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McConnel Swingtrim xl

  • 22-08-2021 10:33am
    Registered Users Posts: 10 Rallo

    Hi guys,

    I have 1200 meters of hawthorn and other growth along my driveway into my house. It is a very old driveway and I want to ensure the hedges are maintained properly. I also have 50 acres with substantial hawthorn hedges which I would like to keep under some level of control (annual growth). I want to cause minimal damage to the hedges and wildlife.

    I suffer from a spinal issue and cannot manually trim all these hedges. I don't want to have some person come in witha flail mower and damage the hedges, I would prefer to do it myself. I have an 80hp tractor and was wonder what people's thoughts are with using a finger bar trimmer such as the McConnel Swingtrim xl. Are they a good piece of kit?


  • Registered Users Posts: 362 ✭✭ Theheff

    A flail hedge cutter is probably the best option. I am not sure how the flail hedge cutter gets a bad reputation as all our hedges get done annually every winter and the hedges look very good and healthy. I think once the hedges are done annualy with a flail hedge cutter minimum damage will be done. Have little experience with a finger bar type machine, but I would imagine they be very slow and troublesome particularly after a fully year of growth.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10 Rallo

    Thanks Theheff, would my 80 hp tractor be good enough for a flail cutter? If so, what brand/model would you recommend?


  • Registered Users Posts: 894 ✭✭✭ timple23

  • Registered Users Posts: 10 Rallo

    Hey timple23, unfortunately I don't. It would be the ideal job if I did.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,750 ✭✭✭ davidk1394

    I ran a McConnell PA 93 on a David Brown 1394. Once you weren't trying to go up a steep hill you'd be fine. A friend of mine has this hedge cutter on a 100hp fendt orchard tractor with both the flail head and the multi saw head. The multi saw head will cut branches up to this width of your arm with ease.

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