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Long story short... I acquired a Deere 25A flail mower and I am trying to decide if I should keep it or sell it.
I got it with a tractor I bought and I currently have no use for it. In the future (a couple years) I would have a need for land clearing.
My questions to people that have one, how is it in heavy brush? I know a rotary cutter is ideal but will a flail work? Do you trash your blades in heavy brush? I'm thinking it would be smarter to sell it and when the time comes find a cheap rotary cutter and abuse it. But... I do like collecting things I don't need :laugh:
 

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There are 2 different styles of flails for the flail mowers. One for grass mowing and one for brush mowing. Which does your's have?
 

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It has the grass but I know I can swap them for the heavy duty ones. Deere doesn't show heavy duty ones for a 25A but I have swapped them out for guys before.
 

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I run a flail for all my brush clearing needs using the hammer style knives. It works well, and almost will match my MMM in grass cut quality despite not having the knives for that type of work.

I've used a rotary cutter a lot before I got this flail, so I know both well. If I was going to be doing HD clearing where it would get abused more, I'd get a rotary cutter.

What I like in the flail:
* not long, so easy to maneuver in the tight woods
* when it hits/throws an object it doesn't send it through my house/car
* mulches what it cuts well

Things I don't like:
* not long, so mowing under tree branches is harder
* more to maintain. Knives come loose occasionally and there are a lot more to keep sharp, replacing knives costs a lot more then blades on a rotary.
* ~2x price


2017 2038r, 220r loader, 72" MMM, 66" EA Box blade, Woodmax FM-62 flail mower, Artillian forks, JD KBL 6' 1950s discs, subsoiler
 

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Reasonably heavy brush with a flail running hammers. I wouldn't want to clear this with a rotary mower.




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Thanks for your replies. I think it will do what I want to do. Just have to decide if I want to keep it for a couple years to use it.
 
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