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Understanding the Skid Steer Brush Cutter

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Understanding The Skid Steer Brush Cutter


If you’re always on the job and struggling with your current equipment, it might be time for a skid steer upgrade. However, that doesn’t always mean investing in a brand new machine. Sometimes you just need the right attachments to get things done and stay on track.

If you’ve been looking for a brand new, compact equipment attachment that can maximize your workload, and minimize your overall investment, it’s time to invest in a skid steer brush cutter. These attachments will work just as hard as you do, and are more reliable than anything you’ve experienced before.


Many skid steer attachments are only capable of knocking out one or two tasks on the job, which limits your productivity and keeps you there for hours on end. Our brush cutter is designed to clear pathways and brush with ease, simplifying any minor and major tasks you have on the docket for the day. Now, you’ll be able to get home on time, without worrying about what’s left for tomorrow’s workday. Everything will be done at the end of the day, so you can move on to the next task on a job site.

However, there is so much more to this attachment than initially meets the eye. A brush cutter is a complex piece of machinery for a number of reasons. It needs to be used, maintained, and cared for properly, in order to reach its maximum potential on the job. Without the hard work on your end, it won’t perform quite the same as it could – which is the last thing you need to be concerned about in the middle of a busy schedule.


If you’re ready to become a brush cutter expert, take the time to familiarize yourself with this great piece of equipment, and learn about the inner workings of a skid steer brush cutter. When it’s time to get back to work, you’ll be happy you did.

What is a Skid Steer Brush Cutter?


A skid steer brush mower and cutter is a unique piece of equipment for many reasons. On most jobs, a skid steer loader is used to move dirt, debris, and clear off the rubble that’s leftover. But when you’re in the middle of a job, and need something cleared, removed, and taken care of in a flash, a brush cutter changes the game completely.


A skid steer brush cutter is a piece of heavy equipment, designed to clear pathways, landscapes, forests, lots, and construction sites. It’s a weed wacker, mower, and tree cutter all in one.


The brush cutter was created to cut through things like:


  • Minor and major limbs
  • Overgrown brush
  • Dense landscapes
  • Unwelcome grasses
  • Roots and wood


For instance, if you’re on a construction site, and need to clear through a wooded area, a brush cutter is the go-to attachment you’ve been looking for. Brush cutting is designed to clear unwelcome landscaping, so you can limit your time spent on the simple tasks, and get back to prepping and getting things done in a timely manner.


What makes Rut’s skid steer brush cutters’ so unique is their design. They’re capable of being operated on CTL and MTL machines, so you’re able to use our line of brush cutters on a variety of skid steers. Plus, they’re all equipped with incredible, high operating mowers, boom mower, and a number of dynamic blades, so your work will get done in half the time.

What are the Best Skid Steer Brush Cutters?


It can be hard to find equipment that is designed for more than one job at a time, but at Rut, we’ve combined quality, purpose, and efficiency, into every one of our cutter and mower attachments. They’re not the best just because of their design – they’re the best because they’re capable of doing a variety of tasks, all at once. Optimizing your workload has always been our number one priority, and every one of our attachments is designed to work harder, so you don’t have to.


If you want to know which skid steer brush cutters are the best for any job, we’re here to break down all the incredible features of our very own attachments. Our brush cutter attachments are incredibly diverse, user friendly, and maximized for safety. The best skid steer attachments are waiting for you – just take a look and explore which one best suits your needs.



Skid Steer Brush Cutter and Mower


Rut’s original brush mower/cutter is great for any job site thanks to the incredible design and efficient operating speeds.


Our brush mower and cutter can cut up to 4-inch diameter in material, which means cutting through dense brush and overgrown areas can be done in no time. One of the best things about this attachment is that it’s built for machines that vary between 10-27 GPM.


Every one of our brush cutters includes 4 different motors that are customized to fit a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can get the best fit for your exact machine. Brush cutting and mowing equipment has never been so fast, or efficient.


A few more quick facts about our brush cutter:


  • Comes with 5000 psi rated hydraulic hoses with ½” flat face quick couplers.
  • Each unit is built for the machine in which you intend to use the mower on, so you’ll never have to worry about the compatibility of your machine. 
  • We have several different motor configurations that we use on the brush mower to achieve a blade speed of over 14,000 ft per minute. This is the optimal speed for mower blades, so you can cut material properly. 



Skid Steer Brush Cutter Terminator


For a next-level attachment, capable of cutting through more than its fair share of debris, explore the Brush Cutter Terminator. This attachment is highly diverse in so many ways. 


The Terminator is well known for its efficiency, optimization, and durability, which keeps things on track when you’re on the job. The Terminator is suitable for a variety of machines with a hydraulic flow between 17-45 gallons per minute, making this hydraulic brush cutter a staple for all of your heavy-duty job sites. 


A few other things that make the Terminator an exceptional skid steer attachment include:


  • It has a direct drive cutter with a 3 blade cutting system that provides a powerfully effective cut while maintaining safety. 
  • Every design includes hydraulic hoses with quick connect couplers
  • The blades are AR400 steel that can withstand years of use clearing brush on properties of vast sizes.



Skid Steer Brush Cutter Terminator XP


For extra strength and optimal efficiency, we adjusted the already talented Terminator and took it to the next level. Our Terminator XP can do everything you need on the job. Like the regular Terminator, it has hydraulic hoses and quick connectors, so you can quickly attach it to your skid steer. However, there are a few distinct features that make the Terminator XP so unique.


  • The XP’s overall deck thickness changes from 1/4″ to 5/16″ so you’ll have optimal cutting widths when you’re hard at work
  • You’ll also have carbide-tipped mulching teeth added to the bottom of the blade carrier
  • The Terminator XP is also great for commercial properties, thanks to it’s upgraded gear motor and case drain

The Gladiator Hydraulic Brush Cutter 


The Gladiator is a skid steer attachment for on-site preparation and disaster cleanup. The Gladiator is an industrial-grade cutter built to cut, mulch, and destroy almost any brush or wood it touches. The Gladiator hydraulic brush cutter also has vine cutters above the blade carrier to protect the driveshaft from overhanging vegetation and any electrical cables it may encounter. Its unique design, toughness, and high efficiency make it easier for you to handle your daily responsibilities.


  • The Gladiator has ⅜ inch deck thickness. 
  • A 3 blade or 4 blade system (depending on the model) will slice through the toughest terrains. 
  • 7 inch diameter cutting capacity.  
  • Carbide-tipped mulching teeth. 

How to Find A Brush Cutter for your Skid Steer


Before you can get to work, you have to find a brush cutter that matches your skid steer. That is determined by three important factors: capacity, width, and flow rate. While all three equally important, you have to be very careful and precise when it comes to your brush cutter measurements.


  • Width
    • Select a cutting width that is wider than the tires of your skid steer
      • You’ll clear brush more precisely, and won’t run over anything that hasn’t been cleared
    • Pick a size suitable for your skid steer
      • If you buy a model that is too large, you’ll weigh down your skid steer, and the power it takes to run this attachment will end up wearing it down quickly.


  • Capacity
    • Don’t purchase a brush cutter that’s too heavy for your skid steer. There is always a recommended carrying capacity you can find in your owner’s manual, so be sure to check that before you make any serious investments.


  • Flow Rate
    • Check the flow rate for your attachment before you buy it. There is always a recommended flow rate to work within – going beyond or below the recommended limit could seriously damage your skid steer. You could push your device to its limits, or it could underperform on the job.


Taking the time to familiarize yourself with your machine, it’s requirements, and carrying capacity prior to operation is important for the success of your workload.

When to Use a Skid Steer Brush Cutter


Once you’ve found the attachment that fits your skid steer, it’s important to think about when and where you can use your skid steer brush cutter. Not all attachments can be used the same way – however, your brush cutter is highly diverse, and so it can be used on multiple job sites.


It’s best to use your skid steer brush cutter on:


  • Landscaping projects
  • Overpopulated species of plants
  • Dense brush and overgrown areas
  • Tree limbs and smaller trees
  • Exposed roots


If you have heavy growth and dense areas that prove to be problematic, your brush cutter is always the attachment you can rely on in these situations. You’ll never combat the thicker, more difficult parts of your job site again. Anywhere that requires heavy-duty clearing is suitable for your brush cutter.

How to Use a Skid Steer Brush Cutter


Your skid steer brush cutter is a high tech device that needs to be treated with care. In order to properly use and operate your skid steer, you have to prep accordingly, and then start getting to work on the job site.


To guarantee optimal efficiency, we put together all the must-have tips and tricks to use your skid steer brush cutting attachment, to the best of its ability.


  • Check the area you’re about to mow prior to starting your skid steer
  • Remove any hazardous or unusual materials that rest in the area you’re about to clear
  • Check the blades before you start up your skid steer
  • Make sure you’ve paired the right attachment to your skid steer in terms of its flow rate, capacity, and width
  • Review our  Top Skid Steer Brands for more compatibility advice and suggestions


After the initial preparation, you can start operating your brush cutter attachment, and it will be able to cut through thick debris quickly and efficiently. The key feature in all of our skid steer attachments is their open front design, which lets all the debris disperse evenly during use. While you’re operating your skid steer loader, remember these key tips, to make sure you’re operating your equipment safely.


  • Have complete and full clearance around your skid steer before working
  • Work in designated areas, getting a feel for your machine while you work
  • Make sure your brush cutter blades stay below the cab door at all times
  • Keep moving your machine in very direct pathways, so you and your team stay safe
  • Familiarize yourself with the attachment. It’s important to feel comfortable before getting started.

Caring for Your Skid Steer Brush Cutter


Whether you have a full-sized, or mini skid steer, your equipment isn’t the only thing that needs to be cared for on a regular basis. Your attachments are just as important when it comes to the long term success and efficiency of your device. To go with our list of Basics of Skid Steer Maintenance tips, we want you to fully understand how your brush cutter operates. That means understanding how to clean and care for your brush cutter, after each use.


When it comes to maintaining your brush cutter, there are a few key steps that can help you keep this attachment looking and running brand new for years to come.


  • See if the blades become chipped or worn down after use
    • Stress fractures can occur if your brush cutter isn’t cleaned regularly


  • Grease the blade every few weeks, so they continue to run like new


  • Check and see if the bolts and screws are staying in place
    • Sometimes debris and the motion can jostle your attachment too drastically, which makes the bolts become loose over time


  • Make sure your hydraulic system is clean before use.
    • Overworking your blades because of a compromised hydraulic system isn’t safe for your attachment, or your skid steer


  • Regularly replace the skid shoes, so they can help protect and secure your skid steer


  • Change the motor oil on a regular basis

For more information about our line of heavy-duty, brush cutter attachments, give us a call at 336-859-0328, or email

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