1988 - Volume #12, Issue #2, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Kind Of Lawn Mower"It'll cut practically anything," says Country Home Products about its new string-type trimmer/mower on wheels.
Unlike hand-held trimmers, this "totally different lawn mower" rolls "light as a feather" on two big wheels. Equipped with a Briggs and Stratton 4-cycle engine, a trimming head and heavy grade string, it cuts a 22 in. swath for mowing and can also be used to trim over and around rocks, roots or stumps since there's no steel blade to bend, break or dull.
"In testing it, we've cut everything from small hay fields to weed patches, to road-sides and railroad tracks," says Mary Clark, advertising manager. "About the only thing it can't handle is woody stems."
A "double dead man" clutch prevents you from starting the trimmer head until you've completed two safety procedures at the handle-end of the machine. As soon as you let go of the clutch guard, the trimmer head immediately stops. It doesn't slowly wind down but stops instantly, the manufacturer points out.
The new-style mower sells for $545 and uses regular heavy 95 mil string or, for tall weeds and grass, extra heavy 130 mil (1/8 in. dia.) string which is about twice as heavy as hand trimmers can handle, says Clark.
The string comes in 22 in. lengths and is woven into the trimmer head.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, P.O. Box 89, Charlotte, Vt. 05445 (ph 802 425-3591).
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