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Okay I need to get this off of my chest!


So I take a day out of work, chilling in my backyard admiring my lovely fertilized lawn, all I can hear are the Sparrows chattering away...THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN the neighbor who has a so called maintenance gardener fires up the weed whacker....Burrrrrp burrrrp burrrrp burrrrp burrrrp burrrrp burrrrp.....why do IDIOTS keep revving their machines in spurts???? IT REALLY PISSES ME OFF!!!! Just use your machinery in a controlled manner, instead of burp burp burp burp.


I seriously wanna just jump the fence and wrap the gotdamn thing around his head!!!


Okay, I'm taking my meds now, I'm breathing again.....Now I'm calm!


Rant over!


Have a GREAT SEASON my fellow greenfingalings!


Ralph (yes I'ma YANK) lol






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  • I have seen this too. Someone [a council employee] using a strimmer but instead of a steady and appropriate engine speed for the particular job at hand, they keep revving in spurts. How they can cut grass like that I'll never know.

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    I did a training course and that is how you are taught to do it. You only rev when cutting in the correct direction depending on which way the head spins then lift off throttle. So in essence you aren't cutting in both directions. I use a battery strimmer in most gardens so little noise!

    • Maybe it's me, but that doesn't make sense. When strimming, you usually use one edge/side and cut from side to side like a scythe. You don't use both sides at once anyway. This has nothing to do with the amount of revs. It's best to throw the grass backwards/sideways so it isn't being thrown forward onto the next strip to be cut, unless you are cutting along the edge of a lawn when you can throw it forward.

      Now you don’t need to be fully revving all the time. Most of the time [on well maintained, regularly cut grass] half revs, or even less, is fine. It is true that modulating revs is the right thing to do when cutting different grass strengths and around obstacles. What I was referring to was what R. Alvarez was talking about. Constant, repetitive very short bursts so that the heads spins momentarily then stops completely, then again and so on.

      The Council guy I saw constantly revving up and down with and on/off effect on the head, was strimming along a fence line, i.e. a long thin strip. A constant but steady amount of revs whilst moving along the fence would have been the way to do it. He was making very slow progress, but then he did work for the Council.

      Anyhow, what do I know? I have only been using a strimmer professionally and successfully since 1985.

      R. Alvarez
      An open association of landscape industries bringing together a wealth of business knowledge & skills.
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        Yes you are using it like a scythe, a sweep one way then lift off power fully so wood be revving full then completely off. I was just saying the council guy had most likely done the brushcutter ticket which teaches the full on full off revs. But yes that's for brush cutting in an open space rather than edging etc.

        R. Alvarez
        An open association of landscape industries bringing together a wealth of business knowledge & skills.
      • The council worker was probably doing it in short bursts as he he needed a rest every few seconds........ I remember how tiring work was when I was with the council:) All those tea-breaks really sap your energy.


        R. Alvarez
        An open association of landscape industries bringing together a wealth of business knowledge & skills.
        • PRO

          I sometimes feel Two stroke machinery a bit over the top in some garden situations from a noise pollution point of view although i admit to using it where cordless just doesn't have the edge . 

          Similarly though i was complaining to my wife about a neighbour using a blower and disturbing the peace on a day off she quickly pointed out thats what i must sound like .


          R. Alvarez
          An open association of landscape industries bringing together a wealth of business knowledge & skills.
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