The brush cutter attachment for my trimmer overall does a good job. It was very easy to attach to the trimmer. Once I had it attached, I started the trimmer and began to cut brush. When you first pull the trigger, it wobbles a bit and is loud, but once it gets up to speed, it levels out and works well. I began just trying to cut one piece of small brush at a time. I was trying to use it like a chainsaw. It worked, but took some time. Then I began using it like a trimmer. I began using a swinging motion from side to side to sweep the area I was cutting. This was very effective. It took down every piece of brush in its way on the first try. Other than it being a lit wobbly in the beginning, I think this is a great attachment. It has saved me a lot if time. I would recommend this for anyone looking to clear out some brush.
I bought this in spring of 2012. Worked great. I thought about future purchases for the accessories the main reason that we bought this one. It's much heavier than my old Weed Eater brand. We have about 250 yards of fence to trim under and a steep bank to weed eat, the bank generally takes about 1-1/2 hrs. to do. Plus aroud trees and sidewalks, etc. This spring the weeds get wrapped around the shaft and the guard. It takes a lot longer to untangle the mess than it does to get it wrapped up in there. For the price I would not buy again.
more powerful than my weed trimmer and faster, no stopping to replace trimmer line. Don't know if blade is made to need replacing after a while, or if so if blade can be bought separately
I have seen these attachments for years. After reading some the reviews on them I decided against getting one.
This year my wife has been wanting a trail cut through the woods so she can hike with our puppy. After an afternoon of attacking wild rose bushes and such with pruners and getting scratched up, I broke down and decided to try one. DANG! I wish I hadn't waited so long!! It chewed the bushes, small saplings and such like nothing! After I cut her a trail I decided to try a trail along the creek with some rougher terrain. With the J-Handle it easily maneuvered where I needed it.
I have also used the attachment to clear along where my woods meets my yard. I had started getting overgrown and too much for my string trimmer. Here, it also impressed me.
If you are looking for an attachment for as I described, get it! I am very pleased with how well it works. If you want to cut something hard and about an inch or bigger, use a chainsaw (or have some pruners handy). It also doesn't do well for tall, flexible grass. I wants to bind up the blade. For that I just use my string trimmer and cut it in about 1/2, let it dry then use the string trimmer to finish the job.
A lot of complaints were that the blades dull easy. I have not had this issue. I have about 5-6 cutting hours on my blade and it still cuts pretty well. Soon I will have to flip it to use the other side (that hasn't been used and still is sharp as new).
Given that some of the reviews claim the bolt at the bottom holding the blade gets damaged and won't come out, I did purchase the extended warranty. I haven't been allowing it to bang into stuff or let it drag and so far the bolt still looks new.
cuts all brush and even small trees
The attachment was used to clear out heavy brush and did a fine job. The 27cc trimmer combined with this attachment was enough to get about a quarter acre whittled down in about 2 hours. The blade turns over and can be reused.
I bought the Craftsman 8" J-Handle Brush-Cutter Attachment, to supplement My recently purchased Craftsman weed cutter. It works better in the tall weeds of my yard than the line cutter attachment. The line cutter would often get wound up with the tall grasses and stall out. Not so this brush cutter.
I have found that it works best using the supplied shoulder strap. The unit and motor combined are just a bit heavy compared to the line cutting attachment.
I have noticed that it cuts well in dry grass and weeds but not so much in the greener stuff. This may be to the fact that the blade has gotten duller with use. It is not recommended to sharpen the blade, and I really haven't needed to yet. When the time comes for a new blade replacement is really very easy.
I give it 5-stars.
I have had 2 of these and they work great and are time savers.The one draw back is the bolt that holds the blade is easily damaged, making it impossible to change replacement blades. That is why I have had 2, because you cannot replace the blades.
It's like having a mini chainsaw.