New brushcutter advice

I need to purchase a brushcutter to tackle a very overgrown piece of land. I considered hiring one but due to the amount of work I'm sure the cheaper option would be to buy one.

Question is what should I be looking for: 2 stroke/4 stroke ?; any good makes? makes to avoid?. Hoping to spend less than £100

Any advice would be much appreciated


  • arbrightonarbrighton Forumite
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    You won't get anything decent to do the work for under £100.
    What's the vegetation/ area to be tackled?
    The best, i.e. used by professionals for large areas are Stihl and Husqvarna. They will be two stroke.

    Depending on the vegetation, you will need a blade rather than a line and to keep it sharp, although that's easily achieved with a file. A comfortable harness, gloves, eye and ear protection are a must. I would recommend long sleeves etc too, especially once the weather is better- sap + sunlight can equal phytophotodermatitis, which is really really unpleasant from experience
  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
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    Hoping to spend less than £100....

    Sorry, but that is very wishful thinking. There are lots of cheap Chinese brushcutters on eBay, but if they last to clear what you have described, it'll be a miracle....and meanwhile, they may have shaken all your fillings out!

    As above, Stihl & Husqvarna are good and you could look for those secondhand, but there's also less well-known makes like Mitox, Echo and Tanaka which are respectable, but less sought-after, so fetch lower prices.

    Most machines are 2 stroke, but there are some 4 strokes on the market, the most notable of which are Hondas. 2 strokes give more power per cc, but my 35cc Honda is OK and until it was 6 years old, it never failed to start. Now, apparently, it's getting a bit long in the tooth, but I have thrashed it very hard.

    Metal disc or line is your choice. Mine is 4mm line, which my Honda can't quite handle, so I use 3.5mm on an Oregon Jet fit head like this:

    It's optimistic of that advert to say that a 25cc machine will power 4mm line, but you certainly don't want a bump-feed head for tough work. They are wasteful and often don't work very well.

    So, to sum up, you might get a good machine secondhand for around £225-250. The state of it will give a very good indication of how much its done and how it's been cared for.
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