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Need some in put on LARGE weed whacking job

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by KYMan, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    If your going to get a brush cutter, get something thats at least 45cc! That way you can load heavy line on it for other jobs. That FS110 isnt much more than a heavy trimmer with handle bars.
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,065

    You will need a larger trimmer with heavy trimmer line .155 or so will do great. I use a fixed line head for this without a guard on a FS130 but a FS250 would probably work better. BTW I have a few of these types of jobs and this has worked the best. After your first Spring trimming you may be able to get away with using the FS100rx if it will cut it fast enough for you, that's what my guy does when working on these projects. I would skip the idea of using a heavy grass blade as mine was a waste of money for what I was working in.
  3. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,001

    Exactly what I would do. Whack it once, then spray the growth regulator right after. This would keep it looking good for a while, rather than having to come back in few months and fight it again.
  4. Grant11

    Grant11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 292

    I've found the FS100RX is by far my favorite trimmer. I love the power to weight ratio and it feels balanced. I wouldn't get rid of it. Definitely get a handlebar trimmer with a blade for this job!!
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    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... :)
  6. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,280

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  7. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,280

    I agree. I own two types of blades and they are useless. Much too time consuming to be a viable option.
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  8. locallawncare.ca

    locallawncare.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 756

    I would use a hedge trimmer attachment with the articulating blade, its kinda heavy when down low, so i would invest in the handle bar setup/harness. I havent ever done a hack job that big, but fair sized ones and the hedge trimmer attachment really cleans house, and there isnt crap flying everywhere, it just cuts and falls to the ground, hope that helps, but good luck, you gonna need it for that one.
  9. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,221

    I'd walk away from the job. If your going to run a trimmer for that many hours wide open your going to burn it up. Additionally if it is as steep as you say and rock strewn you will end up injured. Clear cutting a slope will cause more erosion. The owner would be better off killing all the growth and planting ground cover.
  10. KYMan

    KYMan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    This is a pretty good idea. I may look into buying the Kombi system to get the hedge trimmers/pole saw/edger attachments. It would be cheaper than 3 separate pieces.

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