additional questions answered promptly, correctly and honestly.

It arrived in perfect shape and uncrated easily. Set up was easy, and I used it almost immediately after reading the instructions.

It... more
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Richard Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Richard,
Thank you for choosing Swisher. We are happy that you are pleased with your mower.
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Richard's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I am extremely pleased with the mower, as well as the Company. I would purchase large equipment from this company again."
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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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Louis L.
Lake Katrine, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/9/14
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Stumps A Problem
I own land the is riddled with Cedar stumps within the tall grass and saplings. The machine does not like stumps. My work is cut out for myself to remove (or cut them flush to the ground) all the stumps before I can brush hog the property. It is not the machines fault but if you have stumps, there may be a better solution than a brush hog. I just don't know what that is.
Louis Recommends This Swisher Mower
Louis's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mower delivered as promised. I had it shipped to a company to avoid paying for a lift gate truck."
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