How Much Does a Skid Steer Brush Cutter Attachment Cost?
When it comes to heavy equipment, skid steer loaders offer amazing versatility thanks to the literally dozens of attachments available. Not only do these attachments save you money (versus buying multiple machines), they also make tedious tasks quick and easy. A skid steer brush cutter attachment makes quick work of brush and, depending on the type of cutter you buy, does a lot more, including mulching and shredding.
What Are the Types of Brush Cutters?
There are four main types of brush cutters and decks: closed front, open front, floating deck, and standard deck.
- Closed front brush cutters trap debris within the deck, making them great for mulching. They turn leaves, limbs, and saplings into small pieces and, compared to open front cutters, create a more consistent, attractive cut.
- Open front brush cutters provide a great rough cut but do not mulch as well as a closed front cutter.
- Floating decks are great when you need a consistent cut over uneven ground. These decks follow the ground's contours, reducing gouging and scalping for a cleaner cut. They also allow you to lock the position, which is great when working with soft or wet ground where you prefer the deck to be slightly above the surface.
- Standard decks are great for clearing more even surfaces and come with a lower price tag than floating decks.
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Brush Cutter Best Practices: Things to Keep In Mind
Brush cutters are heavy equipment, which means that the best operators are experienced and follow safety protocols.
- Know the terrain: Before working on unfamiliar terrain, walk the area. Look for soft, mushy areas, sudden drop-offs, and debris such as rocks and wire. Do not use a brush cutter on steep terrain.
- Wet ground may affect traction: Wet ground usually causes the loader to sink or, at the very least, lose traction. Track loaders have fewer traction issues than units with tires.
- Experience matters: There are multiple controls to understand and multiple obstacles to avoid. It takes time and experience to become a good operator.
- Match attachment to skid steer capacity: Most brush cutters weight over 1,000 pounds and that's before adding casters or a rear roller. Check product specs, including the recommended loader capacity, to ensure your skid steer can handle the attachment.
- Be careful: Read the operator's manual and make sure bystanders remain at least 200 feet away from the cutter when it's in operation.
- Maintain your equipment: Establish – and follow – a regular maintenance schedule, paying particular attention to keeping moving parts lubricated, especially the spindle. Check your manual for maintenance information and replace worn or defective parts immediately.
How Much Does a Brush Cutter Attachment Cost?
Bruch cutter attachment pricing varies widely depending on size, make, manufacturer, vendor, and more. At the low end, you can expect to pay around $2,400. Larger models with greater cutting ability run well over $10,000. Consider the following examples to help you estimate your costs.
- Blue Diamond extreme duty, 72" with four blades, bi-directional, low flow 16-26 GPM, cuts trees up to 6" diameter, price range: $6,700 to $7,200
- Blue Diamond heavy duty brush cutter, direct drive, 72" deck, tapered back, perimeter wire guard, 9" deck clearance, price range: $5,200 to $5,800
- Bradco Series II Mulcher MM60S, cuts hardwood trees up to 8" diameter, cutting widths of 60" or 72", synchronous belt drive system, adjustable push bar, price range: $25,000 to $30,000
- Mid-State BHPB72, 72" deck, stump jumper between blades and deck, safety chain, Parker drive motor, price range: $3,400 to $3,900
- MTL 72" rotary cutter, cuts trees up to 4" diameter, hydraulic drive system, price range: $2,500 to $2,900
- MTL Extreme Direct Drive, 72" cut with 80" width, 3-blade double flywheel, cuts trees up to 7" diameter, wire wrap prevention ring, price range: $3,600 to $4,000
- MTL48BC-E, Bobcat mini skid steer, 48" wide with 44" cut, 9-15 GPM, Parker motor with Omni gearbox, cuts trees up to 4" diameter, price range: $2,200 to $2,600
- MTL-BC4, 72" cutter with 80" deck, cuts trees up to 4" diameter, hydraulic drive system, price range: $2,200 to $2,800
- Spartan mini brush cutter, cuts brush up to 2" diameter, 53.5" deck width with 42" cutting width, price range: $2,500 to $2,900
- Spartan professional mini brush cutter, 51" width with a 42" cutting width, 10-15 GPM, price range: $2,500 to $2,900
- Spartan professional series, 66" cut swath, cuts up to 3" diameter, two blades with stump jumper, price range: $3,300 to $3,700