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Brush cutter for a skid

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Wisentaner, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Wisentaner

    Wisentaner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    Looking for thoughts on a good rotary brush cutter for a skid steer. I've been renting a ambusher for my deere 320 and am now ready to purchase on. I hoping there are some bette than the ambusher. Can anyone reccomend a good cutter.
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,129

    I don't know that there are many more ways to skin that cat. A hyd. motor with sitting on a steel box with blades. What do you not like about the Ammbusher? There are a lot of different manufacturers of them but they all look about the same. Maybe your looking for something more like a Timber Ax from Loftness.
  3. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 734

  4. Kepple Services

    Kepple Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 374

    I just purchased one last week from quick attach. 72" version. I was like you, renting then often enough now that it was time to get my own. It was $5190 delivered to my door by FED-EX freight. I paid a bit extra to get it sooner as I needed it ASAP for a job, but it only added like $150 to the total price.
  5. 7 IRON

    7 IRON LawnSite Member
    from VT
    Posts: 228

    Like Ksss,I'm Curious What You Did Not Like About The Ambusher Cutter.
  6. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,758

    I like the Brushcat and the Davco but they are for different applications. I don't think too much about ammbusher unless they have changed very recently.
  7. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    personally i like the brush cutter as a 3 pt on a tractor not on a skid i dont know about you guys i only used one once but it was dangerous everything and its mother was shooting at me i ended up pratically swatting at the brush and covering up in the cab
  8. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,758

    Skidsteer brush cutters are designed to be used with an enclosed cab (primarily). I like the brushcat because it has a lift limit device that shuts off blades if you raise it. Too many guys raise the blades to eye level in a skid and that is inviting disaster. Once you get used to a skid steer brushcutter, the mowing difference can be night and day compared to a tractor. Not only are you more maneuverable, the skid steer brush mowers appear to mow lower to the ground at least that has been my observation after using both types. I also like the fact that I can get right up to and under trees without having to back up under trees which can be dangerous on a tractor.
    I like the brushcat because of the roller but some conditions make the roller an obstacle to mowing (sand, really wet grass, and rocky terrain).
  9. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,758

    I didn't like that the rear housing tending to catch on stumps and grass clumps and rip them out of the ground. Without a roller the ammbusher was difficult to control on uneven terrain. I also think it needs a blade shut-off if you lift it too high.
  10. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,695

    :hammerhead: I demoed a brushwolf for my ASVRC30 it lasted about 1/2 hour before it rolled a 1/4" key in the driveline. So, I ended up making my own. The brushwolf would have cost about $4500 at the time. I figure my version cost me about $2000 in time and materials, and mine is sturdier than the factory one. Leaves a few bucks for:drinkup: !

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