clearing foliage from trails
Fiskars is the only one to consider, you can get them from B&Q. Yes, has a case, but latch/fastening doesn’t last very long.
I wouldn’t ride round Leeds with one no, I live in the dales.
I only take it when I know I’ll need it, as its a bit big to not be a pain to have in your bag. I actually have mine for formal trailbuilding, but its a useful tool for round the garden.Posted 4 years ago
Anyone gotten a link to a folding scythe? Can only find one, & that on evilbay. I abandoned some local trails of late, as the brambles are just ridiculous. Want something I can carry, the bill hooks might be better but you can’t carry those on a bike
Ps: folding saws don’t work well as scythesPosted 4 years agoahwilesSubscriber
that’s the one i’ve got.
the blade is good, but the handle+mechanism is a bit crap, it’s over-priced really.
something like this linky might be an idea – you could change the nuts for wingnuts – and it would *nearly* be a ‘folder’…
(but, i’ll just get a fiskars billhook next year)Posted 4 years ago
I actually already have one of those, but I wouldn’t really want the blade rattling round my backpack, & prefer the idea of a ‘folder’.
A couple of the trails are a good walk away from the road, so even traveling by car back afterwards, isn’t exactly a great option (let alone it’s a private wood…sssshh).
I do like this version, as the handle looks better, but I can’t find it for sale anywhere (and I don’t need 1000-10000 units).
As for the that 1st folder above I’ve found the same a bit cheaper on worldwide ebay, so might give it a try.Posted 4 years ago
Well, I took the plunge and bought a Fiskar brush hook from B&Q today. They don’t look nearly as scary in reality as they do in the pictures; it’s more handle than blade and it’s not particularly sharp so I’ve got no qualms about carrying it in my pack. It’s clearly a tool not a weapon. It’s also assuaged my fears that I might cut my own leg off or something! I quickly found the best way to swing it was a sideways swiping motion rather than chopping like an axe which makes it safer too as you’re always swinging it away from you.
Even though it’s not that sharp it does go through ferns, nettles and brambles up to about 1/2″ like butter which is exactly what I wanted. It happily goes through thicker branches too with a few chops but I would definitely get a pruning saw if I were going to do that often.
Spent just over an hour this evening clearing a totally overgrown trail – quite enjoyed it actually! (Except for the fact that I’d forgotten my Jungle Formula so got eaten alive by biters!) Had a good sense of accomplishment afterwards when I rode the cleared trail. Already know which one I’m going to clear next!
The only problems with the Fiskar are the crappy “sheath” and the fact it’s quite big because of the long handle (doesn’t quite fit in my pack). Kind of wish I’d gone for the Silky Yoki which has a proper sheath and is quite a bit shorter. It’s over twice the price though and would have been a lot of money to splash out not really knowing anything about that sort of tool.
@z1ppy – B&Q also had a folding scythe, IIRC exactly like the one in your eBay link but a different colour and cheaper (around £15). Looked a bit shoddy quality-wise but will no doubt do the job.Posted 4 years agorentachimpMember
I have a couple of machetes: never got on with the bill hooks, but grass hooks/scythes are good, too.Posted 4 years ago
Studied foresty with a guy who worked as a landscape gardener and he said the No.1 way of dealing with brambles was to pull them up with a pair of welding gloves. No blades needed 🙂
Well I bought the b&q one & by god it’s a scary bit of kit, give it a flick & the blade flys out & locks in position. It’s a damned Kusarigama… got age checked on the express till to buy it though, which is no bad thing.Posted 4 years ago
Looked at the fiskars brush hook too, & it’s not exactly bike portable, that said the Folding scythe would only be something I carried on specific missions to clear trailsdannyhMember
Aldi folding saw in stock yesterday.
Looks ok, looks safe for in-pack stowage, although I’m going to wrap it in some heavy-ish canvas to ensure a crash won’t spring it open.
Nothing like some of the more ‘specialist’ options above, but I think it’ll do 99% of the stuff that makes me think ‘someone ought to chop that back a bit’.
I’m up for clearing trails, not some kind of Chindit style mission into Japanese occupied Burma!Posted 4 years agodannyhMember
The aldi saw got a quick run out today, clearing some brambles and nettles that were making a rideable set of rocks unrideable by blocking the view of the first rock.
It easily dealt with these, you need a pronounced wrist flick to generate enough speed in the blade to go through multiple small stems, but it did the job very nicely. It will go through an inch thick branch in about 15 seconds, so it will easily deal with most foliage ‘issues’.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
With the fiskar’s brush-hook, it’s well worth taking the time to put more of an edge on it- makes it much better at grass, fibrous plants etc where as standard it tends to hang up or just drag them along. it’s a nicely weighty, strong blade so it’ll do axework surprisingly well as long as you don’t get carried away as it’ll get stuck if you hit too hard. Very handy things.
Oh, the plastic sheath is really impractical, I just rolled up a newspaper to the right size for it to stick into, perfect.Posted 4 years ago
Well I’m un-impressed by the B&Q folding sycthe, yes it did the job, but after a couple of hours use yesterday the the thing is starting to fall apart.
Folding Scythe by z1ppy2, on Flickr
TBF I like the idea, and it did work surprisingly well, and if better built it’d be nearly perfect. Especially if you could integrate an solid telescopic handle too.
So gunna try and hassle B&Q for a refund and try a proper Brush hook Screwfix sell the Spears & jackson one for £25 vs the B&Q Fiskar one @ £35, so am tempted to try the former vs the laterPosted 4 years ago
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