MTM 62cc brush cutter review

I bought an MTM brush cutter a few months ago using an eBay coupon and got it for a ridiculous $128 delivered. This is easily one of the best online deals I’ve ever found. The price has since gone up, but I reckon if you can get it for under $200, it’s still an awesome deal.

I used the MTM brush cutter for a solid three days to cut knee high grass (mostly green) and blackberries around the perimeter of a 10 acre paddock. I was so impressed with it after 3 days of reasonably hard use, that I ended up buying another one to keep in the shed as a spare.

MTM brush cutter review


It’s loud.
Earplugs were not enough. I wore earplugs AND ear muffs, which massively reduced noise fatigue. I lost the screw (or was it a rivet?) that stops the blade guard from twisting on the shaft. No big deal, it clamps down enough that it’s not really needed. Could easily be fixed with a screw, but unless you’re constantly banging the guard into things, it’s not a problem.

The handles vibrate a bit. I didn’t notice it until the second day of use. I used it for 5 hours a day, 3 days in a row – and was gripping the handles too tight. After 3 days use, my left thumb had started to tingle from RSI. I’ve since used it for lots of smaller jobs, about 1 hour at a time, and I didn’t notice the vibrations or get any nerve tingling at all. If you’re doing all day jobs with it you’ll probably want to get some vibration dampening gloves, or at least make sure you’re not holding the handles too tight.

Needs Loctite
Make sure you use some Loctite when assembling it, otherwise the handle clamps etc. can come loose. I had to stop about an hour into my first use to re-tighten and Loctite the clamp. It hasn’t budged since.

Included “freebies”
The fuel mixer bottle dribbles when you pour from it – but it’s usable if you have nothing else.
As expected, the gloves, earmuffs and gaitors are totally useless. Give them to your kids to play with.


The motor
The 62cc 2 stroke motor is a beast. It starts easily and has a huge amount of grunt. I used it on 80-100% throttle for hours and it didn’t skip a beat. I was mostly cutting knee high green grass and blackberries and it demolished everything in its path.

The line trimmer attachment is really good, and would be worth purchasing as a standalone product if you’ve already got a brush cutter. The blades are also very good, they’re well balanced out of the box, and hold their edge quite well. The line trimmer attachment occasionally got tangled up with long “reedy” grass, but that’s probably more from me being greedy and going in too far without letting the cut grass spin off.

Throttle lock
The trigger can be locked ON at about 90% throttle, which disables the dead man switch. This is awesome if you’re using it for hours and hours as it gives your throttle hand a break.

Once you get the bullhorn handles and strap adjusted for your height it’s surprisingly ergonomic to use. I’ve got a small 2 stroke whipper snipper that is half the weight of the MTM, and it KILLS my back because it has a single handle and shaft mounted throttle which means I have to stand side on to it, and I can’t adjust the trigger height, so I’m constantly straining and twisting my back when using it. By contrast the MTM brush cutter lets me stand up straight and doesn’t force me to twist my back to reach the throttle trigger or handles.

MTM 26CC Petrol Leaf Blower

I bought an MTM 2 stroke leaf blower as an impulse buy and it was well worth it. I needed a leaf blower to clean out the autumn leaves in my farm machinery shed (I can’t sweep in there, too much junk!), and after doing 10 minutes research, I decided to buy it. I paid $120 including free delivery and it arrived in a few days. It came with a 2 Stroke fuel mixer bottle, and was running within 5 minutes of arriving on my doorstep. I’ve only used it for about 3 hours, but so far it’s been excellent. Starts easily, is reasonable quite, and is powerful enough to move built up WET leaves from under our massive oak trees. The MTM leaf blower, along with the $159 Rockwell lawn mower (from Super Cheap Auto), are 2 of the best value garden tools I’ve ever bought.

Leatherman Squirt – tiny multi tool with lots of features

Leatherman Squirt

The Leatherman Squirt is one of the smallest yet most feature packed mini multi tools. It’s made by Leatherman, so the quality is WAY up there – and comes with the Leatherman 25 year guarantee (which they actually honor!). It’s small enough to carry on a key chain, but will also sit comfortably in a purse or just loose in your pocket. The best thing about it is the weight. It only weighs about 55 grams, which is ridiculously light considering how many tools it has.
I have the Squirt PS4, which is the model with the scissors – and it’s easily one of my most used tools. I have it with me (or within reach) at all times, and usually use the scissors and the knife on a daily basis. For around $50, it’s a bargain.

Pocket hacksaw

Pocket hacksaw

This has to be the smallest saw in the world. The tiny little Derma-Safe saw has a 2 3/4″ Swiss made blade made from 18TPI steel, and folds down into something nearly as small as a stick of chewing gum. The saw is tough enough to cut through wood AND metal. Perfect for model builders, survival kits, carving, even for backyard tree pruning! Derma-Safe also make a matching razor blade that is the same size, but has a dangerously sharp razor blade instead of the saw.

Lansky Mini Crock Stick sharpener

These tiny Lansky Mini Crock Stick sharpeners are small enough to carry in your pack or EDC bag, and will keep your hunting or EDC knife nice and sharp when you’re on the trail (or even sitting on your couch at home). The Mini Crock Stick has two ceramic sharpening rods – and you can remove the rods and insert them into a special channel in the plastic base to sharpen fish hooks and darts too. If you’re giving somebody a knife as a gift, then give them a Lansky Mini Crock Stick sharpener so they can keep their new knife sharp.