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Swisher RTB12544 44-Inch 12.5 HP Trailcutter (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • 44-inch trail cutter for use with an ATV, lawn tractor, or other utility vehicle
  • 12.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine; cuts most woody materials up to 1-1/2-inch in diameter
  • Rugged 1/8-inch reinforced steel construction
  • Two heavy-duty swinging blades
  • Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 61 x 30 x 56 inches ; 94.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 540 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is available for shipping in the U.S. except for California and to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000JCL0TO
  • Item model number: RTB12544
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,936 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

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The Swisher 44-inch 12.5 HP Trailcutter is perfect for any big mowing job. Designed to dramatically reduce mowing time, Trailmowers attach to your ATV, lawn tractor or other utility vehicle and are the ultimate time-savers for large lawns and meadows with grass up to 6 inches in height. This model will cut 1-1/2-inch samplings down or anything else that your ATV can knock over. It features rugged 1/8-inch reinforced steel construction, two heavy-duty swinging blades, convenient single-point cutting height adjustment, and a remote engagement blade brake for safety.

Product Description

Swisher Implements SWISHER 44" MOWER 12.5HP B&S RTB12544 550LBS, 61"X56"X30" RECOIL START

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Customer Reviews

I replaced this belt and within another couple of hours this belt broke again.
Cliff
Also, don't "flick" the lever to engage and disengage the blade, if you move it slowly you will be less likely to drop the belt.
Fred Gerr
I had to modify the hitch because I hooked it to a garden tractor, but that was not difficult either.
Cactus Frank

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By roskomd on June 1, 2005
I've used this for 3 yrs so I have some comments:

Good Points-

1)easy to attach to tractor- just a hitch pin & a few bolts, on or off in a few minutes. MUCH quicker than a bush hog

2)powerful- really eats up woody brushy like multiflora rose quite nicely.

3)separate from propulsion- when dealing with heavy growth, you can throttle down to a crawl while leaving the mower's engine at full power to knock down overgrowth

Bad Points-

1)belt trouble- still using orginal belt but it gets off pulley for no apparent reason, have to do contortions under a hot engine to replace it. finally I just leave cover off to save wrenching time.

2)grass- it is a rough cut mower, it won't leave a smooth finish but grass seems to be more able to choke & stall it than brush.

3)hard to pull start- It was tight when new, better now but still takes a good hard pull to start- I wish I got the electric start model, more convenient to restart after a stall.

4)noisy- between tractor & mower, wear ear protection

maintanence- in three years, I've had to have main bearing replaced (immediate failure) and idler pulley-both under service contract. 1 flat tire. Motor has done fine, only changed oil & air filter, also starter rope broke this spring.

overall, I have got a lot of use on this on 23 acres, compared with a tractor mounted bush hog, it is a good value for the money.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
I liked the ease of use, but...
The mower arrived with minimal assembly, but was very difficult to remove from the pallet is was attached to. The mower is very heavy and is difficult to manuver to the ATV.
The belt is another story. I have gone through 3 now (in as many cuttings). The belt is extremely loose when the blades are disengaged. When the belt is engaged it can easily slip off any of the pulleys. This requires refitting the belt (if it is not chewed up or cut in half), then starting the mower w/ the blades engaged. As I have an electric start mower, I must turn the key while having an "object" push the button with the cover off the mower. I don't think this is safe as someone (or me doing contortionist moves) is standing next to the blades engaged.
Otherwise... I am satisfied with the HP of the deck and its ability to demolish the medium sized yucca's in my field. I try not to tackle the bigger ones as it may kill the mower (just like tall grass for a regular push mower would).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barry L. Arney on July 23, 2005
I have had this mower for two years pushing it to and beyond it's design in cutting brush and have been very satisfied with the results. While it leaves a pretty rough cut in material that is over my head on the first mowing, on the second mowing it cleans up nicely doing almost as good a job as a finish mower. It starts readily (I have electric start) and when I bog it down, it is easy to restart. My only problems have been that the nut holding the tow hitch vibrated loose and I quickly jerked all the wiring loose. That problem was solved with a lock washer. The second is that I did not secure the excess cable controlling the mower properly and I ran over it with the mower. That problem was solved easily with some pvc conduit and some flexible conduit and clamps. Since then no problems in some very heavy stuff. Swisher could improve the unit by providing a more secure way of attaching the wiring to the tongue of the mower and onto the tow vehicle. No problems thus far with belts as others have mentioned. Other than my two problems I am very impressed with the capability of this machine and very satisfied.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Larry on May 4, 2005
Overall this is an excellent product. I haven't had any of the belt problems that "A home improvement enthusiast" mentioned in his review. As far as getting it off the pallet, I just used the boards that I cut off the top and sides of the crate that it came in as ramps to wheel it down, so no problem there either. The thing is a bit heavy and awkward to move around on your own, either backing up or pushing the atv to the mower makes this a non-issue.

I used this all last summer and fall to cut down 5 acres of rough brush and overgrowth, sometimes over 5 feet tall, and it didn't bog down once on me. The only problem I had was the height adjustment bolt seized up on me, and I broke the adjustment handle trying to get it loose. Swisher sent me a new one free (under warranty), and now I just spray the bolt with wd-40 after every use.

For the price, you can't beat what this thing can do. If money isn't an object though, you may want to look into the Acrease rough cut, with a 60in. deck and a more powerful motor that enables faster cutting speeds. Expect to spend at least $3K for it though. The Swisher served me well all last summer, and it started right back up again this spring and is still going strong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe M on September 7, 2012
Verified Purchase
I purchased this to cut some ATV and horse trails through pretty thick brush.

Amazon did a great job with delivery. At 500lbs, I was concerned about "lift gate" service. When I checked, it was included. This was being delivered to a second home, so I also had to schedule a delivery appointment. The delivery company called me as soon as they received the unit and were great about scheduling a day/time that worked for me. The driver was also very helpful. I never had such a large delivery go so well.

The unit is packed in an "open" crate. A bit of work to break open, but the packing is necessary to protect it during transit.

Once open, the tow arm needs to be assembled, which is a very simple task. Adjust a few bolts and it is ready to hitch onto the ATV. Couldn't be simpler. Manual describes a similar process for breaking in the belt. Five minutes later, you are set to go.

Starting is a breeze. One pull and it was running.

I started off on some high (4ft) grass/weeds/wild growth in a 1-2 acre field. As one would expect, this unit made quick work of it.

The next weekend, I turned my attention to some VERY thick brush which was 4ft and more high. Ground in this area is very uneven and there are also some fairly large rocks. I cut trails for about four hours making a trail network about 2.5 miles long (with multiple passes to get a wider width). Hard to explain how thick this brush is... it is like thick bushes with multiple pieces of about 1/2 shoots coming out of the ground. When you drive through it with a large ATV, it just pops back up behind you like you were never there.

After a full day of cutting down this stuff, I finally got the blade belt to come off the pulley. The belt was looking pretty ragged.
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