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Walk Behind String Trimmer/Mower, what say you?

Old 05-16-2018, 10:33 PM
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Default Walk Behind String Trimmer/Mower, what say you?

Thinking of getting one for the Black Hills place.. Kid mows 2 acres on a big zero turn, but he's weak on the trimming..... I've been thinking maybe of getting one of these things and do much of the trimming, and some of the many places he just can't fit his mower. Lots of rocks, trees etc. Just wondering if they can really pull mower duty. Internet kind of gives it low points for that.... Whats the .155 line like to spool on the wheel? $300 mistakes suck.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:54 PM
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I don’t see the advantage. Seems like it would be much more cumbersome and considerably slower than just using a regular weed eater
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:24 AM
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Echo straight shaft and be done with it. Been using it since 97ish.
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I've never used one like that, but let me say that the little cordless Ryobi string line trimmer that I have been using takes .060 line.
That one is almost three times as thick!
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I owned one and it worked well. Was especially good along fence lines for pastures. Not so good for typical homeowner use along foundations, around trees, etc. much better for open areas too rocky to mow than standard trimmers.

the string is easy to reload and lasts pretty long unless you are using it along a chain link fence or foundation?
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
................... much better for open areas too rocky to mow than standard trimmers.

the string is easy to reload and lasts pretty long unless you are using it along a chain link fence or foundation?
The areas I want to do are on a slope, the entire area where the home sits was bulldozed out of a hillside. A previous owner went to a lot of work building some stone walls, and rocky slopes that hold the soil (as well as look nice if kept up). But it's way more work than these two baby boomers want to do to keep it up. This pict was about 3 days of Mommas work on the way to the dump...
I'm going to get a look at them today, wondering if the ball looking thing on the vertical shaft works like a front wheel to maintain from ground to blades?

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I spent 7 hours behind one this past Saturday cutting down weeds and tall grass on my property. They are great as long as you don't hit any small trees or stumps, it will shred the trimming line. It works best for trimming tall grass and weeds and is overkill for normal trimming. It does do a good job trimming on uneven ground though so a bit easier to use that a weed eater.
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
I'm going to get a look at them today, wondering if the ball looking thing on the vertical shaft works like a front wheel to maintain from ground to blades?
The ball at the bottom is sort of like a wheel or guard but doesn't rest on the ground all the time. Mine was pretty old when I got it (was left behind buy the sellers of my home) and the guard was still in good shape. Running it along pavement or stones all the time may cause faster wear but I suspect it is a cheap replaceable part.

The line is strong but as the poster above mentioned it will get torn up on thicker saplings where the line essentially wraps around it and starts to break. I found that thicker trees did not affect it nearly as much but will kill the tree if you remove the bark all around. Chain link fences destroy it short order.

I recall being able to buy the line on a spool and cutting to length which was quite a bit cheaper than buying the pre made lengths. very quick to change the line basically folding in 1/2 and threading through the arbor disk. Wear safety glasses. Mine had a poly guard but stuff still gets thrown around.

One other thing. The one I had had spoked bicycle style wheels and tires and had a lever that allowed the unit to slide over on its axle. this was especially useful trimming along fence lines as it shifted the cutting shaft to the side you were cutting allowing you to walk parallel to the fence line rather than having to come in at an angle if that matters.
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
I owned one and it worked well. Was especially good along fence lines for pastures. Not so good for typical homeowner use along foundations, around trees, etc. much better for open areas too rocky to mow than standard trimmers.

the string is easy to reload and lasts pretty long unless you are using it along a chain link fence or foundation?
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I spent 7 hours behind one this past Saturday cutting down weeds and tall grass on my property. They are great as long as you don't hit any small trees or stumps, it will shred the trimming line. It works best for trimming tall grass and weeds and is overkill for normal trimming. It does do a good job trimming on uneven ground though so a bit easier to use that a weed eater.
I have one and an I agree with both of these posts. It's a great tool for the thick stuff but it's not ideal for finish mowing or detail work.
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I bought one used and was disappointed. Ran fine but was definitely not a mower substitute. Trimming edges was much easier with a hand held string trimmer. Had a feature that allowed you to make an adjustment so the head would point to the left or right a little, supposedly making trimming off to the side easier. It didn't't perform well at all. String held up well. It was rated at 6 HP and never lacked for power but really sucked the gas down. It languished in the garage for a couple of years, unused. Finally got around to listing it on CL and I managed to sell it for the same price I paid.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:43 AM
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It's a big expensive unit for such a small swath.

Got'ta pictures of the area you need to maintain?
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Thanks for the help guys..
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Decided to buy this one based on the stellar feedback & ratings... The video didn't hurt either.

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