Anthony Noble wrote:Where has everyone bought their scythes? What did you choose and why? Are you happy with it?
I bought mine from The Marugg Company. I bought the 26" grass blade with a curved hickory snath.
I bought a second scythe from Botan Anderson at One Scythe Revolution to teach students at Earlham College. I'm hoping to start a mini course about steel tools. The above book gives so much great information about steel, its history and many of its dynamics. For the school, we got a Fux Grass blade and a Fux light bush blade. I got the adjustable wood snath so many people can use it comfortably.
I've had to repair my Marugg blade so many times from hitting rocks and wire, I'm afraid the metal is getting too thin. I'm considering filing everything down so I can start with a new edge. I peen with a rounded peening hammer and a flat anvil. For the school, I use the cheeter anvil jig which has worked pretty good. I haven't had to repair many cracks (probably because I make sure students are a lot more careful than I am!)
Matt Todd wrote:
I'm a recent scythe owner/user (cheap one from Lee Valley Tools that I'm perfectly happy with) and I love it! Cutting big swaths is great. The quiet. The nice little breaks when you stop to sharpen (a must.) And the ability to use it in the morning dew that would be a mess with a string trimmer. The way you can just crouch and use your cuttings to mulch plants as you go when needed.
But... you will never be able to edge a fence with it. Especially chain link, cattle panel, and woven wire. The string trimmer wins for those applications, so you most likely will not get to replace a trimmer entirely with a scythe.
Barbara Carter wrote:I just got my first scythe from Scythe Supply, and am a bit disappointed. The collar is very loose; it twists around on the snath and torques the blade when I tighten it down. It actually forces the blade into the "wrong" open angle they warn you against, in spite of my best efforts to hold the blade at the correct angle. I've sent an email, we'll see what they say about it.
Janet Reed wrote:I feel your pain re loppers..the “new” old. Pair I inherited are Craftsman Power Lever...fiberglass handles; my husband has taken them apart to sharpen with no gripes. Don’t know if they still make them. Craftsman also has a different quality now
Sena Kassim wrote:Good day, We are considering the purchase of our first scythe. Our gas weed eater has retired, shall we say.
Using hand tools is much more appealing than buying another gas tool. We are also considering a battery string trimmer too.
I weed eat about 7 hours monthly. Garden paths, fence lines and around our house. Plus we are clearing a few areas to replant.
What are your thoughts on replacing a string trimmer with a scythe? I realize it will be a different workout.
Do you know if the ditch blade is good for grass and some woody materials? Can the grass blade handle some woddy materials?
I'd use it mostly on grass, but there are some thick stems.
Thank you. Great article and post!
Mark Cunningham wrote:
Good luck with your build.
Erica Colmenares wrote:We're in an apartment in the Bellevue area of Nashville now, but our place is west of town. I'm camping out there now, but will message you when I am back home.
As for the tool, I mostly want something to help while I'm waiting for the scythe, but since the turkeys have eaten most of the cover crop seed, it's no longer emergent.