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    Woods and Weeds Creeping In

    This 'chore' didn't make our 2520 work too hard. On the west part of the lawn, the woods/weeds keeps creeping in where our lawn begins. This summer I have been ducking and leaning away from the branches and weeds as I have been mowing. This weekend, I finally decided to get after it. I bought a Stihl 8 tooth grass blade. Specs said it would cut through small saplings, matted grass and reeds. I only wanted to go back 4-5 ft so give some relief and after cutting them down, I used the 2520 and FEL with Piranha tooth bar to clear the area of the mess left over. As you can see from some of the pics, some of the woods starts dropping off with significant pitch and I have no intent on mowing it. When finished it was one of those tasks in which I asked myself why I hadn't talked this sooner.



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    Also worth noting, the blade can cut those errant branches still attached to the trunk.

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    2011 JD 2520, 200CX FEL, iMatch Quick Hitch, 48" JD Box Scraper, 54" JD FM Snowblower, Artillian 36" Forks w/Backrest, Frontier PHD200, Woods RM59 Finish Mower & Heavy Hitch

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    Nice job.
    These babies work very well also...
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    if you didn't already mention it, that was my thought as well. I find the 3 blade works much better than the one the OP posted. These things are a guilty pleasure to use.
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    Nice job.
    These babies work very well also...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester_2320 View Post
    if you didn't already mention it, that was my thought as well. I find the 3 blade works much better than the one the OP posted. These things are a guilty pleasure to use.
    Not mention they seem to last a looooong time.
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    I'm day 4 of cleaning up the local non-profit animal shelter. I really wish that they would've called me out 3 months ago. It's 7 acres in total with only about 3 that I could do with the 1025. The rest has been with the stihl and the weed blade. These weeds are like trees. I am burning some calories. That's for sure. It's very hard to get close to anything with the blade, but impossible to cut the weeds with twine.
    This is the blade that I use. I've probably cuts about 4 acres of huge weeds with it so far. I'm still only using one side of it. It would still look new if it wasn't for all of the hidden obstacles that I've hit. I get so frustrated that people can't keep trash out of their place. Then they expect me to shred it or cut it down. It's had to see a piece of metal through 5' of dense vegetation... Click image for larger version. 

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    Sometimes it's hard to tell where I've been since the weeds can be over 3' tall on their sides and some don't fall over if they're in the fence.
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    I use the Fs130 and rev it up and it cuts as fast as I can swing it. I just wish that there was an extra foot of length on the shaft of the stihl. They're made for a 5'8" guy and I'm about 6'8" with my boots on. My back was an aching last night.

    Oh. And get this. I am currently taking shelter in my truck as a freak lightening storm just popped up right above me. Oh well, at least it won't be so dusty.


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    Have to do the same with my property - only do it every other year though it seems. I use a blade similar to what Gizmo2 posted on my ......... what for it ...... JOHN DEERE trimmer!

    Running that blade is just so effortless and so effective - actually enjoy using it if my body would let me for any length of time.
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    Those are great blades but it does take extra work. I let Babycakes and my daughter run ours clearing the pond banks at my mothers. They thought it was great and they had a good time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Those are great blades but it does take extra work. I let Babycakes and my daughter run ours clearing the pond banks at my mothers. They thought it was great and they had a good time.
    You're a good man....letting them have all the fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgd View Post
    You're a good man....letting them have all the fun
    Exactly what I kept tellin them. It was my daughters first time behind a weed whacker.
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    When I was on Stihl's website looking at options the morning before I purchased my blade, I did note the 3 blade and thought it may be a good fit for the job. But when I went to the dealer, they were out and I didn't feel like waiting. Now you guys are making me want to try this blade too. Between the string, the poly cut, the 8 tooth blade and now potentially the 3 blade...I may just need another trimmer so I am not changing heads all the time. Wait...that will go over about as much breaking wind in church.


    Quote Originally Posted by Milharri View Post
    This is the blade that I use. I've probably cuts about 4 acres of huge weeds with it so far. I'm still only using one side of it.
    From the picture Gizmo posted and the picture on the website, it would appear there is a small curvature upward from center. Is the blade able to be switched (as in upside down) to cut also? Not that I may have to worry, as it is noted, they last a long time. I just envision some areas of opportunity this fall once some of the foliage has dissipated.


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