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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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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
$1,736.77 /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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Brand Swisher Swisher Swisher Swisher
Ratings (47) (1) (0) (0)
Lawn Mower Type Walk Behind Commercial Brush Mower Commercial Brush Mower Commercial Brush Mower
Outdoor Power Equipment Product Type Brush Cutters Brush Cutters Lawn Mower Brush Cutters
Engine Make Briggs and Stratton Briggs and Stratton Honda Honda
Refurbished No No No No
CA (CARB) Compliant CARB Compliant CARB Compliant CARB Compliant CARB Compliant
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how much assembly is required for the predator brush cutter

Asked by: walkman
You have to attach the handlebar to the body (4 bolts) and then attach the traction drive cable (2 bolts). That's it.
Answered by: gary
Date published: 2016-12-04

How to start

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.
Asked by: JayB
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.
Answered by: TommyBoy
Date published: 2016-10-08

What is the battery used for?

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?
Asked by: meme
this model does not come with a battery
Answered by: gt
Date published: 2016-11-23

How many hrs does a full tank last?

Asked by: Corey
In my use of the machine over the last few weeks, a full tank lasted a little over an hour. How much you mow in that hour depends on what gear you are in.
Answered by: gary
Date published: 2016-12-04
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Predator 24 in. 11.5 HP Recoil Start Briggs & Stratton Gear Drive 4-Speed Self-Propelled Brush Cutter Gas Mower is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great machine. Easy to put together. Goes thru about any type of brush you can throw at it. Grips... Great machine. Easy to put together. Goes thru about any type of brush you can throw at it. Grips on handles come loose so I just rubber cemented them on. Had to replace the mower belt after the first few hours as it was loose and started to fray. Replaced with a universal Kevlar reinforced belt and tightened it. Have had any issues since. I would recommend this product to a friend.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from had this shipped to my local store it came in in about a week. assembly was easy. The engine star... had this shipped to my local store it came in in about a week. assembly was easy. The engine started on second pull, but it is very hard to crank with the pull start. I was going to mow one morning when the temperature was about 25 degrees and I never did get it to start that morning. it is too hard to start with the pull start when it is cold. I installed a starter and battery and now I have no problems starting it. I have also removed the reverse lock out, it is too hard to get to when mowing in brush. The handle bars seem a little weak , I am wondering if they will last. I don't think I would buy another one. without electric start.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I bought the 24-inch 11.5-hp Swisher Predator brush cutter to mow about 1.5 acres at my home that... I bought the 24-inch 11.5-hp Swisher Predator brush cutter to mow about 1.5 acres at my home that gets cut once or twice a year, and a similar sized area at our vacation home. The machine was delivered in a large wooden crate about a week after I ordered it. I have had it for about three weeks now and used it for about 8 hours of work. The machine was easy to assemble, just requiring a few bolts to be secured to put the handlebar and traction drive in place. The packing was not great, as the handlebar was attached to and rubbed against the rest of the machine and that scraped paint off the handlebar in shipment. Rather than return this heavy machine, I decided to just repaint the scraped spots myself. Also, I found it amusing that the instructions for "uncrating" the machine were located INSIDE the crate. The machine started easily (third pull) the first time and has started easily every time since then. The gears, traction drive, and blade engagement work fine. The land I was cutting had a dense growth of goldenrod and other weeds up to 4 feet high, and few saplings up to about an inch in diameter. But the real issue is brambles. The property is constantly invaded by an invasive plant called multiflora rose, which creates a dense mass of semi-woody stems covered with nasty thorns. The machine did a good job chopping it down, though in many places I had to go over it twice. The long "nose" on the machine allows you to push it ahead of you into these thorn patches and stay mostly out of harm's way (although in its final act of resistance, the plant shreds your clothes and unties your boots as you walk through the cut stems). So in terms of basic functioning --starting, running, cutting-- the machine works well and I am happy. It seemed to have plenty of power-- nothing that I was cutting, including the saplings and wild rose patches, stalled the machine or even slowed it down. I mowed most of the time in first and second gear, so it was rather slow going. If you had a lighter job you could move faster. I can't comment on durability since I have only had it a few weeks. I have two complaints for the engineers at Swisher. The first is the reverse lock. To put the machine into reverse, you have to lift a small metal piece and then move the shift lever to the left. You can't reach the reverse lock from behind the mower, so in order to shift into reverse you have to walk around to the side of the machine. This is very slow and inconvenient, especially if you are pushing the mower ahead of you into a patch of brambles and need to back it out. They should put the reverse lock control (and all the gears, for that matter) up on the handlebar or some place where they can be more easily be reached. The second complaint, minor but annoying, is the grips on the handlebar. They are basically a set of cheap neoprene slide-on grips. If you try to pull the machine backwards, the grips come off in your hands and the machine stays put. I noted in the Instruction Manual that it says that because the muffler does not meet California "spark arrestor" standards, the machine cannot be used on areas covered with "grass or brush" in CA or other states that have their standards. Here in NY State we have regulations for everything else but not for that, so I guess I am legal. But purchasers in California may be surprised to learn that their new brush cutter cannot be used on brush. Overall I would recommend the machine. I advise the people at Swisher to do a better job of packing it, and to try to fix the issues above, especially the accessibility of the reverse lock.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beast This bush hog will cut seven foot tall saplings up to 2 inch diameter, the only problem is when your cutting tall brush you have to slow down feed rate to speed two if not you will throw the blade belt off of the pulleys.
Date published: 2016-11-16
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