2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #23
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European-Style Scythes
Most Americans have abandoned scythes in favor of power mowing equipment, even when it comes to cutting weeds around buildings and fences.
But if you’ve grown weary of the whine of string trimmers, maybe you’re ready to try a scythe.
If you’ve used a scythe in the past and disliked the experience, you were probably using the wrong kind of scythe.     The European-style scythe works so well you may want to park your lawn mower and use one to cut the lawn. The bush style of scythe may be used to trim undergrowth in your woodlot and the ditch style may be used for brambles and tough weeds.
Most scythes sold in America are heavy and poorly balanced. Not only that, but the angle at which the blade mounts on the handle (called a snath) tends to require that the worker bend over to cut with it.
On the other hand, European-style scythes are lightweight and well balanced. The blade and handle are positioned to allow a comfortable upright stance.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Scythe Supply, 496 Shore Rd., Perry, Maine 04667 (ph 207 853-4750; email: scythe@scythesupply.com).

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2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12