Stones & Gravel

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-N-Garden Guy, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. Lawn-N-Garden Guy

    Lawn-N-Garden Guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I was at my dealer today looking at a Stihl FS85 Split Shaft,Any you guys ever use one with a rubber paddle broom to sweep stones out of a yard?Think they said it was around $500.00 complete w/ the broom and a trim head,I was thinking about getting one anyhow with an edger attachment on it and thought it may work for me now to broom stones off the grass.
  2. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    No experience here using the rubber paddle to remove rocks from the grass but it seems this would take forever.

  3. Nozzleman

    Nozzleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 225

    I am looking for a new trimmer myself and I was wondering if the FS 85 is available with a edger attachment. I went to Stihls website and I did not see a edger attachment for the trimmers, just a polesaw, hedgetrimmer, and broom. Their edgers were in a different catagory than the trimmers.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Are you kidding me? There is NOTHING that works better for this than one of these powerswwep attachments. When I first saw one of these things, I thought it was a gimmick, but when I saw one work, I couldn't believe my eyes.
    Even if the gravel is matted down into the turf and soil, this thing cleans it so efficiently and fast, it's amazing. It used to take me about 30 minutes to do a typical ditch full of road gravel from the plows, What I would do, is rake the gravel down into the bottom of the ditch, (by hacking at it diagonally, back and forth) - can't rake it uphill - then rake it into piles, and use a shovel to pitch it back up onto the side of the road. Then I would have to pile up the little bit left over where the pile was, and shovel it again. Now, with the powersweep,(Stihl), I just simply run that, and it pushes ALL the stones right back up. Also, technique wise, what I do, is flip the unit upsidedown and pull it behind me as I'm walking the ditch back and forth lengthwise, with the attachment a little diagonal so it pushes the stones up one row, and just sort of "plow" the stones and debris row by row up to the top and shoulder. Another thing this thing works great for is pine cones and rotting fruit such as apples, pears, etc. All in all, a great investment. I bought the stickedger, and bought the powersweep attachment for that unit. Or it may have been vice-versa.
  5. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093


    Look at the FS85R it has an edger available for it.

  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    We have 2 Shindaiwa Power Brooms (rubber paddles). Those things are amazing the way they get stones out of the grass and back into the driveway. Doesn't matter if the lawn is wet either cause it does absolutely no damage to the turf. Since buying them, we haven't touched a steel or tine leaf rake once.

    The guy who came up with that machine was a friggin genius. BTW, we have been using them for about 5 or 6 years now. Runner is right...there is NOTHING like them at all.

    Best 500 clams (each machine) we ever spent. Guaranteed.
  7. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Sounds neat, I've been using a dethatcher attachment on my mini tiller to do basicly the same thing.
    All I can say is it is much nicer than the old way.
  8. Qualey

    Qualey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    these things are the best. worth every cent. We beat the hell out of ours at every construction site and cleanup job be do.
  9. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    They do work great for spring clean-ups and getting debris off of the lawn. Well worth the cost. I bought one last year and love it. Should work great for getting the stones off the lanw. They work great on pavement too.
  10. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    Wish I had 500.00 to spend on one....I got over zealous this winter with the plow truck at this motel I do. Gravel all over the grass. But cmon 20 inches of snow with no place to put it. I have to get the help to just rake it out, less one of you New Englanders want to loan one to me for a day!!:D ;) :drinkup:


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