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Old 03-06-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I need more than a weed wacker I need a brush cutter for blackberry brush and stuff like that but I need to get around trees so it has to be a hand held..ugh.

Anyway, has anyone used one liked it not liked it best bang for buck etc.

Thanks in advance
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I got a Craftsman at Sears which has both weed eater and brush cutter attachments as well as some other attachments that are easy to change. It has a pretty powerful, easy starting, 32cc two-stroke engine.

I used the brush cutter blade to clear salal, blackberry, and small saplings, some of which had about inch and a half stems. The weed wacker head is well designed and uses precut lengths of heavy line which are a snap to change and eliminates line feed problems.

This machine is as powerful as some of the two handed models I have seen and is much easier and safer to use. It has a shoulder harness and is fairly light weight and well balanced.
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I bought this attachment since I already owned a weed wacker. Amazon was the cheapest place to get it, especially with the free shipping.

Amazon.com: Poulan Pro Brush Cutter Trimmer Attachment #PP4000C: Home Improvement

It works pretty good, anything bigger than finger size requires full throttle though. And watch your toes!
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:58 AM
 
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Both for home and for volunteer hiking trail work we use Stihl two-stroke with a three cornered blade.

Even a relatively light FS 80 FS 80 R Trimmer - STIHL USA half throttle will take out blackberry vines or multiflora rose - full throttle will take out mountain-laurel finger thick, or thicker by whacking it several times. Straight shaft keeps the business end away from toes. I might occasionally also vary from the manufacturer's recommended angle of use and hit arcing above thorny stuff with it. But at any time only wearing gloves, hard hat, face shield, ear protection, safety glasses, long pants, leather boots. On the trail we even use shin guards. Keep other people away, it makes thorn bushes or hidden corners of rocks fly!

I do use the light double shoulder harness and bicycle handlebar vs. the loop handle, still fairly light weight and balanced. Can also fit string trimmer head or buzzsaw blade, but rarely use the string trimmer (we just don't have enough "grassy" stuff to cut to make it worthwhile to change off from the three-corner blade for it) and never the buzzsaw. There is also a new chisel tooth blade that the dealer wanted to sell me when I was getting a part recently, haven't tried it myself yet.
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:54 PM
 
Location: North Alabama
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I second the Stihl brushcutter recommendation. The FS 80 is the entry level Pro model and very long-lived and forgiving of my somewhat haphazard preventive maintenance efforts. The Husqvarna versions should work as well.
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