I know you're probably sold on an electric trimer, DON'T. I did the
same thing three years ago and only have a 1/3 acre lot. Just
yesterday I ditched the electric and went gas. I was simply tired of
dragging a cord around the yard, having it snare on trees, cars,
shrubs, etc. From what I've heard the rechargables will last one
season MAYBE two, and they cost pretty close to a cheapy gas powered
I thought about the cordless version when I bought my last trimmer and
mower but decided against it. I have had acceptable performance from
those cordless tools that I use frequently but I haven't had the same
experience with the infrequent use cordless tools. Seems that if you
use the tool on a regular basis it maintains the charge better.
Infrequent use and the batteries don't seem to last.
I've tried cordless and didn't think they had enough power or longevity; I
tried corded and didn't like the cord "tail" I had to drag around
everywhere, or having to uncoil and untangle/recoil a long cord at the end
of work. I tried one of those power-head + trimmer attachment rigs which I
thought was too heavy and awkward for extensive use.
What I found that I really like is a high-wheeled gas-driven string trimmer.
Sears has one, and presumably there are other brands around. It does not
have a "bump" line dispenser -- instead it uses a really heavy-duty line
that may go for several weeks without needing replacement, and it's just a
matter of cutting the right length of line from a spool and snapping the
replacement in place.
The Sears Craftsman trimmer has never needed service and is now nine years
old. It starts every time, even after I let it sit for two years because I
was using a lawn service. Most of all, I like it because I don't have to
carry it and it's light enough to push easily wherever I want to use it.
My trimmer is gas-free and it works great. It's called Roundup. It's
a much more permanent job.
Much of my trimming will be around the edges of a vegetable garden. Roundup
is not safe for such use.
Not sure if you are a gadfly or really practice what you write but I
know someone who sounded exactly like you. Just throw caution to the
wind and expose yourself as much as possible to everything because all
precautions are total nonsense. That was until he developed liver cancer
which was clearly related to some of the solvents he often exposed
You used the number 4 in your sentence. Does knowledge have an expiration
date? In other words, if something is discovered today, and all scientists
agree it's a valid discovery, does the discovery become invalid after a
certain period of time, like the way milk goes bad?
Please define that period of time.
You said "4".
And by the way, the studies are correct. Who would need to publish the exact
same data in order for you to believe it? Name one organization, agency or
news source you would believe.
Of course, but that knowledge was discovered to be nonsense. Let's stay
focused on the real subject at hand. What would need to happen in order for
you to believe research about the harmful effects of a product like Roundup?
You're a scientific guy. I'm sure you can answer the question.
I would need to see such warnings in the product MSDS. That's where the
FACTS are. Even if it is a government mandated publication, they do seem to
be accurate. I've been in the lawn and landscape business for 13 years and
have read a lot of MSDS's. I had just never had occasion to read the
roundup one until now. I was surprized to find it as safe as it is. I
don't think i'll put some on my cheerios, but i do think i'll kill the hay
field with it and not worry about it.
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