DIY brush cutter mower. Brush Hogging 101 – Everything You Need to Know

Brush Hogging 101 – Everything You Need to Know

Maintaining quality pastures and hay fields, as well as “grubbing” wooded survival homesteads to create more grazing and gardening space requires diligent tending to the land.

Brush hogging is a method of landscaping that rids woodlots of heavy bush that inhibit grass growth, to clear it using a rotary cutter for various agricultural uses, or for land development.

What Is Brush Hogging, and What’s a Brush Hog?

A brush hog is a rotary mower attached to a tractor that is used to cut small brush and heavy weeds and clear land to create a pasture, hay field, home location spot, or garden spot, or to tend to established pastures and hay fields.

In a pinch, I have known a homesteader or two that have used a brush hog to cut hay and it works decently enough, but I dare not say it works well.

This type of mower is driven by the power take-off (PTO) that is positioned perpendicularly to the slope. Rotary cutters are basically a heavy-duty type of mowing deck.

The generic brush hog term is used when referencing any type of mowing deck that is not a finish mower – that is not a Bush Hog brand mower. This brand was created in Selma, Alabama in 1947 by the same man who also invented tractor-powered rotary cutters, “Fat” Lawrence.

A brush hog cuts in a pattern that is both efficient and will help save both fuel and time. The alternative to tending to a field properly would be using a regular riding mower and a weed eater – a vastly more time-consuming proposition.

Not only would using a more residential style of grass and weed cutting in a field or clearing land take a whole lot more time, but such equipment also would not be able to cut down dense brush without clogging or breaking blades.

When purchasing a farm tractor, keep in mind there are two ways to attach a bush hog, either by using a 3-point hitch or by using a drawbar.

What’s the Difference Between Brush Hog and Bush Hog?

Before we go any further, we need to clear up the confusion between the terms brush hog and bush hog. While the terms are often used interchangeably (and that is fine) Bush Hog is actually a brand name for one type of manufactured equipment used to brush hog.

Depending upon where you live it is likely you hear folks refer to pasture cutting or land clearing by saying they are either going to “bush hog” or “brush hog” the area.

Use whatever phrase best suits you or is common where you live. But if the need for a repair or rental of equipment arises, it is good to know that a supplier or mechanic will think your bush hogging problem relates to a Bush hog brand farm implement.

You will catch me using both terms in this article because one is more common in my area of Appalachia, so folks who are familiar with only the other term can also find this piece when searching, and be able to learn from it too…

Why Should You Bush Hog a Pasture?

Sure, goats and other animals can graze pastures with weeds and bushes, but good quality grass can only be obtained if you brush the pasture. You want to maximize grass yield.

Plus, it’s also possible that your pasture will see trees growing on it, a young forest starting to develop. Then it’s even harder to clear it…

A plethora of wild edibles often grow in pastures, so forage away, then set the mowing deck to a medium to high level, and cut down only the undesirable growth.

By brush hogging the land you prevent unwanted growth from sucking up all the nutrients you need to go towards quality grass development.

Brush hog once or twice a year to maintain an established field is required when developing a pasture or hay field.

By bush hogging in the middle to late fall, depending upon your climate, a blanket of cut growth serves as a natural blanket that will increase microbial activity by warming the surface area.

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What Exactly Can a Bush Hog Cut?

Though you don’t want to routinely cut all of these if you want to keep your equipment sharp, a brush hog can cut through bushes, tall weeds, meadows, softwood saplings, and even small trees.

What Does a Finishing Mower Do?

A finishing mower is never used to brush hog. It is a yard tractor or standard riding mower with blades that reach far lower to the ground than those on a rotary mowing deck.

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If you are bush hogging to clear land for building a home or to enlarge a back yard, a finishing mower would only be used after removing unwanted vegetation. A finishing mower will give a finer more landscaped cut after the tall grass and weeds have been chopped down by a bush hog.

How Much Does It Cost To Bush Hog A Field?

The amount of money it will take to hire someone to brush hog a field or rent equipment to do so varies greatly by location.

On average, expect to spend 25 to 41 per hour to clear land or tend to a field if you do not own your own equipment, and have to rent it or the services of someone else to complete the chore.

How Long Does It Take to Brush Hog a Field?

The answer to this question will depend on the terrain being cleared and the skill of the person doing the job. If the area has been cleared of stumps, overhanging limbs, dense thickets, and checked for debris, and is somewhat level and dry, you should be able to cut approximately two and a half acres per hour.

In terms of speed, you can expect to go at around 4 or 5 miles per hour, or 6 to 8 kilometers / hour, depending on the terrain.

When Are the Best Times To Brush Hog?

Most homesteaders bush hog during the middle to the late weeks of summer when weeds begin to appear in pastures and fields. The quality of land being worked, climate, and seasonal weather may require two or even three brush hogging sessions – or as few as one.

However, depending on your purpose, you can brush hog any time of the year, ideally not while it’s raining and when the grass is dry…

Brush Hog Setup

Before you can start cutting a livestock pasture or clearing land, the brush hog mowing deck must be properly attached to the tractor, though you can also use an ATV or UTV (so long as you can attach it to them).

This is usually the most difficult part of bush hogging there is to learn for most beginners. If you do this part wrong, the brush hogging implement could be damaged, cause harm, fall off, or simply not cut at all.

Also, be sure to adjust its hydraulics so the cutting deck is set to the right height.

One note – if you’re using modern tractor implements, you’ll find that these are pretty easy to hook up to the back of a farm tractor – after you’ve attached the cutter, just make sure the stabilizer chains don’t have too much slack, or this will cause the cutter to swing loosely.

If your tractor doesn’t have a hydraulic system and PTO shaft, consider a 3-point conversion kit or a new tractor to make the setup process a bit easier.

How to Connect the Brush Hog PTO Shaft and Start a Brush Hog Mower

See our video below on how to connect the PTO shaft:

How to Brush Hog Step by Step

Step 1 – Rough Mow the Perimeter

Mow along the perimeter of the pasture, field, or area to be cleared in a roughly rectangular shape. Make a few passes with the bush hog to clearly define the boundaries of the cutting area. This is especially useful if rugged terrain, a fence, boundary line, or waterways border the bush hogging area.

Going back through after the first swath and before moving on to the next row will increase your mowing time but will also let you do a much more thorough job.

This also gives you a chance to go slow and take one final look for potentially hazardous debris, large holes, tree limbs, and other obstructions. Do not forget to be mindful of snakes both on the ground and lounging in the trees, as well as ground hornets and bee hives.

Step 2 – Brush Hog the Field

Start at one side of the interior of the boundary area and rough mow straight along one side. Make a defined turn, and then mow another strip down alongside the first. Repeat this step until the interior area has been completely cut.

Step 3 – Due Diligence

  • Slightly overlap the parallel rows you create to avoid any weeds being missed in between the rows.
  • Periodically look back at the brush hog mower deck so it’s not cutting too deep, too high, or getting clogged with debris.
  • Occasionally check for dirt and debris build up on the bush hog blades. This happens most often if the field is wet or the blades are cutting too low into the ground. Blade issues of this type most frequently occur when bush hogging on uneven terrain where multiple deck height adjustments will be necessary.
  • Brush hogs often extend out on either side wider than the tractor that is towing the implement. Remember that fact, and watch the space keenly when cutting close to trees and a fence line.

Land Clearing Steps and Tools

This has to be done before bush hogging…

  • Cut down unwanted trees – turn them into firewood or building material.
  • Remove tree stumps using farm machinery, or by drilling holes in them and pouring Borax in the holes so they can easily be pulled out or burnt.
  • Remove any tall or dense bush as well.
  • Now you’re ready to start bush hogging!

The height the mowing deck that should be set will depend on the amount and thickness of brush, as well as the terrain. Unless you are bush hogging an entirely level field, expect to have to adjust the height of the deck at least once to adapt to dips, valleys, and rocks that become unearthed during the cutting process.

Manual labor and the use of either manual or gas-powered farm tools may be necessary to clear away tall and dense obstacles before brush hogging the space.

Always look above your head when riding on the tractor, some low lying tree branches could knock you right off the seat or at least be a cause for getting stitches, if you drive into them.

Top 8 Pre-Brush Hogging Land Clearing Tools

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  • Pole Saw – This type of saw has extremely long hands that contain the power portion of the saw at the end where your hand will rest. Pole saws make cutting down tree limbs a lot quicker and typically a lot safer than climbing a tree and cutting down a portion of it with a chainsaw.
  • Hatchet or Axe – This durable and portable tool is excellent for chopping down trees that are no larger than 2 inches in diameter. Sure, a chainsaw would get the job done quickly, but it is a lot heavier to pack. Maneuvering a tractor pulling a brush hog around little trees is difficult, and trying to mow over them can cause significant damage to the mowing deck.
  • Machete – A sharp machete is capable of cutting down small tree saplings and thick brambles. Toting a lightweight machete with you during an on-foot review before bush hogging or attaching it to your belt while on the tractor, will keep this useful tool always at the ready. When clearing a forest area or overgrown field, expect a snake or two to jump out when their domain is disturbed. A machete will take care of this problem, as well.
  • Pruning Shears – If the tall and thick weeds cause the bush hog to become clogged or you need to cut away tall thickets that dangle over the tractor seat area, pruning shears will come in quite handy. Always refer to the user’s manual before cutting away a tangled mess from under the mowing deck. If the blades release suddenly, cutting off a hand is entirely likely.
  • Weed Eater – Making a rough pathway to inspect the area to be bush hogged will help you unearth tree stumps, rocks, and debris that could harm the farm implement or overturn the tractor Blazing a trail clear enough to conduct an inspection of the space can be fairly easily accomplished with a weed eater.
  • Scythe or Sickle – These low-tech versions of weed eaters can also accomplish the task noted above, and negate the need to purchase and tote fuel to help clear a rough path or cut down dense thickets the brush hog would struggle to traverse.
  • Chainsaw – This power tool will cut down trees, and branches, and can slice on a tree stump to make it shorter and scored so Borax can work more efficiently to erode it.
  • Stump Grinder – If you have a lot of tree stumps on the land being cleared, buying or renting a stump grinder will surely speed up the time it will take to turn neglected or wooded areas into usable homesteading space.

What are the best brush hogging manufacturers?

It depends on what you’re clearing (whether it’s heavy brush clearing, ditches, roadways, medians, or just pastures) since the ideal type of brush hog will vary depending on the type of job.

That said, you can’t go wrong choosing any of these:

Differences Between a Rough Mower and a Finishing Mower

Both are modern tractor implements that can make a big difference in your farming operations.

The primary difference between a finishing mower and a rough-cut mower is the brush-hogging implement boasts both a heavier and sturdier blade.

The durability of the blade on the rough cut mower permits it to slice through thicker material in a fairly easy manner. Typically, rough-cut mowers are manufactured out of far more heavy-duty materials than a finishing mower.

Can Brush Hog Blades Be Sharpened?

A dull brush hog blade can make clearing overgrowth a real chore—but thankfully, they can be easily sharpened at home with just a few inexpensive tools and some elbow grease.

Fortunately, with the right tools and a little bit of know-how, you can sharpen your brush hog blades at home.

The method below is one of the easiest methods I’ve found, but you can also take them to a dealer to be sharpened as well (which is ideal if you’re like me and just don’t have the time and interest to do this regularly!).

But if you want to save money and do it yourself, you’ll need a few things: a power drill, a grinding wheel attachment for the drill, gloves, safety glasses, and a file. You’ll also need access to a vice or some other way of securely attaching the blade to a work surface.

Once you have all your materials gathered, follow these steps to sharpen your brush hog blades:

  • Clamp the blade in the vice so that the cutting edge is facing up.
  • Put on your gloves and safety glasses.
  • Use the file to remove any nicks or burrs from the cutting edge of the blade.
  • Attach the grinding wheel to the power drill.
  • Hold the blade at a 10-15 degree angle to the grinding wheel and move it from side to side to evenly sharpen the entire cutting edge.
  • Repeat steps 3-5 on the other side of the blade.
  • Remove any metal shavings from the blade with a wire brush before unclamping it from the vice.
  • Test the sharpness of the blade by cutting through some grass or other light vegetation—if it’s still not as sharp as you’d like, repeat steps 3-7 until it is.

Differences Between a Drag Brush Hog and a Hydraulic Brush Hog

We show you and explain the differences in the video below:

Can You Brush Hog in the Rain?

You can typically successfully brush hog in damp grass, in the early morning when there is still dew on the ground, or in slightly wet grass.

You cannot, however, brush hog in truly wet grass without a tremendous amount of problems – chief among them being tearing up the land you are trying to improve.

Expect far more clogging of the rough mowing deck blades when attempting to cut on anything but dry ground. The brush hog mower will be forced to work harder to clear the land when the ground is wet.

Ready To Brush Hog?

Bush hogging is not a daunting task for someone who is experienced with running a farm tractor and switching out implements. A beginner who follows the brush hog user guide and safety protocols should also be able to master clearing land and maintaining pastures in a relatively short amount of time.

The two most important things to remember when brush hogging are to make sure the tractor and rough mowing deck being used are in good working order, and that the land being worked has been thoroughly inspected for hazards prior to cutting.

Brush Hogging FAQ

Usually, brush hogging over wet grass will not cause the blades on the rough cut mower to become dull more quickly than when cutting on dry ground.

A PTO is capable of spinning around at a rate of 1,000 times per minute – that is equal to 16 times per second and 18,000 feet per minute.

PTO stands for power take-off, and is the means by which a brush hug is attached to a tractor.

In 1918 Edward A. Johnston, an engineer for International Harvester Company (IHC) was so impressed with a homemade PTO he encountered when in France, he helped produce one on the company’s 8-16 series tractor.

All that is known about the French farmer who inspired the revolutionary farm machinery mechanism is that he also worked as a mechanic, and his surname was Gougis.

The blades can reach speeds of 150 mph (or 240 km/h).

Ideally, you want the horsepower ratings to be slightly less powerful than your tractor. So if you have a 50. horse power tractor, go for a 40-50 HP cutter brush hogger, and if you have a 30 HP tractor, buy a 20-30 HP cutter

The smaller the tractor, the narrower the cutting tractor deck typically around 5-6 feet.

No, you should get rid of any trees and tree stumps before you start the brush hogging process.

Tara lives on a 56 acres farm in the Appalachian Mountains, where she faces homesteading and farming challenges every single day, raising chickens, goats, horses, and tons of vegetables. She’s an expert in all sorts of homesteading skills such as hide tanning, doll making, tree tapping, and many more.

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Most lawn and garden tractors look like a traditional riding lawn mower and have an engine mounted in the front and a steering wheel that steers using the front wheels, like a car. Some have the engine in the back with a simple steering column in front, allowing for increased viability and increased maneuverability for the driver. Zero-turn riding mowers pivot on the rear wheels, meaning there is zero-degree turning radius, and the mower can actually spin in a circle to cut one area or maneuver around obstacles.

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Looking like the stereotypical riding lawn mower, a lawn and garden tractor is the best compromise between performance and cost. Much smaller than zero-turn counterparts, they’re easy to store in a garage or a shed and have plenty of power and maneuverability for small to medium sized yard, all without breaking a sweat like you would with a push mower or walk-behind mower.

Garden Tractors

Garden tractors look very similar to a lawn tractor or traditional riding lawn mower, however they are usually a bit larger due to their more powerful engines and transmissions. This added power allows for more utility work and ground-engaging jobs, such as use with plows and other attachments. The added weight of a garden tractor also makes it better on hills, but it will have less maneuverability than a lawn tractor.

Zero-turn riding lawn mowers

If you have a large yard, or a yard with a lot of obstacles and tight corners, a zero-turn riding lawn mower is the right mower for you. Zero-turn mowers are available with a wide range of deck sizes and turn more quickly than both lawn and garden tractors and walk-behind mowers, meaning that mowing your lawn will take about half the time with a zero-turn riding lawn mower. Zero-turn mowers come with a lap bar or steering wheel control. Lap bar steering is the most common way to steer, while steering wheel control has little to no learning curve and is needed for mowing along the side edges of slopes and hills due to increased control in the front wheels.

Gas mowers vs. Electric mowers

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Small to Medium Yards

For small to medium yards, both lawn and garden tractors are recommended. These are two high-performing, yet cost-effective options for those who don’t want to hassle with a push mower. Lawn tractors and garden tractors also allow for much more utility with attachments like snow blowers, leaf collectors, and pull carts.

Medium to large yards

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As the yard and the mowing job gets bigger, it’s worth considering additional options other than a lawn and garden tractor. A zero-turn riding lawn mower will allow you to get the job done faster and with more maneuverability.

Yards with obstacles

For yards with obstacles, such as landscaping, trees, rocks, and so on, we highly recommend a zero-turn mower. Trying to cut around landscaping and trees can be frustrating and time-consuming without the highly maneuverable zero-turn mower. For yards with fences, be sure to compare the deck size of the mower with the fence opening size to be sure it will fit. Even for residential homes, professional mowers can be a great option, as they’re designed for spaces with landscaping and other obstacles. With professional and commercial models, you also have different configuration models, such as stand-on and stand-behind mowers with excellent maneuverability.

Sloped yards

If your yard has a notable incline or decline, there are a couple very important factors to consider: traction control and stability. Meeting these needs will allow you to safely negotiate your yard’s hills and slopes. For sloped yards, you should consider a steering wheel zero-turn as the steering wheel provides more control when mowing along slopes, compared to lap bar steering.

Types of Attachments for Riding Lawn Mowers

There are a variety of attachments for your riding lawn mower to make your lawn care a breeze: Baggers. Double and triple baggers are available for all models of tractor and zero-turn riding mowers. Baggers collect the cut grass from the discharge for easy disposal.

  • Snow blowers. You can attach a snow blower to the front of your tractor and turn your riding lawn mower into a riding snow blower. They have an auger that feeds snow into the discharge, moving the snow away from walking or driving paths.
  • Snow cabs. Snow cabs are like tents that attach to your mower and cover the top and sides so you can plow or snow blow without getting covered in snow. These can also be used in warmer months to help prevent bug bites.
  • All-season plows. Plows are available for tractors and zero-turns, and can push dirt, snow, or gravel. There’s no discharge with a plow attachment, just pushing to displace.
  • Mulchers. Mulchers take the grass clippings that usually come with cutting grass, and instead of collecting the grass from the discharge chute, the mulcher cuts the grass into fine pieces, which falls into the soil and breaks down, giving nutrients back to the soil.
  • Striping kits. On zero-turn mowers, you have the option of adding a striping kit. This adds those classic manicured stripes into your lawn while you cut.
  • Leaf collectors. With a larger chute, a leaf collector picks up leaves and debris from under your mower and collects it all into a bag for easy disposal.
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Attachments are available for lawn tractors, garden tractors, and zero-turn riding lawn mowers. Be sure to check specifications on the attachments you’re interested in to see what mowers it’s compatible with.

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How Much is a Skid Steer Brush Cutter?

Nothing’s as efficient, long-lasting, or durable as a skid steer brush cutter. As far as skid steer attachments go, brush cutters are heavy-duty attachments capable of devouring thick limbs, overgrowth, and dense forestry with ease. However, to get the best performance out of your attachment, it’s essential to purchase the best brush cutter for sale – which can be quite the investment.

If you’re in property management, own farmland, or work in residential construction, it’s essential to invest in a skid steer attachment that’s compatible with your industry and budget. That’s why we’re going to answer how much is a brush cutter for skid steers and how to find the best brush cutter for sale for your industry.

How Much is a Brush Cutter for Skid Steers?

Asking how much is a brush cutter may seem like a straightforward question, but the answer is more complex than you’d think. The average price of a skid steer brush cutter varies based on your brush cutter’s size, carrying capacity, and blade configuration. Some brush cutters have a three-blade system, while others have four or more. The more blades, the better you’ll be able to cut through native grasses and dense brush – however, this can impact your overall price point.

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Plus, you have to invest in an attachment that fits the build of your machine and the hydraulic flow rate. A large skid steer model means a more significant attachment, changing the price by a few hundred to a thousand dollars. However, your ability to devour brush and tackle more challenging tasks is easier than ever, especially if you have a high-flow machine.

The most crucial factor that affects your price point is additional features, like mulching teeth or reinforced deck sides. These increase your work efficiency, which is incredibly valuable but requires more time to construct and add to your attachment. basic models will sit and the lower end of your budget, while brush cutters with other accessories and distinct features will be more expensive.

On average, the price of a skid steer brush cutter can range from nearly 4,000 to over 10,000. Large models sit on the higher end of any budget, while small to mid-ranged models are more affordable. Before investing in a skid steer brush cutter, consider how often you’ll use the attachment. If a brush cutter is in your everyday lineup, spending more makes sense. However, if a brush cutter is something you use on a biweekly basis, selecting a more affordable model is a practical decision for your workload and wallet. Remember, the more machines you invest in, the more you’ll be spending, so make sure this is the best long-term investment.

If you have more questions regarding how much a brush cutter costs, contact the manufacturer directly to learn more about their pricing. At Rut Manufacturing, we craft all of our equipment in the USA, so you can expect the best from our attachments.

Find the Best Skid Steer Brush Cutter with Rut

Now that we’ve discussed what determines the cost of a brush cutter, we’re going to review the best skid steer brush cutters for every budget. Our goal is to craft a wide range of attachments that suit the needs of every industry, so you’re bound to find something that fits your workload and wallet.

Skid Steer Brush Cutter and Mower

Starting off our collection of brush cutters is our standard Skid Steer Brush Cutter. Like all our brush-cutting attachments, this piece of machinery is designed to tackle overgrowth, dense brush, and complex areas with ease. Its ability to cut material up to 4 inches in diameter, and the fact it’s a direct drive unit, make it exceptional in every way.

However, there are a few distinct features that make this brush cutter truly one of a kind.

  • Open Front Design
  • 500 PSI Hoses
  • ½” Flat Faced Quick Connect Couplers
  • Grade 50 Steel Reinforcement on Deck Sides and Shoes
  • Quick Attach Plate and Blade Holder

If you’re in the tree industry, construction, or manage farmland, our traditional brush cutter and side mower is ideal for you. It’s capable of destroying so much brush in such a short amount of time that you’ll never have to worry about the integrity or longevity of your attachment. Plus, our traditional brush cutter sits at the moderate end of most budgets. Its starting price begins at 3,410, depending on whether you’d like a 60” or the 72” size. Price varies depending on the size, so keep that in mind when you place your order.

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The Gladiator Hydraulic Brush Cutter

The Gladiator is a skid steer attachment that may be utilized for on-site preparation and cleanup following a disaster. The Gladiator hydraulic brush cutter is an industrial-grade cutter with the ability to cut, mulch, and eradicate almost any brush or wood it comes into touch with. A vine cutter above the blade carrier protects the driveshaft from overhanging vegetation and possible electrical cables.

  • The Gladiator has ⅜ inch deck thickness.
  • 7-inch diameter cutting capacity.
  • Carbide-tipped mulching teeth
  • A 3 blade or 4 blade system that eradicates the toughest overgrowth.

The Gladiator will help you eliminate growth with ease and optimize your workload in no time with its heavy-duty features.

Terminator Brush Cutter

As the name suggests, thick growth and unmanageable terrain are no match for the Terminator brush cutter. It’s a direct drive cutter with a three-blade system so that you can process any dense growth or intense brush with ease. The unique factors that make this brush cutter one of a kind are as follows:

  • Hydraulic Hoses and Quick Connect Couplers
  • Three AR400 Steel Blades
  • Open Front Design
  • Hydraulic Flow between 17-45 GPM
  • Replaceable Wear Shoes

The Terminator has many distinct features designed to enhance your workload and maximize efficiency, and it never fails to get the job done right. Its versatility makes it an excellent attachment for farmers, property managers, or excavation companies prepping a job site. However, what makes the Terminator a beneficial asset for many is its size variety. Buyers can choose between a 60”, 72”, or a 78” Terminator, with a starting price of 4,829. Compared to other skid steer brush cutters, it’s a reasonable starting point for the amount of machine you’ll be getting. To learn more about the price range of our Terminator, contact us directly.

Terminator XP Brush Cutter

If your industry requires you to manage brush, wooded areas, and wildland, then you’ll need something even more intense than our standard Terminator-like the Terminator XP. This model has some significant upgrades that make it just as efficient but twice as intense as our classic terminator. The Terminator XP is a wise investment for anyone who’s on the job 24/7 and managing a side hustle on the weekends because it will always exceed your expectations.

There are a few fantastic upgrades that set the Terminator XP apart from our other brush cutters. A few of these features are:

  • 3 Different Blade Configurations
  • 60” – 3 Blade System
  • 72” – 4 Blade System
  • 78” – 4 Blade System

These enhanced features can devour the most intense brush, overgrowth, and unruly areas with the Terminator XP. Nothing is going to stand in the way of this excellent skid steer brush cutter.

Our Terminator XP’s starting price begins at 5,940 and varies as the size increases. The additional features and reinforcements add to the diversity of this machine, so there is more to enjoy when it comes to your skid steer brush cutter.

The Bottom Line

How much a brush cutter costs will depend on multiple factors, like size, blades, and additional features. The more you ask from your machine, the more the price will alter. However, if a brush cutter is part of your daily work routine, investing in something more capable and long-lasting might be the more cost-effective solution for your industry.

At Rut Manufacturing, we make brush cutters for every type of industry. If you want to learn more about all our brush cutters, review our guide on the Best Skid Steer Brush Cutters for Sale.

How to Buy a Skid Steer Brush Cutter for Sale?

At Rut, we recognize how important it is to buy the best brush cutter for your line of work. While there are plenty of brush cutters for sale that can go the distance, not all of them are optimal for your needs. That’s why it’s essential to consider the following features before investing in any piece of equipment.

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Capacity
  • Hydraulic Flow
  • Number of Blades
  • Maintenance
  • Diversity on Jobs

If you’re still wondering how much is a brush cutter, or need more hands-on assistance selecting the best skid steer brush cutter, contact us directly. Our team understands the struggles of finding reliable equipment and wants to make sure you’re investing in something that aligns with your workload.

The best robotic lawn mowers for 2023

Like the look of robotic lawn mowers? Browse our pick of the very best, for gardens of all shapes and sizes.

Increasingly popular with UK gardeners, robotic lawn mowers are a welcome, hands-free alternative to traditional petrol and electric lawn mowers. Because a robotic lawn mower is fully automatic, it can be a brilliant option for gardeners who have mobility concerns, are away from home a lot, or simply find mowing a chore. Powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries, most mowers are guided by a boundary cable laid around the edge of the lawn, which helps the robotic lawn mower identify where to mow and to avoid flower beds, trees and other obstacles.

While we tested models from a number of different brands, note that all of them offer a range of mowers with varying sizes, capabilities and features.

To compare these robotic models against other types of mowers, see our reviews of the best cordless lawn mowers, the best electric mowers and the best push mowers. And, if you’re looking to give your lawn a bit of TLC, our experts have tested a range of manual and powered aerators and scarifiers. check out the best scarifiers and best aerators reviews. You can also keep edges looking neat with our tests of the best strimmers or pick of the best lawn edging.

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Best robotic lawn mowers at a glance

Our expertise

To help you find a robotic lawn mower suitable for your garden, we tested a range of mowers for different size gardens, including gardens with slopes and a complex shape. Each mower is in use for weeks at a time to allow us to assess its battery capacity and cutting proficiency as well as ease of use.

Each mower in our review has a detailed list of pros and cons for clarity and has been rated according to set up and ease of use, cutting performance, extra features and value for money. Every robotic mower in our round-up below has scored a minimum of four out of five stars, so you can buy with confidence.

The robotic mower industry is constantly evolving, with new developemnts and advances, and we are currently testing a number of the latest models ready to update this review shortly. Please check back soon to see the results of our new review.

Best robotic lawn mowers

Husqvarna Automower 405X

RRP: From £1899.00

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Unobtrusive colour
  • Easy connectivity
  • Clever mowing features
  • GPS theft tracking

Awarded a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy for features, the Automower 405x boasts a huge range of features that help the mower cut well and make the experience easy for the user. These include, three different start points, switching mowing pattern according to where it’s mowing, such as through a narrow passage, frost guard and weather time that automatically adjusts the height according to the grass growth, and its new Rewilding Zone where you can leave 10% of the lawn aside to grow for pollinators.It’s available to buy as a bare mower, which is then installed by a dealer for an additional cost, or with the installation kit included and you install it yourself. Suitable for smaller gardens 600m2, the mower operates with both a boundary wire and a guide wire and unlike some other mowers, has a more flexible docking station, which doesn’t need a wide, clear space around it. ours was tucked neatly into the side of a hedge. It’s also easy to set up via the intuitive keypad or the impressive Automower Connect app, which allows you to change the schedule, adjust the height of cut, check on the mower’s progress and receive notifications, simply and quickly no matter where you are. As an X model, the mower also has a built in SIM so you have both remote and voice controlled control. Our only confusion with set up was working out the scheduling needed, which took a couple of weeks to establish, and that the height of cut on the app is listed as 1-9, when it cuts between 20mm and 50mm.The mower can cope with 40% slopes, which should suit most gardens. The slope in our test garden has a tendency to get muddy and slippery so at the installer’s advice, we used the spiked Terrain wheels which stop the wheels slipping. Only occasionally did the mower fail to get up the slope and when the weather was really wet we simply removed that zone from the work area. The mower cut consistently well and is very quiet, the only perceptible sound is the whirring of the blades as they cut. It occasionally missed spots on the lawn but overall this is a very easy to use and high performing mower.The Automower 405x is just one in a large range of Husqvarna mowers to suit different size lawns. A host of accessories are also available, including a cover for the docking station and wheel brushes, as well as spare parts, from batteries and blades to wheels. Both the mower and the battery come with a 2 year warranty.

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