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Common Questions about Brush Cutters

Before purchasing a piece of machinery, it’s a good idea to learn more about the product beforehand, so you feel confident using your equipment. That’s why we’re addressing the most common questions about a highly used piece of equipment: brush cutter attachments.

Brush cutters are very popular, powerful tools that can be used on various job sites. Because they are such a popular and diverse tool, we wanted to take a closer look at common questions about brush cutters, so you make an informed decision before you buy or start operating a brush cutter.

Without further delay, let’s take a look at the most common questions about brush cutters – and how you can increase your productivity with one of our featured brush cutting attachments.

All About Brush Cutters

First, let’s take a look at brush cutting fundamentals – like when, where, and how to use them. Brush cutters are a complex piece of machinery, but with the right care and attention to detail, you’ll be able to use your brush cutter attachment for years to come.


When to Use a Brush Cutter?

If you are new to the world of brush cutting, a common question is when to use a brush cutter. A brush cutter attachment is known for its ability to clear, clean, and devour thick overgrowth. Brush cutters are best for job sites that have dense clearings, thick landscapes, and other overgrown areas. They can quickly and easily tame these dense areas, so you can work on a flat landscape once the brush is removed. Brush cutters are also capable of cutting down thin and thick tree limbs, as well as tree stumps, so you can complete multiple jobs at once.

It’s best to use a brush cutter on expansive, lush acres of land, such as undeveloped farmland or a construction site that needs clearing prior to development. If you are facing acres of thick overgrowth, and need a job site cleared in a matter of days, a brush cutter is your best equipment option.


Where Do You Use a Brush Cutter?

Most brush cutters are suitable for vast landscapes or dense clearings that require efficient brush removal. However, brush cutters are also known for their ability to be maneuvered in hard to reach areas, so you can clear small limbs and other brush with ease.

Typically, brush cutters are best suited for:

  • Large clearings
  • Small tree removal
  • Personal trails and land
  • Fence lines and pastures
  • Areas in development

All of these areas are perfect for brush cutters, and with this efficient piece of equipment by your side, you’ll be able to get the job done in no time.


How to Use a Brush Cutter

When it comes to using a brush cutter, it’s important to make sure that you’re in a safe space that is ready to be cleared and doesn’t have any large obstructions. Because you’ll have brush and growth flying from the opening of your cutter, it’s essential to check and see that no one is nearby you or your brush cutter attachment.

For an in-depth look at how to prep and use a skid steer brush cutter on the job, review our resource on How to Use a Skid Steer Brush Cutter.


Different Types of Brush Cutter Attachments

Just like there is no such thing as a one size fits all machine, there are many different types of brush cutter attachments we create at Rut Manufacturing.

At Rut, we carry two types of brush cutter attachments: excavator brush cutters, and skid steer brush cutters. While both have incredible performance ratings and can accomplish a variety of tasks, they are very different in terms of their application.

Excavator brush cutter and brush mower attachments are designed for steep areas that require more force. Also, they are equipped for thicker overgrowth and can be maneuvered in many tight areas. Our Excavator Brush Mower and Brush Eliminator Cutter are designed to be operated on these intense job sites and come in handy if you have a long term project ahead of you.

Unlike excavator brush cutters, skid steer brush cutter and brush mower attachments are optimal for smaller trees, limbs, and surrounding brush on a job site. While it might not have the same strength as an excavator brush cutter, it can cut down a more diverse range of brush and trees. Products like the Skid Steer Mower attachment, Skid Steer Brush Cutter Terminator, and Skid Steer Brush CutterTerminator XP are optimal for a variety of job sites but don’t necessarily work best in steep conditions.


What’s the Difference Between Brush Cutters, Brush Mowers, and Brush Hogs?

Chances are, you’ve heard a lot about brush cutters, but you’ve probably also heard the name brush mower and brush hog as well. The truth is, these are all types of brush cutting attachments, simply referred to by different names. Brush cutters, brush mowers, and brush hogs are all designed to eliminate brush, tree limbs, and tree stumps – manufacturers just use these names interchangeably between their products.

If you’re shopping for a brush cutter attachment and notice the name brush hog instead of brush cutter, know that you are still viewing a piece of brush cutting equipment. At Rut, we refer to our attachments primarily as brush cutters and mowers, but you will also see us use the term brush hog as well.


Our Featured Brush Cutters: The Skid Steer Brush Cutter Terminator and Gladiator

The Terminator

Now that we’ve addressed the most commonly asked brush cutter questions, we wanted to highlight a brush cutting product that can do it all – the Terminator. If you need an attachment that can go the distance and combines the durability and effectiveness of all your favorite brush cutting attachments, the Terminator should be your number one choice.

While excavator brush cutters and skid steer brush cutters are typically used on different job sites, this skid steer brush cutter is essential for multiple jobs, and for good reason!

The most diverse brush cutter attachment we have at Rut Manufacturing is our Skid Steer Brush Cutter Terminator. This skid steer brush cutter and mower is a great way to combine the durability and cutting width of an excavator brush cutter, with the agility and diversity of a skid steer brush cutter. 

In our skid steer brush cutter series, this heavy-duty brush cutter is a direct drive cutter with a 3 blade cutting system. This means the Terminator has a powerfully effective cut, but won’t compromise on personal safety or the safety of those around you. Additionally, the Terminator comes with hydraulic hoses with quick connect couplers. 

Now, you can cut, shear, and clear thick brush with ease. This brush cutter is appealing because of its job diversity – its similarity to our excavator tree shear will make it a must-have for your equipment collection. While skid steer brush cutters operate differently than excavator brush cutters, this piece of equipment is designed to go the distance and cut your operations time in half.

The Gladiator Hydraulic Brush Cutter

Additionally, the Gladiator is a skid steer attachment that may be utilized to clear debris after a natural disaster. The Gladiator Hydraulic Brush Cutter is an industrial-grade cutter with the capacity of cutting, mulching, and clearing almost any brush or wood it encounters. With its heavy-duty features, the Gladiator will assist you in rapidly removing any unwanted growth. 


  • Carbide-tipped mulching teeth
  • A 3 blade or 4 blade system that tackles the toughest overgrowth. 
  • The Gladiator has ⅜ inch deck thickness. 
  • 7-inch diameter cutting capacity.

Want to view all of our incredible brush cutter attachments? Explore our collection of Skid Steer Brush Mower attachments and Excavator Attachments to see which brush cutter is suitable for your line of work. If you have questions about these diverse pieces of equipment, review our spec sheets all about the Skid Steer Brush Cutter and the Excavator Brush Mower.

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