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    My new favorite Stihl product - Brush Knife

    I have four 150 foot rows of smaller trees that I try to keep weeded. The weeds grow very think and many get to 3" around at the base. I started using the new Stihl premium trimmer line on the FS90 and I was getting covered in weeds and it was fairly slow and taking a lot of power to keep the line up to speed. No issue with line wear, I just needed more power.

    Back to the barn and I grabbed the FS130 with the brush blade. Sort of a circular saw type blade and I went back out. This blade is great for cutting down very large based weeds but it lacks the "gap" to deal with very thick weeds. So I took a trip to Ace Hardware on a hunch to test out a Brush Knife I seen there.

    I was hesitant at first, but this is the best bolt on I have ever put on a trimmer. I had the "gap" to get into any thick nasty weed mess and cut everything like butter. I took out two 3" cedars on accident as I did not see them in the weed mess. I was cutting through alfalfa and many other weeds with 2-3" bases like nothing. This was like having line on the trimmer, but the line being a razor blade. My circular saw type blade would have needed to be swiped back and forth 5 times to go through what this brush blade would go through in one swipe.

    I did not have a power issue at all and found it ran great at about 1/3 throttle. This was an absolute joy to use. I hit dirt clumps and rocks many times with little to no damage to the blade. It reminds me of the rotary cutter blade as its not sharp nor does it have much of an edge, but it cuts everything,

    You do need to have pants, long sleeve shirt, some sort of face guard and safety glasses as it throws some serious trash. But you will be smiling as it cuts everything in sight.

    Below are pics of it on my trimmer without the guard so you can see the blade and also a picture of what I used to use. Another great product from Stihl!



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    Have you seen the circular blade with what looks like chain saw chain wrapped around it? That's a monster too. When it come to brush though, I reach for my tri-tip brush blade too. Works great!
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    Brian, You're absolutely right. I bought one for my FS80 about 25 years ago when I needed to cut some heavy brush. I never tried the other blade as you have, didn't need to. The brush cutter blade is a great tool, it saved me a few trips back the the garage to get a chainsaw for some small trees, it just cut through them. The other good thing is that the blade is reversible, so when one side gets dull, you can flip it over for more cutting.
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    My Husky has something similar, except it's got 4 blades as opposed to 3.

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    Thats pretty cool. Looks like it would jerk like crazy when you hit something.

    I have one that is almost square in shape and it works but nothing to write home about.

    I am to the point not I dont have a lot of use for that kind of stuff (Thank God) as I found a Bobcat to work great in the beginning and now it gets mowed or is meant to grow over.
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    It does not jerk at all, even at low speeds. At high speeds I was able to go right up to my PVC pipe markers and get all the weeds around it. At lower speeds, it would cut the PVC pipe right off.

    This blade acts just like the line does, but it does not break and cuts right through most brush. I am looking for more projects for it...LOL...



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    I had the same issue with the circular blade not biting enough in the brush and weeds. Bought the same blade for my FS130R and couldn't be happier. Once I get started I have to take a break and look around to make sure I am still on MY property because you really get in the zone and take everything down fast.
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    Brian,
    I ran a circular saw blade for years, at least once a year, and I had the knife blade, as shown, but never used it. I bought a new FS 85 a couple years ago and decided to try the knife blade. I threw the circular saw blade away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Brian,
    I ran a circular saw blade for years, at least once a year, and I had the knife blade, as shown, but never used it. I bought a new FS 85 a couple years ago and decided to try the knife blade. I threw the circular saw blade away.
    But you never made a thread about it



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    I have them all and use them all. They all work great.
    Have to be careful of rocks with the brush blade though. The knife blade is my fave for just about everything except saplings above about 1/2". Then use the brush blade. I am fortunate enought to have two timmers so I don't have to swap the blades.
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