Flail Mower vs. Brush Hog: Which One is Better for Your Tractor?

If you own a tractor and want to maintain your land, you need to have a PTO powered implement that can help you get the job done. Two popular options are the flail mower and brush hog. While both of these implements have their pros and cons, it’s essential to understand the differences to make an informed decision.

Flail MowerBrush Hog
DefinitionA PTO-powered implement with several vertically mounted knives for cutting tough vegetation.A rotary mower with a single blade designed to cut through thick vegetation like saplings, bushes, and small trees.
Cutting QualitySuperior cutting quality, leaves a clean, even finish.Can leave uneven cut patterns, struggles with thicker vegetation.
Cutting CapacityHandles tall grass and light brush.Excels at cutting through thick vegetation like small trees and bushes.
SafetyGenerally safer due to enclosed knives, less likely to cause flying debris.Can kick up rocks and other debris, posing a potential danger.
MaintenanceEasier to maintain due to fewer moving parts, less likely to suffer from wear and tear.Requires frequent blade sharpening due to single blade design.
CostMore expensive, but more versatile.More affordable, but more specialized.
Best ForThose needing a versatile implement for a wide range of vegetation types with superior cutting quality.Those needing an affordable option for cutting through thicker vegetation and clearing large areas of land.

In this article, we’ll compare flail mowers and brush hogs, discussing their differences, advantages, and disadvantages. By the end, you’ll have a clear idea of which one is better suited for your needs.

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Flail Mower Overview

A flail mower is a type of PTO-powered implement that is ideal for cutting tough vegetation such as thick grass, weeds, and brush. It features several vertically mounted knives, which spin horizontally at high speeds, cutting everything in their path.

Flail mowers are designed for heavy-duty work and can handle tall, thick vegetation with ease. They’re also excellent at mulching, making them a popular choice for landowners who want to maintain their properties in an eco-friendly way.

Brush Hog Overview

A brush hog, on the other hand, is a type of rotary mower that’s designed to cut through thick vegetation such as saplings, bushes, and small trees. It features a single blade, which spins horizontally at high speeds, cutting through everything in its path.

Brush hogs are ideal for maintaining large properties, clearing land, and keeping roadsides and ditches free from overgrowth. They’re also excellent at cutting through tough vegetation that would damage a traditional lawnmower.

Comparison: Flail Mower vs. Brush Hog

When it comes to choosing between a flail mower and a brush hog, there are several factors to consider. Let’s take a look at how these two implements compare:

Cutting Quality

Flail mowers offer a superior cutting quality compared to brush hogs. Because they have several knives spinning at high speeds, they can cut through thick vegetation with ease and leave a clean, even finish. Brush hogs, on the other hand, can leave uneven cut patterns and can struggle with thicker vegetation.

Cutting Capacity

Both flail mowers and brush hogs have impressive cutting capacities, but they excel at different tasks. Flail mowers are designed to handle tall grass and light brush, while brush hogs are designed for cutting through thick vegetation such as small trees and bushes.


When it comes to safety, both flail mowers and brush hogs have their risks. However, flail mowers are generally considered safer because the knives are enclosed and less likely to cause flying debris. Brush hogs, on the other hand, can kick up rocks and other debris, which can be dangerous if they hit someone or something.


Both flail mowers and brush hogs require regular maintenance to keep them in good working condition. However, flail mowers are generally easier to maintain because they have fewer moving parts and are less likely to suffer from wear and tear. Brush hogs, on the other hand, have a single blade that can become dull quickly, requiring frequent sharpening.


Flail mowers are generally more expensive than brush hogs, but they’re also more versatile and can handle a wider range of tasks. Brush hogs are more affordable, but they’re more specialized and may not be the best choice if you need to tackle a variety of different vegetation types.

Flail Mower in action:

Advantages of Flail Mowers

• Superior cutting quality

• Mulches vegetation for eco-friendly land maintenance

• Versatile for a wide range of vegetation types

• Enclosed knives for increased safety

Disadvantages of Flail Mowers

• More expensive than brush hogs

• Can struggle with cutting through thicker vegetation

• Requires regular maintenance to keep in good working condition

Brush Hog in action:

Advantages of Brush Hogs

• Affordable price point

• Ideal for cutting through thicker vegetation like saplings and small trees

• Useful for clearing large areas of land

Disadvantages of Brush Hogs

• Can leave uneven cut patterns

• Can be dangerous due to flying debris

• Requires frequent blade sharpening to keep in good working condition

Choosing the Right Implement for You

When it comes down to choosing between a flail mower and a brush hog, it’s essential to consider your specific needs. If you need a versatile implement that can handle a wide range of vegetation types and offers superior cutting quality, a flail mower may be the best choice. However, if you need an affordable option that can cut through thicker vegetation and clear large areas of land, a brush hog may be the way to go.


In summary, both flail mowers and brush hogs are excellent PTO-powered implements that can help you maintain your land. However, they have different strengths and weaknesses, making it important to understand the differences before making a purchase. By considering factors like cutting quality, cutting capacity, safety, maintenance, and cost, you can make an informed decision and choose the best implement for your needs.


Can a flail mower cut through small trees?

Flail mowers are not designed to cut through small trees. They’re best suited for tall grass and light brush.

How often do I need to sharpen a brush hog blade?

Brush hog blades typically require sharpening after every 10-12 hours of use.

Can a brush hog be used on a small tractor?

Yes, brush hogs are designed to be used with tractors of all sizes, including small tractors.

Can a flail mower be used to clear land?

While flail mowers can handle light brush and thin saplings, they’re not designed for clearing large areas of land.

How often does a flail mower require maintenance?

Flail mowers require regular maintenance, including greasing, blade sharpening, and belt replacement, to keep them in good working condition. The frequency of maintenance will depend on usage and other factors.

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Victory Tractor Implements is proud to offer a wide range of products including flail mowers, wood chippers, rotary tillers, and backhoes, all designed to be connected directly to your tractor’s PTO for maximum efficiency and performance. In addition, we also offer winter equipment such as snow plows and snow blowers, designed for use with skid steers.

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) 534-8182 or sales@etractorimplements.com


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