From day to day, the summer season should begin – the time that most of us love. More and more owners of personal plots prefer not to traditional fences, but to hedges. They look very nice, well block the site from prying eyes and so on. However, the hedge needs proper care – for this there is a special tool called a brush cutter.
Despite the fact that this product was invented a long time ago, it hit the shelves of Russian garden stores several years ago, so not all people know what such a design is. It is for them that we wrote our today’s review of the best brush cutters of 2020. But just before proceeding to the analysis of the useful characteristics of the models included in our rating, let’s look at the principle of operation of such a device, the existing varieties and the principle of choice.
What do you pay attention to when buying a brush cutter?
In total, there are four main varieties of such products in stores: they are mechanical, electrical, battery and gasoline. The simplest and, as a result, the cheapest product will be a mechanical brush cutter. Using them is very simple, the devices also do not require any complex maintenance. Outwardly, they are very similar to the most ordinary garden shears, but their handles are longer, which allows you to significantly increase the cutting power so that you can work with relatively thick branches of shrubs.
Electric products are equipped with a special motor, which makes such a brush cutter more powerful and productive than a manual one. You can use it for quite a long time and regularly. The main thing that needs to be provided for it to work is the supply of electric current. The most productive, but also the most expensive, are gasoline hedge trimmers. They are equipped with an internal combustion engine, which is completely autonomous in operation. There are also cordless hedge trimmers, where instead of an electric motor there is a built-in battery. They are mobile and quite powerful.
Before buying, you will need to determine how often this product will be used. It is also very important to take into account the complexity of the work, the requirements for the accuracy of trimming. If preference is given to a gasoline model, then you should definitely check if the brush cutter has an anti-vibration system, which will directly affect the ergonomics of work. If there is a minimum amount of vibration, then productivity will become much higher, since the hands of the worker will not get tired. It is desirable that there is an exhaust filtration system. The engine size is also quite important – this indicator will directly affect the power level of the product.
When choosing electric hedge trimmers, pay attention to the length of the power cord (in principle, this is not a very important criterion, since you can use an extension cord if necessary). Power level is also very important, but remember that it will be inversely proportional to economy. All other points related to the choice of this device, we will analyze directly during our review.
When choosing models to rank, we took into account all of the above factors, as well as taking into account the ratio of price and quality of products and studied many user reviews. We have tried not to include quite expensive models here, so that each of our readers can afford all the products.
4. BLACK&DECKER BEHTS301
A fairly powerful design (500 W), developed by American engineers, but made in Chinese factories. These products are designed for complete care of the garden (fruit trees and shrubs), as well as hedges. The product is equipped with a high-quality saw that can cut branches up to 35 mm thick. The device has a convenient double-sided blade, the length of which is half a meter, there is a distance of 22 mm between the teeth. The handle here is ergonomic rubberized, hands on it will not slip. There is a very reliable protection against accidental start. This protective system is not too original, but it has a high level of reliability. The mass of the device is minimal, so you can cut foliage and branches even at high altitudes.
According to users, this tool will be very convenient to work in an upright position and with arms raised. Even in this position, you do not have to spend a lot of effort. In order to protect the operator’s hands from small twigs, there is a special shield. The knife is installed double-sided, which ensures a high level of productivity.
- There is a hook for the power wire;
- You can cut branches up to 35 mm thick;
- Small pitch between saw teeth;
- No exhaust gases;
- Convenient power button, so it is comfortable to work even with gloves;
- Double sided knife installed.
- Not too long cable.
3. GRINDA PRO Line GBCP-53-22
A truly indispensable tool for people who prefer beauty and well-groomedness in their summer cottage. The equipment is characterized by compact overall dimensions and a good level of maneuverability. The product can be used not only for trimming bushes and giving it various shapes, but also for filing trees. The result will be noticeable immediately. The power of the device is 600 W – a pretty decent indicator for a brush cutter. The highest speed is 1600 rpm. The cutting diameter reaches 530 mm, the distance between the teeth is 22 mm. This is an affordable product, characterized by high quality workmanship and assembly.
The saw teeth are made of high-strength steel, which is distinguished by a special double-sided sharpening, due to which the process is several times faster. The switch has a mechanical interlock, and the saw teeth stop immediately after the device is turned off. As in the previous model, there is a special shield to protect hands from chips. A decent tooth pitch and high motor power allow you to do all the necessary work in a short time. The handle here is swivel, so it will provide a very comfortable grip for any job. The mass of the device is 3.7 kg, it is very convenient to hold it in your hands, regardless of the position.
- Quite acceptable cost;
- The case of the increased durability;
- The swivel mechanism helps to quickly carry out work even in the most inaccessible places;
- There are several protective systems for safe operation.
- There may be slight play in the drive mechanism.
GRINDA PRO Line GBCP-53-22
2. Makita UH4261
This device can work both in a vertical and horizontal plane, and the brush cutter can cope with branches up to 10 mm thick. The equipment is equipped with a double-sided blade and a decent power electric motor, which is 400 watts. At first glance, it may seem that this is not very much, but for such a product it is quite enough. The device is quite noisy – the degree of sound power reaches 93 dB. At idle, the number of revolutions is 1600 per minute. The mass of the device is 3 kg – not too much for such a device, it is very convenient for them to work even at a considerable height. Overall dimensions of the product are 180x195x820 mm, reliable protection against accidental activation is provided.
This device is characterized by the highest quality workmanship. Summer residents and owners of country houses were able to appreciate the level of reliability of the product. With this brush cutter, you can work for hours, and your hands will not get tired at all. The handle here is rubberized, it has an ergonomic shape, perfect for both large and small hands. The product is able to work for a long time without interruption. The case is high quality, made of metal. The assembly is reliable, no backlashes or other manufacturing defects were found. The cable is not too long, so you have to use extension cords. There is a reliable shield for protecting hands. The manufacturer recommends wearing safety glasses.
- High speed, decent performance;
- Attractive appearance and high quality product assembly;
- Reliable knife, sharpened on both sides;
- Long service life;
- Safe work.
- Great value.
1. Bosch AHS 45-16
The best among electric brush cutters was the products of German production. It is distinguished by its low weight, which is 2.5 kg – this allows you to use the products for a long time, your hands will practically not get tired. Complete set optimal for full-fledged work. This includes the device itself, and the knife is closed with a special plastic casing. The official warranty period is two years, but it can be extended by another year if you register on the company’s official website. The length of the cutting part of the brush cutter is 45 cm – quite enough to quickly and efficiently process a decent surface area. The tooth pitch here is much less than in the models considered earlier – this parameter here is 16 mm. In this case, branches with a thickness of 16 mm can be sawn. The engine power is 420 watts.
This product works very quickly and confidently, regardless of the position in which the device will be located. It does not vibrate at all during operation and produces a minimum amount of noise. The balance is perfect, which allows you to cut shrubs and trees very accurately. The cable has a standard length for such equipment. When working with this device, you can form a hedge in the shortest possible time. This equipment has a long service life, you need to press two buttons at the same time to start. This is done in order to reliably protect your hands from getting under the knife.
- Insignificant mass of equipment;
- The presence of two handles reduces the likelihood of injury to almost zero;
- Ideal balancing device;
- Immediately after a power failure, the cutting surface stops;
- Compact overall dimensions.
- Afraid of moisture and dampness.
Bosch AHS 45-16
Gasoline hedge trimmers
3. CHAMPION HT625R
A very simple and efficient design that can withstand significant loads. The fuel tank is made of high-quality plastic with an antistatic coating and has a very wide mouth. The fuel filling hole is decent enough, so pouring fuel there is convenient and easy. On the surface of the case there is a rather large casing that will reliably protect both the hands and the user himself from injury during operation. The handle can be rotated up to 90 degrees left and right, which makes the device very comfortable to use, so the brush cutter can be used even in an upright position. The product has an internal combustion engine, the power of which is 1 horsepower, the blade length is 60 cm. It is quite a sufficient parameter to quickly form a hedge. It is quite possible to work with this tool for a long time. The maximum diameter of cut branches is 12 mm. If desired, you can cut thicker ones, but there is a possibility of damage to the blades.
One gas tank filling is enough for almost the whole day of work. The weight of the equipment is 5.4 kg. The cylinder walls of the engine are coated with a layer of chromium, which makes the engine more durable and of high quality. The cost of the device is quite affordable, the assembly is of high quality, no backlashes or other manufacturing defects were noticed.
- Quite affordable cost of the device;
- High quality of production, assembly and work;
- Plastic gas tank.
- Pretty heavy construction.
This Japanese product is quite expensive, but this is not at all surprising, since it was originally developed for professional use. The product is characterized by a very high performance gasoline engine. It has a fairly long service life, is reliable and resistant to wear. The exhaust system is unique, as the exhaust gases are additionally used to blow off cut branches and grass. There is an original filtration system that removes almost all harmful impurities from the exhaust, so almost clean air comes out into the environment. It is allowed to start the motor at an air temperature of at least +5 degrees. The engine starts perfectly, the starter cord practically does not resist at the exit, it goes back as smoothly as possible.
Vibration is well suppressed using a special system, so that the device can be used for a long time. The handle has several levels of adjustment, which is also very convenient. Its power is 580 W – a fairly high figure for a brush cutter with a gasoline engine. Due to this power, the structure can cut through branches with a thickness of 35 mm. The overall dimensions of the product are 270x1240x340 mm with a weight of 5.1 kg. The blade length of almost 65 cm is one of the longest knives in our review.
- Absolutely safe to use;
- Comfortable to work;
- Very high performance;
- Good workmanship;
- Several positions for adjusting the handle.
- Pretty high cost.
1. Stihl HS 45
Fairly light products that are perfect for beginner gardeners and gardeners. This model allows you to quickly and efficiently care for hedges, give them a shape. With its help, you can carry out a streaming cut, as well as a curly haircut. The engine has a high power level, which is 750 W – a very significant indicator for devices of this type. It starts up easily and quickly, and runs smoothly too. The motor is equipped with a reliable system, the action of which is aimed at absorbing vibration. There is a double-sided knife, due to which you can work in various planes. As most users note, this model is universal, largely due to the presence of a rotary handle. Even left-handers will not have to adapt to this device.
A built-in shock absorber is provided – it quickly and effectively dampens jerks, reduces recoil in the event of overloads or during engine start. The brush cutter weighs only 4.7 kg, which allows you to use it without interruption for a long time. Professionals appreciate this model largely due to its quality, such as maneuverability.
- Easy to use;
- There are no difficulties in terms of maintenance and current repairs;
- The length of the cutting edge is 60 cm;
- High engine power.
- The capacity of the gas tank could be made higher.
Stihl HS 45
Cordless hedge trimmers
3. Greenworks G40PH51
It will be an excellent alternative to gasoline or electric products. The device can easily cope with pruning trees, forming hedges at the required height. One of the main features of the product is the presence of a telescopic rod, thanks to which the maximum length of the device can reach 182 cm. This means that you do not have to substitute a ladder if you need to reach high areas. The model has a rotary cutting part with seven positions. The blade length is 61 cm, it is made of high-quality, carefully hardened steel, which also has a diamond sharpening. The pitch between the teeth is 18 mm. The total weight of the structure is 4.92 kg. During operation, it practically does not make noise and does not vibrate. The design of the handle is carefully thought out, it has an ergonomic shape, in addition, there is an emphasis on the forearm.
It is worth noting that this device has a reliable system of protection against accidental start-up, and a durable plastic shield is also provided, which is designed to protect hands from scratches and other injuries. The motor has reliable overload protection, which helps to extend its life. The brush cutter is powered by a battery from the manufacturer that released this device itself. The battery is universal – suitable for various other products in the 40V range, which includes over 15 tools.
- Insignificant mass of equipment;
- A telescopic rod is provided, thanks to which the brush cutter acquires a height of 182 cm;
- The cutting pitch is 18 mm on a diamond-ground blade (its length is 51 cm);
- Battery life can reach 80 minutes;
- Long warranty period – 2 years.
- The battery will have to be purchased separately.
2. Bosch Ahs 50-20li
Another model developed by German engineers of the world famous company. When creating this brush cutter, the most modern Quick-Cut technology was used, due to which instant cutting of branches and branches is ensured the first time. This technology is able to cope with even a fairly high fence in a matter of minutes, and the load on the back and arms will be minimal. It also has the latest anti-blocking system, thanks to which it is possible to ensure continuous operation of the device where others cannot reach. Energy is spent optimally – Syneon Clip technology is responsible for this, it intelligently distributes the battery charge. The brush cutter weighs only 2.5 kg and is perfectly balanced.
It is very convenient to work regardless of the position of the device. The rear handle has a soft coating, the front one changes position in several positions at once, in addition, there is a special transparent plastic overlay that allows you to reliably protect your hands. On the front of the knife there are special carefully hardened teeth that can cope with branches with a diameter of up to 25 mm. The knives are produced using laser technology, they have a diamond sharpening, which ensures high precision and a perfectly smooth cut surface. The knives have a special protective device that allows you to work along the foundation and walls. The model works on the basis of a lithium-ion battery, which provides long-term offline operation. The kit comes with both the battery itself and the charger for it.
- With this brush cutter, you can work along walls, foundations;
- It is very convenient to use this equipment;
- High build quality;
- Reliable battery;
- Long service life;
- Only the most modern technologies are used in the manufacture.
- Pretty high cost.
Bosch Ahs 50-20li
1. Makita UH200DWE
Very practical and mobile tool. It can be used not only to trim bushes or hedges, but also to develop unique shapes. The mass of this device is only a little over 1 kg, there are no wires, so it is very convenient to work with products on a stepladder. The tire is short – its length is only 22 cm, so it will not catch all the branches in a row, the user will be able to accurately realize all his fantasies. The device operates on the basis of a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1.3 Ah, on the surface of the case there is an LED indication: it will inform the user of a relatively low battery level. The knife here is one-sided, its length is 200 mm with a tooth length of 8 mm, a distance of 26 mm is maintained between them. The speed of movement of the knife is about 1250 oscillations per minute. In offline mode, the brush cutter can work for about half an hour.
All foliage is collected in a special container, which can then be easily cleaned. A locking system against unplanned or spontaneous activation is provided. The handle here is rubberized, ergonomic, does not slip out of your hands even on the hottest days.
- There is a battery level indicator;
- Small weight of the device;
- Mobility and practicality;
- Pretty easy to use and maintain.
- It can only cut fairly thin branches, it will not work with thick ones.
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We hope that after studying our review of the best brush cutters before the start of the summer season, you will be able to choose the highest quality products for your summer cottage that will serve you for many years. If you still have some questions about the model you are interested in, then ask us in the comments – we will try to provide you with the necessary information as soon as possible.