Walk behind brush cutters, sometimes called rough cut mowers, are made for clearing overgrown land with little or no tree growth. Some of these cutters will tackle smaller diameter trees, but for the most part, they are in their element clearing overgrown grass, bushes and shrubbery. Although all of them are self propelled, using them is a heavy duty job and may not be right for some people. You don't want to invest in something like this and find out later that it is too much machine to handle.
The best machines will be rated for ease of use and effectiveness, with price and durabiltity being taken into consideration.
The Swisher WB11524BS 11.5 HP 24" Walk Behind Rough Cut Trailcutter features a 4 speeds transmission with a reverse gear, cuts a 24-inch swath and comes with an 11.5 horse Briggs engine. Read Full Review
Top rated and deserving so is the Swisher WB11524BS 11.5 HP 24" Walk Behind Rough Cut Trailcutter. It is one of the least expensive brush cutters here yet it is one of the easiest and most effective machines to use. It cuts a 24-inch swath, will mow down 1 1/2-inch saplings and features an 11.5 horsepower Briggs engine. It features a 4-speed transmission, a reverse gear, and large pneumatic tires that will roll effectively over any kind of terrain.
The Brush Beast Model 36BB 36 in. 22 HP Subaru V-twin (653 cc) Engine has dual-hydro controls, will cut through 4-inch dameter trees and will clear an acre of land in 30 minutes. Read Full Review
With a name like this, you know that the Brush Beast Model 36BB 36 in. 22 HP Subaru V-twin (653 cc) Engine had to make this list. This is the most heavy-duty and expensive brush cutter here, and it is made to clear acres worth of land. This "beast" comes with an unbreakable 22 horsepower Subaru engine, it will cut through 4-inch diameter tree trunks and features dual-hydro control for ease of maneuver. The almost 5 gallon fuel tank will let you cut for hours, and it will clear one acre of land in 30 minutes.
The DR Field and Brush Mower 12.5 HP Premier, Self-Propelled gives you 3 forwards speeds and 1 reverse, is light in weight and nimble and it will cut through 2-inch thick saplings. Read Full Review
The lightest and nimblest brush cutter on this list is the DR Field and Brush Mower 12.5 HP Premier, Self-Propelled. The manual starter saves on weight, it has three forward speeds and one reverse, yet it will cut 2-inch thick saplings with it's 12.5 horse Briggs engine. This brush cutter comes in at the most bang for the buck. It may sacrifice on some features, but if you have a smaller property that needs to be cleared, and you want a lightweight yet reliable cutter, this is the unit to have.
The Ariens 24 in. Pro High Wheel Self-Propelled Gas Brush Cutter Mower is ideal for use on uneven landscape. It cuts a 24-inch swath and it will level 1 1/2-inch saplings. Read Full Review
For superior brush cutting on landscape that has many uneven places, the Ariens 24 in. Pro High Wheel Self-Propelled Gas Brush Cutter Mower is going to be your best bet. The high wheels allow it to move easily over uneven landscape better than smaller wheeled cutters, and the variable speed belt drive will keep you moving in any speed range that you need. It features an 11.5 Briggs engine, it will cut down 1 1/2-inch thick saplings and it will cut a 24-inch swath.
The Snapper Field and Brush Mower Model GM2516BS is 16 horsepower strong with a 25-inch cutting swath that will take down 3-inch saplings on puncture resistant tires. Read Full Review
From one of the leaders in lawn care equipment comes the Snapper Field and Brush Mower Model GM2516BS. This 16 horsepower Briggs engine has enough power to cut through 3-inch saplings, has a 25-inch cutting swath, has four speeds and instant reverse. Sealant filled pneumatic tires means it will roll over rough terrain and you won't have to worry about punctures, and the hydrostatic transmission gives you smooth power delivery over any surface.