Energy Efficient Lawn Mowing  

Posted by Big Gav

I've always hated the stink and noise of lawn mowers (not to mention the hayfever induced by the clouds of grass matter they create). While I haven't had to cut a lawn for a long time, if I did I'd far prefer to use one of these devices. Get in touch with your inner grim reaper !

Light, sharp, ergonomic and quiet, this European scythe is not what you'll find in your local hardware store. The handle (snath) is custom-fit, so you stand comfortably upright while 'sweeping' weeds and grass down with ease. Potential uses range from small-acreage hay cutting to weed and brush clearing in variable terrain. I use it as a weed-whacker replacement on my long driveway. You can talk to people and hear birds while 'weed-whacking'. Pretty sweet. The price for a new one puts it up there with gas-powered weed-whackers, but I find the experience much more enjoyable. Honestly, I believe you can clear more area with less sweat using a European scythe than a powered string-trimmer. The key is the light weight of the tool and the sharpness of the blade.

Most people are stunned when they see me take down grass or weed stalks with little more than a gentle nick from the blade. Furthermore, getting it custom fit will make it probably the most pleasant-to-use garden tool you'll ever have. (I'm unusually tall, so maybe this impresses me more than it would a 5'9" man, for example).

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I use a scythe for cutting weeds and a hand push lawn mower for grass. I will try to post a tips and tricks on using these tools.

Cool - good to see someone is walking the walk :-)

I imagine scything could be a bit tricky for the uninitiated - anything sharp enough to do a good job is probably capable of inflicting some nasty wounds.

Every time I think about it I get this vision of Monty Python's Reaper knocking at the door and announcing the bad news about the salmon mousse...

will   says 10:23 AM

I wouldn't feel safe talking to someone who has one of those in their hand, you better be careful what you say to that person!

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