Brushcutters are an essential piece of equipment for any gardener, landscaper or homeowner, and what better brand than Husqvarna brushcutters. Husqvarna brushcutters can transform any garden or outdoor space and can help with the maintenance and longevity of the fauna and flora around you. This brief guide will answer all of the many questions you may have when it comes to Husqvarna brushcutters, in just a few minutes reading time.




What is a brushcutter used for?


Brushcutters, just like the name suggests, are used to cut or clear varying brushes. Brushcutters are also sometimes called a clearing saw or a brush saw and are usually powered by a small motor. The machine consists of a long rod with handlebars attached at the top, and a blade mechanism at the bottom.


This blade is usually partially covered by a blade cover which protects the user and the surrounding area. There are varying blades that can be attached to Husqvarna brushcutters but most Husqvarna brushcutters can be used to cut or trim small trees, weeds, shrubs, roots, grass and any foliage that you may not be able to access with a lawnmower or by hand. Most brushcutters are sold with a set of blades that can be adapted to meet your trimming needs.


While a brushcutter is the same as a brush saw, it is not to be confused with a trimmer. A trimmer makes use of a thin nylon strong which swings and cuts through finer or thinner vegetation such as grass. This differs from brushcutters, who use a metal blade to clear vegetation, up to 4 inches thick.


What is the best brushcutter blade?


Choosing the right blade for your Husqvarna brushcutters depends on what you are planning on using the Husqvarna brushcutters for and how thick the vegetation is that you are planning on clearing. Before you decide which blade is best you need to have an overview of the different types of blades. There are four primary types of blades for brushcutters, smasher, chisel, knife and mulching.


Knife blades: Knife blades are the most common brushcutter blades and have a sharpened knife edge that seamlessly slices through all vegetation. There are many different shapes of knife blades and they are generally made from steel, ranging from round, to rectangular, to covered in teeth, but the most common shape is star shaped with three or four edges.


The pros of a knife blade include that it is good at slicing through grass and weeds and it is also reasonably cheap in comparison to some other blades. The cons of a knife blade are that the edges used for cutting can become blunt quite quickly as the tips are continuously spinning and cutting. Because these blades can become blunt if they are used to cut into dense vegetation, it is important to remember to change blades to meet the needs of the area you are clearing.




Chisel blades: Chisel blades are equipped with many sharpened teeth going around the circumference of the blade. These teeth are used to chisel and grate their way through vegetation. The pros of a chisel blade are that the chiseling motion makes it efficient at getting through dense vegetation such as hard woods and weeds. The cons of this type of blade are that it is generally more expensive than some other blades and these blades also require regular sharpening and/or replacing.


Smasher blades: Smasher blades rely on pure force instead of on sharp cutting edges. These blades are thick and rotate at great speed to whack through fauna. The pros of this blade are that it works well with soft grasses, and the cons of this blade is that it cannot cut through the densest of vegetation, and it also draws quite a considerable amount of power because of the high rotation speed and force needed for the blade to be effective.


Mulching blades: Mulching blades are ideal for mulching materials together such as a shrubbery or a small patch of bushes. The blade is not particularly sharp but rather is cut into two or three sections where the vegetation gets caught and mulches in between the blades.


Can a brushcutter cut grass?


Yes, Husqvarna brushcutters can definitely be used to cut grass. If one doesn’t have access to a lawnmower then one could use a brushcutter to clear grass. Husqvarna brushcutters are also ideal for clearing grass at a desired chosen length and will be more effective at clearing any shrubs in the area, which could be damaging to a lawnmower.


How thick can a brushcutter cut?


Husqvarna brushcutters swoop in to save the day and do the job that gardening tools can’t, as such they are designed to be quite sturdy and cut through significant density. Husqvarna brushcutters can be used to cut through anything from fine grass, all the way to branches and tree stumps. While there may be blades that are designed to cut through more or less, the generally accepted average density that brushcutters can cut through is 4 inches, or 10cm, making it ideal for small trees, shrubs and root systems.




Straight shaft trimmer vs curved shaft trimmer?


A common question raised in garden machinery is the difference between a straight shaft trimmer and a curved shaft trimmer. This refers to the shape of the shaft, which acts as the body of the machine, with the handles and throttle placed at the top end, and the rotating blades/nylon at the bottom end. This shaft is usually made out of metal and is hollow, allowing for the electrical system to run through the interior of the machine to operate it.


In a straight shaft trimmer, the electrical wires run in one straight horizontal line, which means that they do not have to bend at all and are placed under little tension when the machine is turned on. In a curved shaft trimmer, the electrical wires curve with the shaft, and when the machine is on and running. The curve causes the wires to flex slightly when in use so over time, the wires become less flexible and are therefore more prone to damage.


This means that there is a potential for curve shaft trimmers to have a slightly shorter lifespan than straight shaft trimmers. The reason that curve shaft trimmers are in existence and are quite popular is because they are a bit easier to handle without a harness and do not jump around as much. Curved shaft trimmers are also more balanced than straight shaft trimmers and can therefore be held and used for a longer time frame without causing discomfort or fatigue for the user.


What is the difference between a rotary cutter and a bush hog?


There is actually no difference between a rotary cutter and a bush hog, Bush Hog is simply a popular brand of rotary cutter. A bush hog is a type of rotary mower which is sometimes attached to the back of a farm tractor. The blades of a bush hog are on hinges and are dull instead of sharp, enabling them to use force and speed to whack through vegetation.


Larger rotary cutters are attached to drawbar of the tractor and the hydraulic system of each tractor is used to raise and lower the head of the bush hog. While smaller bush hogs are attached to the three-point hitches of tractors. Bush hogs have many uses and can make the job more effective and efficient than regular brushcutters, being used by farmers to manage grazing paddocks.


Is a 2 stroke or 4 stroke brushcutter better?


A 4 stroke brushcutter is generally preferred over a 2 stroke brushcutter because the engine is more economical, quieter, easier to start and smoother than a 2 stroke brushcutter.




How do you start a brushcutter?


When embarking on starting Husqvarna brushcutters you need to ensure that you are fully prepared and well versed on the correct procedure. This procedure is in place to both assist and protect you as well as your surroundings. Follow this short brushcutter starting guide for basic tips but be sure to look at the specific guidelines and requirements for the specific machine you are using.


1: Ensure that you will be starting the machine in a well-ventilated area with windows or an open garage door, or otherwise outside. This is because most brushcutters make use of petrol to operate which releases fumes that are toxic to both humans and pets.


2: When you are about to start the brushcutter, make sure that you are at least 10 feet away from any fuel or gas, and that there are no potential hazards in your immediate surroundings.


3: If your brushcutter is equipped with a primer bulb then press the primer bulb at least 5 times.


4: If the engine is cold then use the choke.


5: Make sure that the blades of the brushcutter have a clear rotation and that there is nothing immediately in its path.


6: Ensure that you have steady and secure footing and that your hands have enough grip on the handle-bars.


7: Start the brushcutters and slowly begin to move.

Can you use a brushcutter in the rain?


Contrary to popular belief, you can use the brushcutter in the rain. The brushcutter will be fine while being used in the rain but the wet grass may heat up the motor more than usual.




What equipment must I wear for brushcutters?


In order to ensure that you are safely using your Husqvarna brushcutter you should be wearing the correct safety attire. This is our basic personal protective equipment checklist for using Husqvarna brushcutters.


-Boots: You should always be wearing closed full-coverage shoes while using a brushcutter. A good idea for shoes would be sturdy boots that are made out of rubber with a steel toe. This is because while you are operating your Husqvarna brushcutters there is a chance that the blade could hit obstacles and cause them to swing up or out, such as sticks or small stones, so it is vital that your feet are protected.


-Gloves: Aside from boots, you should also be wearing thick gloves to protect your hands from any flying debris. The gloves in question should also ideally be fitted with a rubber grip strip or small gripping points which will ensure that you have a sturdy hold on your brushcutter and that you do not lose control of it while it is running.


-Leg protection: As much as your hands and feet should be protected, you should also take measures to ensure that your legs are protected from any flying debris. You can protect your legs by wearing thick long trousers such as denim jeans or workers overalls.


-Ear muffs: The immense power used to cut through vegetation does cause brushcutters to be quite noisy and rough on the ears. In order to protect your ear drums, you should wear ear muffs or ear protectors while you are using the machine.