The place that I’ll be using it most immediately is to clear out a camper site that’s overgrown with saplings, blackberry, and multiflora rose. Honestly I could probably do the job with a machete in a couple hours, I just like power equipment and I like overkill haha. We also have other property with quite a few acres of old unmaintained fields with lots of autumn olive and multiflora rose. Ideally, if we ever get around to clearing them I’m hoping we can get most of it brushhogged, but I’d like to be able to clear out some of it myself if I have to. I figure with the airecut, shredder, and maxi/renegade, I should be set for grass, scrubby stuff, and woody stuff with a quick blade swap. The main reason I got the Echo was I found it for $420 new w/warranty vs. the Stihl which was well used with an unknown history. Despite the weight it does seem to balance and fit me a little better than the Stihl did too.From what you put as the target vegetation and your location I suspect you will encounter autumn olive or russian olive. It will really only take a season or so and it needs cut out to use some sort of shredding or chopping blade. At least that is what I have discovered.
I could have bought one of Echo SMR410u instead of my second Honda 35cc one. Stihl store fronts/dealerships seem really opinionated when I ask about a brush cutter with a larger tube than is on display. Only fools would spend $900. I got a 20mm bore wood blade at one place for $10 since no one seems to use that size. I had a 34cc Husky that used that before I had to get a new gearbox. Gearbox would have cost half if it was just one size smaller machine.
Better get busy fast if you want to leave some species. The autumn olive and wild rose have leaves first. Cold weather clothing helps lots for this sort of activity.
I agree with you. He must be careful.Just be careful when choosing a shredder blade. The lighter thinner profile Windsor worked well on my fs250r. The much wider and heavier Oregon shedder blade was too much for the head and broke it, damaging the tube and bending the solid shaft. For blackberries,the shredder blades beat all of the other types, and by a lot. For everything else, I use string or tri-blades hand sharpened.