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Berends Slashers

Our slashers represent the best value in slashers available in Australia today – PERIOD. The first point to note on the slasher is the strength of its drive. We may make machines at a highly competitive price, but we use some of the best quality (and most expensive) components available. How so? We use quality built gearboxes, either built in Italy or in Italian operated factories in China. The EHD, twin rotor and contractor slashers use Italian gearboxes only. They are incredibly reliable, manufactured to ISO 9001 and failures are less than 0.1%. We get repeat customers because our machines are reliable, we don’t have to worry about warranties and you the dealer don’t have to worry about warranties. You get what you pay for, and with us it is simple – you get the best because it pays. However, we also stand by our product and offer a 5 YEAR MANUFACTURERS WARRANTYon all our gearboxes. What other manufacturers offer this. We are the largest manufacturer in Australia by a long way so we do have the advantage of volume which helps. But it is worth noting that there are slashers on the market costing hundreds of dollars more than ours which are 9 fitted with gearboxes which are much cheaper and poorer than the ones we use. There are also plenty of cheaper slashers using cheap gearboxes which just don’t stand up to Australian conditions. They may be fine on a hobby farmer slasher doing 20 hours work a year but how do they stand up to real work. 

What is without doubt that the best gearbox in the world won’t run for long without oil, which is why we have an excellent sealing protection system on the bottom of the gearbox. If string or wire gets wrapped around the rotor it is almost impossible for it to damage the seal. Check the lack of seal protection on some of the competing slashers – on some of them you can look underneath and see the seal! All slasher drive-shafts are made in Italy and are fitted with integrated clutches which are much superior compared to a separate clutch as there is less wearing parts involved and tolerances are much higher. They are very good quality and manufactured by one of the world’s leading pto shaft manufacturers (Bondioli & Pavesi) and all meet the strict European CE Standards. There are many Chinese brands that claim to meet all CE standard when they actually don’t. They are also notorious for breaking apart after a number of years as the plastic covers can not stand up to Australia’s high levels of UV radiation. When operating slashers, the tractor speed will vary depending the conditions however 10-12kph is a reasonably normal speed to operate at.

EP Slashers

The EP gearbox is rated at 40HP and the EP drive-shafts are Series 4 Italian pto shafts fitted with integrated 2 plate adjustable slip clutches. Optional integrated overrun clutches are available for tractors with single stage slip clutch. All EP slashers run a 3mm top plate, due to the size of the tractor this model slasher is fitted to, weight must be kept down. Many people compare top plate thicknesses, which is easy but misleading as the top plate does little for the machine. Especially on our design, where the perimeter frame and centre cross-members mean the top plate is not used to a great degree structurally.

What takes the punishment are the skids, as everything cut gets thrown into the sides. What thickness are our skids? 6mm, or ¼” – nice and strong. The question of the top plate rusting out is always pertinent. It is up to the customer how fast their slasher rusts out. Even on the coast the machine will not rust out if maintained. Minimal regular maintenance costs less than galvanising and will give it better life. We have all our structural supports fitted on top of the deck. This provides better clearance of the grass under the deck. All slashers are undercoated and painted with an industrial 2 pack paint. We do offer galvanising as an option on the EP range.

The side skids are adjusted by bolts in slots, meaning the height can be adjusted without having to take the skids off (which you have to do with bolt hole height adjustment). This also gives the advantage of being able to tilt the machine forward slightly while keeping the skids flat on the ground, reducing horsepower requirement by reducing double cutting. Height adjustment is 25mm to 100mm. The blade clearance on the EP is high, and the underframe completely clear. This reduces the horsepower needed and leads to much better cutting, especially in tall grass. Many competitors weld a beam directly to the output boss of the gearbox, leading to a clearance of only 4” or so from the body. When the machine is used in tall grass it pushes it flat as it tries to cut it, resulting in a lot of double cutting and high horsepower use.

The EP blades are stepped, giving protection to the beam and blade bolt, and run on hardened bushes. The Boron blades are hardened and tempered to deliver an optimum hardness in a low to mid 40 Rockwell C range. They are inexpensive to replace. Many blades on the market are too soft or even too hard resulting in a blade that may be hard wearing but is brittle. The rotor beam is heavy and runs two lengths of flat steel each side to prevent it bending up at the ends.

On top of the slasher the gearbox is mounted on a 10mm (3/8”) thick support plate. Note this plate is not just welded on the top plate, but also to cross-members which carry the strain. Cracking around the top plate is rare as the stress is carried away from the gearbox (which is taking most of the strain of slashing). It is still common to see competitors machines with the gearbox mounted on the top plate only. These will always crack if put to the test.

The EP 100 (3’4”) is a centre mounted model only whereas the EP 120 (3’10”), EP135 (4’6”) and EP150 (5’) are all dual mounted – both offset and centre mount positions. The amount of offset is 9” to the right hand side. Our headstock is floating which allows the slasher to follow undulating ground more effectively as well as allowing easy change over from centre mount to offset. The rear chains are 8mm zinc plated and are secured via D-shackles.

All models are fitted with adjustable skids. They come standard with front rubber flaps and rear steel flaps and operator manual holders as required by Australian WorkSafe Slasher Standards. Optional chain guards are available if working in conditions where rocks may be present.

Horsepower requirement largely depends on terrain and what is being cut, however the following is a guide:

EP 100 18 - 30HP    Blade tip speed – 203kph
EP 120 20 – 35HP   Blade tip speed – 244kph
EP 135 25 – 45HP   Blade tip speed – 275kph
EP 150 25 – 50HP   Blade tip speed – 305kph

They are fitted standard with front rubber guards and rear steel flaps or optional chain guards. The wheel kit consists of one pneumatic wheel which castors 360 degrees.

Comparisons against other brands: Many comparisons have been made in the information above so the following is a summary of the more important aspects. Most use inferior gearboxes with poor seal protection and offer only a 12 month warranty. Spare parts can be difficult to source. Most use inferior drive-shafts with non-integrated slip clutches. Many imported models have rotors which are welded out of balance – causing vibration. Inadequate structural support – particularly around the gearbox and headstock. Some don’t offer mounting points for wheel kits. Many don’t meet the basic OH&S requirements in relations to adequate guards.

TA Slashers (P/N 0350/0351/0349)

The TA slashers were introduced as an economical well priced light duty slasher to suit the hobby farmer. They are designed to provide a cheap alternative to the EP slasher where the amount and type of work is light. They are fitted with a 40HP Chinese gearbox (still made by an Italian manufacturer) which has a 12 month gearbox warranty. The TA drive-shafts are Series 2 Italian pto shafts with shear-bolt protection. The shear-bolt is rated at a high torque than a slip clutch. Therefore, if the conditions are light enough where you would not expect a slip clutch to engage then the Series 2 shaft is adequate. However, if you have doubts on the amount of growth being cut it may be safer to fit the optional Series 4 shaft with integrated 2 plate adjustable slip clutch.

The body is structurally similar to the EP, except the cross-member support is underneath the deck. As they are not used for heavy, dense grass cutting, the supports mounted underneath are unlikely to restrict the flow of material as it would in slashers designed for heavier work. The headstock is floating and has two mounting positions (centre mount or 6” offset). We can use this floating system on lighter slashers such as the TA model as they are less likely to be abused as an EP or HD model can be.

They are fitted standard with front rubber guards and rear steel flaps.

Available in 3’4”, 3’10” and 4’6” sizes. Tip speeds and HP specifications are similar to the EP series.

Comparisons against other brands: Although an inferior gearbox to other Berends models we still use arguably the best Chinese gearbox available. Spare parts on other brand imported machines can be difficult to source. Most use inferior drive-shafts with non-integrated slip clutches. Many imported models have rotors which are welded out of balance – causing vibration. Inadequate structural support – particularly around the gearbox and headstock. Despite being a lighter model, it stills has many of the characteristics of the EP model. Many don’t meet the basic OH&S requirements in relations to adequate guards.

Heavy Duty Slashers

The HD gearbox is rated at 75HP and the HD drive-shafts are Series 5 Italian pto shafts fitted with integrated 2 plate adjustable slip clutches. All HD slashers run a 5mm top plate however due to poor availability of 5mm in certain sizes we have been primarily using 6mm plate. Many people compare top plate thickness, which is easy but misleading as the top plate does little for the machine. Especially on our design, where the perimeter frame and centre cross-members mean the top plate is not used to a great degree structurally.

What takes the punishment are the skids, as everything cut gets thrown into the sides. What thickness are our skids? 6mm, or ¼” – nice and strong. The HD models are gusseted with 12mm (1/2”) plate – very strong. The question of the top plate rusting out is always pertinent. We can hot dip galvanise our slashers on request, but this costs more than it is worth. It is up to the customer how fast their slasher rusts out. Even on the coast the machine will not rust out if maintained. Minimal regular maintenance costs less than galvanising and will give it better life. The side skids are adjusted by bolts in slots, meaning the height can be adjusted without having to take the skids off (which you have to do with bolt hole height adjustment). This also gives the advantage of 11 being able to tilt the machine forward slightly while keeping the skids flat on the ground, reducing horsepower requirement by reducing double cutting. Height adjustment is 25mm to 100mm.

The blade clearance on the HD is high, and the underframe completely clear. The machine comes with stepped blades as standard which provides a greater clearance distance between the deck and the balde. This reduces the horsepower needed and leads to much better cutting, especially in tall grass. Straight blades were used on older models and are available if required. Many competitors weld a beam directly to the out boss of the gearbox, leading to a clearance of only 4” or so from the body. When the machine is used in tall grass it pushes it flat as it tries to cut it, resulting in a lot of double cutting and high horsepower use. The Boron blades are hardened and tempered to deliver an optimum hardness in a low to mid 40 Rockwell C range. They are inexpensive to replace. Many blades on the market are too soft or even too hard resulting in a blade that may be hard wearing but is brittle.

On top of the slasher the gearbox is mounted on a 12mm (1/2”) thick support plate. Note this plate is not just welded to the top plate, but also to cross-members which carry the strain. Cracking around the top plate is rare as the stress is carried away from the gearbox (which is taking most of the strain of slashing). It is still common to see competitors machines with the gearbox mounted on the top plate only. These will always crack if put to the test.

The HD153 (5’) and HD180 (6’) are dual mounted – both offset and centre mount positions. The amount of offset is 9’ to the right hand side. The HD200 (6’9”) is only available in centre mount. Our headstock is floating which allows the slasher to follow undulating ground more effectively as well as allowing easy change over from centre mount to offset. The rear chains are 10mm zinc plated and are secured via D-shackles.

All HD slashers are standard with adjustable skids are fitted with front and rear chain guards and operator manual holders as required by Australian WorkSafe Slasher Standards. The wheel kit consists of one solid rubber wheel which castors 360 degrees.

Horsepower requirement largely depends on terrain and what is being cut, however the following is a guide:

HD 153 40 – 70HP      Blade tip speed – 233kph
HD 180 50 – 90 HP     Blade tip speed – 275kph
HD 200 60 – 100 HP   Blade tip speed – 305kph

Comparisons against other brands: Many comparisons have been made in the information above so the following is a summary of the more important aspects. Most use inferior gearboxes with poor seal protection and offer only a 12 month warranty. Spare parts can be difficult to source. Most use inferior drive-shafts with non-integrated slip clutches. Many imported models have rotors which are welded out of balance – causing vibration. Inadequate structural support – particularly around the gearbox and headstock. Some don’t offer mounting points for wheel kits. Many don’t meet the basic OH&S requirements in relations to adequate guards.


Side Delivery Slashers (P/N 0090/0091/0093/0096)

The side delivery slasher is based on an adjustable skid HD slasher (therefore the info is similar to the HD slasher above), and is standard as offset to the left (opposite to other models). Centre mount models are also available on request. The left hand offset is designed to put the side discharge closer to the tree/vine. The machine is fitted with a much heavier suction uplift blade than the HD to handle prunings and throw the material out. It has a circular skirt underneath to direct the material out of the side hatch on the left hand side. The skirt is made from 6mm (1/4”) plate for durability. It is made in two halves, front and back. This means in heavy undergrowth (where the height of the material coming in is going to restrict material movement, the purpose of the skirt), the front half can be unbolted and taken out. If both the front and back halves of the skirt are taken out the machine can be used as a standard slasher with the side delivery hatch closed. In this way you can use the machine to do rough work, while not damaging the parts used for side delivery work. The machine is fitted with a solid rubber wheel on the front left hand side, as there is no skid in the area of the side delivery hatch, this prevents the front corner digging in. The machine can be fitted with a standard HD wheel kit or a rear roller.

Horsepower requirement largely depends on terrain and what is being cut, however the following is a guide:

SD 150 45-75HP   Blade tip speed – 233kph
SD 180 55-90HP   Blade tip speed – 275kph

Comparisons against other brands: Refer to the comparisons under HD Slashers

Extra Heavy Duty Slashers (P/N 0094/0087/0097/0089) 

The EHD slasher is much heavier than the HD slasher. No parts are interchangeable. The EHD Italian gearbox is rated at 110HP (with a 50mm output shaft) and the EHD drive-shafts are Series 8 Italian pto shafts fitted with integrated 4 plate adjustable slip clutches. The rotor beam is manufactured from hardened and tempered 100mm x 12mm spring steel, and the blades are the same section. The Boron blades are hardened and tempered to deliver an optimum hardness in a low to mid 40 Rockwell C range. They are inexpensive to replace. Many blades on the market are too soft or even too hard resulting in a blade that may be hard wearing but is brittle. It can be fitted with one or two wheel kits in the centre or on the outside of the slasher. Wheels are solid rubber and castor 360 degrees. The headstock is made from heavy angle and RHS and is fitted with a floating top link as standard. The skids have more gusseting than the HD with three sets of adjusting bolts on the 2.1m model. Extra runners can be mounted underneath for longer wear. The top plate is still 5mm (see what is written about top plates on the HD slashers) but the perimeter frame is much heavier than the HD. The EHD represents exceptional value, many have covered thousands of acres and one contractor I know using one has done over $100,000 of work with it at the Ranger Uranium mine in Kakadu. They are available in centre mount or offset approx 9” to the right.

Horsepower requirement largely depends on terrain and what is being cut, however the following is a guide:

EHD180 60-120HP     Blade tip speed – 238kph
EHD210 75-130HP     Blade tip speed – 278kph

They are standard with front and rear rubber flaps which are rather light for contracting. We recommend the optional front and rear chains for heavy work.

We have included a “contractor package” in the price list which is the EHD model listed above complete with galvanised body, front and rear chains, dual solid rubber wheels, and additional skid runners. The part numbers for the complete packages are listed in the pricelist.

Comparisons against other brands: Refer to the comparisons under HD Slashers. With better features than most others at a lower price you will struggle to find better value for money.

Warrior Slashers (P/N 0103/0105/0100/0109)

The warrior slasher is one of the strongest slashers on the market. It is similar in design to the EHD slasher with a few modifications. The Series 8 Italian pto shaft with larger diameter four plate integrated adjustable slip clutch is the same size as the EH model. It is fitted with an unlimited HP Italian gearbox with unbreakable 90mm output shaft. The rotor beam is manufactured from and hardened and tempered 100mm x 12mm spring steel. The 75mm x 16mm blades are twisted and stepped causing an up-draught effect which will lift grass that is often flattened by the tractor wheels. The Boron blades are hardened and tempered to deliver an optimum hardness in a low to mid 40 Rockwell C range. They are inexpensive to replace. Many blades on the market are too soft or even too hard resulting in a blade that may be hard wearing but is brittle. The blade tip speed is similar to the EHD model above. The top plate is 5mm, however the perimeter frame and the centre cross-members are structurally more important. The headstock is made from heavy angle and RHS and is fitted with a floating top link as standard. The skids are similar to the EH slasher but are folded at the top for more structural support. Extra runners can be mounted underneath for longer wear.

It can be fitted with one or two wheel kits in the centre or on the outside of the slasher. Wheels are solid rubber and castor 360 degrees. They are available in 6’ and 7’ sizes in either centre mount or offset approx. 9” to the right. Horsepower requirement largely depends on terrain and what is being cut, however a minimum of 100HP is required.

They are standard with front and rear rubber flaps which are rather light for contracting. We recommend the optional front and rear chains for heavy work.

We have included a “contractor package” in the price list which is the Warrior model listed above complete with galvanised body, front and rear chains, dual solid rubber wheels, and additional skid runners. The part numbers for the complete packages are listed in the pricelist.

Comparisons against other brands: Refer to the comparisons under HD Slashers. With better features than most others at a lower price you will struggle to find better value for money.

Vineyard Mowers (P/N 0330/0332/0334/0336)

The Vineyard Mower is designed for topping grass in a vineyard or orchard operation where the cut grass needs to be distributed to the base of the vines/trees. It is fitted with a 5mm body. This twin side delivery unit works best in flat rows where growth is not too heavy. It is fitted with a 75HP Italian centre T box which splits the drive to two 40HP right angle Italian gearboxes. The drive to 13 the centre gearbox is a Series 4 pto fitted with an integrated two plate adjustable slip clutch. The blades are timed – there is no slip clutch between the gearboxes – so the machine should not be used where rotors are hitting obstructions such as tussocks, stumps or the ground. The drives between the gearboxes are a flexible coupling system. This coupling is fitted with a round rubber disc for shock absorption. If a mower is abused and one of the rotors hits an obstruction or the ground, the rubber discs absorb the initial shock before returning the rotor to its original position.

It has two circular skirts underneath to direct the material out of the side hatch on each side. Each hatch has an adjustable door which can be adjusted to vary the distance of discharge. The skirt is made from 6mm (1/4”) plate for durability. It is made in two halves, front and back. Available in 1.6m and 1.9m cutting widths with other sizes on request. Rear roller or optional wheel kit allow easy height adjustment.

Comparisons against other brands: Refer to the comparisons under HD Slashers. There are not many vineyard mowers with the exact same specifications to compare against.

10’ – 3 Metre, 3 Point Linkage Pasture Topper (P/N 0115 & 0116)

The Pasture Topper is a twin rotor machine. It is fitted with a 75HP Italian centre T box which splits the drive to two 40HP right angle Italian gearboxes which drive the hardened spring-steel rotors. Optional 75HP outer gearboxes are available. The drive to the centre gearbox is a Series 5 pto fitted with an integrated two plate adjustable slip clutch. It is designed as a topper only! For slashing work a slasher should be used. The blades are timed – there is no slip clutch between the gearboxes – so the machine should not be used where rotors are hitting obstructions such as tussocks, stumps or the ground. A centre skid is fitted at the front where it is likely the ground is uneven enough to make scalping likely. The drives between the gearboxes are a flexible coupling system. This coupling is fitted with a round rubber disc for shock absorption. If a topper is abused and one of the rotors hits an obstruction or the ground, the rubber discs absorb the initial shock before returning the rotor to its original position. The Topper rotors run at very high speed (the tip speed is 305kph), giving an excellent cut rivalling many finishing mowers. This also allows a very high ground speed, an essential requirement in topping. The twin rotors are fitted with deeply stepped twisted blades, to give uplift to pick up behind the tractor wheels and throw to spread material. The topper will spread evenly, leaving very little windrow. The machine is quite light to work behind smaller tractors as topping is not high HP work.

The machine is fitted with front guards to prevent material being thrown forward over the tractor. All toppers are standard with adjustable skids for topping height control. Optional is a wheel kit which consists of two 14” Holden wheels adjusted by a ratchet link, with optional hydraulic operation available.

Comparisons against other brands: Refer to the comparisons under HD Slashers. There are not many toppers with the same specifications to compare against.

8’, 10’ and 12’ Trailing and three point linkage slashers

The twin rotor slashers offer great value as they can cover a great deal of ground very quickly and are very durable. Some in the Northern Territory and the north of Western Australia have been driven thousands of kilometres cutting roadsides. A small windrow is formed each side of the slasher or the centre gearbox can be easily reversed to from one larger windrow down the middle of the cut. This method can be used for haymaking but it may knock off up to 50% of clover heads, oat heads etc. Therefore they are better suited to poorer pastures such as rye-grass where quality isn’t a factor. The reason for this durability lies in the strength of the design and the drive layout. The top plate is supported by RHS running the length of the slasher, and the fixed skids and perimeter frame give enormous structural strength. Top plate is 5mm and skids 6mm. The gearboxes are Italian as usual, the centre T gearbox being a 110 HP rating. In practise, like most Italian gearboxes, it has stood up to far more. The two outer gearboxes are 75HP Italian boxes. In between each gearbox is a 2 plate slip clutch. The blades are not timed, just missing each other (3mm). As they are passing each other at great speed the grass is cut by one or the other as they throw the grass into each other. There are many advantages of not timing blades – you do not have to keep the blades in time, and you can fit protection between the gearboxes. Fitting protection slip clutches between the gearboxes means one rotor can hit a stump and stop while the other carries on without damage. It also means power diversion from the rotor which is stopped to the still moving one is limited by the slip clutch, preventing damage to the gearboxes.

The twin rotor slashers are fitted with wheel kits and fixed skids as standard. Other options are available. The trailing have two 14” Holden wheels (which can be puncture proofed as an option). All three point linkage models have two solid rubber castor wheels. Wheels are adjusted by ratchet link as standard, with a hydraulic option available. This is most useful on the trailing, allowing the machine to be lifted for transport.

Horsepower requirements depend on the slasher configuration. The trailing models can be run with lower horsepower as only driving power is required, and that is dependent on what is pushed in the front. There are many 3m (10’) cut machines topping pastures with 35HP tractors. For normal slashing 2.4m (8’) 50HP +, 3 m (10’) 60HP +, 3.6m (12’) 70HP +. Three point linkage models require a tractor capable of lifting a machine weighing a tonne with a centre of gravity 1m (3’) back from the link ends. Front and rear chains are standard.

Comparisons against other brands: Refer to the comparisons under HD Slashers. There are not many twin rotor slashers with the same specifications to compare against. Many are over designed resulting in a much more expensive machine yet they still use inferior drive components.