Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 35
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 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
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JDav Great for heavily overgrown lots
We are clearing a couple of acres with the mower that is heavily overgrown with thickets and small saplings. The mower takes a little getting use to (very heavy) and you have to learn how to move it threw the underbrush and heavy thickets. It has bogged down a couple of times in heavier composted areas and I feel bigger tires with more grip could be an improvement. We've only had two issues with the unit, one being a pin set came out so we replaced it with a better built pin and one of the bolts to the control handle vibrated loose so we replace it with a better bolt and nut. I have had no other issues with the mower. It is a great product.
December 28, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Maxwell Seems like a great value; time will tell...
Compared price & spec's versus competitors, this was the best value "on paper." Ordering and shipping went very smoothly. Obviously a Chinese import but quality seems fine. The thing really is a monster- worked great for 6h then a belt broke. GXI was reasonable about sending replacements. I agree with other comments I read about not-great traction, but am still very satisfied with its capability. There's no provision to change the hydro fluid, so I wonder how long those X-missions will last. But as they say: "so far, so good."
July 17, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RogerDodger Best unit i have used yet, but still not perfect
This thing really does well for 90 % of what i need, which is mowing high grass and weeds on 7 acres of woods and brush. the hydrostatic transmission is awesome in the dense brush and trees as there is no stopping to shift in and out of different gears, particularly reverse. just a toggle of the hand control. However, the hand controls do get very tiring on the thumb and wrist, and after a full day of running the unit your hands will know they had a long day. But i have to say, it does most of what was expected. I have used three other brands (borrowed or as rentals) and none were as good as this unit on any aspect of the duty.
One big drawback is the tires don't have much traction. Lots of power, and if you can get something into the blade it will cut it (stumps, water lines, fencing, etc). But the tires lack the traction to push over anything much bigger than an inch diameter. Also, if the tires start to spin for any reason, be prepared to back up and start over. once they break traction, that line of cut is over. also gets stuck on wet ground, and if it is boggy, you better be a big fella if you dont have a chain and come-a-long handy.
When you get the unit, buy extra belts before you even take it out to use it. order kevlar belts from a reputable dealer, they are 1/3 the price of the belts from the manufacturer and out last them by a couple 100 percent. Also, decrease the engine speed before disengaging the belt. otherwise, it will likely slip off. if it does come off, and it will, it is relatively easy to slip it back on if you have on gloves and a long sleeve shirt. it is definitely hot around the engine pully.
also, get an extra fuel pump if you are mowing in heavy brush. the pump is exposed to backlash from the brush, and i have broken one already. it is $30 from any lawnmower shop, pretty common item. the unit will run without a pump but it does seem to lose a little power.
Make sure you take the time to optimize your transmissions and get them as balanced as possible. mine were off badly from the factory, almost to the point i sent it back. but it gives directions in the manual on the balance. it is worth the effort. when this unit is set up correctly, it is a pleasure to operate. Kinda pricy, but so far it is worth it.
March 29, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by treefarmer An Aptly Named Machine
I bought this machine as my DR Field & Brush mower spends too much time in the shop. I use it to cut overgrown areas on my farm that I can't get into with my tractor, areas that have 1-to-3 year old stands of youpon, wax myrtle and other assorted brush and trees. First off, this machine is powerful - unless you really NEED something of this power go with a lighter mower. The steering is problematic unless you've driven a traced machine that relies on relative wheel speed to steer until you get used to it. It will get you into situations you'll have the dickens of a time getting out of, especially on softish and/or uneven ground. As the speed's controlled by the amount of pressure you put on the levers controlled, in forward motion, by your thumbs you can expect some surprises when when you hit a bump until you're used to the system. The tires are more turf than Ag style and will dig the machine into soft or loamy dirt in a heartbeat. As it weighs some 600 pounds don't expect to lift it out by yourself - be prepared to do some pulling with your ATV or tractor. The special tool needed to disengage the transmissions is located under the rear of the machine, heck of a place to store a tool you need to disengage the tranny so you can pull a dug-in machine out. I relocated mine to the handle and will relocate to deck. As forward and reverse speeds are basically controlled by your fingers as you hold on to the handle bar AND depress the operator presence levers - I recommend gloves as you'll have blisters on your hands after a short time mowing. Best gloves I've found are the bulk thin cotton ones with the red/orange rubber palms at Home Depot - cheap, effective and you retain a lot of 'feel' you'd lose with thicker gloves. I'm also looking at having some lifting tabs welded onto the deck and main body when the warranty runs out so that I can vertically remove it with my tractor when it digs in. The deck is about ten times thicker than my DR and by using the wheels in opposition it will turn on its own 'axle'. It's longer than my DR but turns far better.
It has replaced my DR in all but light mowing or mowing in areas where I don't want to accidentally get dragged over the edge of a riverbank. I wouldn't trade the Beast for six other mowers, next to my big tractors and Brush Hog it's the best mower I have BUT if your mowing doesn't require a BEAST (and it is one) stick with something less Beast-ish; however, if you need a machine that will mow through areas that stop my Honda Rancher ATV dead in its tracks, get the Beast.
October 12, 2013