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Heavy duty brushcutters

Morning All

I have just taken on a new client, who is a property developoer, with two large sites. Both are overgrown fields and I am considering a heavy duty brush cutter to deal with the areas where the flail won't reach. Mostly brambles. Any recommendations? I have been looking at Stihl and Husky but there are very few reviews.



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  • PRO

    I've got an old FSR90R with a brushknife blade for that sort of work - in my experience if you get on top of the problem now, and then visit in a month or so and tidy it up - you will be able to use a flail mower from that point forward. In fact we have a paddock that we rent from our neighbours, when we took it on it was literally 6' brambles, within a season and one application of roundup, we could mow it with the standard rotary mower

  • I've a Stihl FS130..... now FS131............. which has enough power to deal with most things.         To be  honest, I've never had much joy with brambles once they've a lot of growth.................. the stuff winds itself round the blade without cutting it and I end up using a hedgecutter.  If possible, I'd treat the areas you can't flail with a herbicide containing Triclopy (Garlon, Blaster) and the problem will be solved. 

    • PRO

      Stihl or Oregon shredder blade fitted to a strimmer is our preferred weapon for bramble if a ride-on brushcutter can't gain access.


      • PRO

        Oregon mulching blade. £10 from most places.

        Will cut through bramble in no time and leave very little waste to deal with

  • PRO

    When presented with 6 foot high brambles I prefer to vertically cut through and horizontally cut through with a hedge cutter. Primarily because using a brush cutter at any position other than just above the ground can be bloody lethal with bits flying off 
    totally agree take out with a flail. I personally just inherited an fs360 and cut some bramble grass nettle down with a tri blade attached. Nothing stood a chance 

    if just bramble id use a hedgecutter 

  • I have the Husqvarna 555 RXT. It's an absolute beast. It's heavy and noisy, but with the harness the weight is nicely distributed. The extremely low vibes mean you can use it for long periods, too. 


  • Any decent strimmer, but easyer with cow horn handles. Shredder blade or Tri blade. Us the strimmer up and down left and right. Visor highly recommend.

    • PRO

      Great recommendation Dave 

      that will narrow his choice down lol 

      sorry I had to comment 

      • Thanks honey! X

        Just highlighting you need a decent powered machine. Really it just about using the correct  tool on the end of it and the right technique. I use a sthil km130r. But have used a machine with more than half the price tag and power and it did the job just fine with a shredder blade on.

  • PRO

    I have used an echo srm 520 for the past 3 or 4 years. I used oregon techniblade 7mm

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