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#6440360 - 09/06/16 10:28 AM Mowing around deer stand? what to use?
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Last year we had the tall broom weed growing as well as other stuff. It was about thigh high and taller. This year, I want to get rid of it so I can see better. There were several occasions I could not shoot a coyote or bobcat because the veg was too tall.

What can I use to get rid of it? I don't think a standard mower will handle the larger broom weed, as well as some cactus. Will a riding lawn mower chew that stuff up?
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#6440363 - 09/06/16 10:32 AM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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A standard push mower will mow darn near anything... provided its a good mower and not one of the $50 ones from Walmart and you cut at the pace the mower will cut.

We have about a 1/2 acre yard at our place that grows up with broom weed purple thistles Johnson grass etc. thick as can be and 3-4 foot tall that we mow with a 15 year old murray 22 inch cut push mower with a 5 hp brigs motor. Top off the oil and gas and it cuts every time... the mesquite stumps are hard on blades, but ive gotten those taken care of by now. It may not like it but it will do it. Also use it to mow inside of our feed pens. Anything else its nice to have equipment for.

Riding mowers work alright, but they are less forgiving of abuse than a push mower.
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#6440365 - 09/06/16 10:36 AM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Like he said, a normal mower will work. Just go back and forth. I use a brush cutter head on my Echo trimmer. $50 at Home Depot. Will take down small trees too. There are two blades. One is a saw and is more for grassy brush. And my mower is an old Murray too. Keeps going week after week.

I will tell you this, if you mow or trim in late April or May when it emerges and is tender, it will make cleaning up now a breeze. No hard stems to deal with.

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#6440370 - 09/06/16 10:38 AM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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I thought about getting a nice hand help trimmer and getting a heavy duty metal blade on it to chew through the thick stuff. I wasn't sure how long that would last, or if it would hold up to the abuse of a large area.
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#6440372 - 09/06/16 10:39 AM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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I may get a standard mower and pull it behind my 4 wheeler!
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#6440373 - 09/06/16 10:41 AM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
I thought about getting a nice hand help trimmer and getting a heavy duty metal blade on it to chew through the thick stuff. I wasn't sure how long that would last, or if it would hold up to the abuse of a large area.


Works great and lasts. And you can file the blade to sharpen it up. Sun and heat is worst part.

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#6440401 - 09/06/16 11:07 AM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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We use one of these. $300 at home Depot
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Remington-22-...J7783/205691840

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#6440519 - 09/06/16 12:54 PM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Before we had a tractor a lot of times we would round up roads then come back later and drag a railroad tie over it with the pickup the dead gras/weeds would just snap off.
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#6440751 - 09/06/16 03:45 PM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
I may get a standard mower and pull it behind my 4 wheeler!


Believe it or not, when I bought my place about 15 years ago, the neighbor was kinda' young and had also just purchased his place. He really wanted a 4-wheeler, but needed a riding mower. Couldn't afford both. He picked up two push mowers from a pawn shop and welded the decks together with angle iron after pulling off both sets of "inside" wheels. For about three years he fired both up and dragged that contraption behind his new 4-wheeler. I'm pretty sure it was still working when he finally got a rider.


Edited by Slow Drifter (09/06/16 03:47 PM)
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#6441004 - 09/06/16 06:46 PM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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I've used the push mower combined with the weed eater, use heavy string and bought one of those saw blades that fit on the end, did fine for me. I did keep the snake boots on.

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#6441037 - 09/06/16 07:05 PM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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A while back I used a push mower in my pasture. Set the deck as high as it'd go and got to it. Lowered it and hit it again. It was a strip where I planted about 20 oak trees and I wanted to keep the trash down. I've since been trimming around the trees with a weed whacker.

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#6441063 - 09/06/16 07:20 PM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Last year I rented a brush cutter, worked great but was slower than I wanted. This year purchased a pull behind brush hog ($1300)that will cut anything you can drive over. Worth every penny.




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#6441188 - 09/06/16 08:36 PM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Chad, I am not sure of the area that you are trimming, but I have a Stihl Kombi that will allow you to put various attachments on it (larger model). It has a sickle bar blade (like you do hedges with) that will go through 1/2" trees, briar, but you have to work at prickly pear with it. It will also go through rusty barbed wire fence far too easily.

The sickle bar is less handy for grass, of which the string trimmer will handle. You can also attach a pole saw to it (which is what I use for all my limbs, regardless of size), edger, and a couple of other things. It is my generic land clearing tool.

http://pages.stihldealer.net/kombi/?gcli...ggnoaAiH38P8HAQ

Of course, if this is just a once a year deal, you might be better off with a rental as noted above.
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#6441482 - 09/06/16 11:45 PM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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I have a push mower with a 6.5hp Briggs that does a great job on that stuff. I don't even open the side shoot. I just let it mulch that crap with no issues. You do have to go slow but it gets the job done. I suggest making sure the blade is sharpened. up
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#6441509 - 09/07/16 05:55 AM Re: Mowing around deer stand? what to use? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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I brushog it once a year in the spring then spray with roundup.
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