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Flail Mower or Brush Hog? WHich one...

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

In our conversations with clients, we often answer questions about the differences between brush hogs and flail mowers for sale. Numerous people believe that the two types of attachments are fully interchangeable; however, each class of mower is distinct enough to be suitable for distinctive mowing conditions. Both brush hogs and flail mowers are affordable compact tractor attachments, or if you have a quad bike, then they also come as ATV attachments.

To explain the uses of each kind of mower, it is important to have a basic knowledge of how each mower operates. Brush hogs are a rotary lawn mower. This implies that cutting is done by horizontally spinning blades. In some rotary mowers, like numerous lawnmowers, the blades are frequently sharpened. However, since a brush hog is intended to work in harsh conditions, its blades would dull insanely quickly. Therefore, a brush hog’s blades are dense, thick and dull and rely on force to beat through growth up to an inch dense.

A flail mower slices by flails, Y- or T- shaped blades, connected to a lengthy shaft. This shaft, powered by the PTO drive, runs parallel to the terrain, and as it rotates these blades fragment biomass. Cut material is caught under the mower for a longer interval allowing it to be more shredded. Then the lighter clippings are diffused evenly across the full width of the flail mower. This guarantees that clippings do not clump and accumulate, possibly killing regrowth and ultimately leaving bare places in the field.

Brush hogs are excellent for mowing extensive over-grown grassy areas and can handle tall, thick grass with comfort. They can be run at relatively high ground speeds, implying more acreage can be reached in a given time. This extended production comes at the expense of a lower quality cut and the potential for clumping and piling of clippings. Brush hogs with their dull blades are also simple to maintain. However, an added downside of the brush hog concerns to safety. With its rotary motion, things can be launched in any direction; therefore, mowing in domains with debris —rocks, garbage, branches — should be engaged with great warning.

Flail mowers are a more fitting choice for areas of overgrown vines and brush, and their configuration diminishes the risk of injury from travelling debris. Flail mowers shine at chopping vines and brush. This earns them the title of the ideal choice for areas that are not only grassy but also thick and wild with other types of vegetation. Their build does an excellent job of mulching what is cut, therefore restoring nutrients to the earth. Continuing their versatility, some types can be lengthened to the side and angled to cut ditches and slopes. Their straight cut and design also decrease the risk of thrown debris, making them a more suitable choice for mowing areas with stones, woody material and even trash, or anywhere people may be near. If broken, the flails are easy to replace.

In conclusion, brush hogs can be a better choice for large overgrown grassy fields and may manage such conditions with higher speed, though lower quality, than flail mowers. However, flail mowers are a more desirable choice for stretches of overgrown brush and vines, and their build overcomes the risk of injury from flying debris. In addition, the flail mower will provide a better-quality cut and will scatter the cuttings more evenly. When picking the best mower for your work, be sure to hold these factors in mind.

Beckside Machinery are proud to stock the UK’s most comprehensive range of flail mowers for sale, which are subdivided into the following categories:

We have multiple models in each category to suit your specific requirements. All variants can be viewed from our Flail Mower page. Please call us on 01673 828 965 if you want any help.

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