Need some in put on LARGE weed whacking job

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

  1. KYMan

    KYMan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    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
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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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... :)
  3. LHS Lawns

    LHS Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    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.
  4. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,280

    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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  5. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Can you get a pic of the area so we really know what your talking about?
  6. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    He did say the customer only wanted it done a couple of times a year.
    I don't think quality is the first priority.
  7. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    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
  8. inHaliburton

    inHaliburton LawnSite Member
    from Picton
    Messages: 197

    I agree with the above. An FS250 with full harness and handle bars is the way to go if you are going to go the trimmer route.
  9. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've got one account with a steep bank around a building. It averages about 30' high and 400' long, the slope varies 30 to 50 degrees. I spend about 3 hours to cut 1/2 at a time with a 32cc tanaka handlebar brush cutter with blade. The ground cover erosion control is clumps of "wire grass" that I'm not sure what the proper name is. The reason I cut it is it gets over run with trees and briars. I've tried my DR brush mower, and it looses traction about 5' up. I've attempted to go down one time, I had to let go as it was getting away from me. I really worried about getting injured if it slid back on me or I slid under it. My AWD Steiner looses traction going up also, and turnover worries me. String does not work, as the wire grass gets wrapped around the trimmer head and cutting it off is a time waster. So the blade is my method now. I wear long sleeves, long pants, WE Chapps, and a chainsaw helmet with face shield, high boots and a harness for the trimmer. I've been told I look like a village people person. The best thing to use would be a boom mower, but cost to bring one in is prohibitive. I recommend this type of work be done in the cool of the day, and just like using a chain saw, if you feel yourself getting arm or leg weary, stop, no reason to get hurt. Don't stand in one place long, the ant's will get you. Not a job I ever look forward to no matter how much money. I've never been able to hire help to assist, they try and give up after 15minutes.
  10. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
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