The Best Brush Cutters for Australians in 2020

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If you’re blessed with a large open backyard or block of land, we’re sure you’ll tell us that keeping the place neat and tidy can be a real hassle. Sometimes the lawnmower and whipper-snipper combo just doesn’t cut it, quite literally, and you need a little more.

For those hard-to-get areas and for some help to cut through grasses and vegetation that are a little too much for the mower and the whipper-snipper, you’ll need to get your hands on a durable and powerful brush cutter.

These tools are some of the most versatile and dynamic when it comes to the garden, and you’re not going to have any issue when cutting through even the densest greenery in the yard.

That said, these brush cutters can be on the little pricier side and it can be difficult knowing which one to invest in. To help you out, at Current we’ve done the heavy lifting, or heavy research rather, to get you all you need to know about the best brush cutters in Australia.

Say hello to a neat, tidy and trimmed backyard landscape.

The 128LD by Husqvarna

Coming in at number one, the 128LD from Husqvarna is our overall winner in that it’s got the awesome Husqvarna brand behind it.

It’s a gas-powered model too, which means there’s a lot of kick here when it comes to cutting through essentially everything you put in front of it. It has an easily operable set of controls as well, so you’re going to be able to get started in no time at all. Just start the machine up, and you’re good to go — all the controls are right there and well labelled.

We’d stand by this brush cutter as a winner for the larger yards and landscape’s and also for long-term use. This is down to the great ergonomic handles and design, so you’ll be good to stay out weed whacking for hours on end without worrying about cramping or slipping.

There is an X-Torp motor integrated in here too, which means you’re getting outstanding fuel efficiency and have less need for constant refills. 

28 cc Motor

40-inch Length

The PP28SD by Poulan Pro

If you know anything about Poulan, you’ll know they make incredible outdoor tools and lawnmowers, and their brush cutter is no exception.

The guys here have gone all-out on designing the brush cutter to be well-optimised and easy to handle, as well as efficient too. There’s a dual-cycle motor in here, which means you’re getting outstanding performance that might rival and beat out every other engine on the list.

Keep in mind that the more powerful a brush cutter’s engine, the cleaner the cuts you’re going to get, and the Poulan makes absolutely sure of this.

To add, there are a tonne of different attachments and tools you can make use of to really get the look you’re going for in the yard. There’s trimmers and other tools to get into those hard-to-reach spaces too.

In all, this is our top choice for a brush cutter for great value. Whether it’s the backyard or the farm, you’re in good hands.

28 cc Motor

17-inch Length

The 4-Stroke Brush Cutter by Makita

Coming down a little on the list is the 4-stroke Brush Cutter by Makita.

It’s one of the best and most durable brush cutters in Australia, though it does fall on the more expensive side. However, with a tonne of proprietary Makita tech in here, it still offers great value for the price.

There’s an awesome Mechanical Automatic Engine Decompression which kick starts the motor almost instantly every time, so there’s no need to pull start this model fifty times for it to turn over.

The motor is also powerful enough to handle everything from the toughest grasses, sticks and foliage to even small trees, which we’re sure makes it one of the best for commercial use at parklands.

When it comes to the air filter, there’s a multistage design here, which means you’re going to see the machine working more effectively for a long period of time.

To end, the internal design has been curated to reduce a tonne of vibration which means it’s easier to hold for long periods of time, and you’re getting a nice clean cut.

25.4 cc Motor

57-inch Length

The 128CD by Husqvarna

Our number one option when it comes to safety and a newbie brush cutter, the Husqvarna 128CD comes with auto-stop features should things go wrong.

It’s also a gas model, which means fuel efficiency is top-notch and the power output is fantastic.

We’re happy to say that for smaller storage spaces, the Husqvarna 128CD is easily detachable and stored. You can remove the shaft and pack it away in smaller areas of the home if you don’t have too much space in the tool shed.

To add, there are plenty of attachments on offer that can make the snipper a tonne more useful, such as getting into smaller nooks a little easier. Perfect for those weed-infested alleys in the yard.

In all, this is our top choice for those just getting into the brush cutter game and need something that has an auto-stop feature and an easy way to store it.

28 cc Motor

17-inch Length

The RM2700 by Remington

The guys at Remington have taken a note from Makita in developing their dual-cycle motors to offer a great experience when cutting.

Like the Makita model above, the engine’s acceleration and force remains constant and controlled throughout use, which means you’re not dealing with jolts or any overpowering kickbacks when you speed things up.

There’s a simple Quick Start feature here too, which means you’re getting the most efficient and easy start from your pull start.

Pair this with the ultra-lightweight body on the Remington and you’ve got a winner when it comes to portability and ease of use.

The cutter also boasts an ideal length and a trimming head that’s been designed to fit in areas of the yard that are hard to get to. In all, the trimmer has essentially been designed to be a lightweight, easy-start and easy to handle model for newbies and landscapers alike.

27 cc Motor

37-inch Length

The RY4CCS by Ryobi

Designed with a curved cutting shaft, the Ryobi is the model for our readers who need a machine that’s going to be easy to use for a long period of time. The curve in this shaft takes out a fair bit of the kickback and vibration from the cutting mechanism and you’re able to hang on to the cutter for longer.

The trimmer is also a gas model too, which means good responsiveness and a cheap refill of the tank. You won’t need to worry about making your own two-stroke fuel either.

We’re standing by the Ryobi RY4CCS as one of the more unique and well-designed brush cutters out there, and being easy to hold makes it a great model for anyone looking for a great amount of power, alongside an easy to manage package.

To end, there’s a four-cycle motor here, which means you’re getting near-unmatched efficiency when compared to a lot of the other cutters on the market.

30 cc Motor

36-inch Length

The 52623 by Blue Max

This is the model of brush cutter we’d reserve for our commercial or heavy duty users.

It’s coming with an ultra powerful 42 cc motor which means you’re able to cut through just about anything you can think of with little trouble at all.

To combat the power of the motor, there are plenty of anti-slip, grippy and anti-vibration technologies coming in here, so although you’re getting a lot of power, you’re also getting a tonne of control too.

There’s a recoil system at play here as well, which helps out when starting the brush cutter, and featuring a well-designed motor, you can expect starting to be relatively easy every time.

Unlike the curved shaft of the model above, this one is straight and offers great reachability when it comes to getting to those hard to reach areas. Whether it’s grass you’re looking to cut, or even sticks, branches and small trees, the Blue Max has your back.

42.7 cc Motor

37.4-inch Length

The TB42 BC by Troy-Bilt

Back down to a rather standard cutter now, and the TB42 is your model for getting everything done around the house at home. It’s perfect for both weeds and brush as well as simply detailing your lawns and other foliage.

You’ll find a dual-cycle motor here as well as Troy-Bilt’s proprietary JumpStart feature which comes into play when you need to start the motor quickly and without a lot of effort.

Again, there are plenty of attachments here much-like some of the other cutters on our list, and that means adding a trimmer or any other tool won’t be too hard at all. You can essentially get the majority of your landscaping tasks done with this brush cutter alone.

To end, the engine’s power is offset by the grippy handles and anti-vibration tech that makes an appearance in the top-end of the device. Whether you’re a newbie to brush cutters or not, you’ll be right at home here.

27 cc Motor

36.75-inch Length

The Brush Cutter Sets

Moving on from single brush cutters, there are a few brush cutter toolsets we’d like to take a look at that will get you everything you need to take your backyard landscaping to a whole new level this year.

The Multi Tool Grass Trimmer by SUN SEEKER

The Sun Seeker Grass Trimmer Multi-tool is our top pick with four ingenious attachments coming into play here.

You’ll be able to get your hands on everything from the brush cutter itself to a new trimmer and more.

That means you’re getting both the brush cutter and all the tools you need for one great price, and in one package. At the end of the day, this saves you having to place an order for attachments should you find out you need them down the line.

Like the other cutters on the list, there’s an awesome full-shaft crank which means you’re getting reduced fumes as well as a better chance of your brush cutter operating longer.

To end, there’s vibration reduction built into the handle and a fuel efficient internal setup, which means you’re able to use the cutter for longer without running out of fuel or getting numb hands.

26 cc Motor

70-inch Length

The Gas Brush Cutter by PROYAMA

A cutter that comes with a massive five attachments included is the PROYAMA, and we’re happy to say that this is one of the better newbie devices.

The design is feather light and you’re able to keep using it for hours on end without feeling that it’s getting a bit too heavy. There are a lot of blades to make use of here too, which means there’s enough versatility to get all of your landscaping done with just this one single tool.

We’d stand by this cutter for both at-home and commercial situations.

It’s a gas-powered model too, so there is plenty of power and efficiency here.

26 cc Motor

12-inch Length

What is a Brush Cutter

To keep things simple, your brush cutter is a gardening tool that you’ll be able to make use of to clean up grasses and foliage in the yard or parklands.

It’s a powerful tool that either runs on gas or mains power and can be easily made use of to get a precise cut for lawns, small trees and weeds. You’ll notice that all the brush cutters on the market have a specific head shape, which has been designed to get into small crevices in the yard, but also to get you a clean and safe cut.

Although there are battery powered models, we would normally suggest mains power or gas motors to get the most power out of the models.

Do You Need a Brush Cutter

If you have a lawn mower and a whipper snipper, there isn’t often a need for a brush cutter too, however, if your yard has increasingly thick foliage and weeds — then we would suggest one of the cutters above.

These tools are the most effective at cutting dense greenery and getting the most out of your time spent in the yard.

If you’re moving house, for example, and your new home’s yard hasn’t had a trim for a very long time and is incredibly overgrown with weeds and small trees, then a brush cutter will be worth the money for you.

Things to Keep in Mind

If you’re going out to invest in a new brush cutter, Current has a few things for you to keep in mind before you make a purchase.

The Durability

Of course you’ll want durability to be one of your main focuses. That said, look to brands that have a good track record and also be sure you’re not investing in a brush cutter that’s too lightweight and primarily made of plastic.

These tools often break after a while, or panels fall off during use which can cause injury if they get struck by the cutter’s head.

Toolset or Attachments

You’ll want to consider a brush cutter that comes with plenty of tools and attachments so you’re able to get more out of the device.

We suggest looking for brush cutters that come with trimmers and other niche tool heads that you can use in the yard. This will mean you’re able to get a vast majority of your backyard landscaping done with the one tool, rather than switching between the mower, whipper snipper and back again.

With all of that said, it should be a whole lot easier to find the best brush cutter for you this year, and to save money while doing it.

Remember, always consider what you’ll be using your brush cutter for and invest in something that’s going to make your outdoor landscaping activities and lot easier and more efficient.

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