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Swisher (44") 14.5HP Rough Cut Tow-Behind Trail Cutter w/ Electric Start

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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 (66)
High Quality (45)
I'd Buy It Again (42)
Durable (41)
Price (35)
Cons
Bad Instructions (16)
Heavy (12)
Durability (9)
Packaging (6)
Unreliable (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
15044 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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Asher L
Crawfordville, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/24/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
SEP.
16
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Tough And Powerful
The good: I cut actual brush, not just thick grass but bushes, saplings, etc with this thing and thought surely the blades would but all dinged up and dull after 4 hours of cutting. Much to my surprise they were still factory sharp if not sharper for the loss of powder coating. 14.5 horses is plenty of power the engine only bogged down a little when it went over a 3-4" branch I didn't see when turning. Otherwise through all of the brush, saplings, etc. it didn't miss a beat (well other... more
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Durable, Price
Cons: Heavy
Asher Recommends This Swisher Mower
Asher's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I've already said mowers direct is great even though I didn't end up buying from them. Now I've bought from them and I still think they're great!"
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Ed K.
Clinton Twp, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/22/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
12
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Tow Behind Unit
I purchased the 44" cut 14.5hp three weeks ago and it hasn't stopped since. This brush cutter works like a charm.
Has no problem cutting grass and weeds 2-3ft, brush and small saplings with little to no hesitation.

Only complaint i have with this unit is the control unit that mounts to the bike. I had to mount this to a long 2x6 board for quick removal.
Pros: Price
Ed Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Scott W.
Keller, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/20/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
12
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower For A Hunting Lease!
I received my Swisher mower in the crate from the manufacturer. The setup was fairly easy, primarily just installing the front trailer hitch bar. Note this is a heavy mower at around 550 lbs. After reading reviews on the websites, I did order the trailer hitch connector instead of relying on the connecting pin others had trouble with.

Last weekend I took the mower to my lease and cleared trails, mowed field of 4 foot tall grass and cleared out brush in a wooded area and the mower performed... more
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Durable, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Bad Instructions, Heavy
Scott Recommends This Swisher Mower
Scott's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Product was ordered and shipped within a few days. Received from carrier in a sturdy crate sooner than expected."
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Charlotte C.
Highlands, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/21/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
11
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Product
I really like my 44" Trailcutter. It performed pretty well except for the belt. The belt broke after a short time mowing high weeds. I guess my biggest complaint is there was no step by step instructions on how to replace the belt which was surprising being as how the belt is really small for a Trailcutter claiming to cut up to 3" saplings and will be an ongoing issue because of it size.

Other than that I liked it and it does a good job.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Price, Fast
Cons: Bad Instructions, Heavy, Durability, The belt is to little.
Charlotte Recommends This Swisher Mower
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