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Offset Field Mowing with our Kunz Engineering AcrEase Rough Cut Mower and Can-Am Defender HD10 XT-P

Can-Am Defender XT-P

By Jon Crowley

We have a pasture with a pond that creates some challenges.  Getting too close to the pond with a UTV, and your get buried in the mud. And mowing along the dam is a bit too tippy for a UTV.  These are two perfect examples for offset mowing with a tow behind rough cut mower.

For this illustration we are using our Can-Am Defender HD10 XT-P to tow our Kunz Engineering AcrEase Rough Cut Mower.

Can-Am Defender XT-P HD10

Can-Am Defender XT-P HD10

Can-Am Defender HD10 XT-P

The next step in Defender performance is here—the top-shelf Rotax HD10 V-Twin engine powering an upgraded FOX PODIUM suspension and numerous interior and exterior upgrades factory-engineered to extend its capabilities—and fun—any day of the week.

Designed equally with power, comfort and convenience, the 2018 Can-Am Defender XT-P HD10 easily provides on the family’s Tough, Capable and Clever promise, but does so with a distinctively sporty edge, FOX 2.0 Podium shocks and a stimulating Carbon Black & Can-Am Red finish. Its 72-hp Rotax HD10 V-Twin is specifically tuned for serious work, but also offers 61 lb-ft torque and peak torque at lower RPM for optimal delivery for recreational applications.

The Visco-Lok QE front differential combined with the lockable rear differential offer a 4-mode traction system providing multiple choices for varying terrain or tasks.  Users, via a separate front-and-rear toggle switches, can select between a 2×4 open rear differential for tight turning and turf protection, a 2×4 lockable rear for improved 2WD traction, a 4×4 open rear for more maneuverability in rugged terrain and a 4×4 locked rear for maximum traction. The rear differential is gear-on-gear to the transmission for better response, no maintenance, better efficiency and fewer components.

For next-level traction to conquer the roughest terrain, Can-Am-exclusive Smart-Lok™* technology is the new benchmark. A true full lockable on-the-fly front differential with electronically-controlled automatic modes, or with the simple press of a button that offers preset, intelligent calibrations for your type of riding.

  • Towing Capacity 2,500 lbs.
  • Payload Capacity 1,500 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity 10.6 Gallons

Kunz Engineering AcrEase Rough Cut Mower

  • Extra heavy duty 57″ deck design built out of 10 GA. steel with additional heavy reinforcement top plates in the blade mounting area, 3/16″ side plates and 1/4″ skids.
  • Capable of cutting 2″ saplings and brush due to the large 30mm (1-3/16″) blade spindle shaft size.
  • AcrEase takes it to the next level in tow-behind technology and equips the 57″ models with a 20-27 HP electric start twin cylinder engine option.
  • Stable on steep inclines and trail straight at high mowing speeds.
  •  With two independent cranks on the 57″ models, height adjustment between 2″-8″ is a breeze.
  • With twin 30″ blades on the 57″ models, the rear discharge rough cut mower is capable of reducing traditional discharge bunching and providing more of a mulched look.
  • The AcrEase comes standard with four tires for added support on rough uneven ground. The tires are also located within the decks cutting width to allow for close trimming.
  • The AcrEase rough cut mower comes standard with the ATV/UTV tongue.

Here are a few things that I really like about the Can-Am Defender for field mowing:

  • Tight turning radius
  • Excellent clutch engagement at low speeds
  • “Work” mode setting on dash gives you better low speed throttle response
  • Ability to fit larger tires without modification (lift, arms, etc.)
  • Good ground clearance – 13-inches
  • Comfortable seats
  • Great in-cab storage
  • Front & Rear differential locker (Smart-Lok)
  • Turf Mode with 2WD or 4WD
  • FOX 2.0 shocks for when we want to get off the ranch and explore rough terrain!
VERSA-PRO bench seats

VERSA-PRO bench seats


  • Door nets – awkward for utility work.  Doors would work better.
  • Should come with a roof from the factory

More Information


Trail Ride in our 2018 Can-Am Defender XT-P HD10

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