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Looking for a grass whip of better-than-usual quality

 
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Does anyone have any information on a high-quality grass whip?  I don't want a "made in China, replace often" kind of tool.  I want a good quality tool I can use to cut down weeds over a fairly large area.  I want it to be a super-sharp, or able to be made super-sharp, tool that will last.  I don't want a scythe.  Maybe someday, but for now I want some sort of long-handled tool for chopping through tall grass, briars, thistles, burdock, and the like.  I want a manual tool, not gas or electric.  A little heavier than the normal crap tool you find at the big box store is fine.  Great even.  The normal lousy version costs $$25-$35, so I wouldn't mind paying $75 or so for a good one. I can't believe I'm having this much trouble finding a simple, quality tool like this.   Any help would be very much appreciated.
 
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If I cannot find what I am looking for, in the quality that I like, then I just build my own.

A custom made Grass Whip would be really easy to build with standard tools and some files.
 
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Travis Johnson wrote:If I cannot find what I am looking for, in the quality that I like, then I just build my own.

A custom made Grass Whip would be really easy to build with standard tools and some files.



I guess I may have to.
 
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For high-quality permaculture hand tools, I usually start with Danial Lawton's (yes, Geoff Lawton's son) business Permaculture Tools.

I don't offhand see what you're looking for there but I'll ask him. I assume they ship internationally but don't know, prices might be reasonable or prohibitive. I think the prices on his webiste are in Australian dollars.
 
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Thanks Dave, I'll check it out.
 
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Travis Johnson wrote:If I cannot find what I am looking for, in the quality that I like, then I just build my own.

A custom made Grass Whip would be really easy to build with standard tools and some files.




Ya, this. I'm short on blacksmithing tools and skills, but this one would be a pretty basic project. If you could find the pieces you wanted for handle, shaft, and blade, a smith could get it together pretty quick.
 
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I did a quick google search to see what this thing was. I used them as a kid and we called it an idiot stick. I dont know why. That was the name.

Tru pro brand came up on a list of better ones. Amazon has it for $33. The blade is only connected on one side of blade. I remember that style being junk as a kid, but it may have been a junk brand. Not sure.

I know that the style pictured worked well for me. Connected on both ends so it didnt bend

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Danial Lawton of Permaculture Tools says:

If its steel blade with a wood handle i can have anything made.

I ship globally



So if you want to get a real good one made, that is at least one possibility. (PS - this is not an affiliate link, I don't make any money off this, and I haven't purchased tools from him. But I figure he must know what he's doing.)
 
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A year or so ago I was in Home Depot browsing and bought this weed whip  (price was right ) and it has actually been a great buy - The edges look pretty difficult to sharpen though, its like a serrated roundish design. Thing is, I've never tried to sharpen it - even with some of them damaged/folded over, the thing still works great for trail/brushy areas. It did work better on grass when it was newer, but still does get the job done.

I do hope you find a better quality one, and wish I had a "good" one to compare it to...but it's one of those cheapo things I decided to gamble on and so far has paid off.

It's also a great shoulder and forearm workout!

The handle is robust and bracing/bolts move around slightly after hard use, but easy enough to keep tight. I may begin looking around for a replacement blade this summer just in case, but I have been happy with it so far.

If I can eventually figure out how to post my own pics, I'll show some close ups of what the blade looks like now after some good use.
 
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We had an old one of those at the cottage that I loved to use to practice my golf swing. No, I've never been any good, and probably because I liked to practice my swing with the idiot stick.

I would target these wonderfully useful bushy tufts of grass when they were tall enough to look like grain ready for harvest, and then I'd take aim and let fly. I loved to watch the wind take the fragments and disperse them.

As it turned out, this spread those wonderfully tufty patches all over the place, so I had no end of targets.

I never figured out why my family was always so cross with me after those practice sessions.

-CK
 
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Dave de Basque wrote:Danial Lawton of Permaculture Tools says:

If its steel blade with a wood handle i can have anything made.

I ship globally



So if you want to get a real good one made, that is at least one possibility. (PS - this is not an affiliate link, I don't make any money off this, and I haven't purchased tools from him. But I figure he must know what he's doing.)



Thanks for checking, I'll contact him and see if that would be feasible.
 
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