How to choose a trimmer ? The buying guide


For the maintenance of a garden, the brush cutter is a very practical tool, because it allows mowing and pruning with greater efficiency than the work of a lawn mower. Versatile, the brush cutter is a good investment to maintain its exteriors with speed, precision and comfort. Let’s take stock of its features and find out our tips for choosing the right model.

What is the brush cutter used for?

The brush cutter is a tool used to prune vegetation and mow brush and brambles in order to maintain land. More powerful and versatile than the traditional lawn mower, it is very useful for removing brambles and plants and shrubs in more difficult to access places or when the vegetation is too dense.

There are several models of brushcutter to meet all needs.

The edger

The edger is a brush cutter in its simplest form. This electric tool is in fact used to make finishing cuts and clear the surroundings of driveways and fences. It is the most basic model, light and easy to handle, ideal for the maintenance of small gardens that require cutting a soft grass that is difficult to access with the lawn mower. Its power varies between 250 and 1000 W depending on the model.

The portable brush cutter

This device is the most used by individuals and can be equipped with a 2-stroke or 4-stroke thermal engine or an electric motor. These models are available as a blade or wire cutting head. The portable brush cutter is very useful for cutting brush and brambles, as long as you opt for a blade model. With its power of 1000 to 2000 W, it is suitable for gardens measuring up to 2000 m², including steep or irregular terrain.

The backpack brushcutter

This device is equipped with a heat engine to be carried on the back and a cutting tool that is carried and operated by hand. Less well-known, it was previously recommended for working on large sloping surfaces, in undergrowth or in uneven terrain with an area of ​​up to 5,000 m². On the other hand, it is heavy and more complex to handle.

The towed brush cutter

This wheeled model is equipped with a 4-stroke thermal engine to work on land of up to 10,000 m². Powerful, it easily cuts through brambles, dense vegetation, tall grass and brush. On the other hand, it is a model which cannot be used on sloping or uneven ground, nor in the undergrowth.

The ride-on brushcutter

The ride-on brushcutter is the most powerful machine that complements the action of the towed brushcutter. It has the same characteristics and identical functions, but it is capable of mowing areas larger than 10,000 m². If its cutting width is the most important, with an average of 90 cm, it is not suitable for rough terrain either.

How to choose your brush cutter?

To choose the right brush cutter model, we recommend that you take into account the surface and the nature of your land to invest in the purchase of a device adapted to its size and with an efficient cutting head.

The surface to maintain

To make a first selection among the models of brushcutters, take into account the surface that you need to maintain.

  • For a plot of less than 1000 m²: you can settle for a small handy model such as the edger.
  • For a land of 1000 to 2000 m²: to maintain this type of land with vegetation made up of tall grass, brambles and brush, a portable thermal or electric model is sufficient.
  • For a land of 2,000 to 5,000 m²: the portable thermal brush cutter is the most interesting for maintaining such a surface. If, on the other hand, your terrain is steep, hilly or if it is undergrowth, prefer a backpack model, heavier, but more secure.
  • For a land of 5,000 to 10,000 m²: to maintain such an area, you can use a towed brush cutter or a ride-on brush cutter. These are the most effective models, which may suit uneven terrain that includes brambles, brush and tall grass.
  • For land of more than 10,000 m²: undoubtedly, you will need to invest in a ride-on brush cutter for such an area. This is the model used for the maintenance of green spaces and public gardens. Indeed, it is the most practical and the most effective on large surfaces, and it is able to shred all types of vegetation on flat ground.

The cutting head

There are several types of brushcutter cutting heads. However, each has its own characteristics and is suitable for certain cuts and not others. It all depends on your needs.

  • Nylon line cutting head: this model is equipped with two or four nylon lines of round or square shape. Two-ply, it is sufficient for small cutting finishes on soft grasses and turf. At four wires, she can cut taller, thicker grass as well as very small brambles.
  • The cutting head with knives: this model equipped with knives is suitable for cutting small brambles, brush and tall and thick grass.
  • The blade cutting head: the blade cutting head equips powerful petrol brushcutters. For simple maintenance of regrowth, pruning brambles and brush and for clearing land, blades with 3 to 7 teeth are sufficient. For intensive clearing, cut thick brush or cut large clumps of brambles, prefer a blade head with 30 to 80 teeth.
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