Rated 3.7 out of 5Â by 35
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by OceanViewers Great Machine
The Beast is Great. It Lived up to all Expectations & More. Quiet - Heavy Duty - Large gas tank so you can go for hours without refilling Does exactly what it states it does
Claims of belt problems are really just Operator problems. There is a knack for its handling which has to be learned but that takes no time at all. I cleared 4.5 Acres of high brush & trees with this Machine in a matter of hours. I've included a pic here of the top half & you'll see to the far left & right what the Beast chewed thru. Now it will take no time to retrim the rutty areas that the ride on mower can't do. The Beast Rep in Canada even called before shipping to see if we had any questions . Being an Online purchase this was very reassuring.
Best Purchase Ever .
September 2, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by GWICNC RE: Response to "Not Usable" - Adjustment Suggestion
Manufacturer's Response to "Anonymous" in below review.
The concern you raised was that the brush mower does not have enough traction due to a slipping input belt.
Thank you for your feedback and we apologize for any inconvenience a slipping belt has caused you.
If a belt is slipping, please consult the owners manual to tighten the drive system input belt. If you are not sure how, please call the 1-800 number on the product and ask for assistance. The hydro drive system input belt should not slip and when properly adjusted, has plenty of torque to drive this mower. A minor belt adjustment should resolve your performance problem.
If the problem persists, a belt replacement is suggested. If the mower is new, the belt replacement will be covered under warranty. Please call the customer service department and they can provide you with assistance.
I hope this resolves your concern and after making this adjustment, the mower meets or exceeds your performance expectations.
May 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by breamfly Good, but needs a couple design tweaks
Bought this machine to clear paths on overgrown, neglected land. Chose this unit for its power and 36" cutting width. Most of my observations will echo and reinforce those of some previous reviewers. Here are my main points.
1. After removal from the shipping pallet, it was ready to add fuel and start up - no assembly or adjustment was required.
2. Some owners have complained about this machine throwing and/or eating belts. In my 20 hours of hard use so far, it has thrown the belt to the cutter only once. I do take care when engaging and disengaging the cutter rotor to do this gradually with the throttle backed off a bit.
3. The machine handles brush impressively, but cutting through very thick grass requires slowing down to a crawl to keep the engine from laboring or stalling.
4. My main complaint is the same as that of many other reviewers, that is that the machine is much too easily brought to a halt by either a slight dip in the ground or by soft soil. I agree with many users that the wheels need to be of larger diameter to prevent its bogging down so readily. When any kind of resistance is encountered (e.g., ant hill, vines, extra thick growth), the wheels are too quick to dig themselves into a rut. This limitation of the propulsion system dimishes the usefulness of the machine in clearing irregular surfaces and vegetation growing on soft earth.
5. The hydro steering system works well, but the controls are not ergonomic. The strain on the hands begins to wear after an hour or two of use.
Even with these criticisms, I am satisfied with the machine overall so far. It just seems that a little more engineering could make it much better.
November 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by ToughBrushCutter This Machine IS a Real Beast!
I had been looking for a machine to clear about 7 years of heavy brush growth from nearly 4 acres consisting mainly of thorny blackberries and vines including honeysuckles. Also mixed in were a large number of small saplings. The field was overgrown to the point you could not walk through it and with vines at 5' - 6' tall, you couldn't really drive a tractor hauling a bush hog. Terrain ranged from fairly level to inclines steep enough that they are difficult to climb on foot.
I had looked at several competing brands, but none had the combination of cutting width and horsepower of the 36BB for the price point. Even the lower powered name brand competitor was more expensive.
Upon delivery (truck with liftgate) and adding a few gallons of gas, the machine started easily. I first tested it in a 3/4 acre field of basically tall grasses and small trees. An hour later, the field was nearly cleared. The hydrostatic drive takes some getting used to and maneuvering this machine will give you a workout, but the results are worth the effort.
Then I tackled the bigger fields and found the same decent results. If it can get over the brush, it cuts it to nearly nothing the way a mulching mower would. The biggest problem I had was keeping the cut vines that had fallen crosswise from blocking forward movement. If I could avoid that, progress was swift. I was surprised at how easily it would climb the hills even while cutting moderate brush.
The biggest problem I had was using reverse. This machine does not back up well if you're on any kind of incline. That may be just an adjustment in the drive system though. Another problem was that I pulled one of the tires partially off the rim. At nearly 500 lbs, I needed a floor jack to remove the wheel and repair the tire. This would probably be better off with some sort of filled or solid tire.
Fuel pressure built up in the tank while inside a shed during a hot summer to the point that it dislodged the outlet at the bottom of the tank which was just a plastic 1/4 barbed fitting. I replaced that with a brass fitting and nut and drilled a small vent hole in the gas cap and have had no further problems.
A word of caution - this is basically a self propelled bush hog and can be dangerous if used carelessly. Make sure no one is in front of the machine while in use due to ejected debris.
This Beast handled the task quite well and now I will probably only have to cut these fields once or twice a year to keep them under control.
February 14, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Virginbuild This is commercial rated equipment. It is heavy, and you should watch that you do not over exert yourself during operation.
After arrival, I unwrapped the machine, checked the owner manual for startup procedures and safety of operation. I fueled the machine. It started right away; I backed it off the shipping pallet and put it to work.
This machine is all that the specifications and advertising claims promote. It cuts saplings with ease, like a normal lawn mower cuts grass. The operator must learn to control the machine with properly adjusted controls. Use the machine's controls for maneuvering and cutting. I like this machine very much. It is a good "Beast" for sure.
I am going to try a pair of tire chains on the wheels to see if that might assist traction under less than ideal surface conditions.
July 9, 2012