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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


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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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  8 Questions
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 (27)
Durable (20)
High Quality (19)
I'd Buy It Again (17)
Reliable (14)
Cons
Bad Instructions (7)
Heavy (6)
Packaging (3)
Durability (3)
Unreliable (2)
95% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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91 Reviews
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11783 Helpful Votes
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
10 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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Joseph O.
North Fort Myers, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/5/16
Most Helpful Critical Review
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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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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10
C. J.
Bend, OR
REVIEWED
JUN.
22
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Think Twice
I purchase an older model approx 7 years ago and it's been nothing but trouble. After two hours, both tires were shot. I replaced them with larger and beefier tires, but that was only the beginning.

Soon afterwards, the clutch went out. Then the wiring harness was damaged no fault of the mower, and repair was very difficult. The only bright spot is the 14.5 hp engine runs like a champ.
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10
Robert B.
Ontario, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/1/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
23
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Sad Customer
Happy with ordering and delivery. Mower leaking oil while still in shipping crate. I had to pick what battery to use myself, no size or part# in the instructions and mowers direct could not tell me when I asked , not a big deal for me because I sell batteries.

Mower now sets at Briggs and Stratton warranty repair shop to fix oil leak, won't see it for three to four weeks. Had to rent a mower to do the job . Not very happy. This is the risk you take when buying off the internet, if you dont... more
Robert Recommends This Swisher Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Robert,
This trail cutter requires a 12-volt, lead acid battery that's not included. This is stated in the specs tab of the product page on our site.

Oil leaks are hard to predict, but we're glad to hear you got it into a local repair shop for free service under warranty. We're very sorry you feel this way about shopping online, but if you have any problems that you need assistance with solving, don't hesitate to give us a call.

Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to assist you with your future power equipment needs.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Robert,
We are sorry to hear that your engine is faulty. Unfortunately, we are in the heart of the season and all service centers are backed up. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call us toll free at 800-222-8183.
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Sue G.
Lexington, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/4/15
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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41
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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Ernest A.
Kiefer, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/6/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAR.
25
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Customer Service Is Not Dead
Previously, I reviewed this mower and said that my only problem was with a tire that went flat. I submitted the review on 3/20/16, I believe. I received a new tire and rim today, 3/25/16. Somebody still believes in customer service.

I'll be mowing again tomorrow. At the rate this thing is going, my UTV may break before it does. My grandsons love this mower. They have fun mowing. I would recommend this mower to anyone that asks.
Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Cannot Think Of One
Ernest Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ernest,
We are glad you are back up & running. Happy mowing!
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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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