How Much Does a Skid Steer Mower Attachment Cost?
With the right attachment, you can take a single piece of equipment (your skid steer loader) and turn it into a bulldozer, auger, plow, trencher, and yes, a mower. The right skid steer mower attachment lets you clear way dense undergrowth, quickly cut through brush and grass, and even cut hay. There are various types of mower attachments for your skid steer, and pricing varies widely depending on the type, size, manufacturer, and more. Choosing the right attachment requires understanding your options, their capabilities (as well as those of your loader), and what you need the attachment to do.
How Much Does a Mower Attachment Cost?
One of the greatest factors affecting mower attachment pricing is the type. There are three main types: rotary brush and dual rotary brush, heavy duty brush, and sickle bar.
Whichever type you choose, look for blades that are sharpened on both sides. This reduces replacement costs, since it allows you to use the blades in either direction. Also, look for a model that includes a protective cover over the direct drive. This reduces maintenance costs, since it protects the drive's internal components.
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Rotary Brush and Dual Rotary Brush Mower Attachments
Rotary brush mower attachments let you quickly cut brush and grass up to 4" in diameter. The standard rotary brush typically ranges between 60" and 72". Dual rotary models include twin spindles and measure up to 84".
Common applications include landscaping, particularly at resorts and parks.
- Eterra Typhoon T60-40 skid steer loader brush mower, double reverse diamond shape blades, requires 32-40 GPM, 1" T1 structural steel blades, price range: $9,500 to $10,000
- Tree Terminator Slasher 7' rotary mower attachment, 3/4" thick, AR400, 425-pound cutting wheel, 15-45 GPM, 3/4" thick, forged steel, double edged blades for bi-directional cutting, price range: $11,000 to $11,500
Heavy Duty Brush Mower Attachment
Heavy duty brush mower attachments have three blades that allow you to cut and mulch underbrush measuring up to 6" in diameter. Most feature steel construction and require high-flow hydraulics (at least 25 to 30 gpm).
You see heavy duty brush mowers on a variety of job sites, particularly during the clearing and prep stages.
- SkidPro Attachments HD3 60" heavy duty 3-blade brush mower, direct-drive motor, 3 high-carbon steel blades, 16-25 GPM, XL flywheel for more inertia, price range: $4,200 to $4,800
- Mid State Equipment 72" heavy duty brush hog mower with chains, 7 gauge steel deck, Omni gear box, twin ½" blades, Parker direct drive hydraulic motor, price range:$3,600 to $4,000
Sickle Bar Mower Attachment
You don't see sickle bar mowers as often, because they leave clippings where they fall instead of mulching. However, they're a popular choice when it's time to cut hay and leave it to dry.
The sickle bar attachment mows at a 90-degree angle, while the bar can float to a 45-degree angle for specific applications, such as mowing around ponds.
- Eterra Razor 108" sickle bar mower attachment, 28 replaceable cutter teeth, 12-25 GPM, bolt on replaceable sickles, price range: $8,500 to $9,000
- Eterra Raptor 108" sickle bar boom mower attachment, 20' boom reach, Pitmanless Drive System, 17-25 GPM, hydraulic rotary actuator, full angle rotation, price range: $25,200 to $25,800
Considerations before Buying a Mower Attachment
There are three main differences between mower attachments: deck construction, flywheel, and whether the motor is direct-drive or gearbox.
The mower deck is the attachment's primary support, so you want heavy-duty construction. This helps protect the machine against even the densest, most tangled undergrowth.
An extra-ridged deck with steel reinforcements both laterally and at the front provide greater stability that helps keep the mower on the ground, even when clearing thick underbrush and branches. It also provides support for the motor or gearbox. A heavy gauge steel plate is better-equipped to handle the mower's rotating blades.
In addition, a heavier weight flywheel helps performance, particularly when cutting saplings and heavy or dense undergrowth.
Finally, gearbox versus hydraulic motors. This often comes down to a matter of preference, but it's important to note that the direct drive hydraulic motor includes a pressure release valve. Stressing the mower attachment prompts the valve to do its job. Your benefit is lower maintenance costs and fewer breakdowns.
Don't Forget the Options
Just like buying a car with all the bells and whistles, there are some extra features that help improve the performance of your skid steer mower attachment. The most popular add-on options are a floating deck, rollers, and wheels. Talk to your vendor about these and other features to decide which ones are worth the extra cost.