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Re: The REAL Garden Club

Postby TXviking » Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:31 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Helping a relative with a very, very overgrown lawn and garden.

Does anyone have machete-shopping advice?


If you lived closer, I'd bring the John Deere over. Just a lawn tractor, but surprisingly powerful. :)


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Re: The REAL Garden Club

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:42 pm

I'm going to try an inexpensive one from Harbor Freight that gets excellent reviews.

Now to find lessons on how to use it without maiming myself in the process...
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Re: The REAL Garden Club

Postby Silvervox325 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:57 pm

Finally moved into a condo with a balcony, excited to try my hand at small-scale gardening. Anyone have any suggestions for Rasputin-esque potted plants (i.e. resistant to drowning, poisoning, and physical violence)?

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Re: The REAL Garden Club

Postby Silvervox325 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:58 pm

rockyrock wrote:
CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Helping a relative with a very, very overgrown lawn and garden.

Does anyone have machete-shopping advice?


Sounds like a one-time or rare event. I would just head to Harbor Freight and use one of their 20% off coupons. You could probably walk with one for $6...


I try never to buy anything from Harbor Freight that could hurt me if it breaks. Because if it's from Harbor Freight, it's gonna break.

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Re: The REAL Garden Club

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:26 pm

The HF one is okay...easy to use, though not as sharp as I'd like (I'm going to get an oilstone to properly sharpen it).

I can see how there is a demand for a wide variety of blade types from machete enthusiasts. Mine's a good generalist machete for light brush, but I might try a 24+ inch machete to see how it compares to my current 18. The plastic handle of mine isn't fancy, but it does allow for a good grip (slightly at the expense of comfort).

At the other extreme, a shorter, heavier blade would be good for very small trees.

It definitely saves time when clearing brush since I don't have to alternate between some combination of clippers, shears, and loppers.
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Re: The REAL Garden Club

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:53 pm

Has anyone used an electric steamer to kill weeds? Any favored brands or merchants? Rent or buy?
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Re: The REAL Garden Club

Postby TXviking » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:49 am

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:The HF one is okay...easy to use, though not as sharp as I'd like (I'm going to get an oilstone to properly sharpen it).

I can see how there is a demand for a wide variety of blade types from machete enthusiasts. Mine's a good generalist machete for light brush, but I might try a 24+ inch machete to see how it compares to my current 18. The plastic handle of mine isn't fancy, but it does allow for a good grip (slightly at the expense of comfort).

At the other extreme, a shorter, heavier blade would be good for very small trees.

It definitely saves time when clearing brush since I don't have to alternate between some combination of clippers, shears, and loppers.


I got a machete from Harbor Freight that is absolutely useless. Where do I get one that's actually sharp enough to cut weeds and thin shrubs?

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Re: The REAL Garden Club

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:15 pm

Machetespecialists.com gives some guidance. I'm not sure how competitive their selection/prices/shipping speeds are.
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