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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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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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Todd
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/30/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 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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130
Mike S.
Corvallis, MT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/11/14
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
08
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Piece Of Junk
This mower has been a huge disappointment and if I had to recommend a mower it wouldn't be this one. I have had nothing but trouble with the mower so if you want to spend 1900 dollars on a huge piece of junk buy this mower.
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Mike,
Mike,

We are sorry you feel the way you do and would like to know what issues you are having and why you think it is so bad and would like to try to correct it as best we can. We will be contacting you today on the issues you are having and hope to get this corrected.
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Brand Rep
Mike,
We are very sorry to hear that you are having issues with your machine. Our customer service dept will be in contact with you shortly to get more information about the problem you are experiencing.
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Kathleen H.
Lawrenceburg, KY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/26/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
18
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Swisher 44" Rough Cut Tow-behind Electric Start
Uncrated it, assembled it with no problems. Read other reviews, so we through out the instructions. Started cutting paths, ended up cutting about 2 full acres. This machine will cut anything it goes over (within reason).
Kathleen Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Kathleen,
Thank you for choosing Swisher! We are happy you are pleased with your purchase!
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Kathleen's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Everything was fine about this product, including the shipping. Glad we bought it. Off to cut the back field now."
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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
5/5
"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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John
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/10/13
REVIEWED
NOV.
04
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Once I got the mower unpacked and assembled, a little difficulty with assembly (I did it by myself) it was a couple weeks before I used it. However, the mower works really well and goes through what I mowed with ease. Cut some smaller brush and trees with no difficulty. Would recommend to anyone who wants to cut small brush or trees. Would like a little more in the manual about the breakaway blades and the choke.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: Bad Instructions
John Recommends This Swisher Mower
John Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Haven't had to use service yet."
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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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L
Rupert, ID
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/21/13
REVIEWED
DEC.
23
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Roughcut Mower
The toughest part about assembling the mower was getting it out of the crate! One stout crate. It was bought late in the season so did not get to use it a lot but it worked flawlessly. I am eager to put it to more use next season and put it through it paces.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable
L Recommends This Swisher Mower
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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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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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