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Swisher Predator 24 in. 11.5 HP Recoil Start Briggs & Stratton Gear Drive 4-Speed Self-Propelled Brush Cutter Gas Mower
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Swisher

Predator 24 in. 11.5 HP Recoil Start Briggs & Stratton Gear Drive 4-Speed Self-Propelled Brush Cutter Gas Mower

  • Adjustable height handlebar with hand controls
  • 4-Speed transmission with reverse
  • Self-propelled
$1,549.00 /each

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Swisher's 24 in. walk-behind rough-cut mower is perfect for cutting trails through the woods and clearing fields and ditches year-round. It will clear the densest undergrowth and saplings up to 1-1/2 in. in diameter. This self-propelled walk-behind features an 11.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine and a heavy duty fabricated cutting deck with a 1-3/4 in. cutting height range. The single, fixed hardened-steel blade zips through brush and saplings with ease and the blade is enclosed for maximum safety. Handlebar mounted controls are easily accessible for PTO, self-propelled and safety. The adjustable height handlebar eases operator control. Large pneumatic chevron tires roll easily over the roughest terrain for excellent traction in all conditions. The 4-speed transmission is great for setting a comfortable pace and a reverse mode is handy for backing out of rough spots. Front and side safety deflectors protect against flying debris while the wire shield protects electrical components. 50 state compliant.

  • 11.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine
  • 24 in. walk-behind cutting deck
  • Self-propelled
  • 4-speed transmission with reverse
  • Adjustable handlebar height
  • Operator presence blade engagement and drive control
  • Handlebar mounted control
  • Front safety deflectors and wire shield
  • 1-3/4 in. cutting height range
  • Single fixed hardened steel, rough cut blade
  • Large pneumatic chevron tread tires

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Predator 24 in. 11.5 HP Recoil Start Briggs & Stratton Gear Drive 4-Speed Self-Propelled Brush Cutter Gas Mower
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How to start

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Im not mechanically incline and Im having problems starting this equipment. I follow the instructions as best as I can but, see smoke coming out. Im not sure what Im doing wrong and its the weekend, so no customer service is available.
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October 7, 2016
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Make sure you have not overfilled the oil. This can cause the engine to be hard to start and smoke.
Mine does not have an off/on switch. My kill switch ( is mounted as part of the throttle on the side of the enigine. ) Move the throttle to the run position, and then pull the choke lever completely forward. Pull the starter rope slowly a few times to prime the engine, then pull quickly. If it starts then
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Make sure you have not overfilled the oil. This can cause the engine to be hard to start and smoke.
Mine does not have an off/on switch. My kill switch ( is mounted as part of the throttle on the side of the enigine. ) Move the throttle to the run position, and then pull the choke lever completely forward. Pull the starter rope slowly a few times to prime the engine, then pull quickly. If it starts then move the choke back until the engine runs smoothly. If the engine tries to fire but shuts off, try moving the choke back to the middle position and pulling again. Once the engine is warm, or if restarting, you should not have to use the choke.
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Flanders, NJ
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August 9, 2015
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Have had no problems starting it - but have only done it in warm weather so far. Make sure the engine switch is in the on position, set the choke and throttle about half way out (if engine is cold), and pull. Loosen up first - takes effort to get a good pull.
NOTE: took a couple of takes to spot the choke and throttle - they're relatively small.
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August 3, 2015
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Please call us at 800-222-8183 so we can help resolve your problem. Customer service is open Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm CST.
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August 3, 2015
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Make sure it is full of gas-turn on the toggle switch which says on/off-pull out the choke-pull out the throttle about 1/4- It should start for you. Remember the choke pulls straight out so don't try to twist it.
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What is the battery used for?

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The instructions say that the battery isn't included but doesn't say what kind it takes, ect. how much was the battery and is it optional? size?
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October 18, 2015
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They make a model exactly the same as this one but with electric start, that is what the battery would be for.
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May 26, 2015
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This machine does not use a battery,
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May 25, 2015
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The Swisher Predator 24 in. 11.5 HP Recoil Start Briggs & Stratton Gear Drive 4-Speed Self-Propelled Brush Cutter Gas Mower is run with gas, not a battery.
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how much assembly is required for the predator brush cutter

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You will need to check for free movement on the LEFT wheel drive lever, and probably on the (plastic knob) mower blade engagement control lever. A small amount of over-tightening of the nylon lock-nut will result in the wheel drive NOT releasing when placed in forward gear. This is because no bushing is present on the attaching bolt, which would insure that lever rotates freely and lock-nut could be Read More
You will need to check for free movement on the LEFT wheel drive lever, and probably on the (plastic knob) mower blade engagement control lever. A small amount of over-tightening of the nylon lock-nut will result in the wheel drive NOT releasing when placed in forward gear. This is because no bushing is present on the attaching bolt, which would insure that lever rotates freely and lock-nut could be properly torqued. Mine came from the factory this way: over-tightened. This simple problem is not as obvious to troubleshoot as one might think. Caused me a lot of aggravation before I figured it out. Read Less
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June 24, 2015
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Very little assembly required on my Predator. Just bolting on the handles and attaching the drive and mower cables. I had it up and running in less than an hour.
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May 22, 2015
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The WBRC11524 comes assembled. The handlebar is folded down. You will just need to straighten it out and tighten the bolts.
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How many hrs does a full tank last?

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October 7, 2016
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I run about an hour. The tank holds about .7 gallon, a lot depends on how heavy the grass and brush you are mowing averages. I personally would like to see Swisher add a larger tank. I had a DR Mower a number of years ago and they had the same issue. They later came out with a larger tank you could add to the mower.
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July 26, 2016
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It depends on how you use the brush cutter. Hard use will probably only get you about an hour. Normal use will get you over an hour. Unfortunately, there really isn't a definite answer for this.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 43 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Worth the money The shipping was fast and assembling was simple. I modified a few things to suit me, I am very pleased with the performance. It is stated that it will cut up to 1.5 inch saplings, I accidently cut a 2 inch walnut and the machine is still eating what I put in front of it. No major mechanical breakdowns yet. August 30, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Luckily Know enough about machines, and this is good value I had read enough reviews about the vagueness in the manual and initial assembly issues that I purchased through HD, and had them assemble it. Except after I brought home and started it up to run through the warm up procedure, quickly realized that HD had issues with the assembly too: the drive engage lever was attached incorrectly, allowing too low tension at start up, and the drive belt was thrown (and partially shredded) during the recommended conditioning start-up; Of course (as others have mentioned) this is impossible to see in the enclosed assembly. So I took several hours of re-tensioning the cables, and systematically taking apart the bolted drive assembly to find why the Machine wouldn't move. (Hint: Hand push in Neutral when the transmission's stuck). After I found the tangled belt, still a huge amount of intuition to figure out how to properly install belt, and cable and lever to have it all work - pathetic "diagrams" in manual. (Hint: in retrospect, better to have ramp-jacks to see and get at everything). After that experience, everything worked like a charm - ate through several hours and acres of tall weeds and brambles without much learning curve. Saw comments about lack of electronic start - but Starts quickly everytime. September 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Three years later I wrote a more extensive review several years ago. This is follow up. It cuts well. I had a DR Mower before but could not afford the price of a new one. This Predator handles easier, but needs several features. 1. The engine is the low end Briggs and Stratton: PowerBuilt. At the start of the third season the piston seized and it was just not worth repairing the engine when I could buy a new engine for just a little more than the cost of repair parts. The warranty on the engine of course was no longer in force. I bought a new engine, a 17.5 Briggs and Stratton Intek for $500 just $10 dollars more than the 11.5 HP. Got to believe Swisher could get the better engine for very little price difference. 2. The new engine came with a carb that was set for a remote throttle linkage, something the original did not have. Bought a throttle cablef for nine bucks. The mower should have come from the factory like that. 3. The extra ten pounds of weight in the replacement engine actually balanced the mower better. I had noticed when mowing that I often felt like I needed to push down on the handles to keep the mower from hanging up. The extra weight in the rear allows the mower to move over uneven ground much easier. I wish Swisher had put the larger engine on the mower from the very beginning. The larger engine also has a pressurized oil system, with a filter. I think this works better when you consider the mower is often used on steep inclines and banks. The belt driven blade works better for me than the clutch drive I had on the DR. I also like the Chevron tires better than the lawn tractor type on the DR. 4. If Swisher would make these changes. and add, a larger gas tank, include grease fittings in the blade bearings I would give it a 5 star rating. Overall for the money it does everything my DR did.. I use it for mowing close to the fence lines and around trees that I cannot get with my brush hog. It cuts briars, thistles and small growth with ease. Swisher needs a better repair and adjustment manual for those who are not used to working on this type of equipment. October 7, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by The bolt on the shift lever broke within a week. The bolt snapped off before the first 5 hour oil change. The schematics showed a 14-28 x 3/4 bolt. but I have to drill the old one out. Since I had an extremely bad experience in the delivery of the mower, I did not want to hassle to send it somewhere to get it fixed even if it was under warranty, so I'll pay a mechanic to make the repair. August 31, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Had to return I'm a strong 64 yr old woman but the recoil start was so tight and hard that I couldn't pull it hard enough to start itit. a guy even said why would they put a pull start on an 11.5 hp engine? Returned August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worked very well Worked well on heavy brush.It will cut better in 1st gear than 4th. The faster you go the more chance of getting bogged down with heavy brush. Just makes sense that you have to give it time to mulch up the heavier stuff. Also it does not come assembled, but my local HD did that for me for free!. I took a star away for features, because no auto start and no blade height adjustment . Those are very minor to me, but may be important for others. September 22, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Junk Junk. Drivetrain burnt up after 30 mins of use. Smoke poured out of the underside. Home Depot's return process was horrible as well. Spend the money and buy a better brand. This was a complete waste of time and money. June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by One way or da uhda... Getting to my thus far 4-6 hrs of use was quite a row to hoe. I would suggest, have store uncrate and assemble... The overdrive engage was tight tight tight, before it locks the right hand lever. And, the reverse release is always a necessary task... Nevertheless, it cuts and keeps cutting and that's why I bought it. My plan is to manage my land with a season of six cuts every six weeks. But it's true... What they say, this swisher is no sissy! February 23, 2016
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