Schulte FX-742 Rotary Cutter 

The World’s Largest Rotary Cutter

Schulte Cutters are renowned for being the toughest and most dependable slashers on the market. The world’s largest rotary cutter, Schulte’s FX-742 continues this tradition at an economical price and is a popular unit for stubble mulching and pasture topping, covering more ground in less time. Schulte owners appreciate the high-performance features of their cutter:

  • A single domed 10-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.
  • A narrow transport width makes moving this unit extremely safe. 
  • 1000 RPM with 80° CV drive, 1¾” 20 spline tractor shaft.
  • The seven-rotor design optimises cutting performance, increases productivity and delivers extremely even distribution.
  • Unmatched reliability with a premium Bondioli & Pavesi SFT 1000 RPM drive & gearbox system, featuring a 350 HP divider box, two 180 HP t-box, and seven 190 HP down boxes, giving unsurpassed cutting performance with higher cut speeds. 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.
  • The low maintenance drive line is protected by seven slip clutches, one at each down box, and a shear pin at the input shaft on the divider box.
  • 80° CV shaft allows for smooth power transmission during tight turns.
  • 6 mm deck protection rings protect the deck from blade impact.
  • Aussie spec units come standard with Schulte’s exclusive Fixed Knife T-bar Mulching System. Spun formed 7-gauge stump jumpers (round skid pans) with single updraft or mulching blades are available as an option.
  • 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.
  • Hitch Lift Assist helps to lift the cutter over obstacles to prevent undue stress on blades and down shafts.
  • Deep side skirts, extended blade overlap and high blade tip speeds for the best cutting performance and material flow.
  • Wing working range from -11° to 13° (inner wings) and -8° to 10°.
  • Hydraulic phasing cylinder system ensures an accurate parallel lift across the cutter.
  • Easily accessible wing locks.
  • Safety first with single chains and half rubber flaps front and rear and durable driveline covers.
  • Extremely strong and durable hubs and spindles with built in metal seal guards allow this cutter to tackle any type of terrain.
  • Aussie spec units are standard with row crop axles with four wheels on the centre deck, a single rear wheel on the inner wings and a single rear wheel and front castor wheel on the outer wings.
  • Rubber puck suspension system reduces stress on the cutter and tractor.
  • All pivot points use 1" greaseable pins. Steel spring bushes at all vital pivot points.
  • Two-piece replaceable skid shoes made from 10 mm thick abrasion resistant steel.

Suitable for tractors from 250 HP, the FX-742 with Schulte's exclusive Fixed Knife T-Bar Mulching System is the perfect solution to dealing with cereal stubble.

With its massive 12.9 m cutting width, the FX-742 is the efficient way to maintain airports and pastures.

An engineering masterpiece - adjustable wheel spacings for row crops, 7 rotors designed to throw material from one to another for a better cut, double fold wings and easily accessible wing locks.

Despite its massive width, the FX-742 folds up to as little as 3 metres for easy escort-free transport.

FX-742 Specifications and Pricing

Cutting width

12.8 m (42')

Overall width

13.1 m (42' 11")

Overall length

7.4 m (24' 3”)

Transport width

3 - 3.7 m (9’ 10” - 12' 2") dependent on row crop wheel spacings

Transport height

4.2 m (13’ 9")

Cutting height

51 mm - 406 mm (2" - 16")

Cutting capacity

51 mm (2")

Approximate weight

8,165 kg

Hitch weight

2,950 kg

Deck thickness

10 GA (0.134", 3.4 mm)

Side skirt thickness

6.4 mm (1/4")

Power Divider gear box rating

350 HP (261 kW)

Centre & Wing gearbox rating

190 HP (142 kW)

Blade tip speed - 1000 RPM

4,970 m/min (16,300 ft/min)

Blade overlap

152 mm (6")

Inside wing working range

11° down to 13° up

Outside wing working range

8° down to 10° up

Drive size - tractor shaft

Size 10 CV

Drive size - Centre and wing boxes

 Category 6

Recommended tractor HP

350HP (261 kW) - ensure drawbar can support hitch weight

Deflectors

Single Chains & Half Rubber Flaps Front & Rear

Suspension

Rubber grommet 3 puck system (3 sets)  

Current Price - Pan unit with single blades OR Fixed knife T-Bar mulching unit

$215,000.00

Options Pricing

 

Cyclone Fan Kit

$13,200.00

*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.

Heavy duty 180HP splitter gearbox sending power to the rotor heads.

Front castor wheels are adjustable and minimise wing bounce.

Centre and wing wheel standards feature durable rubber puck suspension.

Specially designed parallel hitch lift keeps the hitch tongue level on the tractor and reduces wear.

The FX-742 at work

This video was provided by Sam Conway of Boolah Partnership, Gunnedah, NSW. Sam does contract stubble mulching in northern NSW and southern QLD. Give us a call if you would like to get Sam working at your place.

Unfolding and folding up the world's biggest rotary cutter is an engineering achievement in itself! Check out how easy this is to do without leaving the tractor seat and without having to remove any of the drive line.

This video goes back to the release of the FX-742 in 2007 but gives good insight into the design features and teh challenges Schulte's engineers had to overcome.

What do our customers say?

The FX-742 is working around the world. Here, we hear from a very satisfied FX-742 owner from Kansas.