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Flail mowers vs. Rotary mowers – which ones best?

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

It's important to know and work out the exact pros and cons when it comes to choosing between flail and rotary mowers.


Of course, the ultimate choice will also be dependent on what it is you're looking to achieve, as these very different cutting attachments might at first glance seem to do the same job; however, they are, in fact, very different in what they offer to different situations, offering not only different types of cuts but also different outcomes when it comes to final presentation.


Flail mowers vs. Rotary mowers – which ones best?

In this post, we look at flail mowers and rotary mowers in more depth, what they have to offer, their blade design, and what their final cut helps to achieve.


Main differences between flail mowers and rotary mowers


Rotary mowers, or brush hogs, are very similar to those of household lawnmowers; hence, they remain popular because for many they feel more comfortable, more natural almost, as often rotary mowers can be seen as the next step up from a garden mower.


Rotary mowers are mainly used to help with clearings, cutting back and trimming overgrown grass or brush, and they're designed to do this job quickly.


They operate with their continuous spinning blades, slicing through the brush, and then sucking it up, before spitting it back out.


The blades used on rotary mowers are thicker and larger than flail mowers, making them ideal for overgrown grassy areas and pastures.


However, due to the blade's roughness and thickness, rotary mowers are designed for a quick rough cut, which is done with power and speed.


The result?