Swisher 44″ “Trailmower. Model # T11544. 11.5 hp. I’ve been needing a mower like this for sometime now. Something to mow along my driveway and a small section of grass out at the main road, without having to hook up a big bush hog for 15 minutes of work. When Amazon had this on sale for $989 and free shipping, I went for it. It was advertised as a “Trailmower” and it turns out it isn’t. The owner’s manual clearly says, 44″ Finish Cut Trailmower. Amazon should have been clear on that.
Am I happy with it? YES, now I am.
I use a Honda Foreman 500 to tow this mower and it works good. But you can also use a golf cart, lawn tractor, or UTV.
Some problems “I” have with this mower are:
Height adjustment. 1.5″ to 4.5″ per the manual. That doesn’t work for me. By removing the rear discharge chute, I was able to lower the height adjustment rod and gain another 1.5″. Now my blades are about 6″ from the ground.
Grass collection in the belt compartment. I can’t believe how much grass gets into the belt compartment. The only solution I’ve come up with is to remove both covers and blow the grass out after every use.
Hard to start. The first few times I started this mower, it started on the first pull. But soon it became a real pain in the ass to get it started. I found that the neutral safety switch was out of adjustment and that was an easy fix. Maybe it wasn’t tightened down properly at the factory and vibrated loose. I’ll keep an eye on it.
This is the smallest engine they use on this mower. The 12.5 hp model was just too much money for me. I think this unit will serve my purpose and should last for years.
I hope you find this video useful.