I want to cut a stand of weeds that have trunks of about 1/2 inch in
diameter, some woody, some soft.
I am sure this task would kill my lawn mower.
What kind of SMALL mowing machine exists for this job?
It can't be much wider than a normal lawn mower.
You could borrow a lawnmower or weed eater from a neighbor you don't
I was that neighbor and still carry the hate 26 years later.
I'd use a yo-yo and do it by hand, followed up with a lawnmower after
you remove the big stuff.
I know that I'm going to regret asking this, but heck, everybody needs a
straight man to do the setup line, so, in the context of brush cutters:
What's a "yo-yo"?
(and yes, I do have a couple of old Duncan's around here some where in a
box of the kids' old stuff)
How about renting a brush hog? Cutting heavy stuff with a mower
could bend/damage the mower shaft, and once that's done you have a
junked mower or an expensive repair.
I've cleared a 20x20 foot area with a weedeater using a metal blade on
it. My neighbor offered his metal cutter head to me after seeing me
struggle with the nylon cord on the weedwacker. It took an afternoon
to do the job. The area had well-established thorny wild roses and
Much wider than a lawnmower? No they're not.
Did you look at the DR website?
Their self-propelled, walk-behind brush mowers vary in width from 22"
I have the 17HP 30" model. It's absolutely amazing. It cuts and chops
up everything from weeds to shrubs to small trees. It will knock down
2" diameter hardwood trees and chop them off at the base. It will mow
chest-high weeds as fast as I can walk.
How big an area? I simply swap the string head for a steel blade on my
Stihl ST-85 weed whacker and it takes out 1/2" hardwood saplings like
they were straws. This makes sense for small plots and takes little
time. But if you are talking about acres of such work all bets are off.
If this is a one-time job, i.e. you aren't expecting to let the heavy
stuff grow back, you might just consider having a commercial clearing
service do it for you. Or if you just have to feel the sweat for
yourself you might be able to rent a suitable mower for a weekend.
I believe it was already suggested before, but I would recommend one of
those hand-held swathers. You could swing that thing back and forth (back
and forth, back and forth...) all day and so long as you kept the blade
sharp it would mow down the weeds. It would probably also mow down your
back, and the cut would be pretty darn uneven but it would be a start and
you could then tackle the left-overs with your lawn mower.
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