Weapons Grade Garden Strimmer Line

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  1. brucemillar

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    Due to ill health my "garden" (it is 1 acre) has become very overgrown with grass, nettles & brambles. Over the last two weekends I have managed to cut the grass down to a nice looking level again (phew)

    Yesterday I bought a nice new straight pole petrol strimmer/brush cutter. What could go wrong here you ask?

    Well the cutter disc does not really like long grass or nettles. It pushes them rather than cuts them so it binds up.

    The strimmer line is nylon with a metal cord in it. This breaks every few seconds, so is not sustainable.

    Can anybody recommend a really strong line that will withstand industrial nettles?

    PS. Previously I was using a square orange nylon line, but I can't find this anymore. I want a professional gardeners line. This is more agricultural rather than garden. Unfortunately my back is more jelly than iron.
     
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    It shouldn't break so easily - only if left long enough to fatigue where it exits the head.
    I use Oregon Duoline 3mm and it never breaks providing I (manually) feed it through every so often (no more than is required to compensate for the wear though) to prevent fatiguing at head exit. Cuts all sorts and tangles with wire fences and harled walls and never breaks.
     
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    I'm using square section line on my Stihl. It seems to cope with well with everything I've used it on. Take a look on ebay if you want some. I bought a 261m reel.
     
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    Should have said - Oregon Duoline is steel core and plastic sheath.
     
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    Have you considered using a long reach hedge cutter on the nettles, etc.... I find it works really well to clear thick patches of nettles and weeds.
     
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    I use desert extrusion diamond edge line in my stihl strimmer and I can recommend it fully
     
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    Okay

    Thank you for all the replies. I'm fairly sure that the Desert Exclusion (great name) is what I was using previously in my Husqvarna.

    I am going tho swap the head of my (knackered) Husqvarna and fit it to my new machine. That is a solid billet head that allows for two lengths of cord to fitted giving you four cuts for every revolution. That and the Desert Exclusion (I love this name now) should have any WWII Japanese soldiers that are hiding in my grass? heading for surrender.

    Today's efforts have taken a strain on my poor old back (sympathy required here please). The plan is to go for the big one tomorrow - Wish me luck. I may be gone for some time.....
     
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    If you fall in the nettles it will take your mind off the bad back.
     
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    The other option that I use is to attack it with my Hayter.
     
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    Bruce you need sheep and goats.......
     
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    Or you could push Mike Walker in the nettles which would also help take your mind off the bad back.
     
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    Now there's a thought ;^)

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    Do you not have a gardener?

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    We used to have one, several, in fact. They all turned out to be as feckless as each other. Not insulting gardeners here !!! As we now know these were never actually gardeners.

    The problem we had was that those who called themselves gardeners, actually meant that they had used their cash to buy some tools and a van. If you weren't at home watching them then they would charge for xx hours when only doing x hours. We then found that they would dump the waste over the nearest fence. Proper gardeners around here are at a premium and are not actively seeking work as they are all on good contracts.
     
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    Have you considered using a blade cutter for the dense stuff?
     
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    I have a ryobi mulitpurpose thingy with different attachements. I know ryobi isn't the best, but it is far more capable than the previous bosch gear I had before. It has a brush cutter blade & a dual strimmer head. Haven't had the strimmer cord break yet.
     
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    I had a Ryobi multi-tool thing too. In my experience, it has been a total POS! It's a nightmare to start, the attachments are particularly good quality, and it is very heavy even compared to my Stihl which has the biggest engine option.

    I have been really pleased with my Stihl Kombi, which joins my other Stihl kit - their biggest blade hedge cutter and pro-grade chainsaw. I should have followed my normal rule of buying quality from the outset, but live and learn.
     
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    yes, the ryobi was a budget purchase but has not let me down so far. Sthil is the better purchase though. I've just upgraded my sthil chainsaw with a bigger 16" bar & chain from ebay. Chain doesn't stay sharp & I probably need to resharpen 3 x as often meaning the chain will last a third of the time.
     
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    I bought a Lidl electric chain sharpening tool - seems pretty decent and helps keep things nice and sharp. :)
     
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    i have a 5 acre small holding.

    1 buy a decent strimmer from an ag supplier. stihl or husky. ryobi or mculloch are for postage stamp gardens. buy one with motorbike or cowhorns not D handle. D is for hedge trimmers etc.

    2 buy a proper harness. again, stihl or similar. strimmer clips onto right hip area. can now strim all day with no back issues.

    3. buy a push in type head. this replaces the spool end with the string. mine takes 5mm line. buy a roll of said fat line, cut into 10" lengths as required. bump heads are too poncy.

    4. use a chainsaw helmet and face guard

    5. dont remove the guard around the head, unless you are very naughty.... and have said face mask and a boiler suit. the guard catches up and wraps up easily..
     
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