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The 8 Best Brush Cutters to Get in 2023

A brush cutter is an essential tool for landscaping and keeping your lawn or garden in great condition. Unlike a string trimmer, the brush cutter can handle a lot of work, and no landscaping job is too big or too small for it. Whether you’re scything, tapering, weeding, or mowing, this is a versatile and multipurpose tool that you’ll be using on a regular basis.

Brush cutters come in different shapes and types. Some are handheld which gives you more control over the tool and the brush or edge you’re trimming. Others are more of walk-behind or tow-behind types. Those latter types are a lot heavier than hand-held brush cutters, but they are more suited for large lawns and heavy-duty jobs.

So which type do you choose, and more importantly, which is the best brush cutter for your budget and landscaping needs? The following reviews will give you a clear and in-depth look into the best features and not-so-hot qualities of the top brush cutters in the market. We also followed the reviews with a buyer’s guide to help you make an educated decision when purchasing this versatile landscaping tool.

Best Brush Cutter Reviews

Contrary to popular belief, a brush cutter is not a luxury that you buy on a whim and totally forget about it a week later. This is an essential tool for your landscaping needs. One that you’ll be using as often as you work on your lawn or garden. Here are the 8 best brush cutter reviews. As usual, we start with the cream of the crop.

Editor’s Choice: Husqvarna 128LD 17″ Cutting Path Detachable Gas String Trimmer

Power, cutting capacity, and plenty of accessories make this brush cutter from Husqvarna stand out. The Husqvarna 128LD 17″ Cutting Path Detachable Gas String Trimmer is gas-powered with a 17-inch cutting width that gets the job done quickly and without wearing you out.

The 22cc engine uses a 2-cycle oil to conserve fuel while giving you more power. It runs on a mixture of fuel and oil and comes with a 2.6-ounce mixing bottle for convenience. And speaking of convenience, the fuel tank is translucent, so you can monitor the fuel consumption while you work and know when it’s time to refill the tank.

The 128LD also has more convenience in store as you start to use the brush cutter and need to release or replace the trimmer line. The Tap ‘N Go feature allows you to release the trimmer line and reload a new one by simply tapping the cutting head on the grass. You won’t waste time fiddling with the cutter or stop your work just so you can reload a new trimmer line.

And as with all gas engines, the air in the fuel system can cause problems. However, the 128LD has an air purge primer bulb. Use it to remove the unwanted air from the fuel system and carburetor on the go without interrupting your work.

You can also attach an edger to define the edges of your flower beds and lawns or a cultivator to till the soil in your garden. With the right attachment, you can also use it as a pole saw to trim out-of-reach branches and limbs.

However, although the 128LD has a straight shaft, that shaft is too short to give you access to brushes and weeds beyond your reach.


  • Gas-powered 22cc engine.
  • Uses 2-cycle oil to conserve fuel.
  • 17-inch cutting width.
  • Tap ‘N Go feature to release and reload trimmer lines on the go.
  • An air purge primer bulb to remove unwanted air from the carburetor and fuel system.
  • Easily use many attachments for more versatile use in your lawn.

Best Budget: Greenworks PRO 80V 16 inch Cordless String Trimmer

This affordable brush cutter from Greenworks is both versatile and environmentally friendly. The Greenworks PRO 80V 16 inch Cordless String Trimmer has an electric motor but still gives you the same power as a 32cc gas motor. Only you won’t have to deal with exhaust and empty fuel tanks.

The 80-volt motor is good enough to handle most of your landscaping needs, including cutting a young tree with a 4-inch thick trunk. It also takes care of your scything and tapering jobs. Thick and tall weeds and grass are easy to tame and trim down using this powerful electric Greenworks Pro.

The cutter is cordless, which means it is powered by a battery. The battery is not included, but you can use any compatible battery from models GBA80200 and GBA80400. To charge the battery, you can use a model GCH8040 charger. The brush cutter weighs 14.2 pounds without the battery, which makes it both portable and convenient as a handheld cutter.

The brushless motor is digitally controlled, which gives you more torque without using extra energy. As for the cutting width, the head is 16 inches wide and uses a dual bump feed system that allows it to tear through the tall grass and brushes with relative ease. We also liked the straight shaft. It’s made of aluminum and gives the tool excellent balance.

Besides the absence of the battery and charger, which are not included with the package, there are also a couple of disadvantages to this product. One of them is when the saw switches itself off after 15 seconds of idle time. Although it was designed like that to save battery, it really puts you off having to restart the cutter every time you have to stop to decide where you’re going to cut next.


  • Affordable price.
  • 80-volt electric motor.
  • Weighs 14.2 pounds without the battery.
  • Straight aluminum shaft for better balance.

Premium Pick: Remington RM25C 25cc 2-Cycle 16-Inch Curved Shaft Gas String Trimmer

When it comes to gas motors, some people have trouble starting the motor. Remington worked on that and came up with the Remington RM25C 25cc 2-Cycle 16-Inch Curved Shaft Gas String Trimmer as an answer to this problem. But that really sells this product short. Because in addition to the quick start feature, it also has many good qualities.

The curved shaft is one such quality that you’ll get to appreciate as you use the Remington more and more. What the curved shaft does is allow you to reach targets at an angle or even ones you can’t see from where you stand. It also lets you come up with and execute neat circular designs of your brushes and trees.

Feeding a new line into the cutter is made a whole lot easier with the dual-line bump head. It allows you to feed the head a new line on the go with just a slight tap on the ground. As for the line itself, it measures.95 inches which gives it more durability and stable performance regardless of the type of grass or weeds you’re trimming.

The cutting width of the Remington is 16 inches, and that gives you more control over the shape you’re executing while delivering faster and neater cutting at the same time.

On the downside, the gas-powered 25cc motor stands powerless against thick or wild weeds and grass. Also, because of the curved shaft, the Remington is rather short, and tall people might have a problem using it.


  • Quick start gas-powered engine.
  • Curved shaft for better control.
  • Dual-line bump head for easy line feed.
  • Durable lines measuring.95 inch thick.
  • 16-inch cutting width.

Craftsman CMXGTAMD30SA Gas Powered String Trimmer and Brushcutter

It’s no secret that using a heavy gas-powered brush cutter can put a strain on your back and shoulders. This is why you look for a tool with the extra power to cut down the time and work required to finish the task. The Craftsman CMXGTAMD30SA Gas Powered String Trimmer and Brushcutter with its 30cc engine has enough power to handle the toughest lawn jobs.

It starts quickly and without much hassle. You just prime and pull the handle to get the engine purring. And for an engine that runs on gas, the CMXGTAMD20SA produces less noise output than other products of its caliber.

The cutter has a straight shaft to give you extra reach. That’s something that people over 6 feet tall would appreciate. No more putting your back behind it and practically carrying most of the weight on your shoulders.

And behind this quieter and more powerful engine is an innovative technology that uses a 4-cycle process. That means you won’t have to mix the oil with the gas, which reduces the common gas-powered engine problems of jamming and locking up that we have experienced with other products.

The cutting width of the Craftsman is 17 inches which is slighter wider than the average brush cutter. That extra width combined with the 4-stroke engine gives the tool enough power to get any lawn or garden job done in a short time.

One problem we had with the Craftsman, and it has to do with the line bump feeder. It doesn’t live up to expectations and gets jammed more often, especially when you’re tackling thick grass or tall weeds.


  • 30cc gas-powered engine.
  • A 4-cycle process means you don’t have to mix gas with oil.
  • Less noise output than other tools of this caliber.
  • Easy to set up in minutes.
  • 17-inch cutting width.

Snapper XD 82V MAX Brush Cutter Attachment

If you have a small lawn to take care of, then a compact brush cutter will suit your purposes more. The Snapper XD 82V MAX Brush Cutter Attachment is one such product that is doesn’t break the bank will still giving you enough functionality and power to keep your lawn or garden meticulously trimmed and looking neat.

You can plug the attachment to any Snapper XD 82V string trimmer, and you’re ready to go. The attachment has a 10-inch cutting width. This is usually enough for lightweight lawn jobs such as trimming grass, cutting weeds, and giving a brush a nice makeover.

The three blades are made of steel and resist rust and erosion. Of course, this is just the attachment, and it won’t work on its own. But if you already have the Snapper string trimmer, then you can buy this brush cutter attachment and connect it to it. This saves you money on buying a brush cutter complete with a motor and shaft.

That said, this attachment will only work with a string trimmer of the same brand and model. You cannot just use it with any other string trimmer. In addition, the brush cutter attachment is too small to be effective against thick weeds or large brushes that haven’t been maintained for some time. It’s mainly for small jobs.

Another issue we had with this brush cutter was when we tried to use it on exceptionally tall weeds. Once the cutting head got into the thick of the weeds, so to speak, the tall stems of the weeds wrapped themselves around the tines of the head and got it jammed. So you should only use it on short grass.

Wild Badger Power WBP26BCI Brush Cutter and Grass Trimmer

A brush cutter, for all its versatility, is not designed to take care of all your lawn jobs. Trimming, for example, is beyond the scope of the brush cutter functionality. This is why Wild Badger Power designed a brush cutter that doubles as a grass trimmer. The Wild Badger Power WBP26BCI Brush Cutter and Grass Trimmer comes with two attachments to save you money and double the scope of this multipurpose brush cutter.

The attachment system is made from aircraft-grade aluminum for extra precision and durability. You can switch between attachments with a simple Twist-N-Load mechanism. You can replace attachments on the go and get your job done with minimum interruptions and wasting of time.

To power this multipurpose tool, the WBP26BCI comes with a 26cc engine. It uses a crank and a 2-cycle process to conserve fuel and provide steady and reliable power. We also liked the killer switch, which makes it easy to switch off the engine at any moment with the flick of a button. The ergonomic handle gives you a good grip on the brush cutter, and the straight shaft allows you to reach remote and wayward branches that are out of reach.

The WBP26BCI has a steep price tag but considering you’re getting both a brush cutter and a grass trimmer in one package, that high cost might be justified. However, we had a problem with the included harness. You’re supposed to attach to shoulder straps to balance the weight of the tool on both shoulders. Only the package doesn’t include shoulder straps. So the harness is a good idea, but without shoulder straps, it’s useless.


  • 2-in-1 brush cutter and string trimmer.
  • 26cc 2-cycle gas engine.
  • Universal attachment system.
  • Twist-N-Load for replacing attachments easily.

Husqvarna 336FR 966604702 Bike Handle Pro Brushcutter

Husqvarna is an established brand with plenty of experience and products in the gardening and landscaping niches. The Husqvarna 336FR 966604702 Bike Handle Pro Brushcutter reflects this experience with its raw power and comfortable design.

Comfort is not the first word that comes to mind when one is talking about cutting brushes or trimming the hedges in the lawn. But the 336FR combines its ergonomic design with a powerful engine to make the task as fast and painless as possible. The X-torque engine is responsible for this extra power. It’s the latest innovation to roll out in the X-torque engine series that has proven to be a huge success in the different Husqvarna lawn equipment products. In addition to its power, the engine also conserves fuel which saves you a lot of money in the long run.

As for comfort, both the ergonomic handles and the attached harness help you balance the weight of the brush cutter and keep a good grip on it at all times. You won’t feel the weight of the 11.2-pound brush cutter since it’s attached to the shoulder straps, thus freeing your arm to direct the cutting head.

We also liked the reduced exhaust emissions that the X-torque engine is famous for. Even for a gas-powered engine, the 336FR has a low environmental footprint.

The only problem we had with this brush cutter was putting it together. The instructions are confusing at best and misleading in some cases. We had to turn to YouTube for help to assemble the brush cutter.


  • 36cc X-torque engine that delivers more power and saves on fuel.
  • Reduced exhaust emissions.
  • Weighs 11.2 pounds.
  • Ergonomic handles and attached harness.

HENX 14-Inch Cordless String Trimmer

We wrap up these reviews with a cordless string trimmer that has a lot of power and little noise output. The HENX 14-Inch Cordless String Trimmer has a brushless 40-volt electric motor and a straight and foldable shaft for convenience.

The cordless motor allows you to move around freely without the need for power extensions or limiting your movement near the electricity outlet. Easy to start, the trimmer has two speeds that you can switch between with ease. If you’re handling a small job where the grass or weeds are short and thin, you can set it to low speed and save on energy and get more runtime out of the trimmer. The second speed is reserved for thick weeds and grass that’s been growing out of control.

But it’s not just speed that sets the cordless Henx apart from the other brush cutters we have on this list. It also comes with a 14-inch wide cutting head with a.95-inch thick dual twist line. This extra power eats through the grass with amazing speed and makes a short job of a lengthy and often tiring task.

And for taller people, the adjustable ergonomic handle is another bonus. It allows you to adjust the shaft to suit your height without having to stoop over or engage your back in the process.

The downside is you can only use it to trim grass. It doesn’t work against a thick brush or tall grass or weeds.

Brush Cutter Buying Guide

The above 8 brush cutters share a lot of wonderful features, while some of them certainly have a few drawbacks of their own. This might make selecting just one product a little daunting. So to make that decision easier for you, the buying guide walks you through the benefits, types, and key features to look for in a brush cutter.

Benefits of Brush Cutters

For some people, a brush cutter is only important if you were a professional contractor. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you have a lawn, brush, and edge, or a garden to maintain, chances are you’re tired of doing it manually. Here are a few ways a brush cutter could make your landscaping tasks a lot easier.

  • Easy to access overgrown edges that neither a mower nor a tractor can reach.
  • Works well against all kinds of undergrowth, brushes, thick grasses, brambles, saplings, nettles, and others.
  • A brush cutter can cut a tree trunk about 4 inches thick.
  • Slopes and hills are practically off-limits to tractors and gas-powered mowers. But a hand-held brush cutter will go anywhere your feet can go.

Types of Brush Cutters

From handheld to gas-powered and cordless, brush cutters come in different types. Before you purchase this indispensable landscaping tool, make sure you pick the right type for you from this list.

  • Handheld: Small, compact, and lightweight, these brush cutters are the most convenient for smaller jobs. You can think of them as an extension to your arm. You have more control over them, and they give you access to the nooks and crannies in your lawn or garden that other types cannot reach.
  • Walk-behind: You can think of this type as a small version of a lawnmower. It runs on wheels, and you can drag it behind you as you go about tapering, scything, or trimming. A little heavier than handheld types, and they certainly handle larger projects.
  • Tow-behind: Similar to a mower that you have to attach to a tractor. This one is reserved for heavy-duty work. In most cases, professionals prefer this one and only use it for special purposes like taming a wild field or thick weeds growing in an abandoned area.
  • Electric: An electric brush cutter could be cordless, which makes it even more portable. These types need a power source which could be an electrical outlet or batteries. These types have limited power and usability. However, environmentally speaking, they’re a perfect choice since they are less noisy and have limited pollution output.
  • Gas: A gas brush cutter has an engine that runs on fuel. These are heavy-duty types and can be walk-behind or two-behind. You can use it for just about any job you have, including thick brushes, young trees, and brambles.

Key Features to Look for

With so many brush cutter types, it’s easy to confuse a bug for a feature or miss the forest for the tree, so to speak. Here are the key features to keep in mind when choosing the top brush cutter.

  • Motor Power: How much power you expect out of your brush cutter depends on the jobs at hand. If you have a medium-size lawn and you only do regular yard maintenance work, then an electric brush cutter is right for you. For light work, choose a cutter with 20 volts motor. If you work on your landscaping jobs on a weekly basis, then an 80-volt motor should be enough for you.
  • Cutting Capacity: This represents how much weed, brush, or bramble the tool can cut. To get a good idea of the cutting capacity of the brush cutter, check the diameter of its head. An 8-inch cutting head is suitable for light work such as weed trimming. Thick brushes and more stubborn underbrushes would need a 10-inch cutting head. This one will get the job done faster and with less hassle.
  • Shaft: The shaft of the brush cutter connects the head to the handle. They’re either straight or bent. A bent shaft gives you more control since the spinning head is closer to the handle. However, they have their own problems and would malfunction more often. A straight shaft has more power, but it also requires a stronger arm to operate it.
  • Shaft Length: Generally speaking, the longer the shaft, the more unwieldy the tool. If your landscaping job is just regular maintenance work, then a shaft between 52 to 65 inches is right for you. It will not put you out nor make your arm and shoulders sore.
  • Anti-vibration: Carrying a tool with a motor means you’ll be close to all the vibration and noise the brush cutter makes. That vibration can cause back pain and muscle ache if you’re exposed to it for a long time. So look for a brush cutter with anti-vibration features.


What is the difference between a brush cutter and a string trimmer?

The main differences between a brush cutter and a string trimmer have to do with the material and the way the two tools approach cutting grass and weeds. A string trimmer usually uses a string made of nylon to cut through weeds like a blade. A brush cutter, on the other hand, uses steel blades that cut through grass, often using a scissoring motion. That makes the brush cutter more durable and efficient against thick weeds and brushes than the string trimmer. Some products come with replaceable attachments that allow you to use either a brush cutter or a string trimmer, according to the job at hand.

How can I sharpen the blade of a brush cutter?

Since the blades of the brush cutter are made of steel, that makes them easy to sharpen. They also don’t get dull quickly. But after a few uses, you’ll notice that the brush cutter doesn’t cut as fast and swift as before. That means the blades need sharpening. Here’s how to sharpen the blades of the brush cutter at home.

  • Use soap and water to get all the grime off the blades first.
  • Bring the blades close to the sharpening tool and set them at a 45-degree angle.
  • Drag the sharpening stone in one direction away from you.
  • Check the edge of the blade gently to make sure it’s sharp.

How often should I cut my brush?

In general, you should trim your brush or lawn regularly. That ensures that your lawn looks neat at all times. It also means your landscaping jobs don’t get long and exhausting. On average, you should give your brushes a good trim twice a year. Once in the early spring and the second time in mid-summer. The second trimming is mainly for ornamental purposes.

The Last Word

Out of the many brush cutters we tested, we settled on the above 8 to review. We liked many features, but only one took the top prize. That’s the Husqvarna 128LD 17″ Cutting Path Detachable Gas String Trimmer. With its gas-powered 2-cycle 22cc engine, you have plenty of power to handle any landscaping job. It also saves on fuel and makes releasing and reloading trimmer lines easy and fast with its Tap ‘N Go feature.

For our best budget, we chose the Greenworks PRO 80V 16 inch Cordless String Trimmer. It offers a bang for your buck with its pollution-free 80-volt electric motor. The straight aluminum shaft gives you good balance and allows you to reach remote spots and narrow angles.

And last but not least, we couldn’t finish this wrap-up without giving an honorable mention to the Remington RM25C 25cc 2-Cycle 16-Inch Curved Shaft Gas String Trimmer. It has a quick-start gas-powered engine and a 14-inch cutting width to take care of all your mowing, scything, tapering, and trimming jobs with ease and efficiency.

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Brush cutters easily grind through tall, overgrown fields, up steep hillsides, and into deep ditches where regular lawn equipment doesn’t work. When a lawnmower and weedwacker won’t cut it, a brush cutter might be the answer.

Plenty of powerful tools and attachments can help you cut through heavy and overgrown weeds, vines, briars, and brambles. Keep reading to learn about the key features to consider when shopping, and then explore the picks for the best brush cutter products on today’s market. An in-depth review of the market and thorough product vetting went into assembling the list of top picks.

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Before You Buy a Brush Cutter

A complete brush cutter can be an expensive, heavy-duty machine. Handheld brush cutters are heavier, more powerful, and cost two to three times more than an average weedwacker or cordless string trimmer. Depending on how heavy the brush needing cutting is, plenty of attachments and adapters can help you do the job with other tools in your shed.

High-quality string trimmers can knock down patches of dense weeds on occasion, and they see regular use grooming the yard every week or so. A good solution could be to purchase a brush-cutter head for an existing string trimmer. But if the weeds are extra heavy, the area is large, and the chore occurs frequently, it makes sense to invest in a dedicated brush cutter.

Types of Brush Cutters

Buying a new machine is a long-term investment no one should take lightly. Of course, it’s wise to buy quality tools for many years of dependable use. However, it is equally important to choose the right type of brush cutter for a property. An undersized machine wastes time, while an oversized machine wastes money and space. Read on to learn more about the different kinds of brush cutters and how they work.

String Trimmer Conversion

Instead of buying a new machine, you can simply convert a string trimmer into a brush cutter. Most string trimmers have motors between 20 and 30cc, which is not suitable for daily use as a brush cutter, but adequate for occasional heavy use. For example, use them to cut brush for a few hours, once a month.

There are two ways to convert from a string trimmer head to a rigid brush cutting head. The simplest is to use a powerhead with changeable attachments. These machines have a short drive shaft and a quick-connection system for easily switching from tool to tool in a matter of seconds. String trimmer and brush cutter attachments are just two of many attachments that powerheads can operate.

Converting a fixed string trimmer into a brush cutter requires an adapter. The adapter is unique for each brand of trimmer, but nearly all brands offer one. It takes 5 minutes or less with simple hand tools to remove the trimmer line spool and replace it with a brush-cutting head.

There are four basic types of brush cutter heads:

  • Knife blades are the most common. They use a sharpened front edge to slice through weeds. Choose knife blades, either a disc knife or tri-knife, for general purpose brush cutting. They are inexpensive and long-lasting.
  • Chisel knives are smaller and more aggressive than knife blades. These include the circular saw and chainsaw types. They work very well on heavier brush and small saplings but require larger engines, around 30cc and bigger, to work efficiently.
  • Smasher blades, also called flails, use thin edges and high velocity to smash through vegetation. These are not suitable for heavy, woody material, but work quite well on tall weedy grass.
  • Mulching blades look like knife blades, however, the blade tips bend at a nearly 90-degree angle. These are not common and are best for grinding up weeds, leaves, and branches.


If you care for a large suburban or rural property, a handheld brush cutter might be right for you. Handheld brush cutters efficiently take down heavy weeds and thick brush areas that are not accessible by a mower. A handheld brush cutter looks like a string trimmer, only it uses a specialized brush cutting head. In fact, it is possible to retrofit a string trimmer with a brush-cutting head.

Brush-cutting heads use heavy-duty trimmer string, rigid flails, or a circular saw-type blade to cut through woody material cleanly, quickly, and efficiently. Handheld electric brush cutters and gas brush cutters with engines smaller than 40cc work well for smaller jobs, like cleaning up a vegetable garden at the end of the season. For larger areas and more aggressive cutting capability, choose a gas-powered brush cutter with an engine larger than 40cc. These heavy-duty models can cut through saplings up to 2 inches thick.


Hobby farmers and other small acreage owners choose walk-behind brush cutters for occasional maintenance of fields and pastures up to an acre. Walk-behind brush cutters have heavy-duty rotary mowers, sometimes called rough-cut mowers. These machines can cut down tall, coarse, thick grass, weeds, and weedy shrubs. Some can cut down saplings up to 2 inches in diameter or larger.

Walk-behind brush cutters are single-purpose machines, but brush cutter attachments are available for walk-behind tractors. Some lightweight models are string trimmers on wheels, but most walk-behinds are much more robust, with heavy gauge metal parts that help them grind through thick, weedy areas. They are self-propelled, with rear-mounted engines and large rear pneumatic tires. This design allows the forward mower deck to easily glide up over tall vegetation.


Farmers and managers of large-acreage properties choose tow-behind brush cutters for regular maintenance of trails, large fields, wildlife food plots, roadside areas, and utility rights-of-way. Tow-behind brush cutters, also known as brush hogs, are large rotary mowers that owners pull behind tractors or ATVs.

Some tow-behind brush cutters have their own engine that engages the blade while the user drives over the area to cut. Other tow-behinds need the tow vehicle to supply the power. They connect to the towing vehicle’s power take off (PTO) by a drive shaft that turns the mower blade.

What to Consider When Choosing the Best Brush Cutter

There are several factors to consider while shopping for a brush cutter. If shopping for handheld models, you can go with a powerful cordless electric or a long-lasting gas-powered model. Repeat use for cutting thick vines and woody brush requires more power than mowing tall grass. Ahead, learn about the factors that should drive buying decisions.

Gas vs. Electric

Handheld brush cutters come with gas or electric power; there are no electric models in the other types of brush cutters. Gas-powered cutters provide plenty of power and extended cutting time. Electric brush cutters operate quietly, keep the air clean, and eliminate cost, handling, and storage of liquid fuels.

Electric brush cutters work great for mowing down an overgrown vegetable garden at season’s end or maintaining small natural areas that are not regularly mowed. Electric is an especially good choice if the tool is only used a few times a year because it eliminates the worry over stored fuel going bad. Power and battery life both limit the use of electric brush cutters on larger properties.

Although a few 4-cycle models are available, most handheld models feature 2-cycle engines that require mixed fuel (2-cycle oil mixed into the gasoline). That adds a layer of preparation time and expense. The 4-cycle alternatives are heavier, which increases user fatigue, but adds power and pollutes less than 2-cycle models.

Motor Power

Power translates directly to working ability. A more powerful brush cutter cuts faster and more smoothly than its less-powerful competitor. Increased power helps where the conditions become more adverse, such as thicker weeds and brush or uneven terrain. When all else is equal, the more powerful machine is more capable.

Cordless electric brush cutters measure power in volts (V) and are rated between 18 and 84V. Gas-powered engines measure in cubic centimeters of displacement (cc). Handheld brush cutters range from 24 to 50cc. Handheld brush cutters with power over 56V or 35cc are considered heavy duty.

Walk-behind brush cutters and tow-behind cutters with their own engines normally list the engine size in horsepower (HP), although some manufacturers may show it in cc. There are approximately 14cc per 1 HP. You can easily convert cc to HP for an equal comparison (cc/14 = HP.) Most walk-behinds produce between 11 and 20 HP.

Tow-behind brush cutters that run via power take-off (PTO) need enough horsepower to run efficiently. Consult the tractor or ATV manufacturer’s information to learn how much horsepower a PTO supplies. The rule of thumb is that for every foot of cutter width, the PTO must supply 5 HP. A 5-foot brush cutter needs about 25 HP from the PTO.

Cutting Width

The cutting width is the width of a single pass with the brush cutter. It determines both how quickly a cutter can complete the work, and how much space the machine requires for access to the site. Handhelds range from 9 to 18 inches, walk-behinds are 24 to 26 inches, and tow-behind cutters range from 4 to 15 feet.

Wider cutters use more power, and can more easily bog down in dense vegetation. Narrow models are slower. Tow-behind brush cutters should cut wider than the width of the tractor; otherwise, the tractor will drive over some vegetation twice before the mower passes over it. Also consider the width of narrow access points the machine must pass, such as gates or closely growing trees.


Walk-behind and tow-behind brush cutters come with heavy gauge steel housing, rugged pneumatic tires, and powerful engines that hold up in rough working conditions. Handheld brush cutters are more of a gradient from light-duty string trimmers to powerful brush cutting machines. For optimal durability, use these machines to do the tasks for which they are best suited.

When converted with brush cutting heads, string trimmers with engines between 24 and 35cc are adequate for limited use on thick grass and tall weeds. Heavy-duty string trimmers with larger engines can be converted for cutting thick weeds, woody vines, and small saplings. True handheld brush cutters, with powerful 40 to 50cc engines, can extend to the cutting of thick, dense, woody vegetation.


Tools that perform multiple tasks offer great value. Both handheld and walk-behind brush cutters are made as dedicated pieces of equipment, but most owners only use them a few times each year. Consider buying brush cutter attachments for devices that perform other lawn-care tasks.

The benefit of converting a string trimmer to a brush cutter by changing the head is that the extra head takes up virtually no storage space and extends the usefulness of existing equipment. It only takes a few minutes and simple hand tools to remove the string trimmer head from the end of the shaft and replace it with a brush-cutter head.

Handheld powerheads run lots of different tools, including string trimmers, lawn edgers, pole saws, hedge trimmers, brush cutters, and more. Powerheads feature quick-change shafts that only take a few seconds to switch between devices. Powerheads are more powerful than basic string trimmers and save the owner hundreds of dollars or more by using one engine for all needs.

Similarly, walk-behind tractors are powerheads that can do far more work than dedicated brush cutters. A walk-behind tractor lets the owner switch from brush cutter to a rototiller, snow blower, firewood splitter, pressure washer, and many other useful implements.

Universal Attachments

Anyone going the multiuse route should look closely at how the powerhead attaches to the cutter. Some large brands use proprietary attachment systems, which might work well, but tie the owner to that specific manufacturer. All future purchases also must feature the same attachment system. You can find good value in non-proprietary, or universal, attachment systems that interface with virtually all similar devices.

Our Top Picks

With all this in mind, some of the best handheld and adaptable brush-cutting products can help you clean up those overgrown corners. For a new handheld brush cutter that also can edge the driveway, check this list. If you have an excellent string trimmer and want to give it a brush-cutting upgrade, one of these products can help.

Forester Chainsaw Tooth 9″ Brush Blade

The Forester 9” Brush Blade works like a rotary chainsaw. Replace the head on a string trimmer with this circular saw blade to clear out woody brush and coarse weeds. It can quickly cut through dense, woody brush and saplings up to 2-inches thick. The package includes a file to help keep the 20 steel cutting teeth sharp.

This brush cutter blade is durable, affordable, and easy to install. Be extra careful when working around rocks and other hard surfaces that can damage the cutting teeth. And be sure to consult the trimmer owner’s manual before buying to ensure that the blade will fit the model.

  • Can cut through stems up to 2 inches thick
  • Easily installs, replacing string on trimmer
  • Affordable way to use existing tool
  • Comes with file to sharpen teeth

Get the Forester brush blades on Amazon.

ATIE 8″ 80T Carbide Tip Brush Blade

The ATIE 8” Carbide Tip Brush Blade is especially well suited for cutting down stands of saplings and thick, woody shrubs. With a high number of cutting teeth, it works like a circular saw on thick saplings, but it is equally as effective on coarse weeds. Carbide-hardened teeth extend the blade’s wear time—up to 10 times longer than steel. The 1-inch (20mm) arbor fits most string trimmers.

This brush-cutting blade is durable, inexpensive, and easy to install with a universal design. It has more teeth, but they might break more easily than on a blade with fewer, larger teeth. Be cautious operating this blade near rocks. As with any universal design, it makes sense to check the trimmer owner’s manual to make sure the 1-inch arbor will fit an existing machine before buying this blade.

  • High number of carbide cutting teeth
  • Attaches to a existing string trimmer
  • Affordable and durable solution to cutting brush
  • 1-inch arbor fits most string trimmers

Get the ATIE brush blade on Amazon.

ATIE 12″ x 3 Teeth Heavy Duty Steel Brush Blade

The ATIE 12” x 3 Teeth Heavy Duty Steel Brush Blade is a durable steel tri-blade that is both economical and effective for cutting a wide variety of weedy and brushy material. Although not the ideal choice for large-diameter saplings, this affordable brush cutter handles brush measuring 1-inch in diameter and smaller. With a 1-inch (20mm) arbor, it fits most string trimmers.

This blade is larger than some fixed brush cutter blades at 12-inches across and 3 mm thick. Users should sharpen the knife edges periodically for the best results. Be aware this blade is heavier than others, so consider the weight on the tool and using a shoulder strap for added support while cutting brush.

  • Heavy-duty steel blade
  • Affordable choice for occasional need to cut brush
  • Attaches to existing string trimmers with 1-inch arbor

Get the Pool Supply 12-inch brush blade on Amazon.

WW Brush Cutter

The WW Brush Cutter uses three moving blades to slice through heavy grass, thick weeds, and overgrown shrubs. This is a good all-purpose head for regular lawn maintenance and occasional clearing of light brush and thick, tall weeds. The replaceable metal-edged blades give a clean cut-in for a manicured lawn and clear out seedling trees and vines that occasionally grow up in hidden corners of the yard.

This brush cutter is high on value and ease of use. The molded plastic head can wear out faster than heavier duty ones, and is compatible with straight shaft trimmers only.

Get the WW brush cutter on Amazon, Ace Hardware, and Overstock.

TrimmerPlus BC720 Brushcutter with J-Handle

The TrimmerPlus BC720 Brushcutter is a universal attachment for most gas and cordless electric powerheads. The 4-tip steel blade makes quick work of tall, thick, grassy weeds and dense brush. The package includes a shoulder strap for added support and a J-bar for increased control and comfort while operating the brush cutter. The 1.65-inch inner coupler tube and 0.20-inch square drive shaft connector interface with most changeable powerheads.

This attachment is highly durable, easy to install, and a good value. Always check the powerhead owner’s manual before purchasing new attachments.

Get the TrimmerPlus brushcutter at Lowe’s or at Tractor Supply Co.

Oregon 20-108 Platinum Gatorline.155-Inch Trimmer

Oregon 20-108 Platinum Gatorline Trimmer Line.155-Inch features a twisted line profile for maximum cutting-edge exposure, minimum wind resistance, and excellent durability. Its hard exterior holds up well to high temperatures and impacts with hard objects. A braided line also makes less noise than other line profiles. This thick, heavy-duty trimmer line is best paired with a powerful brush cutter, greater than 35cc, for the best results.

Be careful not to add twists to the line while loading it onto the spool as that stresses the filament and can lead to early breakage. To prevent bogging down the trimmer, use this line only with strong trimmers 35cc and larger.

Get the Oregon trimmer line on Amazon.

Husqvarna 17″ 2 Cycle Gas Powered String Trimmer

The Husqvarna gas-powered brush cutter draws its considerable power from a two-stroke gas engine. It’s not the lightest power tool at 16 pounds, but it makes up for the weight with an ergonomic grip and an impressive motor that helps to cut through dense overgrowth. The broad 17-inch trimming radius allows users to trim the yard in a hurry, and it has a simple bump-feed system to extend the trimming line when necessary.

The curved shaft design of this gas-powered brush cutter helps the Husqvarna to be more maneuverable and balanced so users have an easier time handling the power tool while they work. This gas brush cutter also has an automatic emergency stop feature that halts the movement of the trimmer string when the trigger is released, making this model even more user-friendly.

Get the Husqvarna string trimmer on Tractor Supply Co. and Lowe’s.

Greenworks 80V Cordless String Trimmer Powerhead

The Greenworks 80V Cordless String Trimmer Powerhead comes with a string trimmer attachment, and adapts for lots of other functions with attachments, including a brush cutter. The 2 Ah battery provides up to 45 minutes of battery life. This brushless electric brush cutter is efficient and quiet, providing plenty of torque to cut through the same heavy weeds as its gas-powered counterparts without the noise and smell.

Users should take some care with this powerhead’s lithium-ion batteries. The batteries should be stored at about 50 percent of charge. This brush cutter is best for smaller properties due to limited run time and the need for recharging or with purchase of a second battery for extended use.

  • Brushless electric motor
  • String trimmer attachment
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Lightweight construction
  • Battery and charger included; Rapid charging

Get the Greenworks 80V electric brush cutter on Amazon.

Our Verdict

If you are looking for an effective brush cutter, look no further than the Forester Chainsaw Brush Blade. This cutting blade has a durable carbide construction and a 9-inch cutting path that can take on durable brush with its 20 teeth. Alternatively, the WW Brush Cutter blade is made with metal and plastic and has a 10-inch cutting path. Plus, this pick is compatible with multiple trimmer brands.

How We Chose the Best Brush Cutters

Given how easy it can be to convert an existing trimmer into a brush-cutting machine, we recommended a majority of blade options that work with a buyer’s existing tools to create an affordable brush cutter that can cut anywhere from thick grass to twisty vines depending on the base machine. Versatility is an important consideration for those who have the budget—or space—for only one trimming and brush-cutting tool

Of the blades, we gravitated toward those with a universal fit, looking to provide a range of options that will accommodate gas and electric trimmers. Whether looking at the blade or the full machine, foremost was durability. Blades, trimmers, or string have to hold up to some thick brush and stems to work as they should, so the majority of our top picks include a number of heavy-duty steel and even carbide blades that will hold up with average use.


Q: How do you use a brush cutter?

Always operate the blade parallel to the ground. Because the blade spins counterclockwise, cut with the left side to avoid kickback. Use a brush cutter with a blade with fewer than eight teeth and a long sweeping motion to cut grass. For tall, woody shrubs, use a tri-blade. Begin with the blade at waist height and lower the blade onto the material. Using a circular saw blade, only cut saplings 2-inches in diameter and smaller. Use a chainsaw for larger trees.

Always be aware of others in the area who might be harmed by flying debris. Wear hearing protection, safety glasses, work gloves, long pants, and work boots to protect yourself.

Q: How do you sharpen a brush cutter blade?

Sharpen the steel brush cutter blades with either an angle grinder or a bench grinder. If using a bench grinder, hold the blade edge at a 45-degree angle to the grinder. Press the blade steadily against the grinder as you slowly work the blade across the grinder from its center to the edge. Flip the blade and sharpen the other edge. If using an angle grinder, the process is similar, except the blade is clamped in a vice and the grinder moves across the blade.

Q: What type of engines do brush cutters use?

Handheld brush cutters use electric motors, 2-cycle gas engines, or 4-cycle gas engines. Walk-behind and tow-behind brush cutters use gas engines.

What is a brush cutter used for?

An electric brush cutter is the perfect cordless garden tool if you have an allotment, or you need to control or clear larger areas of overgrown brambles, weeds and shrubs.

They have similarities in design to a cordless line trimmer. they are light, hand-held garden tools. Our models can be fitted to a single or double shoulder harness with hip pad for additional comfort.

Our cordless line trimmers can be used with any EGO ARC Lithium battery too. However, while the line trimmer literally cuts using a plastic line, a cordless electric brush cutter has rotating steel blades.

These blades allow it to tackle heftier jobs that even the 38cm Bike Handle Line Trimmer, one of our most robust strimmers, would struggle with.

What jobs can an electric brush cutter tackle?

A brush cutter is more suited to tougher jobs which your line trimmer may not be able to handle. Areas you may need to use an electric brush cutter could include:

Overview of brush cutter features

  • The three-sided steel blade makes light work of tough, weedy undergrowth and scrub.
  • A large cutting width means you can get closer to hard-to-reach areas.
  • A variable speed trigger helps you ensure you’re working efficiently and safely.
  • Models that accommodate a shoulder harness are more comfortable and safer to use on rough ground or over long periods – some EGO models have a harness included.
  • Smaller models will be perfect for smaller gardens and allotments, while large spaces require a heavy duty brush cutter, for example from our Professional or Professional-X range.
  • Choose a model that is well-balanced, light and yet strong. our models have solid steel or carbon fibre shafts that won’t bend or lose shape over time.
  • Some models, like the BCX3800 Professional-X Line Trimmer / Brush Cutter, have bike handles to add more comfort and stability during operation.
  • Some models of brush cutter come with both a line trimmer head, as well as a brush cutter head. The BC3800E, BCX3800 and STX3800 are compatible with our rotocut attachment too.
  • Look for a battery that will give you the running time you’ll need to get the job done. EGO’s most powerful domestic 10.0AH battery will keep you working for up to 80 minutes or up to 420 minutes with our Professional-X backpack battery. Alternatively, you can opt for a smaller battery and a Rapid charger.
  • It’s worth noting that petrol brush cutters are heavier and give off more noise and vibration.

Safely operating a brush cutter

Cordless/electric brush cutters, especially state-of-the-art models from EGO, are easy to use and assemble. As with all cordless garden power tools, however, you should always check your manual for the safety instructions, which include wearing safety glasses and other PPE, and not operating in close proximity to people and pets. Your manual should also give you easy-to-understand instructions on assembling your brush cutter and, if applicable, safely changing between the line trimmer head and the brush cutter head.

Whip Your Garden into Shape: The Top Brush Cutters Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the Best Brush Cutter for the money? Read on as we review all the top options with Pros Cons.

By Robin Watson May 4, 2023

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Is your garden starting to look out of hand? It’s time to cut things back before the start of the winter. Trimming the shrubs, trees, and lawn around your house keeps it looking great and prepares your yard for the following growing season.

A brush trimmer is an essential tool for any homeowner, gardener, or landscaper. A brush cutter is similar to a string edger, but it’s suitable for tougher cutting tasks. Some model feature wire instead of a string, or they might come with a dedicated brush trimming head featuring steel blades.

A brush trimmer is a handy tool to have for your yard. Cut down small branches, trim shrubs, and destroy weeds, all without breaking a sweat. Your brush trimmer makes your yard work easier, reducing the time you spend on your yard maintenance.

In this review of the best brush cutter, we’ll unpack the best models we could find online. We selected these nine models as the best of the bunch. There’ a brush cutter to suit any size yard, gardening duties, or budget in this review.

Our Top Picks

We selected these three options as the best brush cutter models in this review from our top choices. You have the best overall, premium, and budget choice – suiting any homeowner or landscapers needs.

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  • The Best Pick: Husqvarna 128LD 17″ Brush CutterThis Husqvarna model features a 17-inch cutting deck, with a 28cc gas-powered engine doing the work of clearing your yard. The two-stroke motor has a powerful operation, making this model the best overall choice for homeowners and landscapers.
  • The Premium Pick: Makita 4-Stroke Gas-Powered Brush CutterIf you’re a landscaper or estate manager, this 4-stroke gas-powered Makita brush cutter is the best premium option in this review. You get a powerful 25.4cc motor, with multi-position lubrication for continuous operation at any angle (including overhead).
  • The Budget Pick: Remington RM25C Gas-Powered Brush CutterHomeowners looking for the most affordable brush cutter will love this Remington model. The RM25C features a 25cc engine, with an effective operation and QuickStart technology for a first-time start. You get a curved shaft for multi-functional use as a brush cutter or trimmer and a dual-line bump head for reloading the line.

Brush Cutter Reviews

Now that you have an idea of the best brush cutter models let’s unpack them in further detail., We’ll look at a few other models we think are top choices for the best brush cutter. Choose the model that suits your gardening needs and your budget.

If you need some assistance choosing the right brush cutter for your yard work, check out our buyer’s section. We’ll give you some helpful tips for selecting the right model for your yard.

Husqvarna 128LD 17″ Brush Cutter

Homeowners and contractors will get value out of this Husqvarna brush cutter. You get a powerful 28cc two-stroke motor, with a 17-inch cutting deck and a straight, stainless steel shaft that absorbs vibration. This model includes compatibility with Husky brush cutter heads included with your purchase.

  • Husqvarna 128LD Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer is a great multipurpose weed wacker with a 17-inch cutting width and a powerful 28-cc engine to let you power through yard work
  • T25 Trimmer Head: Gas powered weed wacker is equipped with strong, braided trimmer line and a T25 semi-automatic weed trimmer head that’s designed for simple and easy line reloading
  • Smart Start and Air Purge: Smart Start technology reduces starter cord resistance by 40% to allow for easy engine starts, while Air Purge removes air from the carburetor and fuel system for additional easy starting
  • Effortless Start-Up: Automatic stop switch automatically resets these string trimmers to the “on” position to streamline the start-up process
  • Versatile and Easy to Store: This grass trimmer is compatible with select click-on attachments to cover the job of a variety of lawn care equipment, plus it features a detachable shaft for easy transport and storage

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You get a tap-and-go bum head on the line trimmer with a translucent fuel tank to let you know when you’re running out of fuel. This model is the ideal choice for heavy-duty use around the garden and light commercial use with landscapers.

This Husky model features Smart Start technology for first-time starts. You also get a purge valve allowing for overhead use of the machine without the carburetor running dry. This model features an excellent balance in the hands, with the ergonomic handle providing multiple cutting positions for trimming grass and cutting brush.

  • Powerful 28cc two-stroke gas motor
  • Attachment compatible with the brush cutter head
  • Tap and Go’ operation for easy wire replacement
  • 17-inch cutting deck
  • Straight shaft design for versatility

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Makita 4-Stroke Gas-Powered Brush Cutter

Landscapers and contractors looking for the best industrial model in this review get the most out of this Makita model. This brush cutter features wide handlebars for superior control over the machine. You get an ergonomic trigger with a locking mechanism and adjustable length.

  • Multi-position lubrication system enables engine to be inclined to any angle for continuous operation.
  • Mechanical Automatic Engine Decompression for quicker, easier starts.
  • Includes brush cutter blade for cutting small trees and heavy brush
  • Compact design with less weight (only 12.1 lbs.).
  • Commercial duty dual stage air filter with large sealing areas is replaceable and easily accessible

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The straight shaft provides extra reach for getting to overhead branches, with sure start technology that fires up the machine on the first try. You get a multi-position lubrication system for continuous use and a brush cutter blade included with your purchase.

This model is the ideal choice for heavy-duty use, featuring design and construction with top-quality components. Makita is a leading brand in power tools, ensuring you get a machine with extended service life and effective operation.

The 25.4cc gas-powered motor features 4-stroke operation, and there’s no need to worry about adding oil to the fuel. You get a lightweight design with an excellent balance in the hands and low vibration levels during use.

  • Wide handlebars with ergonomic grips
  • Locking trigger
  • High-quality design
  • Powerful 25.4cc motor
  • Commercial-grade components
  • A great choice for landscapers

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Remington RM25C Gas-Powered Brush Cutter

Homeowners looking for the most cost-effective model in this review will enjoy this trimmer/brush cutter from Remington. If you have a smaller yard, this tool is the ideal choice for your maintenance duties.

  • 25CC GAS ENGINE: QuickStart technology Engine to make pull starts easier.
  • CURVED SHAFT: Curved shaft design makes cutting and trimming parts of your lawn more comfortable and balanced.
  • DUAL LINE BUMP HEAD: Avoid interrupting your yard job! Simply tap the head on the ground to feed more line on your trimmer.
  • . 095 INCH LINE: Thicker line for more durability and greater control getting those thicker patches of grass and shrubs.
  • 16-INCH CUTTING SWATH: Trims wider sections of tall grass in less time. Spark Plug Gap is 0. 025″.

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You get a 16-inch cutting deck, with bump-n-go technology in the line head for easy feeding during use. This model features a curved shaft for multi-functional use as a trimmer and brush cutter. The powerful 25cc motor can cut through the toughest garden debris, with QuickStart technology for firing up the machine on the first try.

This model is a great choice for gardeners on a budget. You get a functional and effective brush cutter at a fraction of the cost of leading models.

  • 16-inch cutting deck
  • Curved shaft for multi-functional use
  • Dual-line bump head for easy line reloading
  • Powerful 25cc gas-powered motor
  • Affordable

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Greenworks PRO 80V Electric Cordless Brush Cutter

This electric brush cutter from Greenworks is a great choice for the eco-conscious gardener. Most brush cutters feature gas-powered operation to help you cut through the rugged brush in your yard. However, with this Greenworks model, you get a powerful 80-Volt electric motor that’s capable of slicing through the brush with ease.

  • Powered by 80V Li-Ion Battery compatible with multiple professional tools, Battery Sold Separately
  • Brushless motor, equivalent performance to 32cc gas engine
  • Powerhead shaft is attachment capable and accepts most gas attachment
  • Includes 14/16-inch string trimmer bump feed attachment
  • Battery and Charger Not Included. Compatible batteries include models GBA80200, GBA80400 and charger model GCH8040

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This brush cutter comes with a bump-head line-feeder system and a brush cutting tool. However, you don’t get a battery or charger included with this deal. Therefore, if you already use Greenworks products around the yard, this model is a great choice.

This brush cutter features compatibility with any Greenworks 2.0-Ah battery pack. This machine runs near-silent, keeping the noise down for your neighbors when you’re working on a Saturday morning. You get performance equivalent to a 32cc motor, with extended range and runtimes of up to an hour.

  • Battery-powered electric operation
  • Eco-friendly
  • Compatible with a brush cutter attachment
  • Digital brushless motor
  • Compatible with other Greenworks battery packs
  • Variable speed trigger

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Craftsman CMXGTAMD30SA Gas-Powered Brush Cutter

This Craftsman brush cutter is a great choice for professionals. If you’re a landscaper or contractor, this model is a top choice, featuring a powerful 30cc gas-powered motor. You get a 17-inch cutting deck with a four-stroke operation that requires no mixing of oil and fuel.

  • STRAIGHT SHAFT AND FIXED LINE HEAD: Straight shaft design makes it easier to trim around bushes and hard to reach places. Fixed-line head is designed for 0.95″ CMX tri-color round line.
  • 2-STEP STARTING: Advanced 2-step and easy-start technology simplifies starting to just prime and pull allowing the operator to tackle yard work, lawn care, and other projects right away.
  • LESS NOISE AND OPERATOR FATIGUE: Quieter engine with multi-position handle to reduce vibration and operator fatigue. This allows the operator to have the comfortability and command needed to get the job done.
  • POWERFUL CUT: 30cc 4-cycle gas engine and 17-Inch cutting width allows you to trim more grass in less time for your tougher yard jobs.
  • 4-CYCLE ADVANTAGE: No mixing of oil and gas necessary.

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This model comes with an ergonomic handle for multi-grip positioning and reduced operator fatigue. You get a translucent fuel tank to tell when you’re running out of gas and easy-start operation with 2-stage starting.

This model is suitable for overhead use, featuring attachments for brush cutting. The balance of the machine is excellent, reducing operator fatigue when trimming. This model comes with a straight shaft design that absorbs vibration and near-quiet running capability.

  • A great choice for landscapers
  • 4-stroke 30cc gas-powered engine
  • 17-inch cutting deck
  • 2-step easy-start system
  • Straight-shaft design reduces vibration

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HENX 14-Inch Electric Brush Cutter

This electric brush cutter features design and construction with a folding shaft for compact storage. The straight shaft absorbs vibration, reducing operator fatigue. You get easy push-button starting of the brushless motor, with multi-functional use around the yard.

  • [BRUSHLESS MOTOR] The trimmer is equipped with a brushless motor, which gets the job done fast and more efficiently. It can provide equivalent power of gas-powered engine, low noise and longer life with the cordless design.
  • [HIGH PERFORMANCE] Portable and efficient, 14 inches cutting swath with 0.095 inches dual twist line helps you complete the job faster.
  • [2 SPEEDS] The trimmer can be started in seconds. High/low variable speeds provide you added power and extended run time.
  • [BUMP FEED SPOOL] Unexpected string detachments won’t slow you down, just bump the trimmer head to the ground to feed out more line and keep right on trimming weeds and grasses.
  • [ERGONOMIC DESIGN] Adjustable handle can fit your height and provide you maximum comfort and control. You will not damage plants, landscapes, and lawns while trimming.

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This model features a 14-inch cutting swath suitable for smaller yards. You get an ergonomic, adjustable handle with multiple grip positions and 40-volt power that equates to the power of a 20cc gas-powered model.

You get a dual-speed design, allowing you to adjust your cutting speed to your application. The ergonomic trigger features variable speed adjustment and a lock mechanism for easy use. This brush trimmer comes with a battery pack and charger, including making it a great value buy for your yard work.

  • 14-inch cutting deck
  • Adjustable handle to reduce operator fatigue
  • Folding shaft for compact storage
  • Dual-speed design
  • Ergonomic handle reduces vibration
  • Bump-fed spool head
  • Push-button easy starting

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Craftsman WS235 Gas-Powered Brush Cutter

This Craftsman model is suitable for contractors and landscapers looking for a robust and effective tool. This model features design and construction with a 27cc gas-powered motor, featuring two-stroke operation. You get a translucent tank to check on your fuel level and easy 3-step starting.

  • USER-FRIENDLY DESIGN: Straight shaft design makes it easier to trim under bushes and hard to reach places while the quick change head allows you to convert from bump head to blade in seconds saving you time.
  • POWERFUL CUTTER: 27cc full crank 2 cycle engine provides greater power and less vibration to give you control and make easy work of tough trimming jobs. Bump feed trimmer head saves time and feeds 0.095″ round line.
  • HEAVY DUTY METAL BLADE: Heavy duty metal blade and 18” cutting width allows you to cut through dense vegetation and grass in less time.
  • J-HANDLE AND SHOULDER STRAP: Adjustable J-handle and shoulder strap decrease operator fatigue during use with greater control giving the operator comfortability and command.
  • EASY 3-STEP START: Easy start technology simplifies pull starts to 3 steps. Get going right away on yard work, lawn care, and other around the house projects.

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This model includes a J-handle design for multiple grip positions and an 18-inch cutting deck for large yards. This model comes with a heavy-duty metal cutting blade and a shoulder strap to reduce operator fatigue on the job site.

This Craftsman model is the ideal choice for landscapers, featuring a multi-attachment design that accepts edger, hedge trimmer, blower, and cultivator attachments. The straight shaft design absorbs vibration while providing multi-functional use.

  • Ergonomic handle reduces operator fatigue
  • Powerful 27cc gas-powered motor
  • 18-inch cutting deck
  • Shoulder strap included
  • Heavy-duty metal blade
  • Simple 3-step start
  • Compatible with other accessory heads

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Wild Badger Power WBP31BCF Brush Cutter

This model is a great choice for contractors and homeowners with large yards. You get a powerful 31cc gas-powered motor with a 4-stroke design, meaning you don’t need to mix fuel and oil when operating the machine.

This Wild Badger brush cutter features a straight stainless steel shaft to reduce vibration and operator fatigue.

  • 【2 in 1 Multi-function】The Wild Badger Power 31CC trimmer Multi-Tool has a grass trimmer attachment for detail work along orders and a brush cutter blade for heavier grasses and brush clearing, It also includes a harness to relieve the strain on your arms and improve stability.
  • 【Powerful engine】 The grass trimmer adopt commercial grade 31cc full crank 4-cycle engine. engine life tested for 100 hours and has double the life versus half crank engines. The full crank design delivers a fast start and smooth operation reducing emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and delivering longer life.
  • 【Easy to start and Comfortable operation】Tool free air filter cover for better assembly, maintain, and operation. Easy starter, start within 5 times pulling starter. The transmission is supported by a vented aluminum casing which greatly reduces vibration allowing you to work in comfort until the job is done. Economic comfort rubber vibration dampened handle.
  • 【Attachments compatible】 It easily connects to badger or other brand attachments and locks them in tight, only need change attachments that you can get another function tool, save money, save space. And Auto feed trimmer line is easy to feed line.
  • 【Reliable customer service】 If you encounter any quality problems over the life cycle of our product, please contact us in time. Badger warrants this product against defects in material and workmanship for a period of three (3) years for home use and three (3) years for commercial use commencing on the date of original purchase and will, at its option, repair or replace, free of charge, any part found to be defective in material or workmanship.

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The loop handle might not be the best choice for this machine, and we would prefer wide handlebars. However, the ergonomic loop handle design provides multiple grip positions for easy use of the machine overhead.

You get an adjustable handle length and a translucent tank to check your fuel level. The cutting head features a bump-and-go design for the cutting spool, and you get compatibility with brush cutter heads from Wild Badger.

  • Powerful gas-powered 31cc motor
  • 4-stroke engine design
  • 17-inch cutting deck
  • Stainless steel shaft to reduce vibration
  • Tap-and-go bump head for feeding line
  • 3-year warranty

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Wild Badger Power WBP26BCI Brush Cutter

This model is another excellent choice for professional landscapers. You get a powerful 26cc motor with a 17-inch cutting deck for fast clearing of your yard. This model includes a link-on-connection port for quick swapping of tool heads.

  • 3 in 1 Multi-Function: 17″ String Trimmer/Edger and 10″ Brush Cutter included
  • Strong Powerful Engine: 26 cc Full Crank 2-cycle engine Gas Powered
  • Longer Life Higher Fuel Efficiency : The full crank design has double life of half crank engines
  • Easy to start and Comfortable Operation: Easy starter, start within 5 times pulling starter.Tool free air filter cover for better assembly, maintain, and operation.
  • Attachments compatible: Easily connects to WILD BADGER POWER or other brand attachments and locks them in tight, only need change attachments that you can get another function tool, save money, save space.

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The Wild Badger comes with an auto-off kill switch to improve user safety and a soft-grip handle. The ergonomic handle features multiple grip positions, with an ergonomic trigger design to reduce operator fatigue.

This model comes with a trimmer spool, brush cutter blade, and a shoulder harness for easy operation. This model comes with an excellent balance in the hands and powerful operation.

  • Powerful 2-stroke gas-powered 26cc motor
  • Compatible with cutting heads
  • Link-on connection ports
  • Brush cutter blade included
  • A good choice for landscapers
  • Ergonomic trigger set reduces operator fatigue

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Brush Cutter Buyer’s Guide

After reading through our reviews of the best brush cutter, you should have your eye on a prospective model. However, we realize that most gardeners don’t know how these machines work or choose the right one for their yard work.

In this section, we’ll unpack everything you need to know about these machines. Check out our frequently asked questions for further information, and read our verdict if you’re having trouble choosing the right device for your yard.

What are Brush Cutters?

A brush cutter is a handy gardening tool to have lying in the shed. This machine is the ideal tool for doing the tougher trimming tasks around your yard. If you have an edge trimmer, a brush cutter is a step up on the ladder.

This machine offers you a steel cutting head with spinning blades that clear, tough debris fast. A brush cutter can chop through small branches and shrubs, where a normal line trimmer would fail. Brush cutters come with a specific design, featuring a long, straight handle for easy use overhead.

Your brush cutter is a great tool for trimming branches and hedges overhead, providing a clean, fast, and effective gardening tool for your yard work.

Maintain trees, hedges, shrubs, and lawn edges with your brush cutter. This versatile tool features design and construction with the motor at the rear of the machine and the blades. Therefore, you get a balanced feel in your hands, making it easy to maneuver the machine at any angle.

Brush cutters come in a variety of models to suit any yard. You have the option of choosing gas-powered or electric models. You have the option of multi-functional tools with detachable heads for versatile use around the yard.

Why Do I Need a Brush Cutter?

A brush cutter helps you get to tight or out-of-reach areas around your yard. If that shrub is getting out of hand, you can cut it back and sculpt it using your brush cutter. If you own an estate, and the grass is looking too long around the perimeter, a brush cutter is the best tool for the clearing task.

A brush cutter might seem like an over-blown line trimmer, but we assure you it’s a valuable item to have in your tool shed. With a brush cutter, you have a good intermediary between a line trimmer and a chainsaw or hedge trimmer. This machine offers you easy maintenance of bougainvillea, hedges, palm tree fronds, and more.

Electric Vs Gas Powered Brush Cutters

Brush cutters are available in gas-powered and electric types. Choose the right model to meet your gardening needs.

Gas-Powered Brush Cutter

The gas-powered model is the most popular type. This model features a gas tank, giving you extended range with the machine. Since there are no power cords, these machines are suitable for use at any job site.

They’re a popular choice with contractors and landscapers, giving you extended use of the machine on tough clearing jobs. A gas-powered model isn’t a great choice if you need a tool for use in the suburbs.

Gas-models are noisy, and they produce fumes. If you live in a neighborhood with no-sound laws in the early hours of the morning and evening, a gas-powered model is not the right choice for your yard.

Electric Brush Cutter

If you live in a suburb, you’ll need a quiet brush cutter. You could always opt for the four-stroke gas-powered model. These 4-stroke machines provide a more silent operation than 2-stroke models. However, they tend to suit larger clearing jobs, and they’re expensive machines for yard work.

Buying an electric model makes sense for homeowners. An electric brush cutter runs on a lithium-ion battery pack. You can charge the battery overnight, and you’ll get around 1-hour running time with a decent battery setup.

Electric models make little noise, and they don’t produce any fumes. Therefore, they make the best choice for a backyard brush cutter that delivers the results you need in your yard work.

Engine Types

What are the different engines types in gas-powered brush cutters? Brush cutters are available in the following engine configurations.

  • Two-Stroke Motors – These models make plenty of noise during operation. Please make sure you only use them in open areas and away from your neighbors. These models require you to mix gas and oil when filling the fuel tank. The motor also tends to run hot, especially with extended use.
  • Four Stroke Motors – These motors are more efficient and run quietly compared to two-stroke engines. However, they are heavier and somewhat unbalanced during operation. They run cooler and have higher outputs than two-stroke models.
  • Electric – Electric models are popular with many homeowners, especially in the suburbs. Electric brush cutters hardly make any noise, which is important when considering your neighbors. The last thing you want is to disturb them early on a Saturday morning with your brush cutter.

Engine Power

When selecting your ideal brush cutter, look at the power output of your machine. If you do heavy-duty yard work or you’re a landscaper, you’ll need a powerful brush cutter for your yard tasks.

A gas-powered model with more than 25cc engine capacity is all you need for maintaining the largest yards and estates. Make sure you model features an energy-efficient design for reduced fuel consumption.

Electric models work on voltage output instead of cc’s. When choosing your desired model, make sure it offers at least 40-volts of power in the electric motor. The machine should include a 2.0-Ah battery pack for 1-hour of run time.

What Do I Need to Look for In the Best Brush Cutter?

So, what do you need to look for in a prospective model? Here are a few critical features to look for in your new brush cutter.

  • Service Life and Operation – Your machine’s service life is a critical consideration when purchasing your device. Make sure that you’re choosing a model from a reputable brand. Look for manufacturer warranties on your machine.
  • Multi-Functional Operation – Look for tools offering you versatile operation for trimming and overhead work. Gas-powered brush cutters should feature an air purge valve that prevents air from entering the carburetor during overhead operation.
  • Quick Change Heads – Some models feature quick-change heads to swap between functions.
  • Handles – Look for models with ergonomic handles. These handles offer you multiple grip positions, including for overhead use. The handles should feature soft, spongy grips to reduce operator fatigue and easy access to the controls.
  • Vibration – Look for models that offer you low vibration during operation. Vibration can tire your hands, causing you to leave your yard duties unfinished. This feature is especially important for senior gardeners that might be dealing with issues like arthritis.
  • Universal Accessories and Attachments – Look for brush cutters that come with universal accessories and attachments. Some models feature compatibility with blowers, line trimmers, and other handy gardening tools like hedge saws. However, make sure you’re buying a model from a reputable manufacturer. Multi-functional brush cutters might experience issues with the attachments in low-quality models.

How Do I Use a Brush Cutter?

After selecting the right brush cutter from your yard work, it’s time to put it into action. What are the kinds of gardening tasks suitable for this machine? Here are some yard duties you can take care of using your new brush cutter.

  • Edging – Use your brush cutter as an edging tool around your lawn. The brush cutter creates a clean line at any angle.
  • Light Mowing – If you have light mowing tasks, a brush cutter can do the job. However, you’ll lack the clean finish of a lawnmower.
  • Scything – Brush cutters are a great tool for trimming edges and cutting long grass on farms and large estates.
  • Weeding – Brush cutters are the ideal tool for taking care of weeds and other invasive plants around the yard.

How Do I Sharpen My Brush Cutter?

Your brush cutter blades will dull after a season of use. Therefore, at the end of every fall season, sharpen the blades before you pack the brush cutter away for the winter. Follow this easy guide for sharpening the blades.


  • Wash the blades with soapy water to remove all debris and residue
  • Line up your whetstone and sharpening tools
  • Correctly angle the whetstone to the cutting blades
  • Drag the whetstone across the blade until you create a sharp edge
  • Pack your brush cutter in a bag to prevent the blade from dulling in storage
  • Sore off the workshop or garage floor

If you frequently use a brush cutter, you might have to sharpen it several times during the season. If you have no handy skills, you might need to take the machine to a service center for sharpening. It might cost you a few dollars, but a professional edge lasts.

Brush Cutter FAQs

What safety equipment do I need when operating my brush cutter?

When operating your brush cutter, remember to wear the correct safety gear. Boots safeguard tour feet and toes while gloves protect your hands. Always wear eye protection to prevent debris from flying into your eye.

Do I need to use oil in a gas-powered brush cutter?

If you have a 2-stroke model, you’ll need to add oil to the gas when filling up your machine. 4-stroke models don’t require you to add any oil to the gas when filling the machine. Make sure you check with the manufacturers listing before settling on a gas-powered model.

Can I leave fuel in my gas-powered brush cutter during the winter?

When the fall arrives, you finish your yard maintenance in anticipation of the winter season. After your final use of your brush cutter, make sure you drain the fuel tank. If you leave the fuel in the machine over the winter, it will separate the additives in the gas. As a result, you’ll need to send the machine in for servicing to clean the carburetor.

Where is the best place to buy my brush cutter?

If you’re shopping for a brush cutter online, we recommend using Amazon. Amazon has an extensive product range and the best for your brush cutter. Amazon Prime members get fast, free shipping, directly to their doorstep, and a hassle-free returns process, with buyer protection on your order.

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Brush Cutters – The Verdict

After reading through all the models in this review, you should have your eye on the ideal brush cutter for your yard. This review has a model to suit any gardening requirement, from gas-powered to electric units.

If you’re having trouble settling on the right brush cutter for your yard work, why not go with one of our top picks?

  • The Husqvarna 128LD 17″ Brush Cutter is a top choice for a versatile and effective machine. This model provides a good cross-over for landscapers and homeowners. You get a powerful 28cc motor, with a 17-inch cutting swath for clearing the largest yards. This model includes an ergonomic handle, clear fuel tank for easy checks, and a straight shaft to reduce vibration and operator fatigue.
  • Contractors and landscapers will get the best value out of thisMakita 4-Stroke Gas-Powered Brush Cutter. This model features a powerful gas-powered motor, with a wide, ergonomic handle featuring a trigger lock. You get a straight shaft design to reduce vibration and a purge valve allowing overhead use.
  • If you’re a homeowner looking for the best budget buy in this review, we recommend the Remington RM25C Gas-Powered Brush Cutter. This model features a curved shaft for trimming and brush cutting and a bump-and-go reel feeder for east replacement of the line while trimming, edging, or cutting.

Robin owns his own Landscape Gardening company based in the UK and has over 10 years professional experience working outdoors, creating beautiful landscapes for his clients in the UK. He is also a keen garden-grower and maintains his own fruit and vegetable gardens. He also has a level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture from The Royal Horticultural Society and is currently working on his first book about gardening. Contact him at