Back when I was using a weed-whacker with a blade attachment to hack my way through the briar jungles around our property, a couple of readers predicted that I’d end up buying a bush-whackin’ mower someday.
Yup. The jungles are getting away from us again, plus Chareva wants to reclaim quite a bit of the overgrown field behind the house for chickens, fruit trees and gardens. Rather than continue paying people to come out and bush-hog, we decided it was time to bite the bullet and buy something that will let us stay ahead of the growth. So here it is:
Nothing like writing a post about a tick whose bite can cause a meat allergy, then heading out into the deep weeds the next day, eh? As you can see, I tucked my jeans into my boots, as a reader advised. I also sprayed my boots, pants, arms and shirt with Deep Woods Off.
Anyway, this particular model is called a Predator. Pretty powerful little machine for the money. The reviews were almost uniformly positive, although several people complained that the cables running from the engine to the handles hang loose, which means they can get snagged and yanked out. So on the advice of the same reviewers, we wrapped plastic tubing around the cables and secured them to the side handlebars with zip-ties.
My only other minor complaint is the speed. Even in fourth gear, it’s a slow walking pace. I’d like to move a little faster, but I guess the slower speed is necessary to give the blades time to tear up all that brush. According to the both the manual and the reviewers online, this thing will suck in and tear up saplings up to an inch-and-a-half thick.
Yes, it would have been nice to just mow down all that briar, even at a slow walking speed.