Bought one of these today....

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  1. JohnBrainard

    JohnBrainard New Member

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    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.
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  2. Nighthawk

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    Oh that brings back memories. I thought they'd stopped making them. ;)
  3. kingchip

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    Had not seen one of them in years. Actually, I'm a master operator for whatever you call it-idiot stick, yoyo, talache.
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    John will wish they had stopped, after an hour or two of providing the power to that thing.:eek:
  5. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

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    AMEN
  6. glocknut

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

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  7. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

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    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

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    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.
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    Swing blade or Lively Lad is what I have always heard them called.
  10. JetGirl

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    I callz it a "sling blade". MmmHmm. </Karl Childers>
  11. ponycar17

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


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

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    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

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    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.
  16. Big ugly

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    I bought metal blades or mine. talkng about a great invention. I just wish I could find a four stoke weed eater cuz spending 10 minutes each go round trying to get the damn thing to start makes me want to run it over with the lawn mower. As far as a swing blade, In my youth me grandpappy used to make me use one of those things to clear the ditch line next to the field. 6 feet wide and a 1/2 mile worth of weeds, yipeeeeeeee
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    What did you get per yard way back then... 25 cents? :eek::eek::eek::D:D:D;)

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    AH, so you spent time on a road gang too I see:eek:
    Did you have the orange jump suit or the black and white stripes?:D
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    Oh yea, the idiot stick. I have one of those that I have tried to introduce to my grandson, but maybe he is not the idiot. He just won't touch it!! Wants to use that gas powered thing.
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    Nice web site, John. I think we should have a separate picture spot on here. What do you say? They have one on jokes. I think film and pictures is much more interesting. You could could a larger venue for your art, too!



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