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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Flail Mower online

The Definitive Flail Mower Guide

Flail Mowers have been around for quite some time and are the mower of choice for many large scale applications. In fact, we recently adapted a blog post based on an essay penned by Elmer Mott way back in 1971.

Typically favored by highway mowing, park maintenance, large property owners and estate conservators, flail mowers are generally known for their ability to effectively mow large, grassy areas of varying vegetation and soil conditions.  

Specialized hydraulic flail mowers are available for offset mowing, specifically embankments, slopes, ditches, and around corners.  These flail mowers are commonly referred to as offset mowers, embankment (bank) mowers, ditch mowers, or verge mowers.

Victory Tractor offers a variety of Embankment Mowers, Heavy Duty Flail Mowers, and Specialized Mowers to suit your needs.

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This comprehensive Flail Mower guide is split into the following sections:

1: Flail Mowers

2: Flail Mower Blades

3: Curb Appeal

4: Additional Considerations

5: Other Mower Types

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Section 1: Flail Mowers

What Makes Flail Mowers Different than Regular Mowers?

Maintenance professionals tend to prefer flail mowers when dealing with heavy grass and shrubbery that would be overwhelming for a standard lawnmower.  

Although there are smaller, self-powered options available, the majority tend to be PTO driven, attaching to the three-point hitch found towards the rear of most small to mid-size tractors.  

These mowers are especially well suited to situations where contact with tall grass and loose debris is possible.

Standard vs. Offset?

While similar in nature, there is a primary difference between standard flail mowers and offset flail mowers (also known as ditch mowers, bank mowers, ditch bank mowers, and embankment mowers).  

While standard flail mowers are designed to be centered behind the tractor, offset flail mowers can be positioned off-center while being towed behind the tractor. This enables the operator to access hard to reach places.  

Because the mower is offset, the flails are able to extend further in a particular direction, clearing areas that would otherwise be inaccessible by conventional machinery.

See the EMSD Series Embankment Flail Mower in action:

What are Flails?

The name “flail mower” comes from the flails attached to the rotating drum (also known as tube, axle, or rotor).  Flails are commonly referred to as knives or blades by industry professionals and implement companies.  When purchasing a mower it’s important to ensure the seller offers a variety of spare parts in the event the flails are damaged and require replacement. 

Victory Tractor carries spare parts for a variety of flail mower models year round. Check out the Spare Parts section for replacement belts, flails, and more.

Which Flail Mower Do I Need?

When determining which mower is going to be best suited for the job there are a number of factors to consider.  Most PTO tractor mounted flail mowers require min 20-60 HP depending on the size of the mower.  Another consideration is the desired width of the mower, which can range between 47” on smaller mowers to 83” wide on the larger mowers.  Weight may also be a factor, considering the heavy-duty mowers weigh as much as 1750 lbs.

For more information on different types of flail mowers available, check out 2020 Flail Mower Buyer’s Guide to find the mower that exactly meets the specifications of your tractor

Avoiding Injury with the correct Flail Mower Attachment

One of the primary reasons to utilize the proper piece of equipment for the job is operator safety, especially when mowing difficult to reach places, such as embankments, slopes, ditches, drop-offs, and hills.  In these scenarios, it is recommended to use a specialized type of mower, such as an offset mower, to minimize the potential for the attachment or tractor wheels become destabilized, and possibly result in a rollover (or worse).

Flail Mower Safety Checklist

☐ Wear Protective Equipment
☐ Avoid loose fitting clothing
☐ Wear suitable hearing protection
☐ Prepare for emergencies
☐ Keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher handy
☐ Avoid High Pressure Fluids
☐ Keep Riders off machinery
☐ Maintain tire safety with the correct tools and equipment

Is It Safe to Buy a Flail Mower Online?

When deciding to purchase a mower online (or offline for that matter), make sure the PTO shaft is included and don’t forget to factor in the cost of tax and shipping, otherwise, you may end up with some unexpected costs that were not budgeted for. 

The cost-conscious buyer should also consider the quality of the machinery when making a purchasing decision.  Many of the lower cost mowing attachments manufactured overseas are imported allowing them to be sold at a less expensive price point.  Many people associate overseas manufacturing with lower quality, however, the quality of some imports is so good that they rival their higher-priced counterparts, in many cases providing comparable quality and functionality at half the cost!

Comparable machinery can often be found at varying price points depending on whether they are a direct distributor of the manufacturer or a middle man.  In order to maintain profitability and stay in business the middle man often increases the price by hundreds of dollars, inflating the cost to the buyer while offering no real benefit.  

What Should I Look For When Buying Online?

To assist with the purchase, try to speak with a representative of the company directly to answer questions and address any concerns.  If possible, search the website for a direct telephone number that allows you to speak to a real human being rather than a voice automated system.  Bonus points if they are knowledgeable and can help guide your decision process to ensure you select the attachment best suited for your needs.

At Victory Tractor, we source all of our equipment directly from the manufacturer and pass the savings on to our customers.  As always, the team is standing by to answer any questions to assist with your decision. 

Victory Support can be reached directly at 562-235-5725 or sales@etractorimplements.com

What Are Some Examples of Use?

Many of the places you visit are regularly maintained by flail mowers in conjunction with other specialized types of mowers (such as reel mowers).  For example, are you an avid golfer or the number one fan at your children’s little league games?  If so, there’s a good chance a flail mower can be located somewhere on the property. The giveaway is in the cut, which has a distinct appearance separate from other types of mowers and can be described as having a ridged or combed appearance (rather than round, for example).

Other typical applications include horticulture and agriculture, such as orchards or vineyards, where the terrain can be demanding and require equipment capable of bouncing off immovable objects rather than grabbing on and throwing them, such as rotary mowers.  In addition, most standard flail mowers can be positioned vertically, enabling the operator to trim the sides of hedges, bushes, and other dense shrubberies.  

If you’re still unsure which attachment is going to be best for your needs, consider the type of terrain and whether it requires centered towing directly behind the tractor or offset towing.  For offset, think fencerow maintenance, highway mowing, pond, and levee embankments, and other hard to reach places.

EMSD-64 Embankment Flail Mower in Action

EMSD-64 Embankment Flail Mower in Action

Where Can I Buy a Flail Mower?

Regardless of the use case, this specialized type of equipment can be enjoyed by professionals and hobbyists alike, whether you are a professional landscaper, farmer, or estate owner with many acres of land to maintain. The folks at Victory Tractor are standing by to take your call and help you get equipped with the right mower to meet your needs (at the right price!).  Happy mowing!!

Heavy Duty and Standard Duty Flail Mowers by Victory Tractor

At Victory Tractor, we source all of our equipment directly from the manufacturer and pass the savings on to our customers.  As always, the team is standing by to answer any questions to assist with your decision.  Victory support can be reached directly at 562-235-5725 or sales@etractorimplements.com

Section 2: Flail Mower Blades

Healthy mower blades are not just a matter of choice but a necessity. However, as the usage increases, blades sharp ends lose their charm and become blunt after a few runs. Blunt knives are not only inefficient but consume more fuel in multiple tractor runs for the desired result.

How do you know when to change the mower blades?

At times, it is difficult to tell whether you need to inspect mower blades at all. You might have bought a new set of knives or a new piece of equipment but there’s still a chance that it’s not working as it should. These are 3 signs that say it’s time to change your mower blades. Want to know? Read on!

Uneven Height Of Cut Grass

You need to cut the grass at an even height so that it retains the lush green color and the texture maintains its richness. The cut made by sharp blades is quite straightforward and doesn’t need more than one mower run.

However, you’ll notice that the grass that’s shortened using a blunt blade will have an uneven tip which deteriorates the whole lawn. So, if you are left with uneven height of grass, sharpen the blades.

Thickness Of The Blades

During the regular use of the blades for lawn cleaning and maintenance, soil, water, and chemical contact leads to erosion of steel and accumulation of debris on the surface. This prompts the user to keep it polished. During the sharpening process, the blade gets its edge back but significant loss of metal occurs on continuous sharpening. Check the thickness of blades and avoid fatal accidents such as sudden breakdown that could further harm the machine.

Inspect The Surface For Bents, Dents, and Chips

Physical distortion can occur if you are not serious in handling the machine. Hitting a hard surface while low grass mowing or attacking thick grass without properly setting up the angle of cut. In case, you have a faulty mower, it’s time for the change.

With these tips, you’ll be able to make a fair decision when you should buy a new set of blades or repair the existing ones. But is it enough? Shouldn’t you know how you can utilize the machine so that there is no need to invest in blades insanely?

Here’s how you can do it!

Grass Type

There are varieties of grasses that need to be trimmed but due to their different plant structures, their height should be monitored. For not chopping off the grass part that contains healthy photosynthesis cells, one has to gain the knowledge of which type of grass they are working on.

For example:

Bahia Grass- 2” – 3”
Bentgrass- 1/4” – 3/4”
Fine Fescue- 1 1/2” – 2 1/2”
Tall Fescue- 2” – 3”
St. Augustine- 2” – 4”

Grass Height

Chopping off the grass all at once is not only bad for the health of the grass but also for the flail mower blade. That’s because the higher the impact, the larger the damages. As a golden rule, it is advised to mow 1/3rd of the grass height at one run. If you’ve wildly growing strands in your lawn then wait for 3-4 days after one run of the mower and then cut the 1/3rd again. These consecutive runs will allow the grass to heal & sustain the trimming and won’t let the ground go dry.

Season

Grasses are not always sucking good nutrients out of the soil. During summer, they protect the soil from running dry. It’s said, taller grass helps to retain moisture and water deep into the ground due to its long roots. Therefore, your flail mower blades should be placed higher during the summers. However, springtime is about new saplings and sunlight must reach the ground for them. Hence, lower mower height is expected.

How Often Should You Mow?

Coming to the final quest, there’s basically no science to prove how often you must wear your farmer pants and run down the field with this machine but there’s a decision you must make – what’s the height you desire. Lower the height of your grass, more you’ll have to imply your time to keep it that much. Taller grasses, the lesser time you’ll need to mow.

Final Note

From the mower blade to the height of your grass, everything is well connected. Take care of one aspect and the rest will fall in place. If you’re in search of long-lasting and great stress-bearing implements, Victory Tractor is your trusted partner.

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Call Victory Tractor at 562-235-5725 to speak with an expert today!

Section 3: Curb Appeal

Mowing is a very important activity that aims at proper and systematic property care. Needless to say, a number of benefits are associated with mowing regularly.

Mowing serves two major purposes:

1. Curb appeal can be enhanced immediately. A properly cut lawn looks pleasant, keeping the grass short, even and neat. Moreover, it gives a well-manicured and orderly view.

2. This process keeps the lawn healthy and keeps away the pests from the grass. Also, it ensures that pieces of debris are not only picked but cleared as well. This way, nothing accumulates on the grass.

Benefits of Mowing

1. Stronger Grass

Who wants a yard that’s full of weaklings? No one! When you mow, you get a strong lawn. When the grass is appropriately cut, healthy grass shoots flourish and weak ones are left behind. Hence, the more the lawn is cut, the more healthy grass shoots are born, which undeniably lead to a lush view over time.

2. Even Growth

As we all know, yards are uneven and patchy. This happens due to uneven grass. Well, no need to worry because regular mowing solves this problem. Slicing the growth of grass to uniform and short level improves overall growth. How? Because there’s a proper distribution and absorption or resources that come from water and sun.

3. Mulching

When it comes to a healthy lawn, mulching is a crucial part, as more nutrients return after mulching. It can be easily done with shorter blades of grass, which are healthy as compared to longer blades. Want to know why? Well, longer blades are weak and less rich in nutrients. As far mowers are concerned, they come with a basic mulching feature and it is possible to mulch with every mowing; however, the grass shouldn’t be overgrown.

4. Speedy Recovery

Lawns are prone to pests, weather conditions and diseases. To overcome these issues, it is important to keep the area well-maintained. A lawn that is mowed regularly and maintained properly, recovers better and faster than an unhealthy one.

This crucial activity (mowing) is undoubtedly essential for an attractive lawn. However, one thing that needs to be kept in mind is, not allowing than ⅓ of the height of grass cut at a time because it can be harmful to the roots.

Useful Tips

Before starting the mower, always follow the operating, maintenance and safety instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Tips for Flail Mower General Use:

• Before taking to the lawn, learn how to operate the mower

• Clear away all the debris before starting with the task

• Keep everyone away from the mowing area for safety reasons

• Neither remove nor alter discharge chutes or any other safety attachments

• Wear the right clothing and footwear, including eye guard and hearing protection gear as specified by the manufacturer

• Do not refuel a hot engine

• Keep your hands and feet away from moving parts

• Be patient, don’t do anything in a hurry

• If the mower has a key, remove it when not using the equipment

• Mowing on slopes is challenging; Make sure you are using the correct type of flail mower for the job

There are a variety of mower types available on the market to choose from (more on that to follow). Continue reading to learn about mowers (other than flail mowers) that may be worth checking out.

But before we get into that, below are some general things to think about that are important when determining the best type of mower for your needs.

At Victory Tractor, we source all of our equipment directly from the manufacturer and pass the savings on to our customers.  As always, the team is standing by to answer any questions to assist with your decision.  Victory support can be reached directly at 562-235-5725 or sales@etractorimplements.com

Section 4: Additional Considerations

You are truly rich if you have a beautiful, well-maintained lawn of your own. Your garden brings you more value than the great visuals. You are producing more oxygen and promoting good physical and mental health with a well-maintained yard. This does not only provide your family with a cleaner and comfortable living space but also adds to the value of your property.

Mowing is essential for keeping your yard in good shape. If you don’t know, the curb appeal of your orchard or lawn highly depends on the length of grass on it. To cut down and maintain the grass it is important that you invest in the right kind of mower. Now suitability of mower for your piece of land does not solely depend on the size of your farm.

This section will help you understand the determining factors so that you bring home the best mower. While the lawn owners may find it great, the article connects largely to the lawn care professionals too. For their business may require more than one kind of mower to cater to the needs of different clients.

What's So Great About a Flail Mower?

What’s So Great About a Flail Mower?

Questions you must answer before buying one

There are a number of determining factors that can influence your choice of a mower. The majority of decisions taken by the homeowners and professionals are taken on the basis of the price, brand, and features.

You can save yourself from a wrong decision by answering the below-listed questions:

How big is your lawn?

Gardening can be an interest of many but lesser people answer the question “Is it a huge ranch that you need to mow down or you own a small piece of land?”

A small lawn can be easily managed with the help of a corded electric lawnmower. Having the lawn size that takes more than an hour of time gives you a choice between a push mower and a self-propelled model. Pushing is preferred by those who are keen to exercise at the same time they are mowing. The self-propelled mower is much more comfortable.

What kind of grass is it?

Grass can be long and robust. Amount of power you need to clean it all will have a great impact on your buying decision. Grass that has been left for long and is lush and long obviously needs more power.

How is the terrain?

Only a few buyers know that the most important factor in your head while choosing one mower over rest should be the type of lawn you own. Will you be using it on a smooth and even yard or does your estate include high and low terrains? Must you mow around flowerbeds or in between trees and shrubs?

When you know the topography is the most influential factor in buying mower you seldom face failure in lawn maintenance.

Know the types of mowers

Smaller models of flail mowers are popular amongst the farmers who have smaller pieces of land where movement is a bit restricted. PTO driven implements can, however, help you get rid of robust grass spread over a large estate much more quickly than other methods.

With internet access becoming more and more commonplace it’s easy to research mower models you are interested in. Search keywords on Google (such as flail mower, ditch bank mower, offset mower, etc) and visit online stores to get detailed information about the mowers for sale. Before you make up your mind, take a moment to learn more about the top mower varieties below, including the pros and cons associated with each to make a smart choice.

Call Victory Tractor at 562-235-5725 to place your order today!

Section 5: Other Types of Mowers

Five Different Types of Lawn Mowers

Different Types of Lawn Mowers

When caring for the lawn, a flail mower is not always necessarily the best equipment for the job. The market offers an extensive range of mowers, which is a good thing (albeit with a touch of confusion) when choosing the right one. The size of the garden is one thing that affects the choice of mower. You may not know but small to medium-sized gardens are compatible with manual or electric mowers. What about the larger lawns? They are good with a petrol mower or a flail mower.

The next thing affecting the choice is the type of garden. Cylinder mowers are considered good for large flat areas, as they give the cleanest cut. If you are in dilemma about finding the best mower for your garden, reading further will help. Take out a few minutes and grow your knowledge regarding the three major types of mower:

– Rotary
– Hover
– Cylinder

Now let’s “dig in” a bit more in detail…

Rotary Mowers

These have a horizontally rotating blade to cut the grass. The blade has a wheel for support, which can be adjusted up to a fixed height. The blade(s) spin at high speed so as to cut the grass appropriately.

Two main types available:

– Electric (best for smaller gardens)
– Petrol (they have more power and can be operated simply)

Benefits:

Wonderful for 360-degree lawn care

Are easily compatible with longer grass or rough turf

Works superbly on uneven and bumpy grounds

Gives a tidy finish. Adding rear roller along gives striped lawn effect

Hover Mowers

They were invented in the year 1964 and possess a single horizontal blade that rotates at high speed in order to lift the mower. Moreover, the blade is good at cutting the grass.

Two main types available:

– Electric
– Petrol

Benefits:

Being floating, they are easy to maneuver and best for difficult lawns that are sloping, uneven or have strange corners

These work excellent with long and wet grass; however, lack means of collecting the clippings

Cylinder Lawn Mowers

The first lawnmower invented was a cylinder mower. It, like many today, was hand driven. Cylinder lawnmowers have a series of blades fixed around a horizontal shaft that rotates at high speed to cut through the grass. As a general rule the more blades around the shaft, the better the cut. Most lawn mowers of this type have 5 or 6 blades.

With a cylinder mower, it is possible to set the blades very low to the ground to achieve a fine cut.

Three main types available:

– Hand propelled
– Electric
– Petrol B

Benefits:

They give the cleanest cut and hence, are used by lawn enthusiasts or on bowling greens.

For striped lawn effect, these are available with a rear roller. They are known to give the best cut.

Ride-on Mowers

For a large garden, this one has to be the option. Though it requires a hefty investment that is worth the number of hours saved with this equipment.

Robot Mowers

Mow your lawn even when not there with these ones, as they can be plugged in and programmed to do the required job. Setting them needs a bit of preparation but after that’s done, you can relax and sit back, as the mower knows what to do and how to do.

Choose Your Mower Now!

With all the popular types in front of you along with tips from the pros, we hope you will easily find the best equipment for your lawn, field, or garden.

Beautify Your Lawn With The Best Mower Type. Happy Mowing!

Heavy Duty and Standard Duty Flail Mowers by Victory Tractor

At Victory Tractor, we source all of our equipment directly from the manufacturer and pass the savings on to our customers.  As always, the team is standing by to answer any questions to assist with your decision.  Victory support can be reached directly at 562-235-5725 or sales@etractorimplements.com

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