Ideas to Help Manage Your Brush and Weed Hotspots

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March 2018

If you live on a farm or own rural acreage, clearing underbrush and heavy weeds constitutes a never-ending task. In a few short months, what was once a pristine pasture or fence line can soon become choked with brush and weeds. Places such as wooded areas, trails, and even areas around your sheds or out buildings soon become cleanup nightmares.

String Trimmer

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String trimmers and handheld brush cutters are two of the most important and commonly used tools for clearing unwanted growth. Clearing grass around buildings, trees, fence posts, and fence lines can be a time-consuming task. You can greatly reduce the length of time you spend trimming with a quality string trimmer.

Most people are familiar with a string trimmer; it consists of a two- or four-cycle gas engine attached to either a curved or straight shaft that ends with a trimmer head that holds spools of heavy nylon “strings” or cord. The type of string trimmer typically used by homeowners tends to be more of a light-duty trimmer, with a smaller engine and a curved shaft.

Heavy-duty straight shaft trimmers or brush cutters are a good choices around the farmstead or rural acreage. These tools typically have a more powerful engine than is usually attached to a standard grass trimmer. These trimmers have a larger engine displacement – think horsepower – than the lighter-duty trimmers. When the trimmer head is interchanged with a cutting blade, the unit may also be equipped with a loop or bike handle configuration to aid in control of the added weight and to help ease arm strain with prolonged use. In this scenario, the brush cutter replaces the string trimmer with a circular saw-type blade. Matched with the correct power head, these brush cutters can make quick work of overgrown brush or saplings up to 2 inches in diameter. The brush cutter allows you to get into areas up against buildings or fences that would be difficult if not impossible to reach with other types of mowers and cutters. The straight shaft on the trimmer even allows you to reach under decks or overhangs to get at tough-to-reach areas.

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