Best Brush Cutters: a cut above the rest

The top brushcutters on the market as profiled by The Landscaper Magazine

STIHL powers through tough grass

For professionals that require a high-quality battery powered brushcutter, the FSA 130 and 130 R from STIHL’s PRO range provides a reliable tool without compromising on performance. These powerful but lightweight brushcutters are specifically designed for professionals working on large areas of tough grass. 


The FSA 130 is well suited to clearing large areas of grass quickly and efficiently thanks to the bike handle, whilst the FSA 130 R features a loop handle that makes it perfect for use in tighter spaces. The tools boast three adjustable power settings that can be changed via the handle depending on the task in hand and to help conserve battery power when full speed is not required. 

Powered by a 36 V Lithium-Ion battery with an electric motor, the FSA 130 and FSA 130 R are extremely energy efficient, lightweight and well balanced, weighing just 4.4kg excluding the battery. They run quietly, making them well suited for use in noise-sensitive areas, and the low vibrations during operation provide excellent operator comfort. Both tools can be powered by STIHL’s range of 36V battery systems and can be used with STIHL’s AP batteries or AR backpack batteries.

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Makita Brushcutters

Delivering the latest technical features and improved performance for longer run time and greater power, Makita offer a range of 18V and Twin 18V (36v) cordless linetrimmers that are powered by the Makita LXT battery platform, including power tools and grounds care machinery, to offer a truely one-battery-fits-all solution.

The ultimate must-have Twin 18V (36V) BL linetrimmer, the DUR364LZ, offers an impressive no-load speed of 5 – 6,000rpm with a cutting diameter of 350mm.  Using 2 x 18V batteries to power the 36V motor, if fitted with Makita 5.0Ah Li-Ion batteries, runtimes of 45” in high speed and 100” in low speed can be achieved.

The Makita range of linetrimmers offers a variation of specifications to suit different applications. Innovations such as Brushless motors, when built into the head of the machine, improve the balance of the machine and eliminates the loss of power through the traditional drive shaft where the motor is at the operator end of the machine.

Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT), where the revolutions per minute are automatically increased from between 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000rpm according to the density of the weeds and foliage being cut, allows for greater and improved energy saving, lower noise levels, optimum operation and user comfort.

Additional features such as soft start, electric brake, reverse rotation and overload protection add to the efficiency of this range of cordless products, offering a selection of machinery to suit the requirements for occasional users right through to the true professional operator, whilst still covering the all-important environmental benefits of this professional cordless range.

This ever increasing cordless collection complements Makita’s traditional petrol-powered MM4 mini 4-stroke tools that deliver powerful green credentials of lower noise, vibration and reduced emissions. The Makita MM4 linetrimmers and brushcutters range from 25cc through to 43cc engine capacities that excel technically and are equally enjoyed by professional users and keen gardeners.

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Husqvarna brush cutter offers noise reduction with battery power 

Husqvarna Battery brushcutters offer new possibilities to old tasks.

In public areas sensitive to noise pollution, these battery brush cutters can be used for longer periods due to noise levels being reduced by up to 18db(A). IPX4 weatherproof rating also allows work to continue in all weather conditions. 

In additional a dual direction trimmer head offers the operator the option to choose from clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation from a button on the intuitive keypad, reducing the amount of debris scattered on roads and paths. The high handlebar increases freedom when working on slopes and the Balance 35B harness distributes weight evenly between shoulders, chest and back. 

Husqvarna brush cutter

Husqvarna Bio-X biodegradable trimmer line is now available, made from a high grade polymer with a patented mineral additive that degrades the waste trimmer line in 7 to 12 years.

Husqvarna professional batteries are compatible with all 500 series machines allowing operators to choose from three integrated batteries and two backpack batteries.

Etesia ride on brush cutter

Etesia’s Attila 98X ride-on brushcutter is reliable, efficient, comfortable and safe. The output, combined with 4-wheel-drive and performance makes it ideal for some of the toughest jobs. The 98X has a 98cm cutting width for more efficient working while eight cutting heights are available between 50mm to 120mm, with one transport position, which is easily adjusted with a centralised lever. 

Etesia Attila 98X ride-on brushcutter

It can be used on slopes up to 30% and its strengthened structure welded tubular chassis offers its operators a better driving position. Furthermore, the electric start offers a high comfort level, rack and pinion steering, plus hydrostatic drive. Special attention has also been paid to sound and vibration levels to reduce them to a very low level – making it ideal for public areas. 

In addition Etesia UK has recently unveiled two new Attila pedestrian brushcutters. The Etesia AK60 and AH75 pedestrian brushcutters effectively deal with clearing vegetation from a wide variety of sites – long grass, weeds, bracken and brambles on woodland paths, orchards, holiday parks and road verges. Ease of operation and manoeuvrability ensure total efficiency and high output. The AK60 model is fitted with a Kawasaki FJ180 OHV engine with a 60cm cutting width, while the AH75 is fitted with a Honda GXV 390 engine with a 75cm cutting width. 

A full two-year commercial warranty comes as standard.

Mountfield Lightweight brush cutters

Mountfield has been one of the UK’s leading lawn mower and gardening tool manufacturers for more than 50 years and it recognises the importance of brushing up on your jobs around the garden throughout the year.

Mountfield brushcutter

What better way to achieve this than with the Mountfield MB48Li 48V Brushcutter, a versatile and easy to use tool with no mains cable snagging to worry about.  Lightweight and ergonomic with a loop handle and harness for best possible control, this tool will suit all gardeners.

The MB48Li is easy to start and you’ll get up to 40 minutes trimming time with the 4 amp-hour battery fitted. The MB48Li comes with a Tap and Go bump feed head and a 4-tooth metal brushcutter blade with a 35cm working width. It has a Hi/Lo power switch to alter performance according to the conditions.

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