Brushcutting question

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MisterBreeze, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. MisterBreeze

    MisterBreeze LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    I have a Stihl FS 90. I want to put the cutting blade on and do a job cutting 2" trees and brush. I noticed Stihl recommends the bicycle bar and double harness. Is this really necessary?
  2. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,056

    I don't think is necessary. I used to put saw blades on my weedeater to trim brush and tree branches....but... be really careful. That sucker can kick back or chop your foot if your not careful.
  3. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,545

    That harness distribute's the weight across both your shoulder's so you can concentrate better on the blade. The handlebars are so you can control that blade. The machine can ruin your day quick. The handlebar's and harness are totally necessary.
  4. MisterBreeze

    MisterBreeze LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    2 responses and 2 totally different answers.
  5. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Follow the manufacturers recommendations in all equipment manuals.
  6. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,056

    I wouldn't use the bars because I have done it without and know what I'm doing, however if you don't feel comfortable using it without the bars than use them.

    Try putting a blade on and get a feel for it without turning it on and without the handle bars. If you think it feels safe then go for it. also try it with the bars (if you have them already), if it feels safe and comfortable, then you know what to do.

    I feel like the handle bars would make it more awkward. I take off the guard above the weed eat head as well. I don't know how anyone can weedeat with that thing on. I like using long string lengths and that guard won't let the string line out too much.

    It's trial and error. You know the 'gator boys' catch and wrestle alligators but they don't recommend that you do it. :laugh:
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I would go with the bicycle bars if you use the brush cutter head.

    Another option would be to use the Stihl Scythe (short hedge trimmer) to use on brush.


    I've used them all and I use an old hedge trimmer head on my FS90 for brush work. It's the easiest on my body, and it also seems safer than other methods.

    If you run into any large saplings then skip over them and come back with a little hand saw or small chainsaw to finish up.

    Just make sure whatever you use for the work that your Stihl is either an FS90 Or 110 that has the solid drive shaft.

  8. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    That is why Stihl recommends the bicycle handlebars, kickback.
  9. aaron79mowing

    aaron79mowing LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 49

    I have done a lot of brush cutting w/ my Redmax. I don't use bicycle bars or a harness and have had no problems. However I do see how someone could get hurt using it that way if they were being careless. I have done it long enough that I know what to expect. I assume your a newbie or you wouldn't be asking so I think you should do what the manufacturer recommends.
  10. MV Property Care

    MV Property Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    I have a FS90 and have used it many time to cut brush. Usually it's on a hillside where I have to use one hand to help me climb or use one hand get things out of the way. I recomend the harness. Your arms can get tired if your cutting for hours at a time. If your cutting on flat land the bicycle bars can make it more comfortable. Hope this helps.

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