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I need to buy a brush cutter (aka whacker) as soon as the rainy season passes. 

I have zero experience with these things so I have to ask for suggestions. 

What should I look for? 2 or 4 stroke?

Any brands that you recommend / I should avoid?

Thanks in advance for any info. 

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Honda 4 stroke yeah! it's the duck's guts!

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I forgot to ask in my initial post: are the heads (e.g. grass cutter, trimmer, saw blade, etc.) all a standard size i.e. fit all makes and models? What I mean is, if I bought a Honda which comes with a trimmer, can I walk into any hardware store and pick up a saw blade and attach it to the Honda? Or would I have to buy a blade specifically designed to fit a Honda? 

Hope this makes sense. 

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20 minutes ago, kokesaat said:

We have 2.5 rai of landscaped garden/yard.  A honda 4 stroke brush cutter cost about 8500 7 years ago.  It still starts on the first pull.  Minor maintenance over the 7 years, but pretty much hassle free.

Thanks. I was leaning towards one of the more well known brands. Found Honda and Husqvarna on lazada. 

Can't decide between 2 or 4 stroke...  

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15 minutes ago, djayz said:

Thanks. I was leaning towards one of the more well known brands. Can decide on a 2 or 4 strike...  

Get the Honda 4 stroke. As said by others good quality, also you dont have to mix oil with gas, less oil smoke and smell, less noise.

We just got one from DoHome in Khon Kaen a couple of days ago ( I am traveling and have not seen it yet) it was on sale 41992167_757123111296581_4776221130295869440_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=a652acced44d354b8f76e82c72ff6ec5&oe=5C261336

Original price 15,605bht(perhaps on another planet at most places it is about 10,000 bht )on sale  7.401 bht.

 

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the Honda 4 stroker is great, not only being bullet proof,

but also for it's universal design... 

 

 there have over the years been some alternative output configs;

namely I've had the bolt on *5 reduction gearbox - and the result was for some years the power unit on one of my recumbent trikes

 

 

and easily retrofitted back to normal... for when it eventually went back to real work!

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47 minutes ago, djayz said:

Thanks. I was leaning towards one of the more well known brands. Found Honda and Husqvarna on lazada. 

Can't decide between 2 or 4 stroke...  

By the way, When looking I also looked at Lazada , If all things are equal and you are near the major DY stores like DoHome, Home pro, etc , IMO it is better to get it at the store where you can touch and feel, and if something wrong, easier to return or rectify. I might even want to pay a couple of Bht more for the advantages  of a brick and mortar store than an online purchase,.

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I brought a Chines thing 5 years ago .feedup with it carburetor problems main jets keeps getting blocked, used it for one hour, repair it for half an hour.

Now got a Mitsubishi, 7600 baht good bit of kit starts first time, sometimes does not like hot starting.

like my Chines thing it is a 2 stroke, and they do not like this gashole fule, I use the 95 gashole .

I use to work for a landscape gardening firm in the UK  we had Stihl  Strimmers all 2 strokes,I think they rev  higher and make a better job of cutting, I have cut thick old hard Nappier grass storks, like sugar cane, with good blads on cuts this  Nappier grass no problem.

We have 1 1/2 rie of Nappier grass, we cut the grass about 1 foot from the ground, for silage then I use the strimmer to cut the stalks down to ground level .plus any other weeds they are. this gets done 3 times a year ,after 3 cuts of silage. 

I got mine from our local shop in town, I did not like the idea of a 90 km round trip to a Home Pro or whatever if anything goes wrong, and our local shop does know one end of an engine from the other, more than some 18-year-old at Home pro would. 

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6 hours ago, sirineou said:

By the way, When looking I also looked at Lazada , If all things are equal and you are near the major DY stores like DoHome, Home pro, etc , IMO it is better to get it at the store where you can touch and feel, and if something wrong, easier to return or rectify. I might even want to pay a couple of Bht more for the advantages  of a brick and mortar store than an online purchase,.

100% agree with you. I often "do my homework" online and then purchase these kinds of items at the store, where I can take a closer look at the real thing. Will be passing DuHome next week so I might pop in then and look. 

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Another vote for a 4-stroke Honda, infinitely reliable but parts readily available and cheap if it does fail. I just re-built our 10 year old beastie for 1000 Baht and a day of my time.

 

The heads are (mainly) universal, just remember the nut is a left-hand thread  :whistling:

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I have a beast of a Husqvarna... It's 2 stroke and it rips...

With the solid blade on, it cuts through most things with ease..

I'm sure the Honda 4 stroke is just as good. Don't go cheap on these machines as you will spend more time fixing them than using them !!

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We have also several Honda brushcutters. It seems theylast "forever" Some mainenance is required. (Oil change, and regular greasing from the gear vlose to the blade) 

 

We never want something else. But:  On regular base we hire a group of professional grasscutters, and they buy very cheap Chinese brush cutters, do not do any maintenance and just buy a new one when the "old one" does not work anymore.

 

Arjen.

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I've run a farm out here for the last 13 years. I also have a large 1/2 rai garden.

Our farm workers prefer their 2 strokes. Brand names like Makita, Stihl etc. If using a cutter/wacker with tall thick grass and undergrowth, I agree.

The 2 strokes are more powerful.

And nowadays (if avoiding Chinese cheapo brands) just as reliable.

For garden work, the 4 strokes are fine. I recommend the less powerful Honda OHV models over the quicker revving OHC models.

Our OHC died a death after about 5-6 years. The OHV model is still running strong (for a 4 stroke) 13 years later.

I would also recommend NOT buying online, but at a minimum from one of the big box stores, or preferably, paying a couple of hundred baht more, and buying from a local in town specialist store. Selection will be as great as a city box store, or greater, the staff will be more knowledgable, and more helpful if things go wrong or you need spares.

 Spare parts and different blades and set ups are available for EVERY model and EVERY brand in EVERY market town or provincial city.

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