Paladin Attachments introduced the new Bradco Flail Mowers for Excavators — the newest additions to Paladin’s extensive ground-clearing selection of attachments. The Bradco Flail Mowers are capable of clearing tall grasses, heavy brush and trees up to six inches in diameter from areas such as hillsides, roadways, ditches, utility right-of-ways, riverbanks and lakesides. Excavator mounting allows municipalities, utility companies, farmers, ranchers and contractors to easily reach over obstructions, into ditches and up hillsides. Bi-directional cutting and discharge capabilities allow operators to control the direction of cut materials away from buildings, roadways and bystanders, and when the excavator is equipped with a case drain, the blades are designed to come to a complete stop within four to five seconds for additional safety. Bradco’s Flail Mowers are available in Light Duty (FME30) for mounting on three- to six-ton excavators and Heavy Duty (FME40) for mounting on six- to ten-ton excavators.
To reduce wear and tear on the drive train and maximize the operational life of the Bradco Flail Mowers, the drive train features a patent-pending torsion disc to protect the motor and drive assembly from damage by absorbing the impact forces from the cutting blades. Other designs use rubber isolation discs that can oxidize and degrade over time. These units are also equipped with a patent-pending staggered blade pattern to reduce the transfer of cyclical cutting blade impact forces to the drive train while providing a smoother experience for the operator. To further protect the drive train from dust, debris and wire damage, the Bradco Flail Mowers have heavy-duty flanges on both ends of the rotor. Adjustable skid shoes are standard, allowing the operator to follow the contours of the ground without interfering or obstructing cutting capabilities in either direction. Other flail mowers feature rollers that can catch on vegetation and obstruct access to the cutting blades.
The FME40 Heavy Duty Flail Mower also features an optional thumb saddle that can be used with or without an excavator thumb to move obstructions out of the way without damaging the housing.