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Model: RC14544BS
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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

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


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 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
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 (70)
I'd Buy It Again (47)
High Quality (46)
Durable (43)
Price (35)
Cons
Bad Instructions (16)
Heavy (13)
Durability (9)
Expensive (7)
Packaging (6)
91% 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
15235 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
14 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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Kenneth J.
Knox, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/19/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
11
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Good Mower.... But
The adjustment screw broke, but I repaired it in the field. The hitch pin broke and pulled the cable out of the ignition and ruined the plastic conduit fitting, but I replaced it with a better metallic fitting. THIS THING MOWS LIKE A CHAMP! The motor is strong and starts easy. There are some improvements to make like wider wheels, but overall I'm very satisfied with this mower.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Durable, Price
Kenneth Recommends This Swisher Mower
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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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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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Randy Schrock
Glenwood Springs, CO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/25/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
15
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Swisher Trail Mower Is A Beast!
I was in the market for a trail mower to pull behind my Polaris Ranger and I have to tell you, this Swisher mower has exceeded my expectations. It plowed through waist-high grass without missing a beat. As others have said, I'm a little suspect about the hitching mechanism and will put on a 2" ball joint hitch. Regardless, I would buy again in a heartbeat. Starts right up, mows great and seems to be very high quality and durable. Mowers Direct to the rescue again!
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Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Price, Exceeded Expectations
Randy Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Keith M.
Minneapolis, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/26/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
High Grade With A Few Reservations
I ordered the 14.5 HP 44" Swisher Rough Cut Tow-Behind mower with electric start after reading and researching many of the reviews on Mowers Direct and other sites. It seemed like a very good mixture of feature/function and price (strong value) when compared with riding mowers and other pull behind mowers. Overall, I still gave this mower a recommendation, but there are a few items (which were noted by others in reviews) that were annoying at best and very frustrating at worst.

1) As... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Durable, Price
Cons: Durability, Hitch connection
Keith Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Keith,
Thank you for the thorough review. Your comments and suggestions will be passed along. Swisher highly recommends the use of Sta-bil with your gasoline to protect your engine. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Keith's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
4/5
"I would highly recommend Mowers Direct. Excellent web site and comparative information when researching mowers. Had a good experience with the shipping company, although the timing on shipping day got a little mixed up as they told me the truck would be at my house at 10:00 (which we planned for) and he showed up at 8:30 while we were on a walk, and then came back at around 10:00."
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Donald S.
Lancaster, KY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/10/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
NOV.
14
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Successful
I purchased this unit for a back up to my 8N tractor that I normally mow my farm with. We used a 4x4 out in front of our new Swisher mow / UTV combination. This allowed us to identify all obstacles and run a steady 8 hrs without stopping. The performance surprised and pleased everyone!! I believe if you follow the manual instructions you will not have major issues. Therefore, I am very pleased. I have had a great, eight hour, first experience with my mower.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Durable, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Expensive
Donald Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Donald,
We are pleased to hear that your machine is exceeding your expectations. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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James C.
Phoenix, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/26/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
18
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Product
I have had the mower for 3 weeks. The mower starts and runs flawless. I have mowed around 5 field acres of 2 foot tall grass and weeds (brambles,golden rod and woody material up to 1" diameter) with no problem. The specifications say you can mow saplings up to 3" I think this is a stretch with this size machine. I field mow for a living and run a 70 hp tractor with a 6 foot rotatory mower running 540 rpm at the PTO and running over 3" saplings tears up the deck. The tubing hitch... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
James Recommends This Swisher Mower
James's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Easy online ordering and excellent order tracking."
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Edward R.
03031, NH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/16/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
28
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Beast!
The quality of construction is evident assembly. It handled everything I hoped it would, very rough brush, small trees, aggressive vines, and tall weeds. I pull it with my ATV with no issue on a very uneven grade. It's also much quieter than I expected. I added a small trailer jack to make moving around a breeze. Just what I needed.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Edward Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Edward,
Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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Edward's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Got it to me quickly and I expected to pick it up at the street, but the delivery driver backed up my driveway (500') and dropped it at my garage."
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Mark R.
Wartburg, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/25/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
27
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Tough Machine, Heavy Duty
I use mine with an ATV, and I mow hilly terrain with it. It handles the landscape very well, you just have to be sure that you have adequate brakes on the ATV to control your speed going down hill, I load the ATV and mower on a trailer with ramps, the clearance at the top of the ramp is not enough to drive the mower on to the trailer, usually I have to put a board under the frame so its like a ramp to get the mower all the way on the trailer.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Durable, Reliable
Cons: Expensive
Mark Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Brand Rep
Mark,
Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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