Mulcher vs Slasher

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Mulcher vs Slasher

Hi,

I would appreciate anyones experince on Mulchers versus Slashers.

I recently purchased a mulcher rather than a slasher on the basis that it would be able to cut long grass and small saplings as well as a slasher.

My expereince with the mulcher behind a 60hp tractor is that it is not good on any grass over about 6 - 8 inches long. Any longer causes the grass clipping to get trapped in the rotating hammers and reduce PTO ( and tractor) speed. The only way Ive been able to use it is to continually monitor the height and contdinually lift or lower the mulcher to try to keep it from stalling.

Im thinking of purchasing a slasher to do the longer grass but dont want to waste nmoney on purchasing another piece of equipment if it does not work any better than the mulcheer.

Does anyone have experince with both and what is your experience?

Thanks in advance.

Cheers

Last seen: 07/14/2019 - 21:24
Joined: 07/14/2019 - 11:24

Hi mate, I've been using a flailing mower , berands 1800, behind a Landini 75 T2 (68 HP) for a few years now. I love it! My block has a lot of regen on it and I mulch it (wattles and hard wood upto 50 mm dia). I also have a area of long grass that I don't have any problems with. I use the 'Y' blades and have the back flap open. I did find with the flap closed it would mulch very fine but bog down a bit.
I'd try the back flap first and see how you go. Then maybe try the blades when your old ones wear out. 👍

Last seen: 02/11/2020 - 07:45
Joined: 03/20/2019 - 11:41

We have been using a mulcher on our dairy farm for 10 years. Its mainly used to mulch the taller grass cows leave behind. Results are amazing its like fertilizing your paddock.
Is there any way you can graze your paddocks first?
It can be a slow process with longer grass and moisture makes it slower.

Last seen: 07/14/2019 - 21:24
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You are right about speed! I'm normally in turtle, 1st or 2nd gear. Where it's kangaroo grass I'm in 4th. It would act as a cow pat spreader at the same time too, wouldn't it?!

Last seen: 02/11/2020 - 07:45
Joined: 03/20/2019 - 11:41

Whatever you are mulching even though slowly you are putting back into the soil.
It like mowing a lawn clippings do go back into the ground for the worms

Last seen: 07/14/2019 - 21:24
Joined: 07/14/2019 - 11:24

Spot on. I've definitely seen a improvement. Much better returning the regen to the land rather than pushing it up and burning it. I'd say slashing would take longer to break down and cover new shoots trying to push up.

Last seen: 02/11/2020 - 07:45
Joined: 03/20/2019 - 11:41

Very true Col.
Slashing usually leaves a windrow but that does eventually mulch down.
In a real world if money no issue you would have both because they both have there uses. Unfortunately we are all poor farmers ( so we all say) so we make do

Last seen: 08/11/2019 - 07:07
Joined: 07/12/2019 - 00:19

Since this post I have borrowed a slasher to compare with my mulcher. My experience is that the slasher is better at cutting taller grass (>8inches), reeds and scrub than the mulcher. My mulcher does not have a flap at the rear that can be opened to allow more grass to exit which may what is limiting it.

No matter how I tried I could not get my mulcher to cut dense ground cover like the demos in u-tube.The mulcher gets clogged and stalls the tractor so has to be continually adjusted. This is not necessary with the slasher so cutting time is reduced. With the mulcher I used 2nd gear in medium range but with the slasher third gear was no problem.

Thanks everyone for your feedback.

I wont be reviewing this post in future.

Cheers

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