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  • Industry-exclusive Double-Decker™ frame design
  • Standard stump jumper blade holder
  • 5-year limited gearbox warranty
  • Front & rear safety chain shields

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Which rotary cutter is right?

    John Deere rotary cutters lead the way with innovative design, superior performance, and proven durability. Valuable features are included such as the Double-Decker™ design and Max Flow cutting chamber, which prevent water and debris from accumulating on the smooth, dome-shaped top deck while the flat bottom deck absorbs the punishment from rocks and stumps.


    The top deck stays smooth - no dents, no dings, no holes. The internal supports sandwiched between the top and bottom decks are key to the smooth and structure-free Max Flow cutting chamber, while at the same time provide added strength and durability.


    To help promote safe operation, John Deere rotary cutters are equipped with front and rear safety-chain shields. John Deere rotary cutters continue to advance in value with larger, more powerful gearboxes, redesigned blade holders, and updated constant-velocity (CV) drivelines (special to the flex-wing models).


    Here are situations when a rotary cutter is needed:

    • Clipping pastures encourages grass growth, optimizing on valuable pasture acreage.
    • Cutting grass and stocks helps control insects.
    • Routine cutting keeps weeds from reseeding.
    • It is the most cost efficient way to cut roadsides, parks, cemeteries, airport fields, hydro, gas, and telephone easements, and all other types of open properties.
    • Cutting grass waterways encourages root development and helps prevent erosion.
    • Knocking down stalks is essential in no-till and minimum-till fields.
    • Shredding stalks such as cotton, corn, and milo speeds up decomposition.
    • Clearing out brush is easy.
    • Use a rotary cutter to control undergrowth and grass in orchards, vineyards, and groves.

    John Deere rotary cutters are available in three duty-level categories, three different spindle configurations, four hitch types, and three flex-wing sizes.

    • Mid-duty
      • MX models are available in 1.5-m (5-ft), 1.8-m (6-ft), 2.1-m (7-ft), 2.5-m (8-ft), 3.2-m (10-ft), and 4.6-m (15-ft) cut widths.
      • This duty-level category cuts brush up to 50.8 mm (2 in.) in diameter.
    • Heavy-duty
      • HX models are available in 3.2-m (10-ft), 4.2-m (14-ft), 4.6-m (15-ft), and 6.1-m (20-ft) cut widths.
      • HX6 is available in 1.8-m (6-ft) and the HX7 is available in 2.1-m (7-ft) cut widths; they cut brush up to 101.6 mm (4 in.) in diameter.
    • Commercial-duty
      • CX models are available in 3.2-m (10-ft), 4.6-m (15-ft), and 6.1-m (20 ft) cut widths; they cut brush 101.6 mm (4 in.) in diameter.


    NOTE: CX models are heavier built to cut at a 101.6mm (4 in.) capacity level more frequently and for longer durations.

Industry-exclusive Double-Decker™ frame design
    Cross-section of patented Double-Decker designCross-section of patented Double-Decker design

    The patented Double-Decker design provides strength and superior cutting performance while reducing top deck rust. Two welded decks, each 3-mm (1/8-in.) thick, form the upper and lower surfaces of the rotary cutter frame.


    Internal stiffeners are sandwiched between the two decks, providing superior strength and rigidity.


    The top deck is domed. Water, grass, and crop debris tend to roll off the deck, reducing water buildup and deck rust. The domed shape and smooth profile of the top deck also make the deck easier to clean when trash does build up in adverse conditions.

    Unobstructed horizontal bottom deckUnobstructed horizontal bottom deck

    The bottom deck is the main defense against rocks and field debris. Therefore, the top deck is continuously protected from impacts and tends to retain its smooth form.


    Because the stiffeners are located between the two decks, the underside of the bottom deck is perfectly smooth; there are no structural frame members to interrupt airflow. This improves both cutting performance and distribution.


    Standard material flow deflectors help channel the cut material, further improving material distribution.

Five-year limited gearbox warranty provided on every John Deere rotary cutter
    Five-year warranty on all flex-wing gearboxesFive-year warranty on all flex-wing gearboxes
    Five-year warranty on all rotary cutter gearboxesFive-year warranty on all rotary cutter gearboxes

    John Deere is so confident in the reliability of the gearbox, the warranty has been extended. John Deere rotary cutters come with a 5-year limited gearbox warranty.

Standard stump jumper blade holder provides protection against impacts

    Round-pan blade holders (stump jumpers) are provided as standard equipment on most John Deere rotary cutter models. Stump jumpers increase the drivetrain reliability by providing protection against impacts such as stumps, rocks, and other obstacles.

Safety chain shields are standard
    Front safety chains (MX8 shown)Front safety chains (MX8 shown)
    Rear safety chains (MX8 shown)Rear safety chains (MX8 shown)

    Front and rear chain shields are standard equipment:

    • Offer protection during operation yet allow uncut material to pass into the cutting chamber with minimal restriction
Driveline with slip clutch helps protect it against overloads
    Rubber element driveline with chain couplersRubber element driveline with chain couplers

    Rubber element connecting drivelines help absorb the sudden stress of impact loads. Chain couplers are used to maintain the driveline alignment.

    Slip-clutch drivelineSlip-clutch driveline

    A non-seize slip clutch used between the primary gearcase and power take-off (PTO) helps protect the driveline. Slip clutches feature a spring-compression adjustment used to ensure clutches are not seized.


    Lift-type and semi-mount models feature an ASAE Category 4 driveline for added durability.

    Equal-angle drivelineEqual-angle driveline

    The pull-type model uses an equal-angle driveline for smoother, rattle-free turns.


    A lightweight driveline with a lock-slide collar makes it fast and easy to attach.


    The driveline provides long lubrication periods; a 50-hour cycle reduces maintenance time, making the cutting operation more efficient.



  • Cutting width 3,200 mm
    126 in.
  • Cutting height 25 to 305 mm
    1 to 12 in.
  • Cutting capacity 50 mm
    2 in.
  • Cutting chamber Depth 216 mm
    8.5 in.

Tractor compatibility

  • Tractor PTO HP range Minimum PTO; pull-type, semi-mount, semi-mount hydraulic offset 30 kW
    40 hp
    Minimum PTO; lift-type 45 kW
    60 hp
  • Tractor PTO 540 rpm


  • Type Pull-type, lift-type, semi-mount, semi-mount hydraulic offset (Pull-type has standard 10,000 lb; 4,536 kg, safety tow chain)
  • Category 2, 3, 3N


  • Transport width 3,280 mm
    129 in.
  • Overall width 3,280 mm
    129 in.
  • Overall length 4,040 mm
    159 in.
  • Deck shape Domed
  • Deck type Double decker
  • Deck thickness Upper
    3 (11) mm
    0.125 (11) in.Lower
    3 (11) mm
    0.125 (11) in.
  • Side skirt thickness 4.5 (7) mm
    0.177 (7) in.
  • Approx. weight 960 kg
    2,113 lb


  • Size Main
    ASAE Category 4
  • Protection Main
    Non-seize, slip-clutch driveline, pull-type has equal-angle Category 4 drivelineConnecting
    Shock absorbing shafts


  • Number 3
  • HP rating Transfer
    Continuous 89 kW
    120 hp
    Peak 97 kW
    130 hpOuter
    Continuous 56 kW
    75 hp
    Peak 75 kW
    100 hp


  • Thickness 13 mm
    0.5 in.
  • Width 102 mm
    4 in.
  • Type Suction
  • Overlap 75 mm
    2.95 in.
  • Blade tip speed 540 RPM
    4,961 m/min
    16,275 fpm
    298 km/h
    185 mph
  • Material flow system Max flow
  • Holder Type
    Round stump jumper


  • Type Laminated (Pull-type has severe-duty Ag tire option)
  • Row width adjustment Yes, pull-type only


  • Front Chain
  • Rear Chain