Bobcat has launched new flail mower attachments for use on the company’s market-leading range of compact excavators. The flail mowers are ideal tools for cutting and shredding vegetation, branches, thick grass, bushes and small trees alongside ditches, roads, hillsides, river banks, parks, fences and for preparing new land for development. They are particularly suited for the landscaping, land clearing, municipal, parks, utilities, recreational, construction and rental industries.

A flail mower demonstrates the versatility offered by a compact excavator, utilising the long reach and manoeuvrability of the carrier to cut vegetation in hard-to-reach places like hillsides and riverbanks. By being able to access areas where other equipment cannot go, the flail mower extends applications for compact excavators.

Two Bobcat flail mower attachments are available, the 30FM and 40FM, with working widths of 762 mm and 1016 mm and hydraulic flows of 46-74 l/min and 53-85 l/min, respectively. The 30FM model is designed for use on the Bobcat E32 and E35 compact excavators and the 40FM flail mower is intended for the Bobcat E45, E50 and E55 models, and both flail mowers offer high power output, with the ability to cut trees and branches up to 10 cm in diameter.

Key features include a robust construction allowing the user to tackle the toughest environments and most uneven terrain. A reversible, spiral mounted triple-knife design helps to deliver the smooth cutting action necessary to rip through hard and soft woods, grass, vines and brush. A compact deck allows the flail mowers to manage various ground contours, maintaining surface contact for efficient cutting. A direct drive motor provides an ideal balance between torque and rpm for optimal performance, with no belts, chains or gearboxes involved for maximum uptime.

The flails are reversible, providing bi-directional rotation by switching the hydraulic hoses at the drive motor, which is equipped with a check valve to prevent damage from the change in direction of rotation. A rubber torsion disk absorbs impact loads during operation, whilst the heavy duty flanges on both sides of the rotor protect the drive train from dust and debris.

A case drain prevents excessive back pressure and side safety chains help deflect and contain debris within the housing that could be thrown out during operation. A rotor brake slows the mower from full speed to stationary in seven seconds or less after the flail mower hydraulics have been deactivated. Lift and tie down points ensure secure handling and transportation.