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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
N/A


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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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Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
14.5 HP
CC
500 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
2.5 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Consumer Engine Warranty
1 Year
Motor
Battery Included
Not Included
Battery Voltage
12 Volts
Battery Type
Lead Acid
Deck
Cutting Options
Rear Discharge
Deck Material
11-Gauge
Deck Construction
Welded
Spindle Material
Ductile Cast Iron
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
Infinite Positions
Cutting Height
2.5-6.5 Inches
Wheels
Rear Tire Size
16 Inch
Tire Type
Puncture Resistant
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
550 Pounds
Product Length
127.0 Inches
Product Width
59.0 Inches
Product Height
27.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
UPC
728172398434
Model
RC14544BS

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  9 Questions
Q: can i rent one some where around the mora mn area?
by Kevin Ellis from Minnesota on July 05, 2016

A: Kevin,

Unfortunately we are only an online retailer and therefore I do not have a listing of local rental facilities in your area.
by Jose, Product Expert
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
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (31)
High Quality (22)
I'd Buy It Again (20)
Durable (20)
Reliable (16)
Cons
Bad Instructions (7)
Heavy (6)
Packaging (3)
Durability (3)
Expensive (2)
92% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
91 Reviews
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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Michael C.
Fayetteville, TN
Total Helpful Votes
11 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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110
Sue G.
Lexington, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/4/15
Most Helpful Critical Review
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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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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James M.
Ponca City, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/17/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
22
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Love It For The Most Part.
As advertised I was able to mow anything I could drive over. Mowed 40 acres of over grown pasture. Even though a rough cut mower it left pasture looking good. On the down side I repeatedly broke the bolts on the tubing that connected the mower to my 610 Mule. Finely had to weld the tubing to the mower which solved that problem but eliminated the offset connection which was a real disappointment.

The mechanism that connected the tubing to my ball hitch was a disappointment and I finally... more
James Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
James,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are happy to hear your machine's performance exceeded your expectations. Your comments regarding your hitch will be passed along. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Marsha G.
Crosby, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/29/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Tons Of Fun To Cut Trails On Our Property
Buying the Swisher 44" to cut trails around our property was one of the best things we've done. Love the performance and quality of the unit. Could have better instructions to put it together, though. Just saying.
Marsha Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Marsha,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are happy to hear your machine's performance exceeded your expectations. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Ed C.
Renton, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/25/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
17
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine
I got this mower to cut blackberry brush, grass, and anything in-between. It works great. I am impressed with its performance. It is not a finish mower and doesn't work well on shorter grass.
Ed Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ed,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. As you mentioned, this machine is not intended to mow grass. It's primary goal is to cut down brush. We are happy that the mower exceeded your expectations. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Thomas M.
Rifle, CO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/23/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
15
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Darn Thing Works!
Unloaded, put it together as hooked it behind my quad. Had a lowland with 3 or 4 foot rank grass and weeds. Not a problem. The thing cuts as described, runs like a top and handles well.
Thomas Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Thomas,
Thank you for taking time to leave a review. We are happy that you are pleased with your machine. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Kenneth H.
Downing, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/10/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
14
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It Works Great
I was looking for a mower for my a tv trail. Easy to assemble and I was surprised how well it cut the tall grass. I look forward to using it for years to come.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Fast
Cons: Would Like An Engine Throttle On The Control Assembly
Kenneth Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Kenneth,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for choosing Swisher!
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Robert O.
Parrish, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/21/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
11
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fantastic
This mower exceeded my expectations.
Robert Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Robert,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for choosing Swisher!
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