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    Deck mounted weed whackers.

    Our tumbleweeds are getting out of hand where the mower deck can't reach them. I have back problems that make running the evil gas powered weed whacker a real uncomfortable nuisance for me on a good day, and one day I expect the HOASS to send me a snottygram about the weeds. I'm trying to find someone reliable to take care of them in the meantime.

    However; I've been thinking about deck mounted weed whackers that I could mow and trim at the same time. I found two ready made ones. Does anyone have any experience with these things? Pros & cons whether you've used one or not.

    Z-Trimmer.
    https://www.lawnvac.com/z-trimmer

    DMT Trimmer

    http://www.palmowingsystem.com/

    Now for a bonus video of some Bubba's homemade one. Safety First!

    https://youtu.be/v_46bR1aeo8
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Interesting-- I did not know these existed.

    Thanks for sharing

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    For those that mow with a tractor with a 3 pt hitch, you could run a DR pto trimmer off the back and mower deck in the middle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    Our tumbleweeds are getting out of hand where the mower deck can't reach them. I have back problems that make running the evil gas powered weed whacker a real uncomfortable nuisance for me on a good day, and one day I expect the HOASS to send me a snottygram about the weeds. I'm trying to find someone reliable to take care of them in the meantime.

    However; I've been thinking about deck mounted weed whackers that I could mow and trim at the same time. I found two ready made ones. Does anyone have any experience with these things? Pros & cons whether you've used one or not.

    Z-Trimmer.
    https://www.lawnvac.com/z-trimmer

    DMT Trimmer

    PAL Mowing System

    Now for a bonus video of some Bubba's homemade one. Safety First!

    https://youtu.be/v_46bR1aeo8
    Looks like the first deck mounted trimmer must be 12 volt powered? I didn't check out the others.....

    What about mounting a wheel or a pair of caster wheels, large enough to roll across the ground and turf, but not too large to be too heavy, to one or both sides of your existing string trimmer or a "debris trimmer" lower shaft?

    A simple "half of an H" bracket secured to the trimmer shaft with a wheel at the base would allow you to push the trimmer around to where it's needed so you don't have to carry it or support the entire weight of the trimmer.

    I made the mistake of buying a "curved shaft" weed trimmer and that thing was horrible to use. Perhaps in theory it sounded good, but it required me to "stoop over" just a bit and within a minute or two, it really started to aggravate the lower back........Plus it seemed like the curved shaft made the operator support more of the drive unit weight, not less like the straight shaft trimmers......

    Just like this sidewalk edger has a wheel to support it's weight and control it's blade engagement, this was the thought for the tumbleweed trimmer......

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    On the homemade one from YouTube, is it really wise to mow barefooted? Anyone here do that? Seems to me like too much that could go wrong with that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SulleyBear View Post
    Looks like the first deck mounted trimmer must be 12 volt powered? I didn't check out the others.....

    What about mounting a wheel or a pair of caster wheels, large enough to roll across the ground and turf, but not too large to be too heavy, to one or both sides of your existing string trimmer or a "debris trimmer" lower shaft?

    A simple "half of an H" bracket secured to the trimmer shaft with a wheel at the base would allow you to push the trimmer around to where it's needed so you don't have to carry it or support the entire weight of the trimmer.

    I made the mistake of buying a "curved shaft" weed trimmer and that thing was horrible to use. Perhaps in theory it sounded good, but it required me to "stoop over" just a bit and within a minute or two, it really started to aggravate the lower back........Plus it seemed like the curved shaft made the operator support more of the drive unit weight, not less like the straight shaft trimmers......

    Just like this sidewalk edger has a wheel to support it's weight and control it's blade engagement, this was the thought for the tumbleweed trimmer......
    My lower back aches just looking at the string trimmer!

    When things get out of hand and I have to make the rounds I use the trimmer attachment on my Stihl Yard Boss. Although not as maneuverable as a handheld trimmer it does allow me to get the job done without having to deal with the subsequent back pain.

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    I quit using a weed whacker. I use a mix of Crossbow & KillzAll anywhere my mower can't get too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
    I quit using a weed whacker. I use a mix of Crossbow & KillzAll anywhere my mower can't get too.


    Great idea, unfortunately around here that'll land you a $10k fine. That's not a typo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
    I quit using a weed whacker. I use a mix of Crossbow & KillzAll anywhere my mower can't get too.
    Quite a few people do this.
    Years ago I thought it was just an unnecessary thing people did to avoid trimming. The longer Ive done this, including my own mowing business for 5 years some time back, I realized that it is an excellent solution, once its been done for a while.
    What I mean is that along a fence row for example, directly under the fence is dirt only. Nothing growing. Nothing to trim. Very defined lines.
    One guy I mowed for had this around everything. His fence, sidewalks, driveway, landscape beds, etc. If kept up with Roundup, it always looked nice. The good thing about it is that you dont have any worries about grass or weeds creeping their way into your landscaping or growing over your walks.
    It something I plan to do myself now that I have need of it.
    But, you still have to go out and spray, and sometimes thats more bending over than trimming.

    I dont mind the trimmer as much as some, but Ill say too that if Im going to be using it for long periods, I use the shoulder strap. Keeps the stress off the back.
    Mine is a straight shaft Deere XT120, its older, and I cant say why, but it still starts on the first pull after sitting all Winter, and Ive never replaced a fuel line. Maybe its the Opti-2 Ive used since it was new. Anyway, if I had a lot of areas over a big property that needed trimming, near where I was mowing, Id be all over one of these. Probably the belt driven version, as the 30 amp pull of the electric would worry me about battery drain. Most engines only have a 20-30 amp charging system on zero turns, and the PTO clutch is going to take at least 15, so you are always draining the battery running it. If its just used a couple times while mowing, no big deal, but if you have long rows to trim, and its running a good bit, its going to take its toll Id think.
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