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    Tool Challenge

    Scythe vs Gas Weedwhacker

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    And the weed whacker wins hands down.

    Way I figure it is this way.

    If I was doing the week whacker, I could get that patch done in twice as long as the weed whacker demo guy.

    If I was doing the Scythe - I would have a heart attack, end up in the hospital with medical bills, and need to hire someone 4-6 months later.

    The scythe would cost 4,000 times more than the weed whacker and take at least 6 months to get the job done.

    Weed Whacker WINS.

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    I used to own a scythe and enjoyed using it, but the weed wacker would/does work best for me now. There is quite an art to scythe sharpening and it involves hammering (peening) the blade on a small anvil.

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    Cool, but I'd just scatter some wild flower seeds down and call it done
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    Just read up on peening the edge. Very interesting technique for maintaining a sharp thin edge. #LearnSomethingNewEveryDay
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    Next up is the weedwacker vs scythe trimming grass around the stone wall contest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Just read up on peening the edge. Very interesting technique for maintaining a sharp thin edge. #LearnSomethingNewEveryDay
    There are interesting but highly contested correlations between that and using a knife steel. The theory is that you're work hardening the edge (you still want to stone it after to polish it up a bit). For softer metals like bronze and copper it's essentially the only way you can get a usable edge (another diversion is historical pre iron age sword and knife making). For low to medium carbon steels it can also have a significant "impact". For high carbon and even more so for tool steels the effect is a bit dubious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Next up is the weedwacker vs scythe trimming grass around the stone wall contest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    And the weed whacker wins hands down.

    Way I figure it is this way.

    If I was doing the week whacker, I could get that patch done in twice as long as the weed whacker demo guy.

    If I was doing the Scythe - I would have a heart attack, end up in the hospital with medical bills, and need to hire someone 4-6 months later.

    The scythe would cost 4,000 times more than the weed whacker and take at least 6 months to get the job done.

    Weed Whacker WINS.

    I had a heart attack watching the scythe guy.
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    I have a scythe, and know how to use it.

    I find it takes so long to keep it sharp (and it is useless unless it is very sharp) that I end up using the weed whacker.
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