Top 3 factors for choosing the right mulcher

When it comes to choosing mulchers does it seem like a daunting task? Well we’re going to help you clear it up right here and now so read on!

Choosing mulchers

When it comes to choosing mulchers or flail mowers for excavators there are many different options: standard, reversible, forestry … you name it! It is crucial to consider which flail is the right one for YOUR machine.

To do this let’s look at 3 important factors:

  1. The weight of the flail
  2. How much oil the flail demands
  3. Which blades would be best for the job
Choosing mulchers

The weight of the flail – You don’t want a flail that’s too heavy at the end of your boom. When you operate an excavator with a flail or a mulcher you are usually working on uneven ground and you want to be able to reach out no matter where you are. If you are cutting hedges or clearing an area you want a digger stable in any situation when you operate the flail, without unbalancing your machine or the need for counter weights. So, for example, for a 2.5 Ton digger the machine we recommend is our LS3-800 which weighs 150kg.

Flow control valve

How much oil the flail demands – When it comes to oil supply the aim is to have a machine that is run properly by the excavator. A slightly smaller flail mower that you can power at 100% of its capacity is preferable to a bigger/wider flail that runs instead at only 70% of its capacity. What you gain in cutting width you lose in performance as your digger can not power properly – it slows and the cutting ability is diminished. The flow control valve, fitted with every flail we supply, deals with back pressure or with excess of pressure.

Various blade types

Chose the right blades for the job – Depending on what you need to do, you chose which blades are required. This is why we prefer to have a conversation with our customers so that we can supply them with the right blades for their job. The 2 standard types for smaller flails are Y-shape blades and hammer blades. Y-shape blades are best for leaving a clean cut for neater hedgerows, whilst hammer blades are for more heavy duty, robust clearing. When it comes to flails and mulchers for bigger excavators (6 Ton or more) we also have the possibility of fitting a forestry rotor with swing mallets or with fixed teeth.

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