New HX20 Flex-Wing Rotary Cutter

Heavy-Duty Rotary Cutters
Key Features
  • Superior four-gearcase design
  • Gearcases and blade holders for better performance
  • Domed shape and smooth top deck is easy to clean
  • Safety tow chains for extra support

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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.

Hydraulic height leveling system makes cutter leveling easy and safe
A manual-implement jack is in base equipmentA manual-implement jack is in base equipment

The HX15, CX15, HX20, and CX20 come standard with an industry-exclusive hydraulically-operated height leveling system with a swing-away parking stand that makes raising and lowering the cutter easy and safe. In addition, a manual-implement jack is in base equipment, so hitch leveling can also be adjusted without hydraulics. With this addition, the cutter will remain in the same position for long periods of time.

Four larger, more durable gearcases
Cross-section of gearcaseCross-section of gearcase

The HX20 and CX20 Flex-Wing Rotary Cutters utilize a four-gearcase design. This is far superior to a three-gearcase design because the wing drivelines are able to operate at a range of angles, from 22 degrees down and up to 45 degrees. The wings fold up to 90 degrees for transport-lock purposes.


Additionally, the transfer of power from the tractor is dedicated to the transfer gearcase while the cutting is handled by three separate and properly sized individual gearcases. This results in superior drivetrain reliability and durability:

  • HX20 uses a 250 continuous hp and 300 peak hp splitter gearcase, and 150 continuous hp and 205 peak hp center and outer gearcases.
  • CX20 uses a 250 continuous hp and 300 peak hp splitter gearcase, and 150 continuous hp and 216 peak hp center and outer gearcases.

Large, tapered roller bearings and forged gears provide a long trouble-free operating life. Horizontal shafts in all gearcases are 1.5-cm (1-3/4 in.) in diameter to resist torque spikes. Output shafts have a tapered spline for a tight connection with blade holders.


Gearcases are backed up by a five-year warranty.

Transport lock offers a safe wing-up position
Transport lock ensures wings stay securedTransport lock ensures wings stay secured

A transport lock flips over the lift cylinder for backup to the hydraulics when transporting or servicing the cutter.


A wing lock is provided for additional safety during transporting or servicing. Additionally, the wing locks are spring-loaded so they can unfold against gravity on slopes up to five degrees.

Tight turns can be performed
Tight turning radius (CX15 shown)Tight turning radius (CX15 shown)

Hitches have a narrow profile and are 57.2 cm (22.5 in.) wide to allow a very tight turning radius, even when the tractor is equipped with dual wheels.

Continuous and greaseable wing-frame hinges
HX20 hingesHX20 hinges
CX20 hingesCX20 hinges

Center sections and wing sections are connected via 2.5-cm (1-in.) diameter continuous hinge pins. Hinge bushings are constructed of 15.2-cm (6-in.) long forged-steel segments and are greaseable to prevent hinge pins from seizing.

  • The HX20 uses nine hinge bushing segments per side.
  • The CX20 uses 16 hinge bushing segments per side, for a continuous hinge (front to back), providing superior resistance to the wear and tear caused by commercial usage.
Flex-wing constant-velocity (CV) driveline is easy to attach
CV drivelineCV driveline

Benefits of the CV driveline:

  1. Lock-slide collar, included on all John Deere’s drivelines, helps the attachment to the tractor using your hands on the driveline and not on the collar.
  2. Professional seals on the cross kits allow for a lubrication interval up to 50 hours.
  3. Grease zerks in the cap cross kits provide easy access for field lubrication.
  4. Large, dimpled floating disks reduce wear and improve the grease retention.
  5. Precision spherical ball-and-socket bearings distribute loading evenly and provide a long life and high performance. 

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

Gearcases and blade holders provide better performance
Gearcase and blade holder shownGearcase 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
Heavy-duty axle with spring suspension
Spring suspension on all four-wheel assembliesSpring suspension on all four-wheel assemblies

The HX Series Cutters feature a heavy-duty axle with six wheels and spring suspension on the four-wheel standards. Optional dual-wing wheels are available. A lower-priced four-wheel rigid axle version is also available.

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.


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John DeereHX20 Flex-Wing Rotary Cutter
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Cutting width 6,096 mm
240 in.
Cutting height For clearance over terraces 25 to 406 mm
1 to 16 in.
Cutting capacity (diameter) 76.2 mm
3 in.
Cutting chamber depth 267 mm
10.5 in.
Tractor compatibility
Tractor PTO HP range 56 kW
75 hp
Tractor PTO 540 or 1,000 rpm
Static Vert Drawbar Load Rating 1,165 kg
2,560 lb
Type Pull-type, with standard self-leveling hitch clevis (Pull-Type has standard 10,000 lb, 4,536 kg, Safety Tow Chain)
Hitch width For tight turn capability 570 mm
22.5 in.
Jackstand Stays vertical while raising/lowering
Transport width 3,400 mm
134 in.
Overall width 6,250 mm
246 in.
Overall length 5,760 mm
227 in.
Deck shape Easy-clean, dome-shaped top deck
Deck type Double-decker design for superior strength
Deck thickness Upper
3 (11) mm
.118 (11) in.Lower
3.5 (10) mm
.138 (10) in.
Shirt thickness 6 mm
.25 in.
Hinges Intermittent cast steel segments - greaseable; single 1-in. (2.5-cm) diameter full-length hinge pin
Approx. weight 3,050 kg
6,710 lb
Size Main
CV ASAE Category 5 splined telescoping profilesConnecting
ASAE Category 4 splined telescoping profiles
Protection Main
No-seize, slip-clutch drivelineConnecting
No-seize, slip-clutch driveline
Number 4
HP rating Transfer
186 continuous / 224 peak kW
250 continuous / 300 peak hpCenter
112 continuous / 153 peak kW
150 continuous / 205 peak hpOuter
112 continuous / 153 peak kW
150 continuous / 205 peak hp
Thickness 13 mm
.5 in.
Width 102 mm
4 in.
Type Suction, dual suction
Overlap 152 mm
6 in.
Blade rotation CW, CCW, CCW
Blade tip speed 540 RPM
Wing 4,903 (295 km/h) m/min
16,087 (183 mph) fpm
Center 4,914 (295 km/h) m/min
16,122 (183 mph) fpm1000 RPM
Wing 4,988 (299 km/h) m/min
16,364 (186 mph) fpm
Center 4,974 (298 km/h) m/min
16,319 (185 mph) fpm
Material flow system Smooth, obstruction-free Max Flow cutting chamber for a clean cut and no windrows
Blade holder Type
Bar or stump jumper for protection of blades and carrier against obstruction damage
Wing lift Standard, includes spring-assist unfolding
Wing flex 90 up, 22 down degree (angle)
Type Option 2
4-bolt 21x7x12 16 PR Severe-Duty Ag Tires
Suspension Spring suspension on all 4 wheels standard
Row width adjustment Yes
Wing-leveling adjustment Easy-adjust turnbuckle with bearing
Front Chain
Rear Chain
Gearboxes 5 years

Accessories and Attachments


Constant Velocity with Lock-Slide Collar Driveline, Category 5, 1000 RPM - 34.925 mm (1 3/8 in.) - BP18400
Constant Velocity with Lock-Slide Collar Driveline, Category 5, 1000 RPM - 44.45 mm (1 3/4 in.) - BP18401

Hitch and Drawbar

Safety chain for towed equipment, 4535.924 kg (10,000 lb) - BE24260


Independent Control Valve - 3 Function with Hoses and ROPS Mounting Bracket(For Separate Wing and Lift Control)  - BW15063

Laminated Tires

533.4 mm (21 in.) by 133.35 mm (5.25 in.) by 228.6 mm (9 in.) Laminated Tire and Wheel - AW30717


Bag of Hardware - For Shredding Attachment Kit - AW32489
Deck Ring - W49089
HX20 Center Section Wheel Spindle for 38 In. Rows - W50394
Shredding Attachment Kit - BWA1489
Stalk Shredder Attachment - BW15812
Suction Blade 1/2" X 4" (CCW) - W49171
Suction Blade 1/2" X 4" (CW) - W49170
Suction Blade Straight (CCW) - W46974
Suction Blade Straight (CW) - W46973


French Operator's Manual and Decal Kit - BW14560
Spanish Operator's Manual and Decal Kit - BW15680


Dual Wing Wheel Spindles, Hubs and 21" x 7" x 12" 16 PR SevereDuty Ag Tires  - BWA1245


Spreading Control Kit - BP18444

Safety Shields

Front Safety Shield - Second Row Chain - BW15672
Rear Safety Shield - Second Row Chain - BW15673

Severe Duty Tires

533.4 mm (21 in.) by 177.8 mm (7 in.) by 304.8 mm (12 in.) 16 PR Severe Duty AG Tire and Wheel - AW34778


Walking Tandem Kit - BP18538


Extra Wing Cylinder Hose - BW14559

Weight Box

Weight Box - AW30669