Wheeled weed eater

Seasoned Oak Posted By Seasoned Oak, Jul 10, 2016 at 10:16 AM

  1. Seasoned Oak

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    Just giving a heads up to all the land owners here on the hearth site. I just had the opportuntity to try out one of those big 6.75 HP wheeled weed whackers. I dont know why i didnt get one of these things years ago. IT takes out any weed up to 6 ft high ,and small saplings up to about 3/4 inch. Just dont try it too close to the trees you want to keep cuz it will take the bark off . It has no equal at the woods line where lawn meets woods. This year i didnt get to cut the grass till july on my country lot and it was 4 to 6 ft high. i tried to do it slowly with a mower but probably took a few years off the mower lifespan in the process. THis craftsman weed whacker handled it with ease.
     
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  2. begreen

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    They are great in some kinds of brush but meet their match when trying to tackle a field infested with blackberries. Himalayan blackberries chew through the heavy strings too quickly so one ends up needing a blade to chew through a lot of them.
     
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    All kinds of HD strings available including different kinds of blade attachments. The only thing that stopped the string type iv been using are cement blocks. Iv got a lot of briar bushes near the tree line an it makes short work of them. Im looking at the DR trimmer ,it cost a little more than craftsman or husquarva but it think the trimmer mechanism is superior. The one i borrowed is a craftsman. I got my pre-cut .155 HD string on amazon $8 for 36 pieces. This is about 2.5 times thicker than my small electric weed whacker and about twice as thick as my gas whacker.
     
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    That is similar to what I tried, with the same diam. string. Our tough blackberries chewed that stuff up pretty quickly, but I did eventually get the job mostly done with it. I'm going to rent a DR Fields brush hog next time.
     
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    Reminds me of when I weed whacked my 1 acre 3' high back yard. As my country neighbors would say, "That city boy is new to this."
     
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  6. sportbikerider78

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    Keep in mind you can always rent for about $100/day a walk behind brush hog. I'm doing that this fall. Expensive to buy, but a string unit will not 'cut it' for the brush I have to eat through.
     
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    i have posted these other pictures somewhere else, but the brush hog made a difference.... before
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    and 2 hours after:
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    it cost me $75
     
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    DHT was having a factory sale, and I thought about picking up a wheeled string trimmer for a couple hundred bucks, but decided against it for now....
     
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    I have one, cant remember the brand but its amazing compared to the old back wreckers ive used in the past. it will eat up some heavy stuff as well uses a square "string" about 3/16ths thick, wish I had one years ago
     
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