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Model: RC11544BS
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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


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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

11.5 HP Briggs and Stratton Engine
Plenty of power for those tough mowing jobs

44-Inch, Rear Discharge Cutting Deck
Welded deck constructed of 11 gauge steel
2 heavy duty hardened steel swinging blades
Single-point cutting height adjustment - 4" adjustment range
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 Pneumatic Sealant Filled Tires
Helps mower roll smoothly over rough terrain


Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
11.5 HP
CC
344 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.7 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Consumer Engine Warranty
1 Year
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 Width
44 Inches
Cutting Height
2.5-6.5 Inches
Wheels
Rear Tire Size
16 Inch
Tire Type
Puncture Resistant
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
525 Pounds
Product Length
127.0 Inches
Product Width
59.0 Inches
Product Height
27.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
UPC
728172399530
Model
RC11544BS
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  2 Questions
Q: How is this shipped? Is it assembled or does it have to be put together? When delivered will it fit in the back of a standard pickup bed? Want to make sure I can haul it to our property. Thx
by Guy Sullaway from Texas on July 01, 2016

A: This is shipped in a crate and needs some assembly like the wheels and the tow bar and once assembled you should be able to fit it in a pick up.

by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Quick question. We're thinking of this unit or perhaps a different model, not buying until next season I suspect. But we're thinking about where we would store this. And my question is...can the unit be stored vertically? (that is, with the engine on it's side?) I do that with a Stihl trimmer we have just fine. But not sure if this engine will have a problem. Thanks!
by Randy@computronics.com from Wisconsin on August 21, 2015

A: Randy - you would not be able to store a Swisher tow-behind mower on its side (vertically).
by Jose, Product Expert
Swisher RC11544BS Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (14)
I'd Buy It Again (10)
Durable (6)
High Quality (5)
Price (5)
Cons
Durability (6)
Heavy (3)
Difficult To Use (2)
Low Quality (2)
Unreliable (2)
86% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14646 Helpful Votes
Mowers Direct Recommended

The Swisher RC11544BS tow-behind trail cutter is a good choice if you are looking for a space saver. The 44 deck will not take up a big space in your garage or shed, but holds up to the rigors of rough and tough land.

The Swisher RC11544BS is good for rough cut and brush cutting applications. It comes with a powerful 11.5 HP Briggs and Stratton engine which has plenty of power to mow through those tough areas of overgrown land. Another great feature is the breakaway blade which protects... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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Scott G.
Lubbock, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
29
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Mower Kicked The Weeds Butts
I own a ranch in Texas. We have got allot of rain this spring. My roads have been overtaken by weeds. Most over 1 inch in diameter and over 6 ft tall.

This mower sliced though them like a hot knife though butter. As you can see in the picture I have attached. I am very pleased with my purchase. Seems well built and up to the task.
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Scott Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Scott,
Thank you for the great review and for uploading a photo capturing the finished work! We enjoy seeing the progress that our machines provide. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Michael S
N Bellmore, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/7/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
13
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Belt Drive Broke After Cutting Grass Only On 4th Use
The Briggs and Stratton engine works great . I used the swisher to cut grass 4 times. Now the blades won't turn. I will have to take it apart and see if the belt broke. Very disappointed the bolts are not in easy location to get to. Will probably have to load it into the back of my pick up which is not easy and take it to a repair shop.
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Durability, Unreliable
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Michael,
Please contact Swisher @ (800) 222-8183 for troubleshooting or to find your local servicing dealer.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Michael,
Please contact us toll free at 1-800-222-8183 so we can help resolve your issue.
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Josh O.
Boise, ID
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/9/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
06
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Mower With Some Possible Improvements
The Swisher mower is a great product overall. The mower deck is extremely robust and built very well. It doesn't have some of the features that other mowers have but it also costs a fair amount less. It can best be described as a utilitarian mower no frills, just gets the job done. The only issue I have with it is the way it attaches to the tow vehicle. It has two tabs with a pin that goes through them that couples with the vehicle. The top tab that bears the entire weight of the mower arm has... more
Pros: Durable, Price, Reliable
Cons: Hitch attachment
Josh Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Joe A.
Harpster, ID
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/5/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
26
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Worked Like I Expected
My Swisher met my expectations.

My only complaint so far is that the tires are outside the cutting swath so it leaves some matted down grass where the tire runs. The wide tire width does, however, make it much more stable and it is easy to hitch up and move around.

All in all, it is a well constructed machine and has been doing the job I got it for.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Price
Joe Recommends This Swisher Mower
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William D.
New Bern, NC
REVIEWED
MAR.
04
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great
I had this mower for years. Being a hunter, I use it to make paths where I have to cut small trees up to 1 and a half inches and very heavy straw grass, my friends who have helped me over the years cutting paths in woods are impressed by this mower.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Durable, Reliable
Cons: Bad Instructions
William Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
William,
We are happy to hear that you are pleased with your purchase. This machine is perfect for cutting trails. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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William's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I dropped off in front yard all I had to do was un-crate it and put it together."
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Amando G.
Laredo, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/1/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
23
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Machine
This is exactly what I needed. Works great, sturdy, heavy which is good for cleaning , cutting empty lot. I hooked up to ATV works great. Be careful not to get cable tangled under blades. It comes with a long cable to activate blades, mine somehow got under blades and cut cable , but that was my doing. The long cable is good because it is long enough to fix onto ATV or other vehicle used to pull mower ...Do recommend this product
Amando Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Amando,
Thank you for your thorough review. We are happy your machine is exceeding your expectations. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Marc D.
Larchmont, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/18/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
10
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Mostly A Great Product
This is a fantastic machine and it does everything I would want it to do. The only issue I had was the second week using it the pin mysteriously came out of the hitch on the ATV and pulled all the wiring out off the machine.

For future reference I would suggest attaching a chain from the unit to the tow vehicle.

This can prevent damage if the pin happens to come out. Swisher was nice enough to send me the parts as a one-time warranty. The company is great they stand by their name and... more
Marc Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Marc,
We appreciate you taking time to review your machine. Your suggestions will be passed along to the appropriate department. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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George N
Germantown, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/28/17
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
19
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
It's A Beast
This mower is a beast. Cut down everything in my one acre field. Two issues: one, the blade engagement handle cut off a couple of times when a branch hit it. Second, one of the wires that goes to the motor came loose when I was cutting. The wires should have a cover to protect them.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Price, Fast
Cons: Heavy
George Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
George,
Thank you for taking time to leave a review. Your suggestions will be passed along. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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George's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I have bought two mowers from Mowers Direct. I love both of them. Your website contains great information about everything you sell. Great products and great prices"
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
George,
Thank you for the kind words! When you are ready for your next piece of power equipment, give us a call and we will help in any way we can. Thanks much for your business and happy mowing!
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Dan P
Houston, TX
REVIEWED
MAY.
08
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Broken Tongue Bolts
This is really a great brush cut mower if you can keep the two tongue bolts (3/8"-16x 2-1/2) from breaking. Even when we try to keep it under the 5mph limit the mine fields left by wild hogs seems to play havoc on these tongue bolts. There needs to be a better design for this tongue to mower frame attachment, otherwise this is a really great product as it does cut down the high weeds and brush.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Durability
Dan Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Dan,
Thank you for taking time to leave a review. We are sorry you are experiencing issues with your tongue bolts. Please call us toll free at 1-800-222-8183 so we can assist. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Christopher B
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/2/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAR.
28
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Wow!
The un-crating was easy and removing it from the pallet was fairly easy as well. The actual assembly was easy to understand and complete. The first start up went slowly as I figured out the choke and throttle settings. The pull start is a bit difficult for me as I am disabled but we figured out a safe and effective way for me to start the unit. The hook up to my JD EZ235 Mower was easy to do and off I went...

This is one outstanding rough cut mower it not only cuts through the brush and... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Reliable, Exceeded Expectations
Christopher Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Christopher,
Thank you for the thorough review. Your suggestion will be passed along. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Christopher's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Everything I have ever needed for mowing I have found it at MowersDirect.com... That's Right... Everything! Always the right unit, part or accessories. Always at a fair price and direct to my door."
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Ronald B.
Lancaster, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/8/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Great Buy
Awesome mower! Hardest thing about assembly was getting it uncrated. Starts easy. Durable. Made quick work of brush 30" inch tall. Just what I needed for my deet plot and trails.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Features, High Quality
Ronald Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Ronald,
Thank you for taking time to leave a review and thanks for choosing Swisher!
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