A while back someone was advertising a replacement device for trimmers
that eliminated the need for the string. Does anyone know if these are
any good and, if so, where one might find them? Or what terms to use
in a search?
Thanks for any info.
A modern scythe is a great tool, if you want to putter around outside without
gasoline, string and noise.
I cut an acre of lawn with one (which perhaps is extreme but I like it,
changing a chore to a recreation, a couple swaths every day).
Anyway a scythe can cut weeds close to objects just fine too.
I get my stuff at http://www.scythesupply.com ; I don't know if there are
other sources of European style scythes.
The key is keeping the blade insanely sharp, for lawn or close trimming (so
you cut with a mere touch rather than a swing). Which means stopping every
couple of minutes for ten seconds to whet the edge ; and peening the edge
every couple of hours (I recommend the ``larger'' anvil and cross peen hammer,
because it leaves the edge sharp when you're done, rather than dull, as opposed
to the jug).
A whole outfit will run you about $170 plus more if you get into it
and start looking for the perfect blade for every condition, as a pure hobby.
Pics from last summer, having left the windrow for effect (normally you
leaf-sweeper it up
with each swath)
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