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 07-14-2004, 14:54 Post: 90894
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I need a way to control weeds along alot of fencing. Holding a regular weedwhacker is very unpleasant for me, especially for hours. I know DR Field&Brush put out a string trimmer on wheels. Does anyone else make such a thing? I only wish I could find some cool implement to add to my tractor to get it to trim along fenceposts.

There is also Roundup, but am concerned about the safety (horses in pasture).

Any thoughts on this? Thanks in advance!






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 07-14-2004, 15:05 Post: 90896
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I haven't seen one in years but I remember using a 'weed steamer' as a kid on our farm.

It was a heavy duty water tank with a fuel oil burner under it, kind of like a portable furnace boiler. There was a steel pipe setup that ended in a movable nozzle. The whole thing was trailer mounted and towed by the tractor, an old AC W-4 in our case.

In operation that thing would give off a jet of steam that would fry weeds, grass and almost anything else within about 6' of the nozzle. A tank of water (100 gal. ?) would last a lot longer than I would on a hot summer day.

I suppose some such thing could easily be put together today, it certainly was safe enough, it made such an aweful racket the animals gave it a VERY wide berth coming down the fence row. I even remember that one particularly nasty bull we had was deathly afraid of it.

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 07-14-2004, 16:07 Post: 90900
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The hot water approach sound like a great idea. I wonder if the heated pressure washers get hot enough? Northern didn't list the max temp, they are pricey and you would need a pressurized water supply to feed it.

If you go the trimmer route, I have a Sears walk behind. DON'T BUY THEIRS. Trimming up against something especially a fench is much easier with what "DR" calls Parallel Tracking. I think Troy Built has it too and maybe some others, but be sure. You need the cutter head off to one side to do a fenchline or building edge easily. The Sears unit I have can't do it. Other than that design issue, the walk behind cutters are extremely powerful. My wife trimmed around a toolbox I had sitting on the ground. When I picked it up, I only got the top 2/3. True story.

The other thing to watch is the material the "Mow Ball" is made of, either that or don't try cutting the grass in a gravel drive with it. She chewed the first ball to shreads.






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 07-15-2004, 09:19 Post: 90959
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My dealer carries a line of DR like trimmers on wheels, but I didn't catch the brand name. Next time I'm there I'll look. They're green, but not JD green. Most folks who have the DR trimmer seem to like them.

Another option might be a propane fired torch (one of those used while standing up). I've got one that makes quick work of weeds. Obviously you don't want to use one of these during fire season when the surrounding grass is really dry.






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 07-15-2004, 10:02 Post: 90968
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The big problem with a 'string-type' tool is that along the fence you constantly need to move in and out around fence post, rocks, trees, or whatever else is there.

Our old steam blaster just merrily nuked everything it rolled past, I remember it being particularly handy with gopher holes.

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The apple farmers behind me have an interesting setup on one of their 3PH mowers -- not sure what to call this thing, but it kinda looks like a spring loaded disk mounted to an arm off the side of the mower. I assume there is some sort of trimmer wheel under this disk, and the disk acts as a safety shield.

While mowing along the trees, it extends out to mow in between the trees, and when it comes to the tree stump, the guard pushes the whole arm back to go around the tree and the spring returns it back after it is past the tree stump.

I have never gotten a good look at this setup up-close, but I assume the cutter is hooked into the mower gearbox or drivetrain somehow for its power - it is not an add-on engine like the setup in the earlier post.

Having seen this in operation from a distance, I would think it would work great on fence lines also. Maybe Art or some of the other dealers know what this setup is called. I will try to get some pics if I am lucky to catch them the next time they come through.






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JimP: The apple farmer may be using a "Weed Badger". A hydraulically operated cutting/tilling head on an articulating arm.






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Interesting. Typically apple farmers use large offset brush choppers to get under trees. Thats what they gave me to use many years ago when I worked for them. They often times didn't reach to the trunks (limbs to far out) or even worse - I would ocassionally take a small tree out. The weed badger sounds like big improvement.






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Wow, the Weedbadger is quite a piece of equipment! The setup these farmers have is much simpler and smaller, but from the diagram on their home page, the concept is the same. Trimming wheel was maybe 12-16" and this looked like something that was bolted onto the side of a mower or brush cutter -- dependent on a rear mower and not a standalone unit like the WeedBadger. The mower/brush cutter mowed up close to the trees and this contraption cut the 12" in between the stumps. By taking a pass of each side of the trees, pretty much everything in the stump line is cut. I assume that it was probably powered by some pulley and a belt from the nearest spindle -- I need to get a up-close look of this setup, which is just an extra trimmer, not a tiller like the WeedBadger.






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