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Old 01-23-2013, 10:36 PM
KYMan KYMan is offline
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Originally Posted by Smallaxe View Post
Get one of those weed whackers on wheels... only a few hundred dollar investment and it seems like it would pay for itself on this job... With growth and rocks and washoutsthe way you described,,, a handheld string trimmer would be odd...
The weed whacker on wheels works well in those circumstances IF you walk backwards most of the time... give it a try...
Although it would cut the weeds great I think I would be fighting it the whole way to keep it from turning over. It's probably a 50-60 degree incline (holding my hand up in front of my's steeper than 45 easily). And I definitely wouldn't want to fight it going downhill either
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:52 AM
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Actually the hedgetrimmer idea is probably better with weeds over 8" inches tall, and even though the string trimmer is light it really isn't as handy as it could be...
I have the Echo series attachment, with which I can movethe blade to be parallel with the ground and make pretty good time that way... But,,, at my age,,, I'd be taking a lot of breaks... I might do a few hours a day for a week or so...
Setting the hillside on fire would be the best way to go...
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:25 AM
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Make it worth your time when you price it. If you don't you'll be beating yourself up every time you cut it and that will make the whole job that much more difficult.

How about a self-propelled walk behind sickle mower or a brush cutter? It would be an investment for just that one job but if the job is priced right it could be worth it.

You could send one man out to do it. Of course it all depends on the severity of the slope if the cutter would even work.

Hopefully you are at the point with your business that you can walk away from a job when it doesn't feel right.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:21 PM
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My wb brushmower will go up and down very steep hills, across not so well. The problem, there needs to be some room at the bottom and top of the hill to turn it. Even going slow it is alot faster than using a trimmer. The hedge trimmer is a decent idea, but the finished product would not be to my liking.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:48 PM
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Can you get a pic of the area so we really know what your talking about?
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by lawnkingforever View Post
The hedge trimmer is a decent idea, but the finished product would not be to my liking.
He did say the customer only wanted it done a couple of times a year.
I don't think quality is the first priority.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:14 PM
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22 hours divided by 4 is 5.5; Get 3 guys to help you for the day and knock it out and go home.

Pay each one $100 and be done with it
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