This type of mower is best used to provide a rough cut to taller grass where contact with loose debris may be possible such as roadsides.


The flail mower gets its name from the use of "flails" attached to its rotating horizontal drum. The flails can also be refer to as knives or blades. The rows of flails are usually staggered to provide a complete cut. Standard flails are shaped like an extruded "T" or "Y" and the chain attaches to the bottom.


Can be used in any conditions apart from frost and snow.

Effects of Incorrect Procedure:

Flail mowers are very powerful and will cut everything in its path.

Equipment Selection:

  • Fail mowers need a lot of power so large tractor are used.
  • Fail units can be mounted on hydraulic arms for cutting banks and ditches. 

Practical Tips:

Be careful of ground conditions because larger tractors are used they can be very heavy and damage surface levels.