When we look back at our older posts, such as the one about digging holes for the container footings, it’s amazing to see how green our yard is now in comparison to when we moved onto the property. A few months of rain and we have grass and weeds growing up to our knees! We decided we had to do something about this lush foliage. A petrol powered brush cutter was our solution to the problem.
Why We Need a Brush Cutter
We decided that there is no point in doing any landscaping at the moment as the building work will likely damage anything we might accomplish. However, we have to do something! Tick season is about to begin and the yard is becoming a little dangerous to walk around in. The ground is not even, we have dug several holes, and we worry someone might hurt themselves in the long grass. A lawnmower isn’t an option either. The ground is full of rocks as well as being uneven and permanently wet from rain and dew.
A brush cutter is the bigger version of an edge trimmer (aka weed eater). These are the ones that you will see municipal workers using on the sides of roads and highways, where a tractor cannot be used. The smaller edge trimmers are great for grass, but our yard is full of weeds, some of which have grown quite strong and tough over the last few months.
Adendorff’s 68cc Petrol Brush Cutter
Kevin and Louis were really excited when we were finally able to purchase a 68cc petrol brush cutter from Adendorff Tool & Machinery Mart. I must admit, I’m quite impressed with the beast too.
It comes with both a blade and a wire cartridge. You can change the cutting mechanism depending on what you wish to cut. As our weeds have grown quite tough, we have been using the blade. Believe me, those plants stand no chance against the brush cutter.
The handles are fully adjustable so you can move them to where you find them most comfortable, as is the harness
The brush cutter came with a set of accessories including the tools required for changing the blade/cartridge and adjusting the handles, safety glasses and gloves. The best bit? A handy zip pouch to keep all the bits and pieces in so that they do not get lost.
Using the Brush Cutter
The brush cutter is easy to use. Kevin has noted that the strap and handle adjustment makes all the difference when using the machine. Before you use yours, make sure that it is adjusted correctly for you.
It also has an excellent safety feature. The brush cutter has a pull start but the blade does not turn until you use the throttle. Therefore, you can power up the cutter and safely use the harness to hang the machine over your shoulder. From there you can use the throttle to engage the centrifugal (automatic) clutch, which will start the blade or cartridge spinning. This is also nice if you need to walk to a different area – the engine will idle and the blade won’t spin until you are ready to cut again.
It didn’t take Kevin long at all to get the hang of using the machine. Kevin and Louis took turns cutting the grass, while Gwen and I took turns raking up the resultant salad.
About Adendorff Tool & Machinery Mart
Adendorff Tool and Machinery Mart sell a variety of tools for all sorts of purposes, from engineering to household use. They have a huge range and their prices are reasonable. They have several branches located around South Africa. Their website is great! The entire catalogue is on the website, with up-to-date prices. If you are looking for something specific, you can have a look at all the options before visiting your closest branch.
Click here for their contact details.
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