New CX15 Flex-Wing Rotary Cutter

Rotary Cutters
Key Features
  • More durable gearboxes
  • Flex-wing CV driveline
  • Easy-clean
  • Safety tow chains for extra support

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CX15 equipped with three deck rings
CX15 with three standard deck ringsCX15 with three standard deck rings

The CX15 is equipped with three deck rings, which are welded to the underside of the deck, just inside the outer circumference of blade travel. The deck rings help to limit the upward deflection of blades when the blades encounter immovable objects, such as stumps and set-fast rocks.

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.

CX15 Rotary Cutter video

Please refer to the following video link for information regarding the CX15 Rotary Cutter.

CX ground-control suspension
Exclusive ground-control suspensionExclusive ground-control suspension

CX Series Flex-Wing Rotary Cutters feature ground-control suspension, which is unique in the industry.


This suspension includes a heavy-duty axle with six wheels (five-wheel and three-wheel assemblies for the CX15 3.1-m [10-ft] model) and air springs with shock absorbers on all four-wheel assemblies.

Shock absorbingShock absorbing

Shock absorbers provide a smooth ride for road travel and for hard and rough pastures, roadsides, etc. The shock-cushioning ability of the CX suspension is in a class by itself and contributes greatly to long, trouble-free operation of the machine.


Center-section air springs typically carry 90 psi of air pressure. Wing-section air springs typically carry 60 psi of air pressure.


All of the CX models are also available with springs and shock absorbers.

Continuous and greaseable wing-frame hinges
HX15 hingesHX15 hinges
CX15 hingesCX15 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 HX15 uses eight hinge bushing segments per side.
  • The CX15 uses 12 hinge bushing segments per side, for a continuous hinge (front to back), providing superior resistance to the wear and tear caused by commercial usage.
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.

3.1-m (10-ft) flex-wing weight box
Weight boxWeight box
Top view (extra dual spindles and wheels on the wing shown)Top view (extra dual spindles and wheels on the wing shown)

The CX15 is available as a 3.1-m (10-ft) Flex-Wing Rotary Cutter with a 15.2-cm (6-in.) blade overlap by removing the left wing and adding a weight box.

  • The weight box hinges to the center deck and bolts to the anchor bracket in place of the left wing.
  • Weight box is shipped factory-filled with concrete.
Gearcase with oil-level dipstickGearcase with oil-level dipstick

Gearcases are provided with oil-level dipsticks.


Spring-loaded check-valve vents are provided to release any air pressure that might build up within the gearcase and to keep the rotary cutter deck free of oil that would otherwise spew out of permanently open vents.


All pivoting points that would benefit from greasing are provided with grease zerks. Wing hinges in particular are provided with individual grease zerks. It is important to note that these points require greasing infrequently; lubrication is for protection against seizing, not wear.

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.

CX15 and CX20 product values
CX15 and CX20 product valuesCX15 and CX20 product values
100 percent factory assembled
  1. Category 5, multi-profile driveline
  2. Protected front chain shields
  3. Category 5, star-profile wing drivelines
  4. Smooth, dome-shaped Double-Decker™ design
  5. Spring-loaded wing arms
  6. Air bag and shock-absorber suspension
  7. Continuous, greaseable forged-wing hinges
  8. Cast hitch, best turn radius
  9. Hydraulic parking system
  10. Ball-and-clevis hitch connection
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.

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
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 DeereCX15 Flex-Wing Rotary Cutter
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Cutting width 3,189 mm
125.5 in.
Cutting height For clearance over terraces 25 to 406 mm
1 to 16 in.
Cutting capacity (diameter) 101.6 mm
4 in.
Cutting chamber depth 267 mm
10.5 in.
Tractor compatibility
Tractor PTO HP range 41 kW
55 hp
Tractor PTO 540 rpm
Static Vert Drawbar Load Rating 960 kg
2,115 lb
Type Pull-Type with ball-type self-leveling hitch clevis for easy hookup (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 Hydraulically operated; stays vertical while raising/lowering (optional manual jackstand kit available)
Transport width At wing wheels 2,463 mm
100 in.
Overall width 3,499 mm
138 in.
Overall length 4,932 mm
194 in.
Deck shape Easy clean dome-shaped top deck
Deck type Double decker for superior strength
Deck thickness Upper
3.5 (10) mm
.138 (10) in.Lower
4.5 (7) mm
.177 (7) in.
Shirt thickness 6 mm
0.25 in.
Hinges Intermittent cast steel segments - greaseable; single 1-in. (2.5-cm) diameter full-length hinge pin
Approx. weight 2,230 kg
4,916 lb
Size Main
CV ASAE Category 5, splined telescoping profilesConnecting
ASAE Category 5, splined telescoping profiles
Protection Main
No-seize, slip-clutch drivelineConnecting
No-seize, slip-clutch driveline
Number 3
HP rating Transfer
186 continuous / 224 peak kW
250 continuous / 300 peak hpCenter
112 continuous / 161 peak kW
150 continuous / 216 peak hpOuter
112 continuous / 161 peak kW
150 continuous / 216 peak hp
Thickness 13 mm
.5 in.
Width 102 mm
4 in.
Type Suction or offset
Overlap 152 mm
6 in.
Blade rotation CW, CCW, CCW
Blade tip speed 540 RPM
Wing 4,751 (285 km/h) m/min
15,586 (177 mph) fpm
Center 4,794 (288 km/h) m/min
15,728 (179mph) fpm
Material flow system Smooth, obstruction-free Max Flow cutting chamber for a clean cut and no windrows
Blade holder Type
Round stump jumper and standard deck rings for maximum protection of blades and blade carrier against obstruction damage
Wing lift Standard; includes spring assist unfolding
Wing flex 90 up, 22 down degree (angle)
Type Option 1
5-bolt 26x9x14.5 24-Ply Severe-Duty Ag
Suspension Air cushion with shock absorbers on all 4 wheels standard
Row width adjustment Yes
Wing-leveling adjustment Easy adjust turnbuckle with bearing
Front Double-row chain
Rear Double-row chain
Gearboxes 5 years

Accessories and Attachments


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

Allows operating lift and wing cylinders with one tractor SCV.

  • Wings raise or lower independently of each other
  • Compatible with open-center or closed-center hydraulic system
  • The valve provides three positions: raise, neutral, and float; the float position for the two outside wing lift spools is detented; the cutter uses single-acting cylinders, this is also the lower position
  • Includes tractor mounting bracket and all necessary hydraulic hoses (does not include quick-couplers)


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


Dual Wing Wheel Spindles, Hubs and 26" x 9" x 14.5" 24 PR Foam Filled "Fat Boy"Severe Duty Ag Tires  - BP18697


Spreading Control Kit - BP18443


Walking Tandem Kit - BP18539