Which Outback brushcutter is right for you? All 8 models look similar, but they have features that make each model work best for specific jobs. Here’s what you should look for when you’re shopping for your next piece of brushcutting equipment.
A fixed deck adds stability, making it the best choice for thick vegetation, rough surfaces and steep hills. A pivoting deck can follow the terrain, leaving an even finish. The auto-pivoting deck delivers the best finish.
The fixed deck has a cutting height of 3 ¾ inches. Floating decks can be fixed or adjustable, cutting as low as 1 ¾ inches. While you may want to make a high pass to avoid rocks and other obstacles, you may not need to mow after making a lower pass with an adjustable deck.
Engines: More than Just Brand Names
The Honda engines offered on these brushcutters have a lower center of gravity. This allows Honda-equipped models to stay stable on slopes as high as 20 degrees. The Honda engines have a three year warranty, and they’re available with electric starters.
Brushcutters with Briggs & Stratton motors can only handle slopes up to 15 degrees. There is no electric start option, and they only have a two year warranty. If you don’t need to use a brushcutter more than one per week, these engines are more than up to the task, even for professional landscaping.
Transmissions: Geared or Hydrostatic?
The BC26’s geared transmission doesn’t have any linkages that can snag on vegetation. This makes it the best choice for cutting the thickest grass. It has three forward speeds and reverse, so you don’t get as much control over speed.
The Tuff Torque hydrostatic transaxle used on other models lets you adjust speed while keeping the engine in its peak power band. This keeps blade speeds high for better performance. This transmission has “Enhanced Traction Control,” which is another way of saying it’s a limited slip differential. If one wheel starts to slip, the axles lock. This applies power equally to both wheels. Hydrostatic transmissions are the best choice for slopes and uneven ground.
Which Model Should I Buy?
Now that you understand the features, you can pick which model to buy.
– Floating deck
– Honda or Briggs & Stratton engine
– Variable height, auto-centering floating deck
– Honda engine
– Fixed deck
– Geared transmission
– Briggs & Stratton or Honda engine
No Matter What You Choose, We’re Here to Help
Billy Goat Parts is a certified dealer for Billy Goat, Honda Engines, Tuff Torq and Briggs & Stratton. That means we carry everything you need for your Outback brushcutter. Our site’s search engine can find parts specific to your model and serial number. It also has built-in factory parts descriptions and diagrams, so you can be sure you’re ordering exactly what you need. Visit us at www.billygoatparts.com. We ship across the United States and Canada.