If you’re having a hard time cutting through thick overgrowth with your conventional string trimmer, you might want to considering stepping up your game with a proper brush cutter. Typically, string trimmers are amasing at clearing overgrown, thick grass and weeds, but they usually lack the resilience and the power to handle thick brushes, hearty reeds and saplings.
You can look at brush cutting tools as the big brothers of the string trimmer since they’re just stronger and more capable with sharper blades. They come in a few styles: tow-behind, walk-behind and hand-held. So regardless whether you’re tasked with managing a large field of heavy brush, or you just need to cut a small patch of overgrowth in your yard, you can depend on one of the brush cutting tools.
Walk-Behind Brush Cutter
The walk-behind brush cutter is also known as the brush mower and they’re ideal in situations where you need to cover large areas in a timely manner. Some of the ideal situations for this tool is a vacant or unused lot or area of your property that isn’t regularly maintained.
Tow-Behind Brush Cutter
These tools are also used for large areas mainly, such as: abandoned fields, wild area of brush and weeds near a property, a section of prairie, etc. Tow-behind brush cutters make taxing tasks easier and less time-consuming. These cutters feature an off-center which can be attached to an ATV or garden tractor for more efficiency.
Handheld Brush Cutter
Handheld brush cutters feature a larger engine and a thicker line than the string trimmers. They’re great for small applications like thick brushes, grass, overgrown weeds and even saplings. Handheld brush cutters are available in either 2 or 4 stroke. Whether you pick a 2 or 4 stroke cutter will depend on whether or not you’re comfortable with mixing oil and gas.
Regardless which type of brush cutter you choose, they can be either electric or petrol powered. Petrol powered cutters are typically more powerful, more mobile and great at performing heavy-duty tasks. Electric models on the other hand, are either corded or cordless and are the more light-duty type. Corded cutters have limited portability, and you’ll need an extension cord to cover larger areas. Cordless ones are mobile, but they have a very limited run-time.
Petrol-powered cutters will need frequent oil and fuel replacement. Depending on the stroke of the cutter, you should find the appropriate type of fuel to properly power the brush cutter. Having a transparent fuel tank will let you see how much fuel you have left. Electric cordless brush cutters run on batteries and the batteries will need recharging. Ideally, you want an extra set of batteries to complete more time-consuming tasks. Lithium-ion batteries are great for brush cutters.