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Swisher (52") 17.5HP Rough Cut Tow-Behind Trail Cutter w/ Electric Start

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Swisher Mowers and AccessoriesModel: RC17552BS
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4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
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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
52

Cutting Inches
Engine
Mower Is Too Large To Fit On Lift Gate For Delivery
Must have a loading dock or fork lift @ delivery locale to unload

Built For Cutting Trails Through The Woods
Also works great for clearing fields and ditches
Cut tree stems and woody materials up to 3" in diameter

Powerful 17.5 HP Briggs & Stratton Engine
12-volt electric start system (no recoil back-up)
U1L type battery required (not included - buy locally)

52-Inch, 1/8-Inch Thick Welded Steel Cutting Deck
2 heavy duty hardened steel swinging blades
Electric clutch for engagement/disengagment of blades
2-Inch ball coupler adjusts from left to right

Stump Jumper And Break Away Blade Feature
Protects unit if you hit an immovable object while mowing

4-Wheel In-Set Design
Allows you to get closer to fences and buildings while mowing
13" x 5" puncture-resistant hollowmatic tires
Tow mower with an ATV or a lawn tractor

Remote Console Mounts To Most Tow Vehicles
Includes throttle controls, ignition and PTO switch


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Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
17.5 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
10-Gauge
Deck Construction
Welded
Spindle Material
Ductile Cast Iron
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
Infinite Positions
Cutting Height
4.0-7.0 Inches
Wheels
Front Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Rear Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Tire Type
Puncture Resistant
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
750 Pounds
Product Length
130.0 Inches
Product Width
56.0 Inches
Product Height
29.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
UPC
728172399707
Model
RC17552BS
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  2 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: How is the cutting height adjusted?
by John F. Sudduth from Alabama on November 30, 2015

A: John - unfortunately, it's not a simple process on this particular model. There are 4 height adjustment brackets that the axles bolt to. There are 2 bolts on each height adjustment bracket. You’ll need to raise the deck with a support so the wheels are off the ground and then you can adjust the axles up and down.
by Jose, Product Expert
Swisher RC17552BS Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (2)
I'd Buy It Again (2)
High Quality (1)
Exceeded Expectations (1)
Cons
Packaging (2)
Expensive (2)
Parts Missing (1)
Bad Instructions (1)
Quality Control (1)
93% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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John S.
Franklin, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/16/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
20
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Cutter
I replaced a Swisher 60" finishing cut tow behind with the trail cutter and am very pleased with the decision. I totally overestimated the capabilities of the finishing mower.

It's OK for large yards but totally inadequate for fields. The rough cut is excellent. The final cut looks like a finished cut. Just make sure the control box is secured. It can fall out of the ATV and be damaged if you're not careful.
John Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
John,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased that you are happy with your purchase. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Greg L.
Claiborne, TN
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
07
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Avoid At All Costs
Don't actually know how well this is going to work for my application because right now it is sitting in my yard mostly as a lawn ornament.

This purchase has to be the worst thing I have ever done.

Mower got to the shipping depot, we had to go get it due to the remote and hilly area we live in, I expected this, so it was no big deal on that account, I have a 6x8 single axle trailer and - anything smaller you are probably not going to be able to use.

The mower and packaging crate... more
Cons: Low Quality, Packaging, Expensive, Quality Control
Greg Does Not Recommend This Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Greg,
We are sorry to hear about the experience you encountered with your purchase. Power Equipment Direct's website points out that you must purchase the battery locally. We do not ship batteries with our pull behinds due to shipping regulations. In regards to your missing keys and hardware, it sounds like they were lost in transit during shipping. We will gladly send replacements to you at no charge. Unfortunately, we do not have your contact information since you are not a verified purchaser on Power Equipment Direct. Please feel free to call us toll free at 800-222-8183 during normal customer service business hours (Mon-Fri 8am - 4pm CST).
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Kevin B.
Nevada, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/26/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
22
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pull Behind Mower
We have only used it once, but we are very happy with our mower. We got it to mow around pond dam and under trees and it worked awesome.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again
Kevin Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Kevin,
Thank you for taking time to leave a review. We are pleased that you are happy with your machine. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Kevin's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I have only used it once, but so far so good, I am very happy with the product."
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Brooks J.
Lillington, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/22/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
16
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Machine!
Smooth riding and cuts great! Ease of use is awesome... open the crate and she's ready to go.
Brooks Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Brooks,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are happy your mower exceeded your expectations. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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John P.
Anna, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/29/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
13
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Beast
I cut 22 acres with it, what a machine, cuts small trees ,Gone, better than I thought. I call it the Beast, well worth the money.
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
John Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
John,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are happy to hear you are pleased with your "Beast". Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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John's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great experience with Mowers Direct, all my lawn equipment comes from them."
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Harvey Kelley
Mitchell, SD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/18/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
11
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It's A Cutting Machine
Just got unit and used it for about 3 hours. Started up great, runs, and cuts fantistic! Cutting sand sage and cat tails from 1/12 to 2" thick.
Harvey Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Harvey,
We are happy that you are pleased with your purchase. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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William Dinger
Columbia Cross Roads, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/13/14
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
03
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Like It!
I bought it for 2 reasons...to mow my trails thru my woods and to open up CRP fields.

CRP is a gov't program in which if you choose to mow a field...it has to be mowed 6" high. This mower goes 7" and it is the only one I found that will mow this high.

Also, I like the idea that it is a rough cut. I cut some small trees 1-1/2" with it and it did fine - you just go slow.

I have not mowed any 3" stuff yet but I'm sure that day will come. I offset it to mow the... more
William Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
William,
We are very happy that you are pleased with your purchase. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Annie K.
Rewey, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/23/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
06
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Tough As Advertised - Ya Gotta Love It!
I've had this Swisher rough-cut mower for a month and a half and put it through its paces - tall grass, thistles, burdock, wild parsnip, marsh grass, poison sumac, multi-flora rose, prickly ash. Everything I could throw at it, it handles as good as I wanted.

Because you pull it with an ATV you can go places where a bat wing would be too wide and a skid steer mounted mower would get stuck (like in wetter soil). You just have to use common sense and drive slower when in real thick brush and... more
Annie Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Annie,
Thank you for your very thorough review of our machine. It does tackle the tough stuff with ease. We are happy you are pleased.Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Annie's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
4/5
"Phoned Mowers Direct and the folks are very friendly and helpful."
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Edward B.
Medon, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/16/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
18
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Unit
Had to pick this unit up at the Trucking Company. My trailer is 5 ft. 7 inches wide. At first glance, I didn't think it would fit because it looks real wide in the crate. Thought I was going to have to un-crate it before loading it, but I didn't. When I got it home and un-crated, it started right up and I cut my trails for about 30 minutes.

It did stall out on me in some real tall blackberry bushes. When I tried to restart the unit with the "choke" on, I flooded it out and... more
Edward Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Edward,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear you are pleased with your purchase. Thank you for choosing Swisher.
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Steve G.
Columbia, KY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/1/15
REVIEWED
OCT.
16
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
No problems used it all summer best mower I ever owned still waiting for the control mounts
Steve Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Steve G.
Streamwood, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/1/15
REVIEWED
JUN.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Great
Missing mounts for controls.
Cons: Bad Instructions, Packaging, Expensive, Parts Missing
Steve Recommends This Swisher Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Steve,
Sorry about the missing Items, we have contacted Swisher and they are shipping the mounts for the controller. They where delayed a few days due to that the parts were not in stock.
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