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I've got to mow a wildflower meadow at the end of the month and have been looking into powered scythes. Has anyone had any experience using one of these or could recommend one if i wanted to look into buying one?

 

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Have used old Allen scythe mower years ago and did a good job once i got the hang of it. My old boss uses a BCS 5ft cut finger mower for that type of job dose a good job.

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Freund-Tubular-150cm-Scythe-Snaith-60cm-Reich-Blade-Made-in-Germany-Austrian-/322655983614?hash=item4b1fcb97fe:g:-PYAAOSw4GVYIzyN

 

I would cut a meadow with one of these if someone was willing to pay me. They are surprisingly good.

Otherwise, why not just get a big flail mower on a tractor?

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17 hours ago, Peasgood said:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Freund-Tubular-150cm-Scythe-Snaith-60cm-Reich-Blade-Made-in-Germany-Austrian-/322655983614?hash=item4b1fcb97fe:g:-PYAAOSw4GVYIzyN

 

I would cut a meadow with one of these if someone was willing to pay me. They are surprisingly good.

Otherwise, why not just get a big flail mower on a tractor?

For a flower meadow I believe it's generally best to remove the arisings to reduce the soil fertility.... flails turn the grass into mulch.

Our 16 acres of meadow have been mowed & baled for 4 years now and we now have loads of yellow rattle (which parasitises the grass) giving wild flowers a better chance to flourish.

cheers, steve

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50 minutes ago, SteveA said:

For a flower meadow I believe it's generally best to remove the arisings to reduce the soil fertility

That's my understanding too. 

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I cut reed and sedge with a grillo gf4 great machine had it 10 years abused it loads and keeps coming back for more, or if you want a work out get one of these it'll save you about £2900 and you'll look like a greek god by the end of the season

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4 minutes ago, Graham said:

Me and my dog this year.

 

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That's a lovely photo Graham.

Looks like a very long grass blade you've got there.... what's the stick in your right hand for?

cheers, steve

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13 minutes ago, SteveA said:

 

That's a lovely photo Graham.

Looks like a very long grass blade you've got there.... what's the stick in your right hand for?

cheers, steve

Thanks.  The photo was taken at Wimpole scythe festival.  I was just walking back after mowing.  The stick was used to tether the dog because he gets inquisitive and thinks animals might be flushed where I'm mowing.  It's a 95cm blade.  I broke that snath later in the day so have now made my own.

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Being looking at the scythes they sell here

 


We run courses to start you on your scything journey or help you as you progress. In our scythe shop we sell the same...

 

Used a euro (austrian type)one before on a demo day and it was easy to use and very effective.

 

The hard part I reckon is doing the the peening and sharpening.

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