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Brushcutters & Clearing Saws

High-performance tools for heavy-duty jobs

Need to cut saplings or clear dense undergrowth or bramble? Check out the...
Need to cut saplings or clear dense undergrowth or bramble? Check out the selection of STIHL brushcutters and clearing saws. With a rugged professional design, these models have what it takes to help you in the field, whether you’re maintaining a fenceline or out in the forest with a tough clearing job. To help you identify products with built-in special comfort (C) features, look for these corresponding symbols: Easy2Start™ (E) and STIHL M-Tronic™ (M).

With additional features like a four-point anti-vibration system that helps reduce operator fatigue, a lightweight harness for comfortable extended use, and an easy-adjust handle bar for easy transport and storage, STIHL brushcutters and clearing saws cut through the clutter and provide a hardworking solution for your heavy-duty jobs.
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  1. 7 years ago
    This might be my most valued tool?
    I can not imagine clearing brush or cutting firewood without my clearing saw. If I had to choose between chainsaw or clearing saw... I'd take my clearing saw. Lots of safety warnings had me concerned, but it is safer to use the clearing saw than ax or chainsaw to cut bushes and multi flora rose bushes. I have a friend who is going old school clearing around a pond on some property he just bought and it is painful for me to watch him. I have 20 acres I am turning into a field, the brush is too ... read more high to use tractor in many places. This tool is awesome! It has been great for thinning the woods around my house too.
  2. 7 months ago
    More than what I expected
    I bought this because I needed a little bit more power than a weed eater I can get at Lowe’s. The string adapter performed as expected from a stihl, but the blade attachment is absolutely amazing! It runs through brush like I’ve never experienced. Saplings as round as my wrist I thought I’d need a chainsaw for this thing worked straight through.
  3. 4 years ago
    Brush cutting beast
    Very powerful and but fuel efficient machine. Cleared 5x the area and used less gas than my FS 130. It used different blades than the smaller units. Overall best clearing saw I have ever used. Starts on first pull 95% of the time. i have the double harness and it works flawlessly using it all day.
  1. 2 years ago
    Great Brush Cutter
    It’s expensive but if your looking for a great hard core brush cutter I would recommend the 360. I brush cut my farm pond once a year but was unable last year so there’s a lot of extra growth. My Kombi 131 with brush knife just would not cut through it. The 360 work perfect! Anything 3 inches or less was not problem. Doesn’t bog down or struggle to cut through the thickest brush. Very Pleased.
  2. 2 years ago
    I really enjoy using this most excelent brush cutting weed wacker.
    This starts so easily. Has great power for cutting brush. Is comfortable to be hooked up to for hours of use.
  3. 2 years ago
    PRODUCT USE: FS 300-400-500-series Brushcutters/Clearing Saws
    I am placing this Product Use here to assist Stihl consumers in better understanding the configuration & application of these FS 300-400-500-series units. My comments are also intended to prompt StihlUSA to market all three units offered in this series configured SEPARATELY as Brushcutters and Clearing Saws. Currently, all three units sold in this series are only available configured as Clearing Saws. This costs consumers an additional 20% more to configure their unit as a Brushcutter. For those ... read more of you who find my above comments confusing, go to the stihl.com international website & view all of the available configurations. Brushcutters are outfitted with one of several available cutting head attachments, a deflector kit, & a sine wave style handlebar assembly. The purpose of the upward sine wave on the left handlebar is to provide clearance with the left leg of the operator when cutting on a right-to-left sweep. An optional deflector may have to be purchased depending upon your choice of available cutting head attachments. Clearing Saws are outfitted with one of a few available sawing blades, a limit stop kit, & a straight style handlebar assembly. Clear cutting, generally, does not require a sweeping motion, hence the straight style handlebar assembly. This straight style handlebar is clumsy if used with Brushcutter cutting head attachments. The limit stop is designed for use with saw blades ONLY! The term "limit stop" is confusing, but it is basically a deflector with an anti-kickback feature. The FS 400-series is offered in Short (K), Standard, & Long (L) shaft models. The Short (K) shaft model is ideal for shorter operators or when cutting on steeper terrain where the distance to ground is shorter. NOTE: For safe operation, cutting should always be performed in an uphill direction! The Long (L) shaft model is ideal for taller operators or for cutting full branched brush & trees where you must extend in to the trunk. The Short (K) & Long (L) shaft models are approximately 4", shorter or longer, than the Standard shaft model length. Currently, ONLY the Standard shaft model is available in the U.S. The (K) & (L) models are available in Canada. Brushcutters & Clearing Saws should NOT be viewed as merely "heavy-duty weedeaters". They are powerful, highly-capable machinery designed for the purpose of operating where mowers or wheeled & tracked machinery cannot operate due to forestation, vegetation, obstacles, or terrain. They are the only option you have in difficult environs short of sheep, goats, or herbicides! Potential operators should develop their skills prior to taking on the most demanding jobs, while paying particular attention to SAFETY for themselves & bystanders. Brushcutter-configured units are designed to cut sapling trees, brush, vines, weeds, &/or heavy grasses. In ascending order, cutting head attachments are: nylon line; poly head; grass blades; & brush knives. These units are extremely versatile with wide-ranging applications that include, but are not limited to: forest floors; ladder-fuels control; wildfire crews; steep terrain; rocky areas; wildland trails; difficult sites; inaccessible areas; fire suppression zones; lands management; noxious weed control; structure perimeters; fence lines; crop lines; drainage swales; waterfronts; parks; cemeteries; farms; ranches; estates; businesses; homeowners; property lines; security zones; professional landscapers...and MORE! Clearing Saw-configured units are more specific in application than their Brushcutter counterparts. They are designed to cut small trees above sapling size, cut larger-diameter brush, thin multiple-trunk clusters, remove low branches, perform forest thinning, harvest cane, harvest Christmas trees, & perform some overlap with Brushcutters. They are used by forest managers, tree farms, & nurseries in addition to some of the professionals listed above with Brushcutters. Clearing Saw blades must be kept away from ground contact to avoid damaging the blade teeth. Operators are cautioned that hazards exist from flying projectiles during use. The wearing of a helmet w/ face shield, safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, protective-toe boots, & long clothing are recommended. These products are available in the Stihl line. StihlUSA claims that some of the products in the full line are not available in the U.S. due to lack of sales or demand. It is up to YOU to communicate directly with them to express your desires to expand the line. Just telling your local dealer, although helpful, is not enough!
  1. 6 years ago
    This is a powerful clearing saw.
    I live on a small family farm and have used other Stihl trimmers that are rated to accept cutting blades, but they are designed for brush and small saplings. If you need a cleaning saw to clear a thicket or around fence rows this is the item you need. It can handle three inch growth with ease. I have only run five tanks of gas through it but it does a great job clearing around the edges of pastures and any field where the woods surrounding it are moving into the cleared field. I can see this ... read more as a product I will have many years. Once I clear under some of the pine trees the first time the next year will be much easier to maintain. Our farm has been in production sine the 1890's so I have a lot of pride in keeping the place looking good.
  2. 4 years ago
    Great Flexibility and Power for tough terrain
    I have owned this FS 560 CEM for 5 months. I bought this piece of equipment to help clear some overgrown fields & underbrush on forest/hunting land and it has not disappointed. The best thing about it is you can take it anywhere in the back of your SUV without having to have a trailer to pull or buy a walk behind brush cutter. The saw blade easily cuts through small saplings and 2 to 3" trees with an easy swing. And, the brush cutter attachment slices through any briar patch and takes care of ... read more small saplings. The gas tank is also surprisingly large allowing you to run it for much longer than a normal trimmer. Most importantly though, the shoulder harness distributes the weight very evenly reducing you from getting too tired. I will be using this for selective thinning of gum & other undesireable trees on my forest/hunting land (101 acres). I highly recommend this if you need something to help you clear on rougher land.
  3. 2 years ago
    Powerful clearing saw
    This brush saw is second to none! My crew has been running a pair of these saws for four years, they have been very reliable and have more than enough power. We use them for trail maintenance and clearing fuel breaks in heavy brush and small trees. With the saw blade (and proper sharpening) the 560 takes out trees up to 4" no problem (and we have cut up to 8" trees with a few whacks), the three-sided blade is great on smaller regrowth and herbaceous vegetation. The large fuel tank is key and ... read more it can run flat out for a little more than an hour on one fill-up. Also the vibration dampening system is awesome, it's well balanced and running 5 or 6 tanks doesn't bother anyone. That being said, maintenance is necessary, blades have to sharpened a lot to perform well. We replace the nut, washer and parts for mounting blades every year (Stihl sells a parts kit). When we have decreased performance, it's because the spark arrestor is clogged - we just pop it out and burn it out with a butane torch. Overall, impressive machine.
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