Bought one of these today....

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JohnBrainard, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. JohnBrainard

    JohnBrainard New Member

    505
    Sep 11, 2009
    Gilbert, AZ
    I bought one of these today! I tried it out on the weeds around my pond. It makes very short work of a growing problem! I was dreading the hours I would have spent with my string trimmer trimming, untangling, fighting with string, trimming, untangling, fighting with string, etc....


    Ooops.... 5 posts to this forum and I'm already posting stuff in the wrong forum! This was meant for the General forum. Sorry.
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2009
  2. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas
    Oh that brings back memories. I thought they'd stopped making them. ;)
     

  3. kingchip

    kingchip New Member

    541
    Jul 2, 2009
    Marble Falls, Texas
    Had not seen one of them in years. Actually, I'm a master operator for whatever you call it-idiot stick, yoyo, talache.
     
  4. doug66

    doug66 Member

    538
    Jan 29, 2005
    Kansas
    John will wish they had stopped, after an hour or two of providing the power to that thing.:eek:
     
  5. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas
    AMEN
     
  6. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    I remember those and they DO WORK.....

    mike
    gn
     
  7. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Jacksonville, AL
    I learned to hate one of those things when I was young. I hadn't seen one of them in years and don't want to. They did make me some spending money when I was a kid though.
     
  8. JohnBrainard

    JohnBrainard New Member

    505
    Sep 11, 2009
    Gilbert, AZ
    It's a $20 solution to the string trimmer problem. I'm not clearing acres of weeds.... Just around a section of my pond.

    I did manage to work up a sweat operating that for about 15 minutes.
     
  9. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 New Member

    764
    Aug 23, 2003
    BETWEEN TN & KY
    Swing blade or Lively Lad is what I have always heard them called.
     
  10. JetGirl

    JetGirl Member

    206
    Dec 18, 2008
    Indiana
    I callz it a "sling blade". MmmHmm. </Karl Childers>
     
  11. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    I still own one and use it... It works well! I find that it's often more satisfying than the Toro 1 HP brush cutter that I also own! :D
     
  12. artabr

    artabr New Member

    I've had many a blister from swing blades in my life. :mad:
    I'd kiss the inventer of the weedeater. :eek: :D


    Art
     
  13. Trouble 45-70

    Trouble 45-70 New Member

    An Armstrong Weed Eater. The stronger your arm the easier the weed eating.
     
  14. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Jacksonville, AL
    I'm 68 and not into doing anything that makes me sweat anymore. Just the thought of working gives me cold chills. I'm going to check my storage shed tomorrow and see if there's still one in there and if there is I'll get somebody to come and get it. I don't want to touch it. I know I must have cut at least a thousand acres with one of those when I was young.
     
  15. JohnBrainard

    JohnBrainard New Member

    505
    Sep 11, 2009
    Gilbert, AZ
    Thankfully, I don't have to use it frequently! It did save a lot of time cutting the 300 feet of weeds around my pond. I tried my weed eater. I even tried it with the plastic blades, which work amazingly well, but I spent a good bit of the time I used it unravelling weeds. I love my Toro weed eater, but it works best when the weeds aren't 5 feet tall. :D

    Three hours of work and I can enjoy the view around my pond again.
     
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