So far, the only gas powered tool I’ve needed to use in the garden is a weed eater, given to me by my dad. The task of cutting down a few hundred square feet of Sunn Hemp was daunting me until a friend recommended using a brush attachment on a weed eater. Earlier in the summer I was asking around for a weed eater to cut back the Buckwheat and by coincidence my dad was getting rid of a perfectly good one. It worked great for the soft thin Buckwheat stems, but I knew the regular string trimmer wouldn’t hold up against the woody, thick Sunn Hemp stems. Turns out a brush attachment was cheap, easy to find, easy to install and works like a charm.
I don’t particularly enjoy handling gasoline and engine oil, but it’s been okay since I’ve made an effort to keep all my gas supplies neat and clean. A 2 gallon jug has lasted through cutting down all the Sunn Hemp in both gardens! Talk about efficient! As far as the physical strain of using a weed eater, it took a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but eventually, with the right motions and momentum, it was actually pretty okay.
Wearing the right safety gear made a big difference in the comfort level during the work. Eye protection is obvious. Long pants and boots helped. I finally got around to using ear plugs half way through the work and they provided a nice relief.