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String?? B*&&Z to that.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by K c m, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 631

    Today I decided to try something out that I have been wondering since i've been in this business. Why use string? when you can use electrical wire. Well today I gave it a whirl. First I Have a stihl fs-85 pro and it is 5 years old. No problems plenty of A$$. Second I was using echo .95 or something string. (which worked very well for me) well until i used 2.08 essexp.com wire. I only wound it a few times to get maybe 2-3 bumps out of it. I started off by edging my walk. I usally stick edge first (for customers) but the dirt extends out on the pavement on my lawn so its tough. Last week I jsut used string and put a little groove in the edge and it looked fine. Tonight I throtled it and Man o man it lit the dirt up making the edge about .5-1inch deep. Next I decided to see how it would handle grass and not bad cut it really good except if u cought the grass. it would dig it up. NOw this is where people may get sketchy but i assure u this did happen. I have a cut off wheel for my trimmer the star kind for brush (but don't have the nut for it :cry: ). Well across the street i have a plethera of vines and growth I am taking out at my leisure. I have most of it done but one spot the vines are so thick i cant get my Machetty in there to cut and i dont have the brush cutter attachment working for me. SO i decided to try this new idea. And woah ha. Walzers. Hotdamn. Jumpin Jesohafat (sp? ha) but i think im going to keep this new wire on my trimmer.

    Ps. the bump worked fine with it.
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    What kind of wire is this again exactly?
  3. ASBK

    ASBK LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 25

    Sounds good until the wire frays and pieces break off and start flying all over the place.:nono:
  4. Xterminator

    Xterminator LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    What Size Wire?

    Never mind I re-read it
  5. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 631

    Haha. definatly need eye protection

    BESTYARDS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    Whoa! Keep your needle nose handy to pull the broken 2.08 essexp.com wire out of your calf.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Sounds dangerous to me. On my old Exmark I had a piece of mudflap hanging from the back to help with striping. My local dealer asked me if it was for protection since he had seen a guy get a part of a clothes hanger stuck in his leg from a impact with the mower blades. High speed plus thin wire equals a trip to the hospital.
  8. sikagrass

    sikagrass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 238

    Remember when they tried to use the small chains? After several deaths they gave up on that idea,a flying link could penetrate a skull. It would be nice to have something like that work though.
  9. lazerslicer05

    lazerslicer05 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    The ladies would love your trimmer idea no need to go to the doctor anymore u could charge a flat rate for your new style of acupuncture! Damn wish i woould have thought of it lol.....Hey i just remembered i do have a set of christmas lights that r burned out the lights would add a little pep.........lol

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