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Scythe Versus Weedwhacker

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For thousands of years people have been mowing their overgrown fields and reclaiming the land with a little help from their trusty scythe. The scythe made reaping, mowing and cropping plants a breeze, and it was so stupidly simple to use that anybody capable of swinging a scythe could help out with the yardwork. 

Along came the string trimmer, also known as the brushcutter, weedwhacker or weed eater, which failed to fully surpass the scythe in terms of functionality and gave us a new set of problems we didn't have with the scythe.

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This footage from the 2010 South West Annual Scythe Festival proves three things- weedwhackers suck at whackin' weeds, a British Scythe Champion earns his title the hard way, and we should go back to using scythes because they look way cooler and they're way more efficient! 

-Via Boing Boing


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I think you'd be hard pressed to match the accuracy of a weed whacker for small, close-in jobs where a giant metal blade swishing through the air might be a tad overkill.
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I've only used a weedwhacker for edging work, going around things like sidewalks, trees and rocks, which is something a scythe might struggle with. Also, I'm used to a true brushcutter being like a powered up weedwhacker with a metal blade, so it can handle bushes and small woody things, including stuff that would be difficult to even take down with a machete.
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