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The best brushcutter of 2019

By PriceRunner Updated 02/14/2019

We have tested brush cutters and name Husqvarna 525 RX as best in test. It is a powerful machine that gives you a good operating time, all while not weighing too much. If you're after a brush cutter that can also cut down trees, then Stiga SBC 226 JD is a very good choice. It is best budget choice based on it's long operating time and motor power.

Brushcutter

A brushcutter is an ideal garden tool for anyone who has a lot of grass, brushwood or woody vegetation to clear a couple of times a year. You can fit both a reel of line and a variety of blades on a brushcutter head. This gives you a wider range of possible tasks. The time it takes to clear an area is largely affected by your technique and speed of movement. If the brushcutter is sufficiently powerful and equipped with the right tools, it will immediately remove any weeds as you move it over the ground. With the right technique, you will be able to clear the area both quickly and safely. However, if your brushcutter's performance isn't up to the task, you'll be stuck in the same place for a long time. For example, the blade can get stuck in woody vegetation and be unable to cut it, and weeds may bend rather than being cut. Either the brushcutter will be able to do its task or it will be completely incapable. So it's very important that you buy a brushcutter that's competent enough to cope with the tasks you need it for.

A brushcutter is like a chainsaw with a long shaft and rotating blades. You put on a harness to which you attach the machine, and you then control it with the bike-style handlebars. Because it's heavier than its sibling the strimmer, and has more motor power, the harness is an important accessory. You need a good harness and an effective anti-vibration system for good ergonomics. It's also important to choose a brushcutter that has a good balance between power and weight. You should be able to use the brushcutter for the whole of the operating time without feeling discomfort. If you know that you have quite dense clumps of brushwood or reeds that it may even be difficult to get in amongst, you need more power and also need to assume that the machine will be heavier. However, if you've got less dense tall grass and brush, you can drop down a size and probably also a weight class.

Accessories

Both blades and line tend to be included with a brushcutter. But what type of blade is included? There are different types of blade for different purposes:

  • Grass blade - intended for grass and smaller weeds
  • Compost blade - intended for tough clumps of grass and brush
  • Brushwood blade - intended for brushwood
  • Saw blade/brushcutter blade - intended for woody vegetation

The advantage with blades is that you don't have to worry about the line breaking or the thickness of the brushwood you're clearing. A blade is usually able to cope with both dense brushwood and less dense bushes. The disadvantage is that you don't get the same cutting width. In simpler conditions, therefore, it's best to use line as this is more effective. If you have sensitive areas in the garden, line also entails less risk of damage. Because the line can break, it's important that you choose a brushcutter that can cope with sufficiently thick line for the task you need it for, and that it's easy to top up the brushcutter with new line. You can buy prewound line reels that you simply install, but it's cheaper to buy loose line and spool it on yourself. The standard line thickness is about 2.4-2.7 millimetres.

As the blade on the brushcutter gets blunt, you may need to sharpen it. It can therefore be a good idea to also buy the tools to file it with - a file and a file template.

Remember to use suitable safety equipment when using your brushcutter. Safety goggles, gloves, safety shoes and hearing protection are recommended.

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