Bradco flail mowers for excavators are the newest additions to Paladin's ground-clearing selection of attachments. The new Bradco flail mowers are capable of clearing tall grasses, heavy brush and trees up to 4 to 6 in. (10 to 15 cm) 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 (2.7 to 5.4 t) excavators and heavy duty (FME40) for mounting on 6- to 10-ton (5.4 to 9 t) 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 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 also are equipped with a 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.