BC 490

STRING TRIMMERS
$229.00
BC 490 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 67.
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BC 490
STRING TRIMMERS
$229.00
BC 490 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 67.
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  • 25cc professional straight shaft string trimmer with 2.5x longer engine life
  • Durable full crank 4-cycle engine features a dual-bearing, full support crankshaft to deliver smooth, reliable power
  • High capacity, easy load bump feed
  • TrimmerPlus® attachment capable for more versatility and less storage space
  • Brushcutter attachment included


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Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Wow! I am super impressed with this weed trimmer. To start off with this trimmer came with everything needed such as the oil, gas, string, & a nice extra head to take care of the tough stuff in your yard. It didn’t take long to put it together and I did it without reading the directions just to see how easy it was. As for the 2nd head changing them out is very easy and doesn’t require any tools on hand to switch them. Now for performance. Getting it started was very easy. It cuts your weeds so good and easy. As for the 2nd heavy duty attachment it took down stuff that I thought I would end up having to get a little saw or something to cut down. I was super impressed. The 1st time using it after about 2 weeks of rain we got I used it nonstop for a little over an hour and it ran and did so good. I’ve used it numerous times since then and it’s still working great! Overall being someone who’s always working in my yard and want my yard looking nice I must say this is a trimmer to get the job done. It is a little on the heavy side, but it’s expected and I’m fine with that especially since it comes with a strap to take the load off your arms while using it. I have told everyone about this trimmer and highly recommend it. * The picture if right out of the box as you can see. Nice!
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Like it, but it came with a problem Overall, I really like this trimmer. I make side money as a landscaper, so I need the power and weight of the 29cc and brush cutter attachment. That said, it feels like it's missing power and stability. I am assuming this is being caused by factory debris in the carb or poor testing (has a pass sticker). It will only run on half-choke. A three hour surprise project right out of the box.....
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bought last Summer - On my 2nd trimmer Bought this last Summer. Worked well for the first 2 trimmings. Then a harsh screeching noise came from motor. I was provided with a repalcement trimmer. Second unit now failing with same screeching noise. Most likely an oiling issue causing premature bearing failure - design flaw/manufactires defect?. Upper motor housing needs better heat sheilding, gets REALLY hot and burns forearm. This is used residentally to trim grass only. I would pass on this one folks.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Trimmer I've only had the chance to use it once so far but it has been great. It was easy enough to put together and get started. I really like that it came with the edging attachment which makes life a lot easier since I'm not an expert.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No power Bought this at my local Tractor Supply two weeks ago and was told it would handle good. Followed all instructions. Will run for 10-15 minutes, then dies. Wimpy power, chugs oil, poor quality. Only good thing is how you can add attachments.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good weed eater This weed eater is great. It's 4 cycle so you don't have to mix gas and oil to run it. That definitely makes it so much easier. With the 25hp motor, it's not too heavy at all so no more tired arms. It starts up on the first pull. I love the brushcutter attachment. Makes it very easy to just swap heads and go about your yard work instead of having to get another power tool out and hope it works. I love this and I'd definitely recommend it to everyone I know.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product! This weed eater works great! It was easy to assemble and even came with oil and gas so I could get started right away. I also like the fact that you do not have to mix oil and gas for operation since it is a 4-stroke engine. It came with a brush trimmer which worked really well in my flower beds. I like the fact that they offer a number of attachments, really making this a versatile tool. The only drawback is the weight of the tool, which is pretty heavy when using it over time..but at least there is a shoulder strap to help with that. Overall a great product!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Junk I bought this trimmer last year for my own personal lawn maintenance and I have been repairing it since. Hard to start, extremely long warmup period, poor ergonomic design, constant restringing of head, and just stopped working. It will be a treasure for someone at the recycle center. Unless it’s an old veteran and I would not do that to him.
Date published: 2019-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like the power! I got a tiller attachment to cultivate small garden.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Features I am really impressed with this well built machine. The four cycle engine runs for about an hour on a tank of gas at full throttle and starts easily. As this is a four cycle, you don't have to run this at full speed, even when using the brush trimmer. The shaft is strong and solid and does not heat up. Being able to take the attachment off the trimmer makes it easier to store and transport. I have put in at least five hours using the brush trimmer attachment. It is really well designed and solid. Does not jam with debris and has maintained its sharp edges. Be aware: this unit weighs something like 16 pounds, so your arms and back get a good work out. I really like having a four cycle engine and expect this unit to last a long time. My only quibble is the shoulder harness -- it's pretty bad. The clip is always popping off and does not distribute the weight over your body. I would recommend purchasing a real shoulder harness for comfort. So far, I'm very happy with this purchase. A great value for a string trimmer that includes the brush trimmer head. Last thought: this unit is loud. Definitely wear ear protection.
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great overall We've used this several times now and overall, it's great. The only small issue I've found is that the handle on the left side is placed awkwardly. You can't adjust it up or down, but like I said, that's not a big issue. Otherwise, it starts easy, which is a big deal to me because of past experience with previous brands. The line feeds well, and it runs smoothly. The weight is just right making it easy to move around the yard without any extra strain. It makes yard work less tedious and I sincerely appreciate that. I can see us getting a lot of use out of it for years to come.
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is my first trimmer and it was a fantastic choice. Easy to start. Easy to use. And it does the job like a champion. I am very impressed with it and I recommend it to everyone I come across that is interested in advice.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome!!! The Cub Cadet BC490 4 cycle trimmer/brushcutter is quick and easy to set up. I especially liked the fact it came with trufuel so I could use it immediately after assembly. This thing is powerful and made short work out of an overgrown side yard. The other plus for me was how lite it was. I didn’t feel the need to use the shoulder strap while using for long periods of time. All in all a great unit and I am very happy with it.
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great tool for your backyard this trimmer was very easy to put together, and has a solid build. the package was in perfect shape and the contents were all well intact inside. we have used it in our backyard multipe times ( we moved into this house not so long ago and the backyard wasnt in a good shape). so we did ou front yard and backyard in multiple sessions. it is also fuel efficient , even after multiple uses it hasnt run out of fuel. it des the job very very well, i was impressed how well it cuts and trims the edges,and the engine is quite powerful. i would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take care of thier lawns.
Date published: 2019-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No mixing of Oil/Gas This Club Cadet trimmer is great! I comes assembled, with the exception of a few features. I like the fact it also comes with an attachment for bushwhacking or trimming small branches. One of the best features for me is the 4 cycle engine. As such, I do not have to worry about keeping a separate gas can around just for the trimmer.
Date published: 2019-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brush Cutter Attachment is the best part I couldn't have asked for UPS to delivery the BC490 trimmer from Cub Cadet on a better week for trimming we needed done. After a rainy previous month, the growth of weeds and new trees have had us overwhelmed. The trimmer was easy to put together and easy to string after reading the included operator's manual. This is a 4 cycle trimmer. I dont think I even knew these existed till getting this one. No mixing oil and gas together. This saves time for sure. I started out cutting on an area with thick weeds. I am very impressed with how fast it cut through the thickness. I also noticed this trimmer runs quieter than other trimmers I have used. Now for my favorite part, well not having to mix oil and gas is pretty awesome, but this particular model also comes with a brush cutter attachment. I am beyond words with how powerful it is. I literally cut down new growth trees and bushes in no time with this attachment. Very easy to change out as well. I've included some pictures to show before and after using the Cub Cadet BC490. I would definitely recommend this trimmer to anyone needing something that gets the job done fast and just right. We also have a local Cub Cadet dealer nearby if any issues did arise. Thank you Cub Cadet for a perfect solution to my weeds this season.
Date published: 2019-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A yard BEAST I did not expect the Cub Cadet BC to have the capacity to chew through brush the way it does. Our backyard is a mess and repeated applications if defoliants don’t even seem to keep it down. I used the brush attachment of the Cub Cadet BC90 and to my astonishment, it took the overgrowth to the dirt with very little effort. It took me a few minutes to figure out my grip because this is a powerful machine but - once I got it - the overgrowth did not stand a chance. One of the yard guys in our neighborhood saw me with the Cub Cadet and came over to check it out. He borrowed it and in no time cleared a bit of growth in the neighbors yard - switched attachments and edged their yard and ours. He was crazy about it and said he was jealous of the performance. He is a professional and he estimated it cut his edging time in half. I was really impressed and I’m glad to have something in my arsenal to beat back the tropical overgrowth that comes from living in Louisiana. Great product that just flat out PERFORMS.
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powers Through Weeds and Brush The Cub Cadet 25CC Pro 4-cycle straight shaft string trimmer / brushcutter was easy to assemble, and came with a bonus of 4-cycle oil and a can of special fuel, so I was immediately able to see just what this bad boy could do. This is my first 4-cycle trimmer, and I really love not having to mix oil and gas! The shaft is long and straight, so it makes it really easy to get into tough to reach areas. I found it to be a little difficult to start at first, but it seems to be getting easier, I believe this is common with 4-cycle engines. An option for an electric starter would be great! I am really impressed with the brush cutter attachment. It's very easy to swap out, and cut through 1" brush like it was butter. Be aware that this trimmer weighs in at approximately 17 pounds, so it does seem heavy, but there is a shoulder strap included that helps distribute the weight. In a nutshell, this trimmer should be able to power through the weeds, grass and brush on your property easily.
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great durable trimmer/cutter! It was worth it to get the 4-cycle Cub Cadet BC 490 Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer/Brushcutter. One of the best features of this trimmer is the power fuel that comes premixed! Out-of-the-box ease, due to clear instructions, filling, and priming, and in about 5 minutes you're good to go. The trimmer is powerful enough to cut through large swaths of grass easily without having to bump out new line (it's a heavy gauge, so that helps). The weight of the unit is about as balanced as it can be, the rounded handle helps in ease of direction, and the safety feature to keep the head from spinning unintentionally is good, too. The only thing I might like (if it could be done) would to have the ability of a little adjustment of the head, depending on what you're using the string trimmer on. Other than that, great piece of machinery!
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful I've not had the machine long, but so far it has been great. It may actually be too much powerful for my needs. I plan on taking it to our cabin for use there. I know it will be perfect for the rough landscape in the woods. I definitely recommend for anyone that has a rougher terrane.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's big and loud but does the job well This one is big and loud, especially if you're coming from a smaller 2 cycle unit. It isn't a mower replacement though ( i had family try to use it as one mistakenly). It's quite effective at it's job. The string took a few whacks on concrete and survived it . I'd also appreciate an accessory holster or something like it to be able to maneuver easily. all in all, a solid product which should last you a very long time.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great brush cutter This is my husbands new toy, he absolutely loves it! He loves that it doubles as a brush cutter & he loves that it’s so easy to use. It was easy to put together, it came in 2 different pieces. You have the brush cutter attachment that you can put on when you’re ready to use it & when you don’t want to use it you can take it off and just use it as a regular weed eater.
Date published: 2019-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works well! This edger/hedger works well but it is very heavy. You need to be in great shape to handle this and have a lot of upper body strength. I am a 5’6” woman and in pretty good shape and it’s to heavy for me. My husband uses this tool.
Date published: 2019-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Trimmer The trimmer is a no mix style trimmer. It does not require to mixing of fuel which is a great feature. So far, it has run fine and trims great. The key is to make sure to use non ethanol gas as that is always the big problem for most small engine problems. The trimmer starts fairly quickly and runs great.
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One powerful little machine! I normally use an electric powered string cutter on my yard, but compared to my electric trimmer, this 4 cycle trimmer blows it out of the water. I've retired the electric one and will only use the BC490 from now on. It feels like a "professional" grade trimmer to me. Living here in Florida, it's a battle with the grass and weeds almost all year long, and I need something more powerful and reliable. The trimmer was easy for me to put together and fueling it was a breeze. It starts so quickly, I was amazed. I just can't keep saying enough good things about this string trimmer - and my yard looks amazing!
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremly Versatile I received this from UPS about a week ago. The grass was shin deep I ( I have attached pictures of areas I have used it in) and accompanied by tangled weeds and briars. In the thickest of the thicket, we did not see a drop off in performance, the performance was excellent.This is a serious, pro-duty trimmer, not a toy or an experiment in engineering outdoor power equipment. For all of the heaviest of applications, this is plenty of machine and would certainly be more than enough trimmer for all homeowner purposes and light commercial use. The main unit snaps in and out of trimmer and steel blade very easy. It is a bit on the heavy side but I would highly recommend this unit to anyone.
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! The Cub Cadet BC490 is fantastic! I was amazed at how quick the assembling was and how easy the instructions were to understand. I especially like not having to mix gas and oil. That was a major plus, along with it starting up smoothly and with such ease. With it being a 4 stroke, it had incredible power to trim and manicure my yard. I was able to trim around my flowerbeds in no time getting in those tight places that are normally hard to reach. With the neck strap for support, I can guide it steady and also take some of the weight off of it. The brush cutter attachment was so easy to change out. Within minutes I was cutting down small trees and shrubs with little effort. My yard looks amazing thanks to the cub cadet BC490. I definitely recommend it to everyone who wants there yard to look professionally done without having to hire professionals!
Date published: 2019-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Features and Performance! This is the best trimmer that I have ever owned. It is made with great quality and durability. It has great stability. This makes it easier to handle and easier to use. I feel like some trimmers have too much vibration that impedes progress. I was very surprised by how well the brush cutter attachment works and what it will cut. I love how fast, easy, and simple it is to change the attachments. I like the string cutter on the shield. It helps keep the string from being too long. That was a nice feature on a four stroke that I wasn't expecting. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2019-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy cutter I have only been able to use the BC490 brushcutter once,we have gotten too much rain.It was easy to add and remove the cutting attachments,add the fuel and it's light weight.Even on wet grass and weeds it cut clean and easy,no choking or cutting off because what was bending cut was too thick and wet.I also noticed that the noise level is very low,I could barely hear it with my safety gear on.Well made reliable product.
Date published: 2019-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and durable. I have been using battery powered trimmers for the past few years, so this trimmer is a beast compared to those. I take care of the lawns at several houses (not commercially, just family members who are unable to do it themselves) so I have had the opportunity to use it several times now and I'm pretty impressed. Assembly was straightforward, it took maybe 10 or 15 minutes to get it up and running. It starts right up on the first pull of the cord. I appreciate that I won't have to mix oil and gas as that is something that I have never done before - I can just buy it premixed for this trimmer. It is a bit heavier than what I am used to but the shoulder strap makes it a little easier to hold and carry. Bumping it for more string works flawlessly. I tried the brushcutter attachment out on some bamboo that is growing wild in the backyard. It was easy to swap out and cut the bamboo down with ease. There was no bogging down or reduction of power when cutting the bamboo. I have looked at the available TrimmerPlus attachments and already have a few in my shopping cart. It's well made and performed very well. We're looking forward to making our yard look fantastic this year with this trimmer.
Date published: 2019-04-12
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