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Discussion in 'Hand Held Equipment and Tools' started by abs111999, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. abs111999

    abs111999 ArboristSite Operative

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    Whats a good model of trimmer for 90% hard use with carbide circular blade for cutting sagebrush and similar crappy
    use?? Probably a commercial model...will get hard use.
     
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    cant find that on sale
    what about something less than 400 with a circular blade...
    I see the Renegade Blade...good reviews...it fits on the Stihl 130/131 and many others...
    its a fully round blade.... I dont want that triangle type..
     
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    You'll get what you pay for... yes, there are $400 saws that you can put a circular blade on, but it won't cut more than an inch consistently.

    It is more at entreprenadbutiken than when I posted early in the year, but still a lot less than anywhere in the States that I found it (didn't find it for less than $1299...)
     
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    I’ve had good luck with the Shindaiwa C350 and C45 brushcutters. They handle a blade well. I purchased used for less than $200.
    Often homeowners with pro equipment don’t put many hours on them and they are in very good shape, much cheaper than new.


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    I have used a still fs 90 or 95 for years with a circular blade, cuts down 1 inch saplings with a couple of chops, and the blade is re-sharpenable I think I got it from the dealer as well.
     
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    Stihl 131 will handle it pretty well, I've got a shindy c344 that works great as well. Mine with a carbide blade takes just about anything up to 4" without too much fuss
     
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    I have a carbide blade on my FS250 and it does a fine job on small brush.
    Don't think I'd use on on a smaller trimmer, but whatever you purchase bicycle bars are a must.
     
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    Back to the 555FX - the harness that thing comes with is pretty sweet. Very easy to use the tool all day.

    Oh...and it doesn't slow down for 1" stuff - right through like there was nothing there.

    Just depends on what you need to cut and how often you are going to use it. I justified buying mine because I had a contract to get rid of 5 acres of invasive shrubs. Saved LOTS of time there.
     
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    How well do the stihl and echo multi tools handle brush blades?

    I need to control invasives: multiflora rose, barberry, buckthorn. Not much thick stuff, I'll use a chainsaw with crappy chain for that.

    I'm looking at multi tools as would also like/need a pole saw attachment, and use the brush cutter head with a string trimmer
     
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    http://www.airecut.com/products

    The tri wing blade is what you want for that kind of stuff, it'll handle anything under 1/2" and won't clog up if you get into grassy stuff.
     
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    Do they have USA distributors?
     
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    I’ve purchased them off eBay. Over the years I’ve used quite a few different blades and the Aire cut is my favorite. Very seldom gets tangled as long as you keep the rpms up. One word of advice, as designed they blow stuff into the air so wear a face shield. I wear safety glasses as well. Stings to catch a hard chunk in the face.


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    I’ve got a stihl fs110r and have settled on forester blades for my brushwork. The 9” carbide chipped quickly if I hit rocks or wire (fenceline clearing) but otherwise stayed sharp better than the steel toothed versions. Downside other than chipping was it required a diamond file to sharpen. I’ve gone back to the plain steel version. They have chainsaw style teeth so little learning curve to keep them sharp. With the 9” blades I can zip thru a 1” sapling like nothing and up to 3” goes pretty quickly. In fairness if I’d realized I’d do this much bladework I’d have gone for a fs250’class trimmer.
     

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