Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 27
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jo I love my Slasher
The brush mower is awesome! I'm so proud of him (his name is "Slasher.") My husband will be helping me with his use but Slasher does have his work cut out for him.
July 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KAP Top of the line product
Received the Brush-Beast mower via Estes Trucking company who delivered it using 30 ft long Trk with lift-gate. Product came mounted on fork-lift pallet with plastic visqueen wrapped around mower. Package with Operator and Engine manuals were included, however, the engine manual is for different engine not the 22 Hp Subaru. But I down-loaded the actual engine parts manual (.pdf) via internet.
I immediately cut-open the plastic shipping wrap to inspect the mower for shipping damage and there was none. Then signed the delivery invoice so the driver could leave. I cut the tie-downs which secured this monster mower to the shipping pallet and removed all the plastic-visqueen.
After giving the entire machine a good eye-ball once-over, I realized that the mower was delivered just as Home Depot described, completed assembled. Then I added gas, checked the oil level and inserted the ignition key, turned it and it fired right up without even using the choke...real smooth sounding powerful engine.
That powerful Subaru engine pur's real pretty, sound great. I increased the thrautle-lever slowly to the max position, and realized that this Subaru engine doesn't make a lot of noise like those Briggs & Stratton jobbies, but I could feel the power mustering-up so then I thought, lets move it over to my 5 acre brush-line to give it a try.
I released the parking-break and drove it across to the other side of the driveway and then engaged the blade activation lever and entered that 5-6 ft tall under-growth of heavy brush and mini-tree like growth to find out what this baby can do. It cut a path 36 inches wide swath with no problem at all. I couldn't even hear the engine bog under pressure. Those double free-wheeling 1/2" thick dual steel blades are a fantastic concept in mowing.
Another thing I did noticed is that those tires will "dig-in" in soft dirt if your cutting real thick and heavy tall undergrowth. I found out the trick is if you are somewhere that has soft-loose-like dirt you'll want to take your time forward and reverse (in/out) cutting that first swipe and then overlap the width on the next pass adjacent to the first swipe. This situation only happened in soft sand-like dirt on terrain that had previously been dug-up over the years. I believe that the heavy weight of the machine coupled with its powerful engine is the reason for that.
Also, when engaging the manual parking-break lever you might have to move the machine a few inches forward or backwards to lock-in because of the rubber-caugs on the tires, which should not be any biggie 99% of the time.
Another feature I like is the forward and reverse drive system with the controls on the handle bars so the driver/operator can concentrate on other issues. You do not have to stop the machine to change gears with a lever like other commercial brush cutter machines.
I love this machine, it's a joy to operate and own.
July 22, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by royalbounty It's A Beast Alright
This unit is built quite sturdy but could use a few engineering improvements. One is that the belt tensioning problem that so many have expressed concern about should be designed so as to not require so much attention. I'm always super careful when engaging the mower deck and, even at that, have had the belt jump off a few times. Another problem I experienced was with one of the belts on the hydrostatic drive. A branch somehow got up in there and not only dislodged the belt but broke the cooling fan associated with the drive. The unit was still under warranty though and everything was repaired timely and very satisfactorily. Regarding performance, this unit does everything it is advertised to do. Takes down and easily mulches heavy growth. I've used it to easily clear out some well-established sage on my property. Presently I'm also experiencing problem with one of the safety switches that must be held down by the operator to keep the unit running when the deck is engaged. I'm rating this unit 4 stars overall but would be glad to bump that to 5 if the manufacturer would clear up some of these glitches.
May 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Coyote Really comes in handy
I had never bought a brush mower before. Property I bought had weeds several feet tall and stems that were big around. Lawn mower would've been damaged. Bought the Brush Beast. It did a wonderful job knocking down the weeds to a mowable level. Continues to help keep the weeds in check. I would recommend this product.
May 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tinman What a Beast
This brush mower is a beast. It's not the fastest mower but it chews up anything it can ride down. Great for area that has been overgrown with sapling. This product does exactly what it states it will do. The 22HP engine has more than enough power to do the job. Well worth the price.
May 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MPD Highly recommend
Best on the market. would highly recommend. Product does everything it says it does. Very satisfied with the mower. Gets big jobs done fast.
May 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HP10 Brush Beast
I purchased a Brush Beast mower late last year and, with over 60 hours on the time meter now, am thoroughly satisfied with the machine's performance. The Beast cuts through briars and brambles quite nicely, and takes out most of the back, leg, and arm work required when clearing significantly overgrown areas. The 22-hp engine has never bogged down, and the heavy blades cut through sapplings with ease. Traction does suffer a bit when bumping up against tall brush in sandy soil, which sometimes necessitates slight changes in the direction of approach, but I've never gotten the machine into a position from which it couldn't pull itself out.
July 14, 2010
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