Brushcutter (garden tool)

Two brushcutters both with straight shafts and D handles and fitted with fixed line trimmer heads. The blue one is a cordless unit fitted with a two line head. The red one is a four-stroke unit fitted with a single line head.

A brushcutter is a powered garden or agricultural tool used to trim weeds and other foilage not accessible by a lawn mower or slasher.

It consists of:

Power units

There are three main types of power unit:


There are three types of shaft:

There is a handle, closer to the power unit than the head, which varies from a D handle (with the other hand holding the shaft) on the lighter models to a set of handlebars on the heaviest. A shoulder strap is common in addition; Its use is optional on lighter models.

Handlebar style brushcutter
Two brushcutter blades, and a bump feed line trimmer head
Bump feed head, brushcutter blade, and chain flail attachment

Cutting head

The basic brushcutter head is a steel blade with from two to six cutting edges. Most brushcutters also allow other heads to be fitted, including bump feed and fixed line heads similar to those used on line trimmers, and plastic or metal flails that sit midway between the blade (for the heaviest cutting) and the line trimmer (for the lightest work).

Following a fatality in the UK, all flail heads are now banned in the EU. [1][2]


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