How to get the most out of your brushcutter

When it comes to clearing work, a brushcutter is your most versatile tool. Here’s a list of tips on how to work safely and effectively with your Husqvarna brushcutter.

First of all, if you plan on clearing a large area, start by setting an overall plan. That keeps you from having to stop and figure out what to do next while working, thus saving you a lot of time. Always walk systematically in a way that takes you back in time for the next fuel refill. And, if working on a hill, start at the bottom and work your way up gradually instead of going up and down.

Safety Equipment

When working with a brushcutter, wear protective clothing such as:

Setting up

Before starting work, make it a habit of checking for any visible cracks in the blade, or whatever cutting equipment you’re using, and make sure that:
  1. The lock nut and the fuel cap are properly tightened
  2. The blade guard is not damaged
  3. The throttle, stop switch and muffler work as intended
  4. The blade doesn’t rotate when the engine is in idle mode
  5. The harness is adjusted comfortably and the safety release works

Getting started

Make sure that people are not standing close to you while you’re working. A distance of at least 10 metres is appropriate. Place the machine on the ground against a solid surface with the cutting part away from surrounding objects. Press down on the machine with one hand, not your foot, and grab the starter handle with the other. Pull it slowly until you feel a resistance and then yank it hard and quickly. Once the engine starts, remember to reset the choke control.

The harness

By using a supporting harness, you effectively distribute the weight of the brushcutter and add great balance, making the machine feel lighter as well as more manoeuvrable. Also, in case of emergency, the harness offers a quick release feature that lets you drop the brushcutter instantly. Make sure you know how this works before you get started.
Once you’ve adjusted the harness to fit your body, it’s time to move on to the actual brushcutter. Here are three things you can fine-tune, for maximum safety and efficiency:

How to adjust your brushcutter

Once you’ve adjusted the harness to fit your body, it’s time to move on to the actual brushcutter. Here are three things you can fine-tune, for maximum safety and efficiency:
  1. The loop. When letting go of the handle, the cutting blade should balance gently on the ground. To accomplish this, adjust the suspension loop on the shaft until you get the right balance. For the best result, do it while the tank is half-full.
  2. The handlebar. The handlebar is easily adjusted sideways. Adjust it so that it’s positioned right in front of your arms.
  3. The handles. Set the handles so that the angle of your elbow is at about 120° when the brushcutter is hanging freely. Be careful not to tilt the handlebars, since this will position the brushcutter too close to your body.
Brushcutter with a harness

Maintenance and service

A well-sharpened blade makes your work session much more effective. Therefore, file the blade fairly often, preferably after every refuelling. Regular maintenance also extends the life of your machine. Get in touch with your local Husqvarna dealer [link to dealer locator] if you don’t have time to do it yourself. It’ll be well worth it.

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