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Alternative to a strimmer (weedw[h]acker)? Answered

When my electric lawnmower eventually, irreparably died, I replaced it with a manual cylinder mower.

My strimmer is now due to be retired.

Is there a manual version of a strimmer, apart from a pair of shears?


No. 2 son.
No. 1 son to supervise.

A goat.

Kiteman give this a thought and I'm sure you could work something out.

"I have it in my head that there should be a manual strimmer that works like a child's push-and-go toy - long handle, wheels turn a gear which spins a thing with a thing ... "

Instead put a foot pedal on the gearing and "push" it then pull a trigger to release the gears to spin the spinning string. You could also think along the lines of a air pump into a small tank and use the air pressure to spin it. I think you got a really good thought started, I eagerly await what you come up with!

There are toy cars and aeroplanes that run on air-pressure engines, as well as full-size cars.

I wonder if there are any engines in between?

Pneumatic motors come in many sizes.
.  If you can pack enough power in an air tank on your back, that sounds like a great idea. Especially if you have a treadmill/stationary bike/&c that you use - charge your tank(s) while getting your exercise.

Scythe. Sickle.

You could do what Liz and Steve did and get a Jayefuu

Haha - we don't have space for a kennel that size.

Well in that case:

- fit 12V generator to static/exercise bike
- connect generator to inverter
- plug strimmer into inverter
- attach #1 to bike generator and strimmer to #2
- insert self into hammock and beer into self
- every so often swap #1 and #2's positions to most effectively harvest the son's energy :)

It's full - I'm going to have to get another one so that I can get to my work bench.


That doesn't solve the problem of where Jayefuu lives...Do you have a basement? Unused attic?

What about a cardboard refrigerator box? You could use the fridge to keep the food/beer cold...

It's not the edges that are a problem (the lawns all being edged with concrete or flag stones).

It's the tall stuff that grows around things and against walls, plus the lawns themselves when I need to catch up on a period of laziness.

I have it in my head that there should be a manual strimmer that works like a child's push-and-go toy - long handle, wheels turn a gear which spins a thing with a thing ...

.  I see said the blind man.
.  It seems to me that it would need to be something that you power mainly with your legs (a la push reel mower) as I don't think human arms will have enough power/stamina to last very long under the load. I can't think of a good way to do that. I like both of CameronSS' ideas.
.  Or do as I do and use a herbicide for those places. Used properly you can place a 1-2" or so "dead zone" next to your walls without killing (too many) desirable plants that are nearby. I found some stuff that is supposed to be "rain proof" after an hour, you can re-plant (if you want to) after 24 hours, and totally degrades in seven days (although it doesn't say what it degrades to, I'm assuming it's less toxic that the herbicide). It doesn't work very well on woody plants but I don't want it to.

Lots of Googling turned up an Internet Consensus: Break out the shears and get some exercise.

A couple years ago we bought a Black & Decker Grasshog weedwhacker, which uses their interchangable 18V Firestorm battery system. The same batteries are used on a B&D drill, a powerful flashlight, and an amazingly handy leafblower. The batteries last a surprisingly long time for their size (lightweight), and can be swapped in under ten seconds when they run low. It's not a manual version, but we've been quite satisfied.

Spam here and here.


Yes, think I might invest in a pair of those long-handled jobs.