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.
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.
Works like a champ, easy to attach and use
If you're planning on cutting brush larger than a pencil, get something else. The blades don't last that long, and forget about sweeping with this tool... it doesn't work out. Simply too much interference around the blade.
This cutter not only handled the half inch brush, but would swipe through a bunch of them in one sweep. On the thicker brush it sounds like a circular saw buzzing through it. Also it is a nice upgrade to a trimmer to have the shoulder strap and J handle so you are shouldering the weight and using the handles to direct it. The cutting area is fairly small, just the wedge in the front and to the right, sweeping to the left will cut some of the lighter stuff. I recommend ear protection. I used this on a 31cc 2-cycle Craftsman. Also go full throttle when cutting with this. Before I used an older blade and it tended to char and burn stuff when trying to cut through. Good to note that the blade can be flipped when worn and used again.
I was in need of a brush cutter attachment and this one attaches very easily. With the trimmer I currently have it does a great job, I recommend this to anyone.