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#3290044 - 07/13/13 12:20 AM Worth the money?
Bayou Buck
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I am thinking of purchasing a Stihl brush cutter. Its the Stihl fs 560 model. It looks like it would be great for cutting trails and clearing small trees. The only thing is they are pricey. Anyone ever see one of these in action?
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#3290047 - 07/13/13 12:52 AM Re: Worth the money? [Re: Bayou Buck]
dh1984
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Yes I have and they do good work until you get in to a bind then that'w when they get really pricey when you have to change the inter shaft. But ither then that they are good for weeds and small sapplings. But if you want to cut anything other then that you might want to get something different.

Sorry for the crappy spelling I don't have spell check on my phone yet.
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#3290116 - 07/13/13 07:49 AM Re: Worth the money? [Re: dh1984]
treefarmer
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I have a brush cutter (Husqvarna) and have used it a lot for 15 years. I used it to open about 2 miles of trails through the woods. I also used it to maintain three 1/2 - 3/4 acre meadows since I don't own a tractor. They work great but I realized I couldn't spend a couple days a year doing this as I got older. I started using herbicide to kill the recurring brush. I have a 1/2 acre wild meadow that I brush cut half of each year because I want young brush to come back.
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#3290218 - 07/13/13 09:51 AM Re: Worth the money? [Re: treefarmer]
Boll Weevil
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BB,

I have the 560 and it has absolutely exceeded expectations. With a sharp blade, all you have to do is basically touch the sapling...done. Thinning, spacing, clearing is a big part of the management plan on my place and this has proven to be a large part of tackling the job. With 2-3 men on saws and someone on "The Zinger" as we call it, it's amazing how precisely, efficiently, and quickly you can roll through an area.

Worth the money in my opinion; been very pleased.

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#3290608 - 07/13/13 08:23 PM Re: Worth the money? [Re: Boll Weevil]
Jarred525
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 Originally Posted By: Boll Weevil
BB,

I have the 560 and it has absolutely exceeded expectations. With a sharp blade, all you have to do is basically touch the sapling...done. Thinning, spacing, clearing is a big part of the management plan on my place and this has proven to be a large part of tackling the job. With 2-3 men on saws and someone on "The Zinger" as we call it, it's amazing how precisely, efficiently, and quickly you can roll through an area.

Worth the money in my opinion; been very pleased.


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#3290916 - 07/14/13 09:05 AM Re: Worth the money? [Re: Jarred525]
Bayou Buck
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Thanks guys.
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#3291588 - 07/14/13 10:43 PM Re: Worth the money? [Re: Bayou Buck]
pass-thru
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Stihls have an interchangeable gear box....I have a weedeater, not sure which model, but I have the blade, the weedeater and also pruning head for it. I can also put the chainsaw head from the telescopic chainsaw on there....or I can put the pruner on the telescopic shaft. I use my stihl's constantly. That said, I rarely use the blade. It's just as easy to use loppers or a chain saw.
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#3297992 - 07/21/13 07:22 PM Re: Worth the money? [Re: treefarmer]
Boone 58
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I have a 323 with brush head and I use it with other things.....works pretty good!
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#3298224 - 07/22/13 03:16 AM Re: Worth the money? [Re: Boone 58]
deerhunter10
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Can't beat a stihl!
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#3301334 - 07/24/13 10:08 PM Re: Worth the money? [Re: deerhunter10]
chero
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Take a look at the "Beaver Blade" for a brush cutter. Just be careful not to hit a rock.
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