Swisher RTB12544 44-Inch 12.5 HP Trailcutter
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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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|Item Dimensions||56 x 30 x 61 inches|
|Item Weight||94.3 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||RTB12544|
|Shipping Weight||540 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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).
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In early summer of 2012 I purchased a 60 inch Swisher finish cut trail mower. I pull it with my Polaris Ranger SUV. I like the power of the mower (18. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Be prepared to reinforce the arm and movable towing parts. Swishers view of the terrain is more in line with how a finish mower should perform. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Glenn W. Little
We purchased this mower about a year and a half ago. It is not very rugged to say the least. The "steel" bends to easily making the mower not work properly. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by H. Schultz
I've had one of these for a about 3 years now. Just a heads-up to people having trouble with the belt - YOU CAN ADJUST THE TENSION ON THE BELT. Read morePublished on November 19, 2008 by Fred Gerr
I received the Swisher 44 12.5 HP pull-start trail cutter a week ago and have used it fairly heavily on some rough terrain since then. Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by Mark J. Sherbine
I've used this quite a lot on my 13 acres in the past year and a half, pulling it behind a Honda 350 Rancher ATV. As far as performance, it really gets the job done. Read morePublished on August 23, 2008 by Reginald vHD
I purchased the Swisher 44 about a year ago and thought I'd wait until I did the first oil change at 25 hours to review the product. Read morePublished on July 16, 2008 by Cactus Frank
I just got this mower last week. Yesterday was my first chance to hook it up to the ATV and start clearing my property. Read morePublished on May 24, 2008 by Lanny A. Netz
Good piece of equipment with a couple of things the manufacture must fix. This is a rough cut mower, which means anywhere the four wheeler will go, it should cut (within... Read morePublished on October 29, 2007 by Montana Acres