HX14 HX14 Rotary Cutter

HX14 HX14 Rotary Cutter


  • Larger, more durable gearboxes
  • Large-diameter, round-pan blade holders
  • Tractor hookup available
  • Max Flow cutting chamber for a clean cut
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Blades ensure clean cutting and fine shredding

Suction blades
Suction blade Suction blade

Suction blades provide additional lift action for picking up downed material. The blades are 1.3 cm x 10.2 cm (0.5 in. x 4 in.) in size and heat-treated for long wear life.


A fast blade-tip speed (up to 16889 fpm) ensures clean cutting and fine shredding of material.

Flat blades
Flat blade Flat blade

Flat blades are effective for any materials not downed and require suction for lifting.


Flat blades require less horsepower and have a cutting edge on both sides. Only available with double-blade system.

Dual blades (bar-type bladeholder only)
Dual blades Dual blades

Dual blades are effective for increased shredding of crop residue.


The dual blades consist of a 1.3-cm x 10.2-cm (1/2-in. x 4-in.) lower suction blade and a 1.3-cm x 7.6-cm (1/2-in. x 3-in.) upper suction blade.

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.

Tractor hookup available in two configurations

Lift type
Lift type (shown with iMatch™ hitch system) Lift type (shown with iMatch™ hitch system)

The lift-type versions fit tractors with Category 2, 3, or 3N 3-point hitches (with or without Quick Hitch).


NOTE: The lift-type versions require a larger tractor than other versions. For HX10 Lift-Type Rotary Cutters, the minimum-size tractor recommended is a 6020 Series or equivalent. For HX14 Lift-Type Rotary Cutters, the minimum-size tractor recommended is a 7720 or equivalent. Refer to the tractor's operator's manual for ballasting instructions. The pull-type versions of the HX10 Multi-Spindle Rotary Cutter require a tractor with a minimum of 50 power take-off (PTO) hp. The HX14 pull-type versions require a tractor with a minimum of 60 PTO hp. Note that the type and volume of material being cut affect horsepower requirements.

Pull type
Pull type Pull type

Parallel lift linkage helps keep the cutter level through all height adjustments. Cylinders are John Deere manufactured, meaning more reliability and durability.

Larger, more durable gearcases

Gearcases are John Deere designed for reliability and dependability:

  • Center gearcase – 160 continuous hp or 200 peak hp
  • Outer gearcase – 100 continuous hp or 150 peak hp

Heavy-duty, tapered roller bearings and precision gears help ensure long life.


Output shafts are splined, not just keyed, for extra strength and durability.

Heavy-duty bowl support Heavy-duty bowl support

Gearcases mount on heavy-duty bowl supports, which are continuously welded to the top and bottom decks. These bowls provide a lifelong base of support for the gearcase/blade holder mechanism.


The HX14 comes standard with five year warranty.

Gearcases and blade holders provide better performance

Gearcase and blade holder shown Gearcase and blade holder shown

The John Deere gearboxes:

  1. Large seals
  2. Large housing
  3. Large output shaft
  4. Precision forged bevel gears
  5. Large bearings
  6. Stump jumper

Re-engineered gearcases and blade holders provide the following:

  • More horsepower
  • Faster blade-tip speed
  • Better performance
  • Quieter operation
  • Increased durability

Five-year limited gearbox warranty provided on every John Deere rotary cutter

Five-year warranty on all flex-wing gearboxes Five-year warranty on all flex-wing gearboxes
Five-year warranty on all rotary cutter gearboxes Five-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.

Patented John Deere Double-Decker™ design for superior frame strength

Cross-section of exclusive Double-Decker design Cross-section of exclusive Double-Decker design

The patented Double-Decker design improves strength and cutting performance while reducing top deck rust. Two welded decks include a 3-mm (11-gauge, 0.118-in.) to 3.5-mm (10-gauge, 0.138-in.) thick upper deck, depending on the model, and a 3-mm (11-gauge, 0.118-in.) to 4.5-mm (7-gauge, 0.177-in.) thick lower deck, depending on the model.


Internal stiffeners are sandwiched between the decks to add extra strength and rigidity.


The Double-Decker design also provides a sturdy base to support the gearcases. Gearcases need this sturdy base to resist the bending loads imposed upon them when blades contact immovable objects or the ground.


The bottom deck is the main defense against rocks and field debris, to help protect the top deck from impacts so it will retain its smooth form.



Cutting width 4,200 mm
165 in.
Cutting height 50 to 305 mm
2 to 12 in.
Cutting capacity 76.2 mm
3 in.
Cutting chamber Depth 257 mm
10.5 in.

Tractor compatibility

Tractor PTO HP range Minimum PTO pull-type 45 kW
60 hp
Minimum PTO lift-type 67 kW
90 hp
Tractor PTO 1,000 rpm


Type Lift-Type, Pull-Type (Pull-Type has standard 10,000 lb; 4,536 kg, Safety Tow Chain)
Category 2, 3, 3N


Transport width 4,350 mm
171 in.
Overall width 4,350 mm
171 in.
Overall length 2,972 mm
117 in.
Deck shape Domed
Deck type Double decker
Deck thickness Upper
3.5 (10) mm
0.141 (10) in.Lower
3.5 (10) mm
0.141 (10) in.
Side skirt thickness 6 (3) mm
0.25 (3) in.
Approx. weight 1,390 kg
3,059 lb


Size Main
ASAE Category 5; lift-type
ASAE Category 4; pull-typeConnecting
ASAE Category 4 with Shear Bolt
Protection Main
Non-seize, slip-clutch driveline, pull-type has equal-angle Category 4 drivelineConnecting
Shock absorbing shafts


Number 3
HP rating Transfer
Continuous 119 kW
160 hp
Peak 149 kW
200 hpOuter
Continuous 75 kW
100 hp
Peak 112 kW
150 hp


Thickness Single suction 13 mm
0.5 in.
Dual suction, upper 13 mm
Dual suction, lower 13 mm
Width Single suction 102 mm
4 in.
Dual suction, upper 76.2 mm
3 in.
Dual suction, lower 102 mm
Type Single suction, dual suction
Overlap 75 mm
2.95 in.
Blade tip speed 1000 RPM
4,540 m/min
14,896 fpm
272 km/h
169 mph
Material flow system Max flow
Holder Type
Single suction; stump jumper
Dual suction; bar-type


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


Front Chain
Rear Solid

Additional information

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