Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 35
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hpiguy Plenty Powerful, Comfortable Use with Extended Handle and Shoulder Strap, Easy Blade Change.
The big blue weed and brush wacking tool!
This extreme duty weed wacker/ brush cutter combo continues the extensive line of quality outdoor gas powered tools from Blue Max.
Assembly goes fairly smoothly and the manual, while occasionally lacking in clear wording to describe the step, is done well enough that anyone can follow the illustrations and get it put together in under 30 minutes. Every tool you'll need to assemble and maintain the trimmer combo is included.
All attachment points of the tool and the shaft, handles are made of metal and feel robust. It is a good amount heavier than a regular sized trimmer, but the included shoulder strap and ergo handle means you'll barely feel it.
Starting the large 42.6cc two stroke engine is quite simple. First you'll need to mix quality two stroke oil (not included) and regular gasoline in a 40:1 ratio before filling the extra large fuel tank. Blue Max includes a nice mixing container for getting the fuel/oil mix perfect. This is a great addition and I'm glad they put it in the box. It will come in very handy for any tool that uses premix fuel.
Set your choke, prime the engine, turn the ignition switch on and give the starter cord a strong quick pull. It pops off pretty easy and settles into a smooth idle once it warms up. It's around the same volume as any other engine of it's size. It is louder than the smaller 23cc models out there, and you'd expect that being nearly twice the displacement size. The exhaust exists the back of the trimmer, away from you, so it doesn't scream in your ear.
Once started and warmed up, lift the trimmer, put the shoulder strap on and get ready for some trimming.
The engine is plenty powerful and never stalled or stopped running even when cutting old lilac plants that had come up away from the main bush. The stems were about a half inch thick. Slowly move the blade into the wood and it cuts right through.
String trimming is straight forward, it works as well as any string trimmer and the head has the same bump feed method of advancing string as many others do.
Both the brush cutting blade and trimmer string are easily and quickly replaceable and can be found at Home Depot.
Run time is phenomenal. With the huge fuel tank it just keeps going. You'll get tired and want to take a break before you run out of fuel.
Comfort is tops with the included shoulder strap and ergo throttle handle. It gives you complete control of the trimmer no matter what angle or surface you are using it on. The handle and strap are infinitely adjustable with the included tools and will fit any size user, even us big guys. Your arms and hands get a nice break from the normal type trimmers that have no strap and ergo handle. I feel the control is very precise with this handle design. You can really get in close and trim cleanly.
The tool shaft separates from the powerhead without issue for small space storage. The manual and the website say that this trimmer is attachment capable, and since the power head detaches it is, but I couldn't find any attachments that fit from my other tools. I own every attachment available for other brand trimmers, none fit, they have a different attachment method. I couldn't find any Blue Max brand attachments on the market.
This has so far been a quality power tool. I love the comfort of the handle/throttle design and the shoulder strap. It takes the entire weight of the trimmer off your hands. All tool functions are at your finger tip on the throttle stem. Tool head changes are fast and easy, you can go from string trimmer to brush trimmer in about two minutes.
I recommend this to anyone that has a lot of yard trimming to do. This is great on larger yards with long fence lines or numerous buildings and it can handle most types of brush you want to hack down. It would great for clearing paths filled with thick weeds.
Heavy duty feel to the tool. Mostly metal construction.
Huge engine, never lacks for power.
Large fuel tank, feels like it runs forever.
Switchable from trimmer to brush cutter in a couple minutes.
Shoulder strap and ergo handle give comfort and complete control.
All tools needed are included.
Tool head removes for compact storage.
Attachment capable, but can't find any that fit currently.
Heavier than average trimmer, make sure to use the strap.
Instructions could be clarified in spots.
February 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fireant911 Rugged and Inexpensive Brush Cutter
I wanted to wait until I had the opportunity to have some adequate run time with the BlueMax brush cutter prior to evaluating this tool. We just recently purchased 24 acres that had previously had the timber removed about eight years ago – this means that we haves lots of saplings and briars/brambles. I looked at several other makes/models of brush cutters and found all the others to be exorbitantly expensive/cost-prohibitive for my ‘experiment’. Please note that this brush cutter, or any other brush cutter for that matter, should be able to adequately cut the saplings and briars; however, attempting to clear out ACRES is simply not practical. So far, I have owned it for two weeks and had three run days and my initial experiences follow.
Assembly instructions are… somewhat challenging. The required assembly is not at all complicated but the instructions themselves are certainly not the clearest. Luckily, the Blue Max box has a very good picture of the assembled brush cutter and this was referenced during the more ‘questionable’ aspects of assembly. Starting instructions are equally confusing. I only figured out the operation of the choke AFTER the unit was running (my reading/interpretation is that the instructions are backwards). One other note in regards to starting – be totally aware of your hand posture when starting the unit as I ripped a finger nail on the ill-located choke lever.
My initial outing was with the brush cutting blade that came with the Blue Max. This three-bladed cutter chopped the briars down with ease and seemed to cut through small saplings (½” diameter) satisfactorily. One problem that I noticed within my first 10 minutes of usage is that the plastic blade guard had already cracked. Possibly, I, as the operator, am responsible for this breakage but the brush cutter was not forced or abused in any fashion that should have caused this???
The unit is not what I would consider heavy… nor is it lightweight. You will break a sweat as the operation itself is quite physical in nature. I have made numerous readjustment attempts to the positioning of the handles and to the shoulder strap in order to find that optimal position – and I am getting closer to finding that sweet spot. Vibration is present but minimal. The engine is not overly loud but hearing protection, as well as eye protection, should be worn. I would also recommend procuring a canvas bag for the tools that come with the unit and carrying these tools to wherever the unit is in operation. I had to tighten a few of the screws and nuts in the field several times.
The spark plug wire came off several times during my first usage. Also, the engine kill toggle on the handlebars was inadvertently switched off numerous times. Both of these event types can be attributed to the abundance to branches in the areas that I was clearing. Modifying my posture reduced the frequency of these occurring but did not eliminate them altogether.
Because of the undesirable effects associated with Ethanol-blended fuel on two-stroke engines, I purchased some of the ‘boutique fuel’ from the hardware store (40:1). This is way, way more expensive than pump prices but I do not want to have a repeat of the problems that I have with my weed-eater and chain saw. I was surprised by the amount of run time that I achieved on a tank of gas.
I investigated and later purchased two carbide blades for brush cutting from Amazon. I opted for a nine inch diameter blade - one blade had a total of 40 teeth (supposed to be for use on briars) and another blade that had 100 teeth (intended for use on saplings). I installed the 40-tooth blade on my second outing and was EXTREMELY surprised at how well it cut both briars and saplings. With this blade installed, cutting through 1-1/2” diameter saplings was effortless! Of course, you must keep the blade out of the dirt and away from rocks or the blade would be rendered useless in a relatively short time. Cutting through four diameter trees can be done but takes a bit longer. The same blade was used on my third trip and it still cuts great. If anything more than briars are to be cut, I would strongly suggest the purchase of carbide-tipped blades!
In conclusion, I am pleasantly surprised and pleased by the performance of this inexpensively-priced brush cutter. The engine starts easily and runs very well and strong (42cc is much larger than the other brush cutter models that I came across). Unfortunately, I cannot speak of the longevity of this unit because my ownership is just two weeks – but so far, after several hours of operation, it has exceeded my expectations and I would recommend the purchase of the Blue Max brush cutter to others.
March 11, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by diyrehab Heavy Duty
I have only used the weed eater for a few minutes but it did not lug down with tall weeds. The heavy gauge twine does not snap off like other line.
Mobility is the main issue. You can not use it like a smaller weed eater. Cutting around a post requires the operator to move like a planet. It is designed to sweep from side to side ie cutting a path. Trimming long straightaways is the best use. Trimming drainage ditches is a challenge. Following a slope will require some skill building!
I would not recommend this for a average or smaller person. It is harder to start and is heavier. It requires much strength and stamina to use.
November 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by astonman Built to Work
This Blue Max Trimmer/Bush Cutter combo is a complete package. Everything you need to assemble, use, and almost service this trimmer is included except the gas and oil. You get the trimmer head with string, a support strap, a brush cutter blade, a small jug to mix the gas and oil, and a number of tools. Assembly took me about 10 minutes. I referenced the picture on the box more than the instructions which were a little lacking. The trimmer is heavier than most so the strap is a must in my opinion. The one provided is sufficient but a more padded strap would be nice. Start up was quick and easy. This trimmer is loud but at 42.6 cc that's to be expected. It took me a moment to get use to the handles but once I did it actually feels better than a regular trimmer. I have a greenbelt behind my home that the HOA keeps cut but in the summer it tends to get a little tall at times. It's too much for my regular trimmer but I gave this Blue Max trimmer a try. Most of the grass was dead but it tore through it with ease. While I can't speak about longevity, I looked at similar trimmer/brush cutters and this one appears to be an excellent value.
February 28, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by James Very good product. I am glad i caught it on sale
This weedeater was very easy to assemble. It is a good buy for the price and a very goo vale. I have used it and it is an awsome machine. I love it.
May 15, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Beardly Heavy Duty
This thing certainly has done the job so far, I started out using the line trimmer head, and had a hard time finding the right angle to trim precisely due to awkward handlebar positioning, a sling that leaves something to be desired, and relatively hefty weight, but with some adjustments you'll get the hang of it. The engine seems to vibrate and run a bit rough at low rpms, so I attempted carb adjustments, only to find none (capped off). Also, the centrifugal clutch seems to engage at somewhat of a high rpm, but once you get the brushcutting blade on this thing and get comfortable with it, you realize what it's built for... don't be afraid to wind it up and control it, and you'll find it works like plowhorse... it's no joke. I figure that even if I blow the engine after a year's good use, it will have paid for itself. Oddly bent bars still don't make much sense, the choke is open in the "on" position", and the blade needs sharpening right outta the box, but it does exactly what I needed it for on my wooded acreage... fairly cheaply.
May 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Darin115 Works great but was missing parts.
It came in a very timely manor. Was missing 2 parts. Had to purchase a different head from Lowes so I could use it for brush cutting until the parts came in. It took 2 weeks exactly to get the missing parts.
Worked great. No complaints. You do need to go and check all of the bolts to make sure they are tight. The handle bolts worked loose after about 2 hours of use.
Cranks on the first pull. The exhaust glowed red after 30 minutes of use. The brush cutter head has little resistance causing the motor to run at high speeds. With the trimmer line head it does not heat up as bad.
It is very good on fuel. I have yet to run a full tank of fuel out of it in the 2 hours of on and off use. Great product for the money. Has plenty of power.
February 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tommyJ good machine with plenty of power
easy to put together. a bit heavy but can be balanced nicely by adjusting trigger mechanism and strap. haven't gotten back to company, but as I was easily running thru long heavy grass and light brush, the plastic guard released as the bolts (still snug) passed through the pre-drilled holes allo
wing the brush blade to cut a slice out of it. Probably can be taken care of with a washer on both sides of the guard for each bolt.
The machine easily out performed my previous brush cutter and made short work of the job. I am hoping that by using premium gas and synthetic oil the trimmer will hold its power for a long time to come.
October 7, 2014