Machete assistance

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    Machete assistance

    So my shooting location is getting a little overgrown. It's in a heavily wooded area so no equipment is getting back there. I don't need nothing fancy just reliable. If you have used something let me know how it worked for you.

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    Better and safer than a machete, I've used these for all kinds of clearing and it works great.

    Not recommending the source but it's a good starting place to find one.

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    If we are talking weeds then a weedeater. If brush there are a couple of options. A brush axe or similar.

    Or just get some Crossbow at the local farm supply mix it up and use a hand sprayer to apply it. Same stuff farmers use around here to keep their fence rows clear of weeds and brush on the non used side of the fence. Kills everything but grass including brush briers etc.
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    sickle .. best thing to use.

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    Spent many hours using one of these, keep it sharp and it removes weeds and love handles admirably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Spent many hours using one of these, keep it sharp and it removes weeds and love handles admirably.

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    Just found one of those after searching for one for a couple of years. We used to have them all over the place on the farm. But they got picked up carried off borrowed or just gone over the years as the farms were sold off.

    They are pretty hard to find now. I needed one for some areas around the house but found I cant swing one anything like i used too
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    Woo Hoo!! Someone needs advice for which I am qualified to give!! Woo Hoo!!

    I used to work at a campground that was 700+acres in size. We had a problem with drainage flow on one occasion. We needed to open up the area to let in some sunlight and open up the channel. The area was too tight for equipment to get in. It was too tight to use a machete without copping some serious attitude. Too tight to use a weed-eater with a blade for the same reason. Big jobs call for big guns. Here's what I did.

    I chose our Huskavarna 030 chainsaw with 18" bar. Now if you're gonna use a saw don't be stupid and wear protection. (NNAC)<--
    By protection I mean a good hardhat. I like and use the hardhat most power and phone guys wear with the edge of the brim that goes all the way around. Get some ear muffs that clip to the hard hat along with a visor or face shield to keep crap out of your eyes and protect your head (from falling debris). Wear long pants, shirt sleeves rolled down and gloves suitable for the type of work you'll be doing. Before you even think about picking up that saw sharp up the teeth on the chain, check chain tightness, properly mixed fuel (should be 50:1 for a Husky-ASK IF YOU DON'T KNOW) and Bar Oil. Make sure you have the saw chain adjustment tool WITH THE SAW. If you haven't seen one it looks like a deep socket welded at right angle to a standard screwdriver. A good rule of thumb when using power equipment is to carry extra saw mix with you. Then when the weed-eater runs out, you pull that extra quart of go juice out of your back pocket in the empty plastic qt. oil bottle (you saved) and weed-eat your way back to the truck and you're good to go.

    One more thing you MUST HAVE (besides your Brain). Put ON YOUR SAW CHAPS!!!!! Chaps are MADE OF KEVLAR!! USE EM!!! I can't stress that enough.

    On the day I put all of this into practice I'd been running saws for some time. I got into where I was gonna be cutting and then I started my saw. I made a 360 degree clearance zone and then set to work. I wasn't pruning some fancy $1000 bush so it didn't have to be pretty. It just had to last at least a year. The big stuff got cut and hauled up and hauled away on a trailer. It didn't take long.

    Chainsaws aren't made for the type of work I used mine for that day at work. But in a pinch chainsaws are quite capable so long as the operator isn't a fool. Wear proper clothing and safety equipment. Observe Safety Rules and WEAR YOUR KEVLAR.

    I still got all my fingers and toes and all my extremities. HUA
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    Don't know the brand but I used one like the Truper Weed Cutter just yesterday.
    Just imagine you're practicing your golf swing and go for it. I don't golf BTW so
    my swing was pretty awkward.

    I'm dealing with creeping Ivy and the vines get pretty tough don't think Roundup
    will faze it. Have to find and try that Crossbow !

    The other suggestions while good require bending over and this ole man's back
    can't take much of that !!!
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    if your looking for a machete i love my Gerber Gator machete. i use it when clearing the trails to my hunting locations and other stuff. its a great machete with a good thick blade to withstand some of the bigger stuff. also it has a saw on the back to take out the even bigger. love this thing.

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    dont mind their description...apparently this is only of their apocalypse stuff, lol. but it is good. i also have the gator machete jr which is 18 inches overall, it stays in my car with my BOB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost1958 View Post
    Just found one of those after searching for one for a couple of years. We used to have them all over the place on the farm. But they got picked up carried off borrowed or just gone over the years as the farms were sold off.

    They are pretty hard to find now. I needed one for some areas around the house but found I cant swing one anything like i used too
    Man that picture brings back memories...when I got big enough to swing one my dad put me to work with it. I grew up with stories of my grandfather using one to cut down ACRES of wheat on the farms he worked. It takes a man to swing one of those all day....
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    I'm still using my military issue 23" Ontario Knife Co. that has the built in sharpener in the case. I used to ride the hoist down and trim overgrown LZ's with it while swinging on the jungle penetrator hoist. I'm way to old for that now! LOL!
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    I love using a machete.
    After you use any one that you buy for a while you'll find out what you don't like about it.
    You may need to smooth up or modify the handle or add a wrist thong.

    I like the Imacasa 18" blade - 23" overall length. I think I paid $12.00 for it. I needed to sharpen it up a bit with a fine flat file.
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    Not expensive but, it gets the job done and I have not been able to break it yet.

    CONDOR makes a nice one if you want to spend a bit more.
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    What's to advise? A good one is $25.

    Cold steel makes them in every size and shape. I've got a half dozen of them scattered around. I like the long Latin style (w/ two-handed grip) is the best. It'll go through 3" limbs in two or three whacks, and is long enough to clear the small brush quickly.

    I've always wanted to try one of those Woodsman's Pals. They look neat.
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    If you lived in my neck of the woods I'd be happy to help. I like clearing brush...sort of like the
    last President...
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