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Model: FC14560BS
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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
60

Cutting Inches
Engine


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

Make Short Work Of Your Big Patch Of Land
Attaches to your tractor, ATV or other utility vehicle
Provides a finish type cut - similar to a riding mower

Powerful 14.5 HP Briggs And Stratton 4-Cycle OHV Engine
12 volt electric start system (no recoil back-up)

60-Inch, 11-Gauge Welded Steel Cutting Deck
3-blade cutting system handles grass up to 6" deep
Three 5-inch anti scalp rollers to prevent scalping
Side discharge chute with metal deflector cover

True Floating Deck Design
Improved design with additional underside baffles

Easy Offset Adjustment
Allows you to mow ditches (up to 15 degree slope)

Electronic Safety Switch
Prevents unit from starting "in gear"

Operator Presence Lock-Out
For added safety; prevents mower from "escaping"

U1L Type Battery Battery Required (not included - buy locally)


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
Side-Discharge
Deck Material
11-Gauge
Deck Construction
Welded
Spindle Material
Steel
Blades
3 Blades
Deck Positions
Infinite Positions
Cutting Width
60 Inches
Cutting Height
1.5-5.5 Inches
Wheels
Front Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Rear Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
375 Pounds
Product Length
106.0 Inches
Product Width
74.0 Inches
Product Height
26.5 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
UPC
728172398540
Model
FC14560BS
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  4 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: 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: 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
Q: Is there a connector at the end of the tow bar (to mate to the ATV hitch?) If yes, what is it?
by Jeff from Colorado on February 14, 2013

A: A universal articulating hitch attaches to any hitch system and lets the mower maneuver easily behind whatever is pulling it.
by Jose, Product Expert
Swisher FC14560BS Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (10)
I'd Buy It Again (6)
Price (5)
Durable (2)
High Quality (2)
Cons
Durability (5)
Low Quality (4)
Heavy (3)
Unreliable (2)
There Are No Cons (1)
71% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Steven G.
Oakfield, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/6/16
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
02
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Loved My Old Swisher
I have used swishers for tweny five years and neaver had problems. I have purchased a new one that was shipped direct from the factory and it doesen't work near as good as the old ones. I am on my third drive belt and I can not get it to mow lower than 2.5 inches and it is advertised to mow as low as 1.5 inches ....... NOT HAPPY
Steven Does Not Recommend This Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Steven,
We are sorry to hear that you are having issues with your new machine. We would like to help fix the problems you have encountered. Our customer service team will reach out to you today. Thank you for your continued support of Swisher.
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Clifford W.
Wellsboro, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/14/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
20
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Bang! And It Broke Again
This time the (fairly heavy) spring that stabilizes the blade engagement pulley broke.
Clifford Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Clifford,
We are very sorry to hear of the issue with your Swisher mower. The unit will need to go to a local Swisher dealer for service work and repair. The mower includes a one year consumer warranty offered by Swisher.

Thank you
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Jeffrey W
East Brunswick, NJ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/16/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
08
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Cuts Well But Tension Spring Snapped On 3rd Time Cutting
Decent product. Very good power for larger properties. Tension spring snapped on 3rd cutting and still waiting for part. I hope this is not going to be an ongoing issue. Easy start and easy assembly.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price
Cons: Durability, Heavy
Jeffrey Recommends This Swisher Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Jeffrey,
I do apologize for the issue you had with your tension spring. Have you been able to contact Swisher directly to get the part ordered? If there is any other problems with your unit, service is covered under the warranty. Please give us a call if you need any assistance and we will do our best to help. Thank you as always for your business and I hope you have a great day.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Jeffrey,
Thank you for taking time to leave a review. We are sorry you are experiencing issues with your machine. If you haven't already, please call us toll free at 1-800-222-8183 so we can assist. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Greg S.
Xenia, OH
Total Helpful Votes
37 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
16
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Horrible Mower
This mower was purchased at Tractor Supply, THEY WERE AWESOME!! I have nothing bad to say about Tractor Supply. This mower was purchased May 1st, and died the last week of August. This mower ATE belts and Tractor Supply gave many belts, and discounted belts. This mower however, needed new starter solenoid, new starter motor, broke a bolt that engages the blades only to find the bolt was hollow, then the piston broke within the engine. Upon calling Swisher, was told "oh we only fix the... more
Pros: Makes A Great Boat Anchor
Cons: Durability, Low Quality, Unreliable, Company Doesn't Stand Behind
Greg Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Bob
Total Helpful Votes
38 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
21
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Ops
Bought the mower to help out the Sears 42 inch riding mower. We are now cutting the two acres with the Sears riding mower because the Swisher is broke down for the second time. First the pivot bolt bolt for the blade engage broke. (Called swisher, they were busy answering other calls,will call back, oops). Now the Sears is back in service because the Swisher drive belt for the blades quit. It is Friday so will have to call back on Monday. So if you like to work on your mower, don't want to... more
Cons: Low Quality, Durability
Bob Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Jim S.
Greencastle, PA
Total Helpful Votes
33 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
13
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Belts Breakdown
Used for 20 hours combined mowing time this spring/summer and had the same belt break twice. I only used for mowing regular height grass in my yard. Look where authorized service centers are located before you buy. Otherwise you may be transporting your mower a long distance just to replace these belts.

Also if you intend to mow your grass short this device is not the best for that as well. Even though the mower says 1" the actual lowest mowing height the best I could do is around... more
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability
Jim Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Danny S.
Waucoma, IA
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
31
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Continuesly In Repair
I bought one of these 4 yrs ago and have had to fix it every other use since day one. These things eat belts like candy and the bearing housings for the blades are not built heavy enough for this type of mower. The height adjusters were one of the first things to break and the rollers to prevent scalping don't help much if any. The hitch system is a joke and bends very easily if using offset. The hitch broke on mine again. This time the grooved shaft snapped and now I might scrap it instead of... more
Cons: Durability, Low Quality, Heavy, Expensive
Danny Does Not Recommend This Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Danny,
I'm sorry you are having issues with your machine. Please feel free to contact us toll free at 800-222-8183 or via email at customercare@swisherinc.com.
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Sandra M.
Athol, ID
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/1/13
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
22
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Nice Mower
We keep our 6 acres looking like a lawn, and this mower replaced a riding mower that took us a day and a half to mow with. This mower with our 4 wheeler took less than half that time. It is awesome and my husband loved the way it cut. Wonderful machine
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Fast, Easy To Store
Sandra Recommends This Swisher Mower
Sandra Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"The only problem we had was with shipping. We were not emailed to let us know when the mower shipped, and if it wasn't for me checking up on it...we'd never have known it had reach our delivery destination. The shipper told me, they were waiting for me to call them for delivery, and I couldn't call them...if I didn't know the mower had shipped. I would work harder on getting out shipping confirmation and the info to the buyer on the delivery."
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Jimmie K.
Grafton, IN
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
19
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
6 Acres - Rough Terrrain - 9 Seasons
We have had our mower for 9 seasons. We mow about 6 acres of very rough, hilly terrain. The first year the mower sat out in the weather because we had no storage for it. I have been extremely rough on it and it has its issues, but this mower, pulled behind my ATV mows areas a garden tractor cannot climb and has been beaten to death. It has not been babied in any way at all.

The mower is almost at the end of its life. It eats belts like candy now. I probably use at least 4 short belts and two... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Features, Exceeded Expectations
Jimmie Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Jeff M.
Vader, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/9/13
Total Helpful Votes
22 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
31
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Man's Mower!!! The John Deere Eater!
I've been thinking about buying a pull behind mower for over a year now since I have about over an acre and a half to mow. I bought a used 15 1/2 HP riding mower last spring of 2012. It worked okay but I have a couple sections with a pretty good slope to them. The ground is also very uneven and chopped up in places. I found myself burning out and beating up the mower deck, eventually I had to get my deck repaired! So this year is the year of the Man Mower, which has changed my life forever... more
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Sherry D.
Bandridge, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/29/13
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
11
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Mower, What I Expected Since I've Owned Them Before
Took forever to receive the mower. It was to be delivered within 5 days and it took OVER around 3 weeks. No notifications it would be late, and difficult to track because it could not be tracked with their online service. Would have pd. $100.00 extra and bought local had I know it would take that long.
Sherry Recommends This Swisher Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Sherry,
We sincerely apologize for the delay. These units were unexpectedly on backorder with Swisher without any notification. We understand your frustration and again apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
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