How to cut brambles with the brushcutter

Brambles, cursed brambles. They grow strong in any environment and grow boldly first on reclaimed land, anyone tending farmland, perhaps in a wooded area, knows them well. The bramble is also a fruit-bearing species, cultivated to pick excellent blackberries, as explained in the section on berries, but the wild one is often a spontaneous nuisance that must be kept cut to protect green spaces from their thorny shoots.

The brushcutter, properly equipped, can be a very good tool for clearing bramble-infested areas, literally breaking brambles and clearing undergrowth.

To effectively cut the bushes with the brushcutter, it would be good to use the right machine Yes the right team , without forgetting the appropriate protections. So let’s see how to choose the most suitable brushcutter and what accessories to equip to work better.

Contents [Ocultar]

  • Choosing the ideal brushcutter for cutting brambles

  • What personal protective equipment

  • What cutting equipment to use

  • How to use the brushcutter on brambles


Exclusion of the ideal brush cutter for cutting brambles

Cut, or rather shred brambles, it is necessary to use a robust brushcutter, with a good reserve of power, comfortable and easily controllable.

  • Solidity. When cutting brambles, the brushcutter and all its mechanical parts are subjected to intense stresses and rebounds. For this reason, it is essential that the machine chosen does not present particularly delicate elements , as a flexible transmission, so backpack brushcutters are not recommended at all. Moreover, the rod $0027as well as the bevel gear they should be generous in size and made of good quality materials. For this reason too, backpack brushcutters and small displacement brushcutters intended for amateur use do not offer the robustness necessary to ensure a happy working life without mechanical failure.
  • Power. When cutting brambles, both because of the size and nature of the vegetation to be cut and because of the mass of the cutting device to be used, you need a good brushcutter , giving priority to torque, taking advantage of the flywheel effect of the cutting device. Therefore, the small brushcutters would be overstressed as engine and clutch: it is better to concentrate on machines of at least 40/45 cc .
  • Comfort and control . The size of the brambles requires lots of motor action Compared to other operations, you have to move the rod a lot to reach the top of the brambles, while rebounds and ricochets are unfortunately frequent. Not to mention that this type of vegetation often infests banks and steep terrain. To work well and safely, you need a brushcutter that guarantees maximum control over post position and direction a double-handled brushcutter is required . Although this type of machine reduces the freedom and amplitude of certain movements, it does not affect those useful for cutting brambles, ensuring maximum control over the cutting device and being able to rely on harness which distribute most of the weight on the shoulders, as well as with anti-vibration systems that protect hands and joints from pain and premature fatigue.

What personal protective equipment

Earphones, gloves and goggles are essential protective gear when using a brushcutter. However, when clearing brush, it is necessary to use a helmet with a transparent visor to protect the head and face from thorny and woody fragments or worse, splinters, which will easily hit the operator when working with the brushcutter.

Another recommended protection is that of the legs a pair of shin guards to attach over your pants will prevent you from arriving at night with your legs covered in bruises and scratches.

What cutting equipment to use

To effectively shred brambles, you don’t need wire heads or cutting discs. shredding discs . There are two, three or more cutting edges and they have in common the particularity of being provided with ends curved downwards (some also upwards or shifted in height) to guarantee a crushing effect, a bit like the kitchen mixer interior. .

For this type of disc, some brush cutter manufacturers have developed specific rotors for protection against stones. , wider and more protective for the operator but less enveloping in the upper part of the cutting equipment. This favors the passage of vegetation to be cut or already cut and reduces the risk of brambles and branches blocking the disc.

STIHL also has its own range of bramble cutting products, such as the mulcher knife, specially designed for brambles and brushwood.

Head towards floating leaves Yes flagella they are rather very dangerous and improper as they could lose chain links or entire flagella, throwing them in the operator’s direction as well as several meters away, becoming potentially lethal projectiles. In this regard, on April 26, 2012, the Ministry of Economic Development prohibited by order the marketing of cutting heads with a flagellation system.

How to use the brushcutter on brambles

As mentioned above, the cutting of brambles with the ripping disc provides that the cut takes place perpendicular to the ground and not in parallel, as in the case of grass. Indeed, the movements of the rod must be vertical, crushing the brambles from top to bottom, stopping about four inches from the ground to avoid stones and objects which would be struck and thrown by the curved teeth of the disc.

Indeed, the harness and the position of the support hook along the boom must be adjusted so that the brushcutter is as balanced as possible. which requires minimal pull or pressure on the handlebar to lower or raise the boom and possibly hold the cutting attachment off the ground.

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