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Brush cutter brands
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InVermont    Posted 05-23-2001 at 06:33:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oops- forgot to ask about brush cutters/line trimmers with a blade attachment. Been looking at these too. I've been cutting down saplings/bigger-than-seedlings with a bow saw and I need to speed up the clean-up- What has been the experience with various gas-powered trimmers using the blade attachment? How big a diameter will they cut?- (the choke cherries and alder are killing me.)

F14    Posted 05-23-2001 at 18:07:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll probably get hammered for this, but...

DR's are GROSSLY overpriced. They are the Harley Davidson of lawn care. You're paying for a name. If they spent half as much on engineering as they do on advertising, maybe they'd be worth it. I've worked on every DR trimmer in a 5 mile radius, and I own a Craftsman. I paid $250 for a machine that works all the time, DR owners paid $800 plus for a machine that's broke all the time.

If you are looking for a hand-held trimmer, the same folks that make good chainsaws make good trimmers. Stihl and Husky.

My opinion, of course, your mileage may vary...

Carlos Alarcon    Posted 07-17-2001 at 07:09:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Please help me find parts for a Active brush cutter which I think is manufacture in Italy. Thanks

Veljo    Posted 01-22-2004 at 03:24:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I need information about brush-cutters for excavator-loader!

Jim(MO)    Posted 05-23-2001 at 08:51:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Shortly after buying our property in 98 we purchased a DR field and brush mower. Made right there in Vermont at Country Home Products. Its the 15HP model with a 26" cut. It will cut saplings over 1" in dia. without any problem. Does great on the buck brush and berry brambles that try to take over our place. It's kind of pricey, 2 grand on sale, but we were in a hurry at the time. Have since bought a tractor and brush hog for the really big stuff for not too much more. Still use the DR for pond and ditch banks and maintaining paths through the woods.

Salmoneye    Posted 05-23-2001 at 10:44:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DR also makes an attachment for their 'Front Mounted Mow-Ball' string type trimmer that they call a 'Beaver Blade'. It looks like a chainsaw chain wrapped around a 12" skil-saw blade. My Dad has one and with the beaver blade I can cut trees up to 5" diameter almost as fast as a chainsaw.
I also have a Ryobi shoulder mount 'string trimmer' that has a brush blade attachment. We call it The Wing Wing because when the RPMs are maxed out and you swing it at 1" brush that is the sound it makes as it contacts wood.
I cleared about an acre of Alder and Honeysuckle.
Not easy but it works.
I have since smartened up and use Bonnie 8N and a 5 foot King Kutter 'brush-hog'. Paid $500 brand new last summer and love it.

For the $2000 that you will pay for a DR walk behind, I would get an old tractor that comes with a cutter. The tractor will come in handy for other things that you haven't even thought up yet. Never knew I needed one till I got one and now cannot immagine being without it.
Used to spend $300 a year on having the fields cut, and that was only one cutting per year. Now I keep them mowed 4-5 times a year and the neighbors want to hire me to do theirs...

Frick and Frack on the Farm    Posted 05-23-2001 at 16:02:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mega ditto's on the tractor and hawg. Didn't know how much we needed a tractor until we got one with a few implements.

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