HX6 Rotary Cutter

HX6 Rotary Cutter


  • Gearcases and blade holders provide better performance
  • Deep-cutting chamber provides a better shredding action
  • Front and rear safety chains are standard for increased protection
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Heavy-duty John Deere-designed gearcases

Heavy-duty gearcase Heavy-duty gearcase

The heavy-duty gearcase with non-seize self-adjusting slip-clutch driveline is shown at left.

The gearcase horsepower rating is as follows:

  • 150 hp (112 kW) continuous
  • 210 hp (157 kW) peak

Cast-metal gearcase features:

  • Tapered roller bearings and forged gears for longer life (forged gears are stronger because as the gear is heat-forged into shape, the grain of the metal actually changes to follow the outline of the teeth).
  • Output shafts are splined, not just keyed, for extra strength.
  • Gearcase is solidly mounted to the frame for a long, trouble-free life.
    • Six mounting bolts (not four) are used.
    • Possibility of flange locknuts fracturing from stress or working loose in tough operating conditions is reduced.
    • Frame metal underneath the gearcase is double thickness for more strength.

The factory preset, four-plate slip clutch protects the driveline:

  • Especially valuable when operating in brush
  • Preset at the factory and never needs adjusting
  • Fully shielded driveline for safety

The HX6 and HX7 gearcases come standard with a 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

Double-Decker™ helps to maintain your cutter clean

Exclusive double-deck in HX6 Exclusive double-deck in HX6

All the MX, HX, and CX Rotary Cutters have the patented Double-Decker™ design. The smooth
dome-shaped decks provide easy cleaning and water runs off for longer product life. Deck thickness increases as the size and cutter duty level increases.

Front and rear safety chains are standard for increased protection

Front safety chain shield Front safety chain shield
Rear safety chain shield Rear safety chain shield

Front and rear safety chain shields are standard equipment. They offer protection yet allow material to pass into the cutting area with minimal obstruction:

  • They help deflect thrown material and improve shredding.

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.

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.

Deep-cutting chamber provides a better shredding action

HX6 and HX7 deliver a clean cut HX6 and HX7 deliver a clean cut

The fast blade-tip speed ensures clean cutting and fine shredding of material.

  • HX6: 13,623 fpm (69.2 m/sec) and 155 mph
  • HX7: 16,061 fpm (81.6 m/sec) and 183 mph

A forward tip adjustment allows the cutter to be tilted forward slightly, so most of the cutting occurs in the front while the shredding action occurs toward the rear:

  • Improves cutting job
  • Reduces horsepower requirements

The tapered rear opening spreads shredded material across entire width of cut:

  • Reduces windrowing
  • Leaves an even blanket of mulch



Cutting width 1,829 mm
72 in.
Cutting height 50 to 229 mm
2 to 9 in.
Cutting capacity 101.6 mm
4 in.
Cutting chamber Depth 300 mm
11.8 in.

Tractor compatibility

Tractor PTO HP range Minimum 30 kW
40 hp
Tractor PTO 540 rpm


Type Lift-type
Category 2, 3N


Transport width 1,956 mm
77 in.
Overall width
Overall length
Deck shape Domed
Deck type Double decker
Deck thickness Upper
3 (11) mm
0.118 (11) in.Lower
3.5 (10) mm
0.138 (10) in.
Side skirt thickness 6 (3) mm
0.25 (3) in.
Approx. weight 584 kg
1,208 lb


Size Main
ASAE Category 4
Protection Main
Non-seize, slip-clutch driveline


Number 1
HP rating Center
150 hp
Continuous 112 kW
Peak 152 kW
205 hp


Thickness 13 mm
0.5 in.
Width 102 mm
4 in.
Type Single suction
Blade tip speed 540 RPM
4,751 m/min
15,586 fpm
285 km/h
177 mph
Material flow system Integrated
Holder Type
Round stump jumper (single suction) for protection of blades and carrier against obstruction damage


Type Laminated
Row width adjustment


Front Chain
Rear Chain

Additional information

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