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Jamanda
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 12 11:10 pm    Post subject: So scything  Reply with quote    

There's various bits of maintenance (sp?) around the commons that I have suggested should be done by scythe. However no-one who does the work can use one - so they use strimmers etc.

So - if someones going to scythe.............

How much is a scythe?

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 12 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Budget between £100 and £180.

http://www.thescytheshop.co.uk/price%20list.html

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 12 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's not so bad then.

I'll suggest they buy me one at t'meeting next week.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 12 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent !

The area of the Commons, I think eventually you need two folk to mow. Plus raking up and carting away.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 12 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gil wrote:
Excellent !

The area of the Commons, I think eventually you need two folk to mow. Plus raking up and carting away.


Come and give advice! There's two big areas - one I'm specifically monitoring for bramble encroachment, to avoid hard cutting - very boggy with orchids popping up all over the place in the spring.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 12 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Did you ever sort out the summer hay meadow cutting ?

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 12 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gil wrote:
Did you ever sort out the summer hay meadow cutting ?


Not satisfactorally.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 12 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm sure that's not spelt right.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 12 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So am I.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 12 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gil wrote:
So am I.



Finsky



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 12 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you got any agricultural tool suppliers around near you? I treated myself for a new scythe last summer. My old one is wooden shafted 'turk' scythe..although still in working order..I couldn't walk by when I saw modern version of the same but with metal shaft..
I paid around £70 for one with 'bramble' blade and £40(ish) extra for longer grass blade.
I've got telephone number for the wholesaller if you want...or you could try googling if they've got web site.
Its Tony Mitchell Limited..Country Hardware Wholesales.

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 12 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good exercise as well.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 12 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cathryn wrote:
Good exercise as well.


That had occured to me.

Plenty of agricultural suppliers round here Finsky, but I will have a look at the website. Thanks.

arvo



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 12 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I got the ones from gil's mate (whose name has gone from my head: v. tired) I believe is across the border in Devon?

He does great kit (you definitely want a wooden Austrian scythe, English ones are heavy and 'orrible, as are metal ones) and has a great starter kit with everything in it you need for less than £100 as I remember (may be more now).

vegplot



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 12 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Austrian scythes as Arvos says are light and easy to handle.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=austrian+scythe&mid=DD2609ACE467BBC4BE2DDD2609ACE467BBC4BE2D&FORM=LKVR

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