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Old 11-07-2008, 04:05 AM
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Which Brush Cutter to buy for a Stihl FS 110R Trimmer

Im looking at getting a metal brush blade for my FS 110R. I need to cut dense vines, high weeds, and some brush. Im looking at Stihls website and can not decide which type of cutting blade to get for what I need.

I was looking at both the Steel Brush Knife, and the Scratcher Tooth Circular Saw Blade.

I have no experience using a weed eater in this manner, so I am having trouble making my mind up which to go with.

http://www.stihlusa.com/trimmers/blades.html

I would appreciate it if those with experience could give me some advice.
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:12 PM
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Can anyone help me with this question?
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:27 PM
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For what you say you are planning on cutting, I'd say the brush knife will do the best job.
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:24 PM
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I use the brush knife for anything up to about 1" dia. If you got a lot of stuff over 1", up to 3", get a Beaver Blade. A Beaver Blade is a metal disk with a piece of chain saw chain fastened to it.
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:36 PM
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I got a 110 and I use the knife for thick weedy areas, but the blade thing works the best for thicker woodier trees and brush. I want to try that scratcher blade the one with 16 teeth on it. even though your not supposed to use that on the 110.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:20 PM
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I got a 110 and I use the knife for thick weedy areas, but the blade thing works the best for thicker woodier trees and brush. I want to try that scratcher blade the one with 16 teeth on it. even though your not supposed to use that on the 110.
Are you saying your not supposed to use it on the FS110 because of this note on their website

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* Must be used with limit stop instead of standard deflector. Unit must be equipped with bicycle handles and double shoulder harnes
or is there more reasons then that?
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Old 11-08-2008, 12:52 PM
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You can run the lighter brush blade on it, the one with 8 teeth, works great. But I think thats the limit, there is the scratcher blade thats meant for the big clearing saws it has 16 teeth. I was told not to use it for my machine, just not enough power. But I would like to try it anyways, the worst thing that could happen is worn clutch.
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Old 11-08-2008, 02:41 PM
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3-tooth brush knives are most commonly used. Tend to be the most productive and mulch the weeds down like a mower. Bad side is they're not forgiving when you hit the ground.

The other group are 4, 8 or more toothed blades or discs where the weeds fall on the disc and don't get hacked apart. Good only if you want to rake it up or for farmers.

Heck they're so cheap just buy a piece of each and try them out.
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:37 PM
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Ive always used the brush blades but I decided to pick up one of the chisel tooth circular saw blades this summer and feel it leaves a better cut. I always had some patchs of weeds that the brush blades would leave behind but the other blade took care of that and you could take down bigger trees with it.
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:37 PM
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How do you install say the 3 blade knife when you already have a trimmer head on?
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