tough brush cutters

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Old 07-19-10, 09:58 AM
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tough brush cutters

I just saw the Stihl line of sawhead brush cutters.... about 800 $.
JOOOOOOOOOOOOOKE
typical Euro crap.. try to triple a reasonable price and see if you get away
with it. Thats how they survived the last 50 years. Off us.
Anyone know a tough pro brush cutter gas, for about 250..?? for mostly
woody brush like mature sagebrush etc..
 
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Old 07-19-10, 10:28 AM
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I'll be willing to bet you won't find a Pro model anywhere for that price range, unless you look at cheap Chinese stuff that has no parts, service or warranty support. Echo, Husky, or any of the good name brands all start at about $500 or so..and that's for a combo trimmer/cutter...which are normally for much lighter duty.

Even good quality consumer/semi-pro grade trimmers will easily run $250....but they can still be running 10 yrs from now.

When an entity like the Forest Service, state DOT, or a big maintenance company needs something that can run 6 hrs a day 5 days a week..spending $800 doesn't seem too much.

I think you are looking for champagne at a generic beer price...JMO.
 
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You might find a good used Stihl FS 85 and put a saw blade on it for your price. I have one with a 9" Redmax chipper blade and it works very well on stuff up to 3" you just can't get in a hurry and take into consideration it was meant to cut weeds. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Old 07-19-10, 11:57 PM
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Stihl equipment is a bit high at first glance, but when you've spent that much by buying 3 low end pieces and dealt with the aggravation of poor service, poor durability, reliability, balance, and usability, then have to buy a good product in the end anyway, it starts to look like a better price. Myself... I wouldn't pay that much for one if I could find a used one or something like Geo mentioned and use a fs80 or 85 with a the handlebars on it.
 
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Old 07-20-10, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by cheese View Post
Stihl equipment is a bit high at first glance, but when you've spent that much by buying 3 low end pieces and dealt with the aggravation of poor service, poor durability, reliability, balance, and usability, then have to buy a good product in the end anyway, it starts to look like a better price. Myself... I wouldn't pay that much for one if I could find a used one or something like Geo mentioned and use a fs80 or 85 with a the handlebars on it.
The FS 85 has a solid steel shaft where the FS 80 uses a flex cable to drive the cutter head making the FS 85 a little tougher for handling cutting tools. Have a good one. Geo
 
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