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Old 05-07-2019, 03:33 PM   #1
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I've got 8 acres and some of it is marshy. The grass there gets up to 2 feet high and of course is wet. Mowers just get stuck so I usually just use a Ryobi weed wacker, which cuts some grass but just pushes most of it down in a flattened position.

I'm wondering how you folks might approach this. It's tick heaven once it reaches a foot high.
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Will a brush cutter get through there or is the ground too wet for that?

Sounds like you need to get the weed whacker out there more often
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Will a brush cutter get through there or is the ground too wet for that?

Sounds like you need to get the weed whacker out there more often
I've never even heard the term brush cutter (I'm a city boy). Sounds like a more powerful tool for thick grass and weeds?
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just how much of that 8 acres do you want to cut down ????

since this will be an ongoing task for you, I would suggest you
pop the big bucks and upgrade to a Stihl weed wacker.
there are dozens of "blades" for these machines for different purposes.
cutting heavy grass up to small saplings. the choice is not easy.
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just how much of that 8 acres do you want to cut down ????

since this will be an ongoing task for you, I would suggest you
pop the big bucks and upgrade to a Stihl weed wacker.
there are dozens of "blades" for these machines for different purposes.
cutting heavy grass up to small saplings. the choice is not easy.
My main problem is what I'm calling marsh grass, looks like regular grass but grows to 2-3 feet. I'm using a Ryobi string trimmer and although it does work this heavy grass just runs the battery down within minutes.

The area of this grass is only about 1/2 acre but it grows very fast and I need to stay on top of it. So I need something more heavy duty but I'm not clearing the full 8 acres.

Maybe a mid range brush cutter? I don't want to spend $400.
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Your trying to use an under powered, to small a trimmer line for this job.
My gas powered FS90 Stihl or the newer FS 100 with regular .95 string would cut that stuff down fast.
I have to do this same job all the time.
The two blades suggest are not made for that and you'll find out real fast all they do is get wrapped up in the grass.
There made for brush not grass.
I own and have tried both of them.
Not willing to spend the money on the right tool at the dealer, check on Craigslist.
A curvered shaft trimmer is a light duty DIY trimmer, look for a straight shaft.
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Get yourself one of these.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cub-Cadet-S...8AAOSw5MBa6FCT


Recently had a relative out to my 2 acres with theirs, because my Field grass was 2+ feet high, and since being handicapped recently, BTK amputation. I can't get out to walk the uneven yard to mow, I trip on a damned pop-sickle stick now, and do the " face plant".

They mowed it in a half day easy, with one of those, I will caution you, chain link fencing will eat the strings off of it.


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Get yourself one of these.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cub-Cadet-S...8AAOSw5MBa6FCT


Recently had a relative out to my 2 acres with theirs, because my Field grass was 2+ feet high, and since being handicapped recently, BTK amputation. I can't get out to walk the uneven yard to mow, I trip on a damned pop-sickle stick now, and do the " face plant".

They mowed it in a half day easy, with one of those, I will caution you, chain link fencing will eat the strings off of it.


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Nice looking unit and another friend just happened to recommend one of those. The price isn't bad. I don't think I'd take it on marshy land but it might be great for the rocky land around my house. I wonder if a string mower would be better on rocky soil than a metal blade? Local mowers look at my yard and just say no.
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Yes; you can mow right up to the rocks with it, just like a handheld unit, but faster.

Anywhere with space enough to get the mower into, the tall grass is cut down.

As I said a chain link fence rips the string apart, so be extra careful near one.

With a steel bladed mower, you run the risk of sparking a grass fire, if the stuff is dry enough, but the strings have no sparks.

And the steel blades often break or dull and get ruined, the string is made to wear out eventually, so get a tube (10) refills for it.


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Yes; you can mow right up to the rocks with it, just like a handheld unit, but faster.

Anywhere with space enough to get the mower into, the tall grass is cut down.

As I said a chain link fence rips the string apart, so be extra careful near one.

With a steel bladed mower, you run the risk of sparking a grass fire, if the stuff is dry enough, but the strings have no sparks.

And the steel blades often break or dull and get ruined, the string is made to wear out eventually, so get a tube (10) refills for it.


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I purchased the Cub Cadel ST-100. I don't think it will work down in my valley area as it is way too rocky, wet and uneven. But for my more or less flat 2 acres up top it should work well. The videos online are very impressive.
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Your trying to use an under powered, to small a trimmer line for this job.
My gas powered FS90 Stihl or the newer FS 100 with regular .95 string would cut that stuff down fast.
I have to do this same job all the time.
The two blades suggest are not made for that and you'll find out real fast all they do is get wrapped up in the grass.
There made for brush not grass.
I own and have tried both of them.
Not willing to spend the money on the right tool at the dealer, check on Craigslist.
A curvered shaft trimmer is a light duty DIY trimmer, look for a straight shaft.
My little Ryobi trimmer stopped working, it was still under the Ryobi warranty but HD let me just take a new one off the shelf. Damn, it's cutting down that tall grass like Godzilla. My experience with string gauges is the thinner ones like .80 cut better. Maybe a Stihl next year if I don't get the results I want.
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I purchased the Cub Cadel ST-100. I don't think it will work down in my valley area as it is way too rocky, wet and uneven. But for my more or less flat 2 acres up top it should work well. The videos online are very impressive.
Just to update, the ST-100 is pretty good. It's definitely better for brush than lawns and does not like sloped land. The very cheap plastic wheels and narrow wheel base make it tip downslope. It takes some muscle to mow straight across the slope as they recommend as you are fighting this downward pull.

On the upside it does deal with the rocky areas of my lawn well and is better than having all my local lawn guys refuse to bring their John Deeres in.

So thanks!
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