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Harvest Grain- with a Hedgetrimmer? Answered

Has anyone tried cutting tall grass with a hedgetrimmer? It does resemble a sickle bar mower, at least superficially. I've never quite gotten the hang of the scythe, and although the gas chainsaw does work, it's an awful lot o noise. This year, the slender wheatgrass, which is usually xeriscaping and erosion control will be harvested for chickens !

I'm thinkin of buying a Ryobi cordless trimmer. 

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Toga_Dan (author)2015-06-28

http://www.target.com/p/greenworks-g24-24v-cordless-20-extended-reach-hedge-trimmer/-/A-16917010 any red flags on this one? Having the pole handle and hinge points may mean an effective power scythe.

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killerjackalope (author)Toga_Dan2015-06-29

The worryingly good price? Or maybe garden stuff and lithium ion batteries are cheaper over there...

A pole trimmer seems like the best option for what you want to do.

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caitlinsdad (author)2015-06-22

I tried using one of those plug in electric hedge trimmers with the cutting bar row of teeth to clear out a really overgrown garden. It does work on weeds and tall grass but... The cutting bar which each tooth is like a small bypass pruner, will jam often with stalks too thick, twigs or get caught up in vines that are too green to shear off. Slender weeds will just get bent and pushed out of the way. My technique was to "rake" the surface and try to cut a path. Using a string trimmer has its own problems of needing to replace the string often as it wears and it flinging up stuff as it cuts.

Maybe you need to mod a snowblower and make your own combine machine.

Depending how much space you want to cut, cordless batteries may not be up to the job. One of those cordless trimmers may be the equivalent load of my cordless reciprocating saw and that is only good for a few good cuts. Landscaping tools probably need to be gas engines for the power.

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Toga_Dan (author)caitlinsdad2015-06-26

Funny you should mention snowblower. My mower, adapted to cutting tall grass by removing the front edge of the body, such that the blade hits the grass first, throws grass, much as snowblower throws snow. But now I want to collect grain for chickens, not just throw seed, stalk and all to the wind.

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killerjackalope (author)2015-06-24

A petrol trimmer would be just as noisy as a chainsaw but makes short work of tougher grassy stuff, the kind that attach to a strimmer (weedwhacker) are actually really convenient because you can angle it and sweep along at whatever height you like.

Alternatively a brush cutting blade with a guard of some sort sitting over the top of the blade (so everything that falls on to it doesn't get minced) might be better.

You might achieve it with an electric trimmer, specifically the hybrid you mentioned by running it a bit slower if it has a speed control. That's a guess based on experiences of cutting with my big trimmer, at full tilt the blades can end up bouncing most of the stuff out of the way instead of letting it in to the gap to get sliced up.

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mpilchfamily (author)2015-06-22

First couple times cutting the grass at my new place was with a Ryobi Hybrid trimmer. I'm in a town house so the yard isn't big. But after about 20 minutes of trimming the battery dies. Which is why i got the hybrid so i could plug it in and keep going. But yes it should work but you'll have to take it slow as the 18V motor may get choked is you try to cut fast and deep into the grass. The corded trimmers are more powerful and can take larger bites without struggling much. I notice the difference between mine being plugged in and on battery.

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BTW haven't tried the larger batteries Ryobi offers. Not sure how that will improve run time but i doubt it would improve overall power.

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