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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)
U1R 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 (15)
High Quality (10)
Reliable (10)
Durable (8)
Cons
Poor Attachment From Mow... (1)
Control (1)
Came Without A Battery (1)
Wider Tires Would Be Nic... (1)
Wish It Had Ability To R... (1)
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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
11 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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Bob R.
Lawrenceburg, KY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/9/13
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
11
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Worked Like A Champ Until....
Ran great until the tow pin bent and ripped the wiring harness from the mower. DON'T use the pin that comes with the hardware and DON'T attach control lever to the 4x4.
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Packaging, Low Quality, Heavy
Bob Recommends This Swisher Mower
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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
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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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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
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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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Alice M.
Ridgway, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/28/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
21
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Swisher Rough Cut.
Really did a great job in cutting 3ft weeds. Great mower!
Alice Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Alice,
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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Christopher K.
Holmen, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/22/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
13
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
44 Inch Trail Cutter
I've been using this on my hunting property cutting trails like a mad man. Lots of small (1 to 2 inches) Poplar. If the ATV will climb over them the Swisher will cut them. I mounted the the controls on the tow bar because I use the Trail Cutter with multiple tow vehicles. One tow vehicle is a Honda Rancher ATV and the other is a Rokon motor tractor. The Trail Cutter throws the Rokon around some (basically an all terrain two wheel drive motorcycle - Google it) but I suppose you can expect... more
Christopher Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Christopher,
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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Richard G.
Chelan, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/21/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
24
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower But Could Be Improved
I am using this mower on an old apple orchard that I am converting to a vineyard. There are stump holes under the long grass as well as a lot of junk (rocks, cut-off stumps, posts, etc.)

Engineering flaw
The first time I used the mower one wheel fell into a sump hole and the result was the following:
• The mower popped the tow pin out of the ATV hitch
• The mower tow bar hit the ground and the mower stop dead
• The ATV kept going and ripped the control cable and electrics out of the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet
Cons: Durability, Engineering Flaw
Richard Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Joseph M.
Lindenhurst, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/30/13
REVIEWED
SEP.
03
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It Is A Beast
Uncreated it, read directions and assembled tow handle. I added fuel and battery, turned key, within seconds it was running like a beast taking down four foot brush, very nice.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again, Price
Cons: Wish It Had Ability To Recharge Te Attery, Wider Tires Would Be Nice To Keep It Afloat In Marshy Areas
Joseph Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Joseph,
Thanks for the positive review. We are glad that you are pleased with your purchase. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Joseph P.
Dunmore, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/29/13
REVIEWED
AUG.
23
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
True Work Horse
My son and I had it out of the crate, put together and cutting in under an hour. Works just as I had hoped. Thanks for a great addition to the work shed!
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Came Without A Battery
Joseph Recommends This Swisher Mower
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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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