As an industrial society, our working needs and wants are satisfied by an ever-changing landscape of machinery and equipment. Every industry experiences improved technology and equipment design to make our lives easier. Lawn care is no exception. Such advances have been made in lawn and field rotary cutters that perhaps it’s time to look at the advantages of a flail mower over a rotary cutter.
The term flail comes from the agricultural industry and refers to a tool used for threshing. A flail mower consists of “Y” or “T” shaped pieces of metal, called flails, that are attached to a rotating drum. As the drum spins, the grass or brush is pulled in by the flails and thrashed. There are several advantages of a flail mower over a rotary cutter. Unlike typical rotary lawn mowers, flail mowers kick up very little debris. When a rock or other hard object is encountered, the mower bounces off the object, often with no damage. If a flail is bent, you simply replace the damaged flail rather than having to replace the entire blade as you would on a rotary cutter. Flail mowers can also easily be used at an angle or used to trim bushes and shrubbery, making them a good choice for landscaping.
Flail mowers come with different flail options as well. If you require finer cutting such as might be the case for your lawn, near a fence or around trees, a thinner blade will do the trick. If you’re tackling heavier brush or clearing a field of large stalks and weeds, a studier blade would be your choice for flail mowing. These mowers are also much quieter, producing very little noise at all.
Additional advantages of a flail mower over a rotary cutter include simple maintenance and storage. If you plan to use your flail mower in a large field, it easily attaches to a tractor. If this sounds like the new industry standard in mowing you’re looking for, it’s time to find a reputable dealer and choose the flail mower that suits your purpose and budget.