Clearing Land With a Scythe Weed Cutter

An old-fashioned scythe weed cutter will provide you with a low-tech, low-cost way to control high weeds and grass on your property.

| February/March 1996

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    The old rule was: One man could cut one acre a day.
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    A scythe is an economical tool that's easy to use and maintain.
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    Tim with sons Caleb (5), Asher (3) and Micah (2).
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    Resting in the shade after a good afternoon's work.
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Try a scythe weed cutter, a low-tech hack to control high weeds and grass. 

Clearing Land With a Scythe Weed Cutter

When my Jari sickle mower broke down I went to the dealer for parts. "We're about out of Jari parts;" he told me, "but I can order them for you."

"All right," I said, "I'll check back in a week." Which I did, only to find out that the parts hadn't arrived. I called again the next week.

"Yeah, they're here;" he said. But when I got to the shop, only half of what I needed had come in.



It went on like this for several weeks, and finally — after having gotten all the parts, but then not having the right tools to make the repair — I began to feel the weight of the city weed ordinance upon my conscience. I decided to borrow a scythe.

Now, I had used a scythe before, eight hours at a time, cutting fescue and weeds in my grandfather's nursery. But somehow, after working with the scythe again on our acre, I began to realize certain qualities about this tool that had eluded me before, qualities that make it, I think, an indispensable tool for cutting grass and weeds on a small plot.

jensonlake
5/17/2014 5:01:01 AM

Aquatic weeds, Milfoil,Hydrilla , Lyly Pads, & Cattails these should be removed from Lake because they are so frustrating in lake. We must use tool to remove weeds easily which needs less physical work which is not using any chemical to control weeds.I really liked the tool scythe which is easy to use and low cost. I also now about the tool jenson Lake Mower which do not use any chemical to remove weeds and also very effective and efficient tool.


jensonlake
5/17/2014 5:00:24 AM

Aquatic weeds, Milfoil,Hydrilla , Lyly Pads, & Cattails these should be removed from Lake because they are so frustrating in lake. We must use tool to remove weeds easily which needs less physical work which is not using any chemical to control weeds.I really liked the tool scythe which is easy to use and low cost. I also now about the tool jenson Lake Mower which do not use any chemical to remove weeds and also very effective and efficient tool.







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