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Model: WBRC11524
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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Rough Cut Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Small Home
Small
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
Width
24

Cutting Inches
Engine


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Clear The Densest Undergrowth
Ideal for cutting trails and clearing fields and ditches
Cut down saplings and brush up to 1-1/2" diameter
Handles up to 2/3 acre per hour

11.5HP/344cc Briggs and Stratton PowerBuilt™ Engine
Four-speed, self-propelled transmission
Reverse gear is handy for backing out of trouble

24" Heavy Duty Cutting Deck
Welded deck constructed of 11 gauge steel
Single, fixed, hardened steel blade
Adustable cutting height from 3" to 4-3/4"
Blade is enclosed for maximum safety
Front and side safety deflectors protect against flying debris

Adjustable Handle Bar
Ergnomically designed handles for less arm and hand fatigue
Handlebar mounted controls for PTO & drive system

Large Pneumatic Chevron Tread Tires
Roll easily over the roughest terrain for smooth cutting
Help increase traction and maneuvering


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
Steel
Blades
1 Blade
Cutting Width
24 Inches
Cutting Height
3.0-4.75 Inches
Drive
Speeds
4 Speeds
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Self-Propelled
Wheels
Rear Tire Size
16 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
256 Pounds
Product Length
87.0 Inches
Product Width
29.0 Inches
Product Height
39.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
UPC
728172400731
Model
WBRC11524
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  2 Questions
Q: Can this mower be used on hill sides?
by Rob from Pennsylvania on January 22, 2016

A: Rob - the maximum slope or incline that you can use a Swisher rough cut walk behind mower on is about 15 degrees.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: What is the cutting height increments on model WBRC11524?
by Ethan Sandoval from Illinois on May 28, 2015

A: Thank you for contacting Mowers Direct, The cutting height range for this model is 3” – 4.75” and There are 4 cutting height adjustments which are 3", 3.75", 4.50" and 4.75".



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Swisher WBRC11524 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
Price (4)
I'd Buy It Again (4)
High Quality (4)
Easy To Use (4)
Durable (3)
Cons
Heavy (3)
Difficult To Use (1)
Bad Hand-control Design (1)
runs at just idle speed (1)
Bad Instructions (1)
92% 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
15122 Helpful Votes
Mowers Direct Recommended

The Swisher WBRC11524 is the perfect option for people looking to take down areas of overgrown weeds, brush, small saplings and just about anything else your typical mower is going to be over matched for. Unlike the larger tow-behind models which call for an ATV/UTV or tractor of some kind to tow, this machine can be easily pushed through the same type of overgrowth. It is great for users who have some clearing, but in small areas and not acres.

Equipped with an 11.5HP Briggs & Stratton... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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James P.
Jamestown, KY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 1/21/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
FEB.
13
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Mowing River Bank
Had a Billy Goat. This works just as well, but with much lower price.
Pros: Durable, Quiet, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
James Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
James,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for choosing Swisher!
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James's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Work will cut good"
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James B.
Rockford, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/26/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
30
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Worked Good When It Ran
My mower quit working after a half of tank of gas. I had to leave it in Michigan, because I could not get it in my truck to bring it home, and I don't have the model or engine number to call. I believe it is that plunger thing in the bottom of the carburetor and or the wiring for that. By the time I get up to look at it, my warranty will be up. I talked to mower direct where I bought it and they told me to contact Swisher, I just don't have the time lately
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, Easy To Store
Cons: Unreliable
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
James,
We are sorry to hear you are having issues with your machine. If the problem is in the engine, that will be covered by the engine manufacturer. If not, please contact us toll free at 1-800-222-8183 so we can assist you.
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Michael D
Walpole, NH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/6/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
16
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
The Jury Is Still Out
The Swisher cuts well but, if growth is really thick, it can bog down. It starts easy and is easy to operate. The power is great when it's moving but, as soon as you get hung up, the tires start to spin and they dig a run quickly. It seems very sturdy but, I was just working in the yard and the shifting lever fell off. It looks like bolt snapped.
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Heavy, Durability
Michael Recommends This Swisher Mower
Michael's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I had no problems ordering or with delivery. The guy who delivered my equipment was great!"
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Stephen K.
Painesville, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/14/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
08
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
A No Nonsense, Low Frill, And Effective Brush Cutter
This brush cutter certainly gets the job done and has a good heavy duty feel about it. As others have noted, and as I expected before I purchased it, the hand controls are awkwardly placed and the safety lift bar for the reverse mode is very annoying and probably not needed. I try to work around using it in reverse. So overall a machine that is reasonably easy to use and very effective.
Stephen Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Larry H.
Chehalis, WA
Total Reviews
5 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
20
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Engine Just Idles, What's Wrong?
I bought this in 2014 and assembled and parked it in my carport and did not use it until recently due to medical problems. I changed the oil and added fresh non alcohol gasoline, but I did not drain out the old gas. It will not go faster than an idle. It starts, cuts and runs but at an idle speed. How do I get it to go faster? Do I need to drain the gas and gum out the carburetor?
Pros: Price, I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Easy To Store
Cons: Bad Instructions, runs at just idle speed
Larry Recommends This Swisher Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Larry,
After sitting for that long, there could be a few issues. It could be the carb, air filter, spark plug. There's also a throttle control on the model, in addition to a choke control. I would also suggest removing all the old fuel from the machine and possibly servicing the carb, most likely it is clogged/gummed up. If you're still having issues, you should probably take it a small engine shop to get serviced.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Larry,
Please contact us Monday - Friday 8am-4pm CST. We can help troubleshoot your problem.
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Larry's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"I have bought several products from Mowers Direct and have been happy with the service."
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Deron A.
Mineral Point, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/5/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
12
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Solid Machine With A Couple Of Design Flaws
The mower works great and will go through huge amounts of grass and weeds.

The first issue I ran into was that the drive belt slipped off the pulley during shipment. It would be nice if the assembly instructions say to check the drive belt during the step where you have to attach the drive cable to the handle.

Then put the mower in reverse you have to reach down near the transmission lever and lift up a safety bracket while shifting into reverse. Not exactly what you want to do if stuck... more
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Deron Recommends This Swisher Mower
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Tom D.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/17/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
29
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Brute
If you can hang on to it, it takes down whatever is in front of it. Lots of power, never had any problems cutting down 3 ft. high weeds and cockle burrs
Pros: Price, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy
Tom Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Tom,
Thanks for choosing Swisher!
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Douglas L
Jupiter, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/8/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
31
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Performance For The Money
I had read all the reviews prior to purchase. All reviews stated about the bolt that connected the shift lever to the transmission had snapped. I thought after 2 years of the same problem that they would had corrected the problem. I had used the unit for 4 straight hours, no problem until I started to walk back to barn and sure enough the lever became disconnected and noticed the bolt had sheered off. I was lucky that there was enough of the bolt to grab and turn out. I had replaced the bolt... more
Pros: Durable, High Quality, Price, I'd Buy It Again
Douglas Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Douglas,
We are sorry that you experienced issues with your machine. We have since upgraded the bolt on the shift lever. Thank you for choosing Swisher.
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Douglas's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
4/5
"I purchased 2 different units and both were priced right and look forward to purchasing a few more items at a later date."
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Matthew T.
Independence, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/27/16
REVIEWED
OCT.
20
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Tough Mower
cuts everything as advertised, tough mower, loud as hell, handlebar controls are rather flimsy compared to the rest of the mower, reverse lockout is a pain to operate. overall i'm very satisfied with this machine. a quieter muffler and better control levers would be quite an improvement(worth a few extra dollars)
Matthew Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Matthew,
Thank you for taking time to leave a review. We are happy that you are pleased with your purchase. Your suggestions will be passed along. Thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Michael B.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/23/16
REVIEWED
OCT.
18
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Does what I got it for - mowing trails at my Deer lease
Michael Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Michael,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and thank you for choosing Swisher!
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Jc J.
Hartsdale, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/28/15
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine
Have a small farm which is difficult to keep clear of brush. For years had been doing the clearing with hand held brush cutter. With this mower was able to clear an area 3x as large as usual in less than half the time. This mower will go through anything, it is incredibly strong and overall very agile. Only complaint is the reverse gear has a safety that you have to bend down and pull up before you can go into reverse. After awhile it becomes a chore. The mower came extremely well packaged and... more
Jc Recommends This Swisher Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Jc,
Thank you for the positive review on your machine. Your input on the reverse gear will be passed along for review. Thank you for choosing Swisher! UPDATE...

The mechanism must stay there for safety purposes. It is there for two reasons; the first is it forces the operator to use two hands when switching from a forward gear to a reversing gear. This does two things, it automatically kills the blades since they are required to use both hands and it makes the operator fully aware that they are changing directions of the drive systems so they are not caught off guard.

The second reason is because the lever on the transmission that allows the operator to switch gears is very easy to operate and does not take much force at all. The safety mechanism keeps the operator from accidentally switching to reverse (or being knocked into reverse by debris etc.)
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Jc's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Even with lift gate service machine very heavy, you will need plenty of help to move until have machine uncrated and running."
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