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 05-09-2002, 17:22 Post: 38393
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i have about 4000 ft of fence line that i am trying to keep clear, after working most of last year cutting and removing all the thorny vines and cutting most of the tre stumps to the ground...i was planning on using my lawn mower to keep this area down, but after catching a coupla inch high stump and bending my mower blade shaft (not a good thing), i am considering a walk-behind brushcutter similiar to a tractor pulled bushhog, only much smaller (24"-26" wide) and of course u walk behind it...i recieved some literature from DR company, the literature makes it seem very good, and the price is relatively inexpensive compared to buying a few lawnmowers, and i noticed that billy goat company also makes some...

so , my question is : does anyone currently have one of these machines and what do they use it for, and would they recommend it for what i need it to do?






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 05-09-2002, 20:59 Post: 38406
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a commercial line trimmer would do better then any push, walk behind mower will do. i just disposed of one i had for 14 years and was used heavily every year. you are talking about stumps , mowers are not stump grinders but too many people show up at our mechanics place with blades to be unbent which is not a good thing to do they bend again the next time you hit something.

i have my crews work all the fenclines of large horse pastures with line trimmers rather than mowers, nicer job and less damage to the fence posts.






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 05-09-2002, 21:21 Post: 38407
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I also have 4000 ft of fence line in tough shape. I have rented the walk behind brush cutter and I guess it would depend on the type of fence you have.
For me I am think of employing Herbie. You know Herbie Cide.






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 05-10-2002, 02:34 Post: 38416
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good idea if looks but practicality are important






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 05-10-2002, 07:10 Post: 38421
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My neighbour sold a very old walk behind sickle-bar cutter last summer. It was the only machinery at a bush camp of a friend of his. I'm told it worked very well, although I only saw it noodling around my neighbour's yard a bit. Seems like a good idea although I imagine that today's corporate legal departments would all go into cardiac arrest at the thought of manufacturing something like that. It was an unshielded 2' or so sickle-bar sitting on the front of an engine that you pointed in the right direction.

Another neighbour down the highway sold a horse drawn sickle bar mower converted for 3ph use last summer. It might be an interesting thing to try for the job. However, practically speaking, rear dump rakes make better lawn ornaments than sickle bar mowers.






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 05-10-2002, 11:57 Post: 38439
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actually the string cutters dont work very well....they seem to just wrap the grass around the cutter head and they arent able to cut the up to 1/2" thick vines which seem to grow faster then the grass does...

peters, what herbacide do u have in mind for ridding onesself of the nasty bright green vines which seem to wrap themselves tightly around every tree and fence post in the area? roundup just seems to feed em and make em grow faster!






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 05-10-2002, 19:38 Post: 38452
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we use weed wackers every day for 20-30 weeks, each season. i would fire a person that would say that, led alone do it. i guess you are one of those people that goes full trottle, that causes the grass to wrap around your your weed waker. another thing you have to do is get#105 string at least ...non of this home owner stuff.






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 05-10-2002, 20:54 Post: 38455
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I have had a 12.5 HP DR brushmower for over 1 year. It is an excellent machine and will easily take down up to 1" saplings. I use it on hilly areas or tight areas where I would not want to venture with my tractor and brushcutter. DR has mede improvements to this machine in the last year including a quick attach system. I am very satisfied with their product and service. For maintaining a fenceline I agree with the others that a heavierduty trimmer (on wheels) and thicker nylon cord would be better. DR also makes a commercial grade trimmer with heavier cord. Refer to their website.






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 05-05-2003, 21:23 Post: 54358
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I use a Stihl FS 450K brush clearing saw which can also accept a line trimmer head. With the brush saw blade installed I have taken down trees 4" thick and it went through them like butter. You have to be VERY careful with these brush saws as they can kick out on you (similar to kick back) But they work great for clearing heavy brush and small trees and vines. Kinda pricey though. Around $900 and change but you probably would do better with the FS 250. Just a little lighter. The FS 450K weighs about 17 -18 lbs.






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 05-06-2003, 05:16 Post: 54374
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I have a coworker friend that rented the Biily Goat brand
rotary cutter to cut between planted Spruce trees. The area
is about 3 acres. He was very impressed,he's in the process
of looking to purchase one.






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