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I have been looking out for a decent used machine. I did have a demo of the Etesia Attila AV88 - good machine from a manufacturer with a fine reputation for top quality tools. The Canycom is the better of the two though, but at a price. £3.5k more for the Japanese machine is quite a wack.

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Good little cutter bought one that was x EA right at the start of an auction got it for £750 plus vat commission.

It's had been filled with deisal but not run £50 and it was running boy didn't it get some abuse great machine and very similar to the Etisia in design.

Grillo Climber 8.22 looks to have plenty of ability. Two year warranty and about half the price of the Canycom machine. Interesting.

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How about some Iron Age pigs instead? Be expensive to hit rocks/stumps with that machine.

 

My brush cutter has a trimmer attachment for that very reason. 6mm trimmer line. I agree about pigs, though, far cheaper and you can eat them afterwards

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My brush cutter has a trimmer attachment for that very reason. 6mm trimmer line. I agree about pigs, though, far cheaper and you can eat them afterwards

Hi Richard,

I have thick brambles rapidly spreading their way across 15 acres of sweet chestnut and mixed woodland. I have another four acres of open ground, tracks and rides which need mowing. I will not use chemicals and sadly I do not have the time available to manage the brambles on about 19 acres of land with a strimmer, hence my interest in a ride-on brushcutter.

The Canycom machine's shaft driven blades are thoughtfully protected by a shear bolt which will fail if a solid and immovable object is struck. Replacing the broken bolt looks to be a three minute job as access to it is a doddle.

I do really like the idea of having pigs do the clearing job. Large Blacks appeal, and water for them would not be an issue as we have ponds and three natural springs. But would pigs not eat up all the bluebell bulbs, snowdrops, wood anenomes, foxgloves, campion, etc, as well as the brambles and bracken?

I would value your opinion. As you are in East Sussex too, PM me if you could spare half an hour sometime to look over my woodland.

Best wishes,

Chris

http://www.wealdenlogs.co.uk

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We had a herd of Iron Age pigs and moved from woodland to woodland. Cleaned up land well and now most woodlands still with Bluebells and wildflowers with hundreds of young Oak/Ash seedlings. The meat was good enough to sell in Chatsworth Farm Shop.

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I've had tamworths and large blacks in the woods at different times and the tamworths did a much better job. I think the longer snout and upright ears mean they do more forage and less ploughing unlike the large blacks which went deeper and churned the ground a bit too much.

Norfolk wildlife trust bods couldn't believe the variety of ground flora as it was in blocks of thinned mixed conifer on an ancient woodland site where the acidification caused by the needles usually suppresses the native seed bank.

 

 

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Handy looking machine but doesn't seem to have any rollover protection.

 

Not many mowers do to be honest you would really struggle to tip one of thesa over you would have to really do something stupid.

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