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post #1 of 7 Old 05-17-2019, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Walk behind trimmer

Howdy all, question regarding a walk behind trimmer. I see these branded as for using along fence lines, fields etc. Being that I am 6' 4'' and HATE, and I mean HATE trimming as I'm hunched over way to much to get a good trim has anyone used one of these for trimming around their house? I have a small ranch about 30x40 and about 250' of fence line and roughly 75' of New England stone wall. Could I get away with one of them walk behinds? And believe me I've tried every type of long shaft trimmer there is. I just can't trim without being uncomfortable!
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Can you rent and try it? If you do buy one stay away from the cheap entry level box store models, they will not stand up. The spindles fail and the frames crack from vibration. Bearcat is the best I have seen, I am sure there are others.
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The one we have will no cut any wider than the machine. To trim close up to something or under a fence would require a lot off forward and backward motion.
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I had a small one for a little while. I bought it specifically for a couple fence lines and a tree line. I didn't like it. Required extra maneuvering like a push mower, scalped real easy, needed frequent stops to replace the line with chain link fence, The thicker line and higher power marks up privacy fences and tree trunks easily, and you can't angle the head to cut down to what your trimming up to.
It was easier on the back as long as I slowed down and took my time. Which is kind of the opposite of what I'm going for.

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The box store units will disappoint you. They are designed for use around the house, flower beds and such. I took back the one I purchased the same day I bought it. Then I made one that will swing 6, 24" #155 twines. I dare not use it around the house. It makes easy work of tall weeds, grass and stalky growth. Trims along wire T-post fence great. 14.5 HP Briggs has power left over. This was a Murry riding mower that had a failed tranny. I used a lot of the mower in making this. Weighs 185 lbs. and there are times when I wish it was self propelled. I'm short and 175 lbs. With your size and weight it would be no problem as the wheel barrow wheels do roll easy.
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You have a better picture of the head for the twines and what you used to build it? Looks like you should be able to move right along with the beast.
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You have a better picture of the head for the twines and what you used to build it? Looks like you should be able to move right along with the beast.
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The twine head is made of 3 (I think) layers of that white cutting board you might have in your kitchen. Some kind of tough plastic stuff. When one becomes too scratched up for my wife to use she gives it to me. I've made many things with that stuff. After drilling three holes in it I cut 3 pieces of 3/4" PEX tubing to hold the twine. I think you can see it in one of the images. It fits in a round piece of cutting board that swivels to allow some relief for the twine if I hit a T-post or something. The twine will gradually wear off at the ends, especially in heavy weeds but rarely ever breaks. I wrapped it around a T-post once and it snapped several off. But, this head has been used for several years now with only the PEX and the round parts they swivel on to wear out. Easy to replace. I use a 2" PVC cap on the bottom that limits how low I can cut. The front spindle is the better one of the two spindles the mower had.

I took the Murry apart and salvaged the motor, pulleys, spindles, gas tank, throttle and cable, ignition switch, and battery solenoid. Then I made a mock-up of the frame using square wood. I worked with that wood frame to figure out how tall and such and the pulley arrangement. Then I welded a frame and handle bars using 1" square tubing. At first I put 16" spoked wheels with solid tires on it but they sank too easily in the soft soil and made it really hard to push. Then I replaced the 1/2" axle with a 3/4" and put wheel barrow wheels on it.

The hood that covers the pulleys and belt I made from the Murry's hood. I cut both outer edges out and welded them together along with a piece of one of the floor boards. The two black, plastic wing nuts were courtesy of the Murry also.

This is one of my prized projects and I enjoy showing it to people and telling them that it was once a Murry riding mower. While clearing some tall grass from a neighbor's fence the twine snatched out a small tomato cage and the machine threw it around a few times before I finally shut it down with the key. The tomato cage was all mangled...

No damage at all to the trimmer, which I have named 'MOAT'. Mother Of All Trimmers.
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