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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 (18)
High Quality (15)
I'd Buy It Again (12)
Reliable (12)
Durable (12)
Cons
Heavy (5)
Bad Instructions (4)
Packaging (3)
Expensive (2)
Durability (2)
97% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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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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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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Susan H.
Chippewa Falls, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/7/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
01
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Rough-cut
I've used this several times now and am very happy with it. I've only tackled tall grasses and not saplings or the woods line yet, but seems to work very well. As was previously indicated the ATV tires tend to flatten the grasses and going over the area again is sometimes required.

i"m used to a zero turn lawn mower, so when it takes a wide sweep to turn corners with this, that takes a little getting used to.

I have not had to clean out under the deck yet, but being it can't be... more
Susan Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Megan H.
Monroe, OR
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/4/15
REVIEWED
JUN.
26
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Rough Cut Mower
First, I'm going to tell on myself because usually I am diligent when ordering things to be towed. I have two Honda ES recon 250's for my farm in Oregon. There are a lot of very steep spots and although it works, it's mad. The mower is amazing...I just need a new quad to pull it up the hills I have around here. It works great, starts every time and does the job well. Check the ability of your quad before you order one, however, on flat ground it pulls just fine. Hopefully this made... more
Megan Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Megan,
Thank you for your positive review. We are happy that you are pleased with the performance of your machine. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Trevor F.
Goldsboro, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 1/24/15
Total Helpful Votes
10 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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103
John B.
Chardon, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/14
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
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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114
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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Wayne B.
Anderson, SC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/11/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
23
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Purchase Ever
I was very cautious about this purchase because everyone said it would be a bad purchase and would not do the job. What I found out after research was that most people were buying the wrong cutter for the wrong application. The rough cut does exactly what it states. I cut 10 acres with no problem. Love the remote start. If this mower breaks I will be ordering another. Great buy for me, no regrets.
Wayne Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Wayne,
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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Wayne's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Shipped exactly as expected and arrived on time and as told."
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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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Paul S.
Wildwood, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/1/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
24
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I sold my tractor and brush hog and replaced them with this Swisher rough cut pull behind. Do not regret the decision at all.

Motor started right out of the crate. Mowed tall grass with ease. Best part was around my pond. Off set the hitch, put one wheel barely in the water, and I will no longer trim with weed eater around the pond!!!
Paul Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
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Paul,
Thank you for choosing Swisher! We are pleased that you love your machine.
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