Brush Cutters

What you need to know about Brush Cutters

Brush Cutters are used to clear shrubs & small bushes, as well as long grass. As they are hand-held, they can be operated on uneven or sloped ground. They resemble a larger, heavier version of a Grass Trimmer. If you are considering buying a Brush Cutter, you have the choice between Petrol Powered Brush Cutters, Electric Corded Brush Cutters & Electric Cordless Brush Cutters.

Petrol Powered Brush Cutters are the most widely used & readily available kind of Brush Cutter. They are powerful, & running on fuel means that they are more portable than Corded Brush Cutters & have a longer run time than Cordless Brush Cutters. However, they are heavier, & some users experience difficulty with vibration from the motor. This can make them difficult to guide precisely & can contribute to muscle fatigue. If accurate control is a concern for you, choose a model with an ergonomic handle, a double shoulder harness or a hip support pad to improve comfort during operation.

Corded Electric Brush Cutters are lighter, quieter & steadier to use. Corded models are suitable for use at home, & though you will need a nearby power source if using one, the cable length provided is usually around 40ft, so accessibility will not be an issue unless you have a very long garden (in which case, extension Cable Reels are available).

If your garden contains obstructions that would make using a cable problematic, or if you intend to work away from power sources, you may want to consider investing in a Cordless Brush Cutter. Issues with runtime can be overcome by providing yourself with a good supply of long lasting batteries. High amp-hour batteries will last longer, much like having a larger fuel tank, whereas high voltage batteries will provide you with more power, equivalent to a larger engine.

Safety when using your Brush Cutter

Brush Cutters should not be used in environments containing a lot of gravel or small pebbles. Small objects can be forcefully propelled by contact with the rotating line or blade, constituting a risk to yourself or others. When cutting heavy brush, move the cutter from side to side in a gentle swinging motion to avoid snagging or kickback. Do not attempt to clean in or around the cutting head unless you are sure the device is powered down & disconnected from a power source. Wearing the correct safety gear is recommended, including a Safety Visor (preferably one which includes ear defenders), & Non-Slip Gloves. A good pair of Work Boots will help you retain your balance & avoid injury, particularly if working on uneven ground. Long trousers & sleeves are also advisable. If using a corded model, plug it into an RCD adaptor to safeguard yourself against electrocution. RCD adaptors will cut off power from the mains in the event of an earth current fault.

Purchasing a Brush Cutter Starter Kit will provide you with many of the items you will need to operate your Brush Cutter safely.

Maintaining your Brush Cutter

Clear engine air filters of dust & trimmings on a daily basis to prevent overheating. Also regularly clean around the outside of the spark plug. Moving parts in your Brush Cutter may require lubrication or greasing to keep them in good condition. Refer to the instruction manual provided with your Brush Cutter for more details. If storing for more than a few days, empty the fuel tank first, & keep your tool in dry conditions. If your Brush Cutter is fitted with a metal blade, treat it with GT85 or WD40 to protect it from rusting. Petrol Brush Cutters run on Two-Stroke Oil. Two stroke oil will power your cutter & also contains lubricant to keep the engine in good working condition.

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