Rated 1.9 out of 5 by 16
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Waterboy The Belt Thrower
I made the mistake of purchasing one of these in spite of the reviews noting how these thing throw belts. Even called Home Depot to see if this problem had been solved and they indicated it had been. While the machine is great when it is operational, that is almost never.
The manufacture is not responsive, delays, and is nearly impossible to work with. Fortunately, Home Depot did ultimately assist me in getting a refund.
This is really a good idea that was not executed very well. I really needed a machine like this; but this version is a very bad mistake
October 16, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by FarmClear Used 7 hours
When it was working it was amazing. It was fully assembled. It turned underbrush into mulch. It would throw off the cutting deck belt ever 20-30 minutes of use (not just when engaging the blade). When the ground was wet or soft even small trees < 2” would get caught on the transmissions due to poor ground clearance. Seven hours into using it one of the transmissions locked up and only worked in reverse. I returned it and got a full refund. Had the transmission not have failed I would have put oversized tires on it and lowered the front deck.
September 28, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by coiler needs some improvement
Bought mower to clear brush areas that the rotary cutter could not get to.
Pros: Strong engine, If material to be cut enters the mower deck area it does a great job. No bogging down. Dual hydrostatic drives allow maneuvering without alot of muscle power although this is still a big heavy machine. Fairly quiet.
Cons: Needs bigger tires. Traction is suboptimal when trying to mow over densely packed brush. Mower belt will not stay on pulley despite replacing belt and retaining clip. Hard to replace in the field as access to pulley is below muffler which stays hot and drive pulley is below motor which is nearly closed in by support structures.
December 27, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JAHS Very Poor product
returned to Home Depot (Thank-You Home Depot!) after 11.0 hours of run time. The *only* good thing about this mower is that it can really destroy a small tree. The problem is that you don't get much chance to actually *use* the mower. The belt came off almost every time the blade was disengaged, and you have to risk serious burn from the exhaust to try to put the belt back on. The mower was constantly getting stuck due to the rigid design, heavy weight, and the lack of traction control. The forward/reverse controls became a problem after only a few hours of use. No clearance. Bad customer support. Bad manual.
October 4, 2011
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 1.0 out of 5.0 by brushhog Prroduct is a great idea that is poorly executed
I have used the mower for 2 hours and the mower deck drive belt has come off 5 times. The last time, the belt retainers on both tension pulleys bent. I have talked to GXI customer service and they don't have a solution. I have talked to Home Depot customer service and they gave me 90 days to return the product. So when the weather warms up, I'll be taking it back to Home Depot.
January 25, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Fieldmower Needed adjustment out of the crate
Battery needed to be replaced upon arrival. Forward and reverse contol needed adjustment. Dropped belt in first hour of operation. Debris gard on front torn and ripped in first minutes of operation. That being said if you are cutting high grass and small trees it is truly a great machine. It does blow through the heavy stuff but it will give you a workout.
November 19, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by arma Great when it works
The Brush Beast is a heavy powerful machine that has the abitlity to get the job done. However, God forbid that it ever needs parts or maintenance. The belt falls of frequently and one must wait for the muffler to cool of to avoid getting a serious burn. The muffler should be moved. Still with the belt ordering a replacement belt will take weeks rather than days. Worst yet. If you need major parts like a wire harness or replacement hydpr pin.
The wire harness arrived after four weeks of calling and aggrevation only to find out it was made the wrong harness. They claim it is the correct model but the connectors were the wrong type. I'm still waiting.
Another unfortunate fault is the poor service center. Most have never seen the machine nor they have any parts available to service them.
I would give the machine much better rating if the techniccal support and parts were more readily available because when it is working. It does a great job
November 12, 2013