Hints & Tips
The weeds and brambles seem to be growing apace at the moment and need trimming back if they are not to spoil the overall appearance of the garden.
Not that long ago a scythe and bill hook were hauled out of the garden shed, sharpened with a wet stone and then the backbreaking task of hacking back weeds would start.
But of all the inventions most useful to gardeners, the brushcutter must be towards the top of the list.
So here are ten machines which offer great value for money and excellent performance and will save hours of sweat and toil, and possibly a little blood as well, for wielding once of these is not without its hazards.
First is the Einhell GH-BC Petrol Brushcutter + Free Kit , now on special offer which is an excellent piece of kit for anyone with a small to medium-sixed garden.
This German-engineered machine has a 25cc engine which powers a 42cm nylon line head for lawns edges and lighter infestations.
For the thicker stuf, there is a 23cm blade with three teeth to cut down the undergrowth.
It has a shoulder harness to make it easier and less tiring to use as you cut edges and weeds using a sweeping motion.
The line head automatically feeds out more line when you bump it on the ground.
It costs £129.95, £70 off the recommended price and comes with a free safety kit of helmet with ear muffs and face guard worth £25 and free working gloves worth £10.
There is also a free fuel mixing bottle.
We deliver it free the next working day with a two year warranty.
Tanaka TCG-22EAS Petrol Brushcutter comes from a Japenese company which makes top quality, sturdy garden machinery and this one has a 22cc Pure Fire engine which minimises emissions and is very fuel-efficient.
It is also very easy to start.
The machine is very light, weighing in at 4.4kg and has a ‘loop’ handle and shoulder strap. The loop handle is easier to use on areas where there are obstructions.
It is fitted with a 24mm shaft and has a nylon cutter head with automatic Tap-n-Go line feed.
The recommended price is £229, but we have it for sale for £189. It has a five year warranty and free next working day delivery.
Now another from Einhell, this one new for 2016, the Einhell GE-BC 33 AS Low-Vibration Brushcutter + Free Kit.
This machine ,as you may have guessed, keeps vibration levels very low making it much less tiring to use, a feature often valued by professional gardeners.
In fact it is less that half the price of anything similar currently available.
To achieve this it has a double bearing mounted crankshaft and triple rubber shock absorber mounts.
With cow horn handlebars and a padded harness this can be used in rough areas for long periods.
Powering it is a 32.6cc engine with an automatic choke for easy starting and as well as a three-toothed cutting blade it has a twin-line spool for lawn edges. These two heads are very easy to swap over.
It has a split driving shaft to make it easy to store and transport and comes with free safety kit, gloves and fuel mixing bottle. You can also buy spare strimming line at a reduced price if ordering at the same time.
This one costs £199.95, £150 less than the recommended price, is delivered free the next working day and has a two-year warranty.
Now across to Italy and to a company which makes a wide range of excellent garden machinery.
Oleo-Mac BC22S Ultra Lightweight Petrol Brushcutter has a 21.7cc engine, designed for a long, challenging life and weighing just 4.2kg.
This engine starts very easily using a double spring and two ratchet-gears so that minimum effort is needed on the starter cord. And it is very easy to maintain.
The makers say it will run for up to 50 minutes on a full tank of fuel and this tank is transparent so it is easy to check how much is left.
It also has a unique system to make re-loading strimming line much easier.
It has a shoulder harness and the cutting head has a stone guard to stop flying objects.
It is delivered free the next working day with a free face shield and spare strimming line worth £15 and there are also special offers on other items including a four-toothed cutting blade for £14.99.
It costs £219, £60 less than the recommended retail price.
This next one is from the USA and has a powerful, 43cc engine.
The MTD 1043 Petrol Brushcutter has a 25.5cc cutting blade and a nylon trimming head with extra-tick 3mm cord.
It has a bump feed for the strimming line and a shoulder harness to made working more comfortable with its cow horn handlebars.
It costs £189, £10 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a two year warranty.
Now back to Tanaka for one their more powerful machines increasingly the choice of the professionals who expect their machines to work hard for long periods.
The Tanaka TBC-230D Petrol Brushcutter has a 22cc engine with a solid drive shaft to deliver maximum torque to the cutter head. And the machine, which weighs only 4.5kg, has extensive vibration damping.
A hull harness and cutting blade are included in the price as well as a semi-automatic strimming head.
It costs £269, £100 off the recommended retail price, and has a five-year warranty and free next working day delivery.
You can buy a safety helmet with ear muffs and visor for £19.95 and spare strimming line, 83 metres of it, for £230.
Out of the same stable comes the Tanaka TCG-27EBS(S) brushcutter, light in weight and really powerful, capable of cutting though the thickest vegitation like brambles and even gorse. And once brambles get a grip they can smother hedges in just a year.
There is also a strimming head for the lighter work around lawn edges.
This one has a 27cc engine with PureFire technology keeping emissions low while using little fuel. It is also a very easy starter.
It has a solid steel drive shaft and cowhorn handlebars to make using it in a sweeping motion easy – it also has a double shoulder harness, the sort professionals prefer.
Added to that it weighs only 5.3kg making it very light for the amount of power it delivers.
This one is priced at £349, £120 off the maker’s recommended price and has a five year warranty.
We deliver it free the following working day.
This next one from MTD has a really powerful Kawasaki engine.
The MTD 1035K Petrol Brushcutter is made with gardeners with large areas to maintain and professionals alike in mind and has a 34.4cc engine with a full anti-vibration system to make ti more comfortable to use and give a longer life.
Another model with an engine made to start very easily, this brushcutter has a cowhorn handle and a double shoulder harness.
It comes with a 42cm strimming head and a 25.5cm metal blade.
This one is £349, £40 below the maker’s recommended price. It is delivered free the next working day with a two year warranty.
Now, here’s a machine made with the professional gardener in mind.
The Mitox 2700UK Pro Brushcutter weighs just 5.4kg and has a 26.3cc engine and a 0.5 litre fuel tank, enough to run for a full hour before refuelling.
This makes it ideal for professionals in out-of-the way places cutting thick vegitation along verges and river banks and alongside farm tracks.
It has a metal blade with for mean teeth and a strimming head for lighter work.
It costs £399, £20 less than the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. And we deliver it free the next working day.
And finally a little machine which has proved very popular over the years when it comes to cutting down large areas of thick vegitation.
Light, easy to work it restricted areas, the MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer Mower is one of the best buys currently available with its 4-stroke engine power thick strimming line at the front of the machine.
The line is mounted out front so the machine can be pushed under bushes and branches. But it can also be used on the banks of ditches and along roadside verges where it can clear large areas faster than a conventional brushcutter.
And the nylon line means it can be used close to garden walls, trees, and buildings, leaving a much neater finish than would be possible with a bladed cutter.
There is also no worry if you should come across overgrown boulders or lumps of brick or iron.
The cutting width of this machine.
is 56cm so you can clear large areas quickly. And it has an adjustable cutting height from 35mm to 70mm.
It costs £299 and is delivered free the next working day with five sets of line. And extra ten sets can be bought for £20. There is a two-year warranty.
Strimmers and brushcutters can save hours of toil in the garden and are a modern-day essential weapon in the gardener’s armoury.
And please give us a ring on 08454 588905 is you would like our advice before buying.