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Walk behind, gas engine brush cutter??
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Mike Taylor    Posted 10-15-2001 at 15:18:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone know of a good one? I'm talking of something like a two handled garden tractor with a horizontal circular saw blade in front. Got a bunch of small brush to clear out. I've seen a few weed trimmers like this but nothing with a saw blade.

I made one about 20 years ago. Just put a 5hp vertical shaft engine on two wheels and a pulley and shaft out front. It would go through a 2" tree in about 1 second. Nice thing about it was that it would cut within 1/2" of the ground which sure saves tractor tires! Sold it at a garage sale. Now I need another and am not inclined to make another.

Mike Taylor    Posted 10-16-2001 at 16:32:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I found the DR website.

I notice they have a line of Huskvarna chain saws sold under the DRŪ name.

But, their trimmer/brush cutter is just what I'm looking for. They have a special circular blade that uses a chain saw chain. When I made my brush cutter, I just used el-cheepo, throw away, 10" diam saw blades. The spindle clearance was small, so I could cut up to 3" diameter trees.

If you have never cut small brush this way, it is the only way to go!

Danpro    Posted 09-11-2002 at 08:57:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
All right with the saw blade, but I'm developing a saw blade that can chip all this stuff too.
But you are right the machine is perfect in my point of view.

Trapper    Posted 10-16-2001 at 09:42:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's not a wheeled version like your looking for, but I really like my Stihl brush cutter.
It has several different heads/blades that make clearing brush in small areas a dream.
For small trees/heavy brush, I put a 10" saw blade on an just go at it. A 2" tree might take 2 passes, but that's about it.

Ole Cuss    Posted 10-16-2001 at 04:02:32       [Reply]  [No Email]

The walk-behind gas engine string trimmers made by DR can be fitted with an optional saw blade instead of the string head. I have a similar type made by Troy-Bilt but I'll have to look at the manual to see whether this option is available on it as well.

Jake    Posted 10-15-2001 at 22:34:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Troy-built sickel bar brush cutter, it's a lot cheaper than the DR. It has electric start on an indusrial B&S 4hp and I have cut down trees up to 1 1/4 in with no problem.

Roland Wilson    Posted 09-02-2002 at 20:42:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I own a walk behind sickel bar that needs bushings and blades and no were to buy them now that Murrey bought out this part of troy-built. please if you have any info. on this please let me know. The Parts store said Murrey bought this part out and they have'nt made any parts for this unit.

Les...fortunate    Posted 10-15-2001 at 19:33:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a DR trimmer/mower that I just love. They make good products including something like what you're looking for. Made right in Vergennes, VT, not far from where Salmoneye lives. I got a circular from them today but saw no web site listed. Just this toll free #: 800-376-9637. You might try DR or DR products on a search engine and see what you come up with. I recommend them.

Salmoneye...YUP...    Posted 10-16-2001 at 03:14:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DR makes a couple things that may do what you want.
There is the big walk behind 'Field & Brush Mower' that is basically a scaled down brush-hog and then there is an attachment for Les's front mounted mow-ball rig that is called a 'Beaver-Blade'. It is basically a chain saw chain wrapped around a 12 inch circular saw blade. Cuts within an inch of the ground and will go through a tree up to 4+ inches. Sharpen it just like a chainsaw.
My Dad has one that I have used a few times and I like it.
Went through Vergennes last weekend and saw a sign that said they were having a factory sale this month.
Worth a call at least...

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