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Dale Hodgins
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Look at the picture below. This tool looks like it would be quite useful for weeding vegetable beds. I have used my full-sized hedge cutter for this, but I think for most people, a one-handed, smaller device may be more appropriate. Do any of you use a device like this for your weeding?

 I always prefer to shear weeds off,  rather than pull them and tear up the soil.
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 For regular chop and drop of woody material, nothing beats the speed of my cordless hedge cutter. Material is chopped up finely.  I make no attempt to direct where it falls. The little chunks find their own place on the surface of the soil.
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That would be a super tool for the gardener.

I use my big Ryobi battery hedge trimmer for harvesting weeds...thus weed control. It does a 24" swath. Like you, I don't often pull weeds out by the root. It depends upon the situation, but usually I just cut weeds off close to ground level. Using the hedge trimmer I can weed an area in the fraction of the time it would have taken to hand pull it.

My battery hedge trimmer is one of my favorite tools.
 
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This thread is about my hedge cutter converted to a sickle bar mower. It is useful on large expanses, where everything is to be cut.

http://www.permies.com/mobile/t/41610/gear/Cordless-Hedge-Cutter-Sickle-Bar?foo=a

A single wheel attached to the small hand shear, could be useful in tighter spaces.

 I could also see mounting it on a handle. Imagine a hockey stick with the lower blade removed and replaced with this unit.
 
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