Tuffcut 480

McConnel’s new Tuffcut 480 rotary mulcher features a new flat top deck and comes with 7-year gearbox warranty as standard. The all-new flat deck design minimises the build-up of debris in work and ensures quick and easy cleaning between jobs

With a working width of 4.6m, 8 transport wheels and option of 3, 4 or 6 blades per rotor, the new Tuffcut 480 can cover large areas quickly and efficiently, perfect for stubble management, grass maintenance, scrub clearance and cover crop mulching.


Ideal for large-scale farmers, local government teams, and professional mowing contractors, Tuffcut machines can be used in a huge variety of applications from airports and sports venues to pasture and stubble.

Hardened updraft swinging blades ensure an effective cutting capacity of up to 100mm, while hydraulically folding wings ensure a fast and smooth transition from transport to working position. 

Key features

  • 4.6m working widths
  • High and low hitch options
  • Bondioli & Pavesi gearboxes and drivelines
  • 60 degrees of wing move-ment (+45° up, -15° down) 
  • Heavy-duty gearboxes
  • 1000rpm wide angle PTO
  • Slip Clutch Protection
  • Front and rear chain guards
  • Hardened updraft swinging blades
  • Cutting heights from 25mm to 400mm
  • 100mm cutting capacity
  • 9, 12 or 18 blades
  • Overlapping blades
  • 4,800m per minute blade speed



With hardened updraft blades, a powerful triple rotor and blade tip speeds of 4,800 metres per minute, the Tuffcut 480 delivers a powerful high-speed cutting action.


McConnel’s Tuffcut series machines operate quickly and effectively while delivering an attractive cut. The Tuffcut 480’s 60 degrees of flexibility also ensures it closely follows the contours of the ground making it equally as effective in undulating terrain.

Model TUFFCUT 480
Working width 4.60m / 15′ 1″
HP Requirement 70hp / 52kW
Machine weight 2440kg / 5379lbs
Attachment Drawbar
Cutting height
25mm – 400mm (1″ – 1′ 4″)
Cutting capacity
100mm (4″)
Deck height* 0.23m / 9″
Overall width
4.79m / 15′ 9″
Overall length 4.91m / 16′ 1″
Transport width 2.70m / 8′ 10″
Transport height 2.17m / 7'2"
PTO speed
Deck construction All welded construction
Deck material thickness 6mm (1/4″)
Skid construction Replaceable bolt on skid shoes
Side skirt material thickness 5mm (3/16″)
Driveline ASAE category 6
2-way slip clutches on rotor gearboxes. Overrun on input shaft
Number of blades
9, 12 or 18 blades.  Each 12mm (1/2") 30 Carbon Boron hardened and tempered. Free swinging high lift – low friction
Blade bolts M24 C/W shank grade 8.8
Number of rotors 3
Blade overlap
Blade tip speed
80mps / 15748fpm
Hydraulic wing flex 45° up / 15° down
Anti-scalp dish 6mm (1/4″) round pan with blade holder bar
Input shaft 1-3/8″ Z21 or Z6 SFT 6/8 tractor end
Gearbox [splitter] Splitter - Cast Iron housing
Gearbox [rotor] Rotor x 3 - Cast Iron housing
Gearbox oil capacity [splitter gearbox] EP80-90W - 2.7 litres / 4.7 pints
Gearbox oil capacity [centre gearbox] n/a
Gearbox oil capacity [rotor gearboxes] 85W - 140 Oil   -  4.3 litres / 7.6 pints
Wheels and Tyres 8 wheels - 600-9 10 PLY pneumatic tyre with steel hub
Wheel mount assembly Tubular welded axle
Front guard Single chain guards on each deck
Rear guard Single chain guards on each deck
*Underside of deck to skid