If you have a brush clearing job or two ahead of you, one of the best tools you can have is a walk behind brush cutter.
Brush will encompass tall grasses and weeds, small saplings, sometimes up to 2 ½ to 3” in diameter, brambles, thickets and anything that is cluttering up the property you want to clear.
This piece of equipment is great for clearing weeds, dense undergrowth and tall grasses.
The best time to utilize this tool is when you have a sizeable area of brush to clear, because it makes the work easier and faster than if you try to do it using hand tools or other less powerful methods.
Brush cutters come in many engine size choices and it depends on the difficulty of the job which one is best.
A good rule of thumb to follow is that the more dense and heavy the brush is the stronger and bigger size engine you will need.
There are also different attachments that you can get to make the brush cutter good for all your trimming, thinning and clearing work, year round.
Walk behind brush cutters give you the maneuverability to get into tighter areas where a larger pull behind model will just not fit. Due to the handlebars and larger wheels, you should be able to handle rough terrain, slopes, hills and uneven places as well.
Below are 4 models of walk behind brush cutters that may be just right for your brush clearing job.
Poulan Pro PR22WT Wheeled Trimmer
The Poulan Pro PR22WT has a 22” deck, a recoil start, (which is the kind of starter used for smaller motors, such as lawn mowers, portable engine generators, chain saws and other similar tools) and 12” wheels.
This machine also has a Rato 140cc engine.
Another plus of this Poulan Pro PR22WT is that it is CARB compliant, which means it runs cleaner than Non CARB compliant machines.
A brush cutter that is great for tall weeds and grasses, even wet ones, and flatter areas due to the smaller wheels.
It worked great. We had some really thick brush along the pasture line and it cut right through it with no effort. We have used a regular weed cutter in the past and this cut our time in half.
DR Field and Brush Mower
DR’s Field and Brush Mower has a 26” deck that pivots and hugs the ground, which improves traction.
The Briggs and Stratton electric start engine has a gear driven, 4 speed transmission, bumpy powered wheels, a commercial grade electric clutch, full pressure oil pump, great for going up slopes of 20 degrees or less, and has 16.5 hp.
There are additional attachments to this machine as well, making it useful all year round for various projects.
Capable of cutting 6 ft to 8 ft tall grasses, weeds and undergrowth for hours on end, it is a good choice for anyone who has a large area to clear.
Poulan Pro PPWT60022
This Heavy duty tool features a high output 4 cycle gas engine.
In addition the dual exit, adjustable height cutting head, and fixed line add to the efficiency and appeal.
High wheels make it easier to maneuver, a great thing when you’re working in tough underbrush.
With 14” rear wheels and a 22” cut capability, this Poulan Pro PPWT60022 is ready to tackle your lawn.
Briggs and Stratton is the engine provider for this power tool, and the whole machine comes fully assembled as well.
Due to its wheel size, this is another brush cutter that would be easier to use on flatter terrain.
Swisher WB11524BS Predator
You’re ready to get some clearing done with the self propelled, 11.5 HP Briggs and Stratton engine, a 24” deck, 4 speed transmission, including reverse, and operator presence blade engagement with drive control.
Large pneumatic tires from Chevron make for easy maneuverability, even over very rough terrain.
With the controls for the Swisher WB11524BS on the handlebars, this Swisher Predator is easier to handle and maneuver which makes it safer as well.
Another great safety feature is the enclosed blade.
This brush cutter is great for super dense brush and will even cut saplings up to 1 ½ inches in diameter.
A powerful, 4 speed transmission makes it a good choice for going up steeper terrain and being able to go in reverse is great for those areas you may need to back out of.
There are many benefits to having a walk behind brush cutter that will make you glad you bought one, such as having a much easier time than ever before clearing brush, weeds and other growth out of your way.
Some basic things to remember when it comes to buying your walk behind brush cutter that will make the job less tiresome for you and safer as well. Be sure to know exactly what you are dealing with when it comes to the terrain and denseness of the brush you are clearing.
Buying a machine that isn’t strong enough to tackle what you’re clearing will be an exercise in frustration and a waste of money. With so many great choices available, finding one to suit your needs will not be a problem.
If storage is a problem for you, buy a machine that has a fold down handle which makes it easier to tuck away in the garage under other things.
Another thing you can do is to equip whichever model you get with an ergonomic harness which makes it more comfortable, more efficient and a lot easier to use.
Check to make sure that the handle bar is angled relative to the shaft to keep from putting undue strain on your back.
Since you are walking behind the brush cutter and pushing it, having this properly angled will make a world of difference in how your body feels after you’ve been working for the day.
Another good thing to ensure is that your brush cutter has excellent vibration dampening. If you’ve ever worked with a tool that vibrates for any length of time, you know how long afterwards the vibrations can be felt in your hands, arms and shoulders. A good brush cutter that has vibration dampening will lessen this effect and make it more comfortable to use for longer periods of time.