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    Mower(?) advice?

    After last winter's runoff I had some wash problems along the road.

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    The good news is, the state quickly came by and stabilized the shoulder.

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    The problem now is I'm getting growth up through the rocks.

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    It's not bad yet but it's only a matter of time before it affects visibility. Short of an annual dose of Roundup 365, anybody have any suggestions for an implement that would make this a non-issue? I'm not trying to turn this into a manicured lawn. Just something that'll keep the growth down to avoid visibility problems.

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    If it is not to thick of stocks, a quality string trimmer will do the job. However, it looks like you may have stuff coming up that is a thicker stock than grass. For my Stihl "bicycle handle" brush cutter, i have a head with three knife like poly blades that cuts right through that stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martincom View Post
    If it is not to thick of stocks, a quality string trimmer will do the job. However, it looks like you may have stuff coming up that is a thicker stock than grass. For my Stihl "bicycle handle" brush cutter, i have a head with three knife like poly blades that cuts right through that stuff.

    https://www.stihlusa.com/products/tr...lades/polycut/

    Or, if you like new tools, an extended reach hedge trimmer or power scythe would also work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Weed whacker.
    Thanks but I was hoping for something a little more efficient. Besides, these ankles don't handle walking on those kinds of uneven surfaces like they used to.

    Quote Originally Posted by martincom View Post
    If it is not to thick of stocks, a quality string trimmer will do the job. However, it looks like you may have stuff coming up that is a thicker stock than grass. For my Stihl "bicycle handle" brush cutter, i have a head with three knife like poly blades that cuts right through that stuff.

    https://www.stihlusa.com/products/tr...lades/polycut/
    Yeah, there is some heavy stuff that comes up if I don't stay on top of it. I initially cleared the path to mark out my driveway with something similar. Problem is the way the road curves I need to go down a good distance, and when I do this by hand, I have to be standing on a moderately busy road (18 wheeler's not uncommon) with my head on a swivel. I was hoping for something a little quicker than a string trimmer type tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RodW View Post
    Hmm... That scythe tool looks interesting.

    Edit: There's some interesting pole mounted hedge trimmers that could make this quick work...
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    I think that I would call someone at State and let them know that there is a problem. Chances are that there is some sort of program to fix those ditches. It's worth a phone call to find out.
    Failing that, how about a scicle mower attachment for your tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotYourGrandfathersDeere View Post
    I think that I would call someone at State and let them know that there is a problem. Chances are that there is some sort of program to fix those ditches. It's worth a phone call to find out.
    Failing that, how about a scicle mower attachment for your tractor.
    AROUND HERE the state comes around and sprays some areas like that. whatever they use it keeps nuthing from growing for the summertime or into the fall. one guy drives while one does the spraying. they spray everywhere a culvert crosses the road--at least here where i live on our back roads-then sometime during the summer-a small tractor comes along and mows the banks off -used to be a sickle bar mower-but now i seen they are using a different type mower. can't think of the word of it for now
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotYourGrandfathersDeere View Post
    I think that I would call someone at State and let them know that there is a problem. Chances are that there is some sort of program to fix those ditches. It's worth a phone call to find out.
    Failing that, how about a scicle mower attachment for your tractor.
    I did call the state (actually PA has a web site to report road problems and fortunately(?) this is a state road) and that's how I got the stone. The state does come buy a couple times over the summer and mows the shoulder, but they only cut back about 4-5 feet. I doubt driveway visibility being impaired by weeds growing on my property is something they'll be concerned with.

    I'm pretty much a noob regarding tractors and implements available. If Tim, as in Tractor Time with, hasn't made a video showing it, I probably don't know about it. RodW's pointer to the scythe weed wacker attachment gave me the idea for search terms to enter into google and found the sickle bar attachments. Something like that on the 3ph is what I was hoping someone would point me to, so thanks. But unless I come across a really good deal on a used one it's hard to justify the price for my limited usage. Although maybe I could contract myself out to the local township for shoulder maintenance.
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