Schulte FX-318 Rotary Cutter 

Legendary toughness, unsurpassed cutting performance, economically priced.

Schulte Cutters are renowned for being the toughest and most dependable slashers on the market. The FX-318 continues this tradition at an economical price, making it an excellent choice for slashing crop residue, pastures, weeds, orchards, plantations, and roadsides. Schulte owners appreciate the high-performance features of their cutter:

  • An 18’ flex wing mower that can be run with the same HP tractor as most 15’ flex wing machines but gains the extra 3’ cutting width.
  • A single domed 7-gauge continuously welded deck offering many benefits:
    • It is extremely easy to clean,
    • The dome prevents water pooling and rusting,
    • It helps shed debris as you cut, and
    • Weighs less than double decks.
  • An ultra-narrow transport width and over-centre wing fold makes moving this unit extremely safe and simple to move between work and transport modes. 
  • Available with 540 RPM or 1000 RPM with 80° CV drive or 540 equal angle non-CV drive at the same price.
  • The four-gearbox drive line is protected with easily accessible, self-adjusting independent slip clutches. Our drivelines utilise the latest heavy-duty and extremely reliable Bondioli gearboxes with oil level sight glass on the rotor boxes for convenient maintenance checks.
  • A one-piece centre shield allows for easy and full access to drivelines, clutches, and gearboxes on the centre section.
  • The power divider has 1¾” 20 spline input and output shafts and is rated at 260 HP. The centre and wing boxes have 1¾” 20 spline input shafts, 2⅜” down shafts and are rated at 210 HP.
  • 80° CV shaft allows for smooth power transmission during tight turns.
  • The 540 RPM cutter has a Category 6 shaft, and the 1000 RPM has a Category 5.
  • 6 mm x 100 mm deck protection rings protect the deck from blade impact.
  • Spun formed 7-gauge stump jumpers (round skid pans) ensure durability and balance. Optional Fixed Knife T-bar mulching kit available.
  • Schulte Industries exclusive Pentagon Blade Bolt provides maximum anti rotational resistance where the blade is fastened to the stump jumper pans.
  • Standard with Super Suction 1/2" x 4” blades that leave nothing behind. Schulte blades are strengthened through a hardening process which increases the impact strength of the blade. The blade is chamfered around the blade bolt hole to provide a smooth transition of surfaces around the high stress blade bolt area. The blades are also shot peened to induce beneficial compressive surface stresses over the entire length of the blade. This enhances the durability and extends the fatigue life of the blade. The cutting edge is forged giving it a stronger and tougher edge thereby extending the life of the blade.
  • Optional mulching blades available.
  • Deep side skirts, extended blade overlap and high blade tip speeds for the best cutting performance and material flow.
  • Wing working range from -25° to 80°.
  • Safety first with single chains and half rubber flaps front and rear and durable driveline covers.
  • The centre and wing wheel standards are constructed from heavy duty large 5 9/16" O.D. x 3/8" thick HSS round tubing.
  • Extremely strong and durable 517 hubs and spindles with built in metal seal guards allow this cutter to tackle any type of terrain.
  • Six puncture-proof laminated or heavy-duty forklift tyre options.
  • Greaseable hinge line turnbuckles help to reduce wear and aid in long life of the cutter’s parallel lifting mechanism.
  • All pivot points use 1" greaseable pins.
  • Two-piece replaceable skid shoes made from 10 mm thick abrasion resistant steel.
  • Schulte has many hitch options including clevis hitch, an adjustable clevis, precision hitch or solid tongue to help create a better fit & reduce wear on your tractor's drawbar.
FX-318 Specifications and Pricing

Cutting width

5.5 m (18’)

Overall width

5.8 m (19’)

Overall length

5.3 m (17’ 4”)

Transport width

2.36 m (7’ 9”)

Transport height

2.77 m (9’)

Cutting height

45 mm - 425 mm (1.75" - 16.75")

Cutting capacity

89 mm (3.5")

Approximate weight

2,631 kg

Hitch weight

1,066 kg

Deck thickness

7 GA (3/16", 4.6 mm)

Side skirt depth & thickness

346 mm (13.63") & 6.35 mm (1/4”)

Power Divider gear box rating

260 HP (194 kW)

Centre & Wing gearbox rating

210 HP (157 kW)

Blade tip speed - 540 RPM

 

Centre

4,871 m/min (15,980 ft/min)

Wing

4,974 m/min (16,319 ft/min)

Blade tip speed - 1000 RPM

 

Centre

4,869 m/min (15,974 ft/min)

Wing

5,054 m/min (16,581 ft/min)

Blade overlap

152 mm (6")

Wing working range

25° down to 80° up

Wing floating range

25° down to 30° up

Tractor PTO speed

540 or 1000 RPM (dependent on unit drive shaft)

Drive size - tractor shaft

Cat. 6 CV (540 RPM), Cat. 5 CV (1000 RPM)

Drive size - centre & wings

Category 5

Minimum tractor HP

75 HP (56 kW)

Recommended tractor HP

90 HP (67 kW)

Deflectors

Single Chains & Half Rubber Flaps Front & Rear

Suspension

Rubber grommet 3 puck system  

Current Price (single blades & laminate tyres)

$66,000.00

Options Pricing

 

Mulching Blades in lieu of singles

$1,100.00

Forklift Tyres in lieu of laminates

$1,200.00

Side Eject Option (per side)

$2,650.00

*Price is quoted ex-Wellington and includes GST. Price subject to change without notice. Unit options and delivery costs additional. Click on the enquire now icon for our best price delivered to you.

The ball valve wing lock up system prevents the wings folding down in transit.

Easy to use centre locking system locks the machine in transport height.

Heavy duty turnbuckles.

Deck protection rings are standard.

Heavy duty drive line for peak performance.

210hp right angle gearboxes with heavy duty shafts and gears.

260hp heavy duty splitter box with 1 3/4" splined shafts.

Dual levelling rods with floating hitch.

Metal seal guards on 517 hubs.

7 gauge spun formed stump jumper pans.

346mm deep deck for maximum material flow.

Heavy duty cast hinge line with wiper seals.

FX-318 Side Eject Option

Our side eject option has been designed in Australia for plantations, orchards and horticulturalists requiring cut material to be spread under trees as a mulch layer. The system features an adjustable exit chute to control how far cut material is thrown. When not used as a side eject cutter, the chute is removed and replaced with a side skirt shield to meet safety regulations. The side eject option is available now and made to order.

The FX-318 at work

Video courtesy of AT-Machinery, Schulte's distributor in Finland.

This video courtesy of Schulte Industries Ltd.

And a couple of videos from our own macadamia plantation of the FX-318 side eject at work mulching grass and tree prunings.