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Flail Mowers: Everything You Need to Know

Updated: Jul 1



Recently, someone called Carl informed us that after many years he was looking to substitute an old flail topper for something new. He’d noticed our flail mowers for sale and wanted some data so that he could decide on whether he should invest in a flail mower for compact tractors and what were the advantages over a flail topper. We said to him that over the years, we’ve had a lot of clients decide to invest in a flail mower. Some said that after years of working a flail topper that the cut was a bit too long. We informed them that with a flail mower the grass gets sliced numerous times and this breaks it down much quicker.



In addition, the flail does very course stands of seasoned thistle, nettles, and scrub quickly. You can see how our unique heavy-duty FarmMaster flail mower for compact tractors does this quickly in the video. It’s also an excellent ATV flail mower. If you want to purchase a flail mower then please check out our merchandise and give us a call if you want any more info, or if want to pop in a see them in action for yourself.


What is a Flail Mower?


A flail mower is a kind of powered garden/agricultural machinery, which is used to dispense with heavier grass/scrub which a regular lawn mower could not cope with. Some more modest models are self-powered, but commonly they are PTO driven compact tractor implements, which can attach to the three-point hitches located on the rear of most compact tractors. This type of flail mower is best used to give a rough cut to taller grass where the connection with loose debris may be likely such as roadsides.


The flail mower gets its title from the use of flails assigned to its rotating horizontal drum (also called tube, rotor, or axle). Many compact tractor implement companies also refer to the flails as knives or blades. The lines of flails are usually staggered to give a complete cut. The flails are attached to the drum with chain links or brackets, depending on the producer. The rotating drum is parallel to the axle of the tractor. The PTO driveshaft along the tractor's axis must make a right angle through the use of a gearbox in order to carry its rotational energy to the drum. As the drum turns, centrifugal force pushes the flails out.


Regular flails are formed like an extruded "T" or "Y" and a chain connects to the bottom. There are also fashionable flails with various shapes for shredding larger brush and others that give a smooth, finish cut.


If a flail hits an immovable object, it simply jumps off. Other rotary type mowers have an inclination to grab and throw the object outside of the mower deck if its tiny enough. This fact makes the flail mower best suited for spaces where thrown objects would cause harm.


Flail mowers may also be applied in a more or less upright position for trimming the sides of hedges. They are often called hedge cutters for sale (or sometimes also compact tractor hedge trimmers) then.


The FarmMaster FL125 Flail Mower For Sale


FarmMaster flail mowers are designed for small tractors. The power required is 15-40HP. They are operated on flat land grass and bush side trimming.


The FarmMaster flail mower for compact tractors has passed all dynamic balance testing procedures. This promises the blades stability in high velocity running with less noise than usual. With dual Y shape blades, it has a much higher cutting performance.



The flail mower roller employs two tips that include bearings. This ensures flexibility when rotating and prevents hard abrasion.


FarmMaster FL125 flail mower for sale for compact tractors are intended for micro-tractors, small tractors and are perfect Flail mowers for compact tractors. Click to find out more about the FarmMaster FL125 flail mowers for compact tractors.


Flail Mower Vs. Flail Topper Vs. Finishing Mower


This is a great video to watch in order to find out what’s so fabulous about a flail mower.



If after viewing this video you become drawn to a flail mower for sale, then we have a full range of flail mowers, flail toppers and many different compact tractor attachments for sale.


To view our flail mowers please view our garden tractor attachments, or why not take a look at our complete range of compact tractor implements.


Available at Beckside Machinery, home of compact tractors Lincolnshire.

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