Difference Between Finish Mower & a Brush Hog

Mary Lougee

Whether you're tidying up an urban acreage or putting final touches on a golf-course-like lawn, you may find a need for mowing equipment suited to large spaces. Mower attachments designed for handling overgrown, brushy lots are often called brush hogs. In contrast to finish mowers, brush hogs handle the heavy jobs. Finish mowers keep turf grasses looking their best. Understanding the differences between a finish mower and a brush hog can help you select the right tool for your mowing job.

Understanding Mower Uses

Brush hogs and finish mowers are both designed to mow large areas. Because they require a small agricultural tractor or a heavy-duty lawn tractor, they are generally not used in small areas because of their size. If your working area and your task accommodate the size of the implements, they can be used to accomplish their job.

Recognizing Mower Styles

Mowers may be flat, in many widths, or have wings so you can raise them upwards vertically when they are not in use. Finish mowers generally come in four styles. They may be belly-mounted, PTO-powered, reel-type or self-powered. Brush hogs are rotary cutters with swiveling blades and are PTO-powered by a tractor.

Mowing Rough Areas

A brush hog has hinge-mount blades that bounce backward and then forward when it hits large immobile objects as rocks and stumps. This enables the implement to mow overgrown areas where rocks may be hiding, without damaging the blades. A finish mower has stationary mount blades and cannot mow over hard objects without damaging the implement.

Finishing Turf Areas

As its name suggests, a finish mower is for mowing fairly short grass with ample ground visibility to provide the final finish to turf. Golf courses rely heavily on finish mowers. A brush hog can cut through tall grass with little visibility, but the result is a rough, unfinished look.