I've just bought a scythe from Lee Valley Tools in Canada and I would like
to use it and care for it properly. Unfortunately there were no instructions
provided with it, assembly or otherwise.
There are a number of websites that provide general information about
scythes or instructions specific to a given product, but nothing relevant to
this Austrian manufacturer ('Fux' I beleive).
Anybody have some insight?
Yeah. Buy a farm tractor and a sickle bar mower. Hang the sythe on the barn
wall. (We did.)
You can cut yourself off at the knee by using a sythe wrong or you can put one
hell of a lot of hay up by hand by using one correctly. I can't tell you on the
Internet how to use one -- I'd need to show you.
I bought a scythe from Sycthe Source - http://www.scythesource.com /
They also sell a pretty good book called "Scythe Book". I didn't buy the
book from them, but (surprisingly) found it in my local library - it
describes everything about the use and care of a scythe.
I have seen several references to this title on the web. Don't hate me, but
I couldn't justify the cost of purchasing the book (or an anvil) yet. I had
searched our local library without success, but tonight I was able to
request this book from another library in Alberta.
I have contacted Lee Valley Tools, and they have been very cooperative, but
failed to address my concerns about the scythe.
After one day's use, the ring clamp has become bent. I assume that this is
because the pasture I am cutting has areas of dense/wet grass. I beleive
that this grass is difficult to cut and is covering the blade at the
beginning of the stroke, thus preventing the remainder of the grass from
being cut withing that stroke. The result is that I am using exessive force
to complete the stroke and forcing the blade out of the correct hafting
angle (repeatedly) and still failing to cut the grass effectively (sigh).
The ring clamp is bearing the majority of the force and is not up to it.
My gripes are as follows:
o The clamping screws on the ring clamp are not sufficient to hold the
blade in place when meeting resistance
o The ring clamp is not rigid enough to withstand the force
o The tang is thin and allows too much freedom of movenent within the clamp
I know, you will all yell at me and tell me I'm probably an idiot and
shouldn't be using such a wonderful tool if I'm just hacking at the grass. I
would partly agree seeing as I have little experience using a scythe.. it's
not a common subject. I am making an attempt to learn, but, I should expect
a tool to withstand a certain amount of expected stress without failing.
Greg, a scythe can be a very efficient tool, but it is also very
dangerous to handle if you don't know what you are doing . . .
back in my ER days in CO, I had to care for more than one person
who'd been trained in the use and still had managed to stick the
blade into his anatomy. So, please, call your local agricultural
extension office, and find someone to teach you how to use it
properly. Then, never, ever, use it when you are alone.
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