Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 11
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Kadera Heavy cutter for heavy brush
We needed a brush cutter that was a step up from the usual suburban-grade string trimmers most folks use. We're out in the country where, if it's been a good year for rain, the local wild flora goes nuts. Sweet clover over our heads, wild sunflower, vines, weeds -- you name it. And the occasional tree sapling growing where it shouldn't.
The Echo straight shaft 28.1cc cutter was just what we needed, although right from the beginning, we bought a blade and put that on instead of the included string spool. (Fortunately, this particular model came with the blade kit, but you do have to buy the blade itself separately. We got the 3-blade mower-type blade, but are about to switch to a circular one.)
Once properly set, it's easy to spend a couple hours just swinging it back and forth to take down the overgrowth. However, I do have to recommend getting the four point harness for this thing, as the shoulder strap is fine for about an hour of cutting, then it starts to bite. On the other hand, for someone as short as I am, I'm having a bit of trouble getting the trimmer to be positioned high enough on my hip. I might need to make some further adjustments.
The other problem we had was the instructions for starting the first time seemed somewhat contradictory -- and led to me badly flooding the motor, so that it just wouldn't start. Just pump the carburetor bulb like 3 times max and pull with the choke wide open. If it doesn't start, what they say is to close the choke and keep pulling. But if that doesn't work, you're supposed to start over and reprime the carb. Anyway, luckily, once I figured out the trick, it usually does start now on the first 3-6 pulls, although often it's after I've switched to "closed choke" -- then when it kicks over, I have to re-open the choke for a few seconds to keep it going.
My top reason for deducting those ratings on 'Ease of Use' is this: The motor is already somewhat problematic for starting, requiring a bit of coordination. Then they add the fact you have to hold down the handle throttle at the same time you're pulling the starter cord. And holding the whole thing down, but not kneeling on it too hard lest you damage the shaft. Well, that's one too many things to have to do. Anyway, I see this as a design flaw. Meantime, I'll probably find a way to rig up a large rubber band to hold the throttle while I'm starting the motor.
However, that all said, once it's started (which, if you do it right, isn't that hard) and get it settled on the harness, be prepared to become a brush cutting machine. I cleared unbelievable amounts of overgrowth quickly and easily.
Further advice: If you're cutting serious brush, a pair of safety goggles/glasses alone isn't enough. Get one of those full-on face guards like they sell for chainsawing. I also HIGHLY recommend serious ear protection because the motor is loud.
August 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by gramma10 Great Start
We bought this Echo trimmer/brush cutter recently. My husband loved it before he got it out of the box because we have a lot of brush on the periphery of the yard that needs attending. i was skeptical as I do most of the yard upkeep and am very short, have arthritic knees and an old chest injury so, most yard tools don't fit me well or are difficult to manage. This machine is easy to start, if you follow the clear directions provided. I trimmed for about an hour the first time out and, while getting the machine balanced for the operator is a two man operation, once done, the harness really helps ease the physical stress on the operator. I am a 57 year old woman with physical limitations and i would recommend this to others. We will, however, buy the harness shown on-line as the one that came with it is difficult to adjust and not well made.
July 5, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Jack Plenty of power!!
The best string trimmer I have ever owned. I have not tried it as a brush cutter ,but I am sure it will be a good tool for that too!
May 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mtnview This cutter is great
This brush cutter does a great job taking out anything in its path. It has cranked every time with minimum effort. The 4 point harness is a must with this beast. I like the fact it can be used with blades as well as string. The engine runs smooth with Echo oil and ethanol free gas. Its well balanced for the size and easy to maneuver. I wish I had bought one years ago.
October 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Francene 17in. gas straight-shaft Brush cutter
This is an awsome piece of equipment. Iam very satisfied
in the way it handles and its very light yet durable.
September 8, 2011