1950’s Weed Whacker

Well, as Ive said before, you just never know what may show up at JR’s Salvage south of town.  In this case it is a power scythe from the early 50’s.  I had no idea such a thing existed until I saw this one.  Powered by a 2 cycle engine there is a  type of sickle bar on the business end.  Long, long, before the invention of the string trimmer.  Looks pretty cumbersome to use and from what I could find out about them, they were.  Apparently other attachments were available, including a chain saw.

Note the starter — way back in the day, no recoils, this one you had to wind a separate rope around the pulley.  Also, no plastic anywhere, even the handle shown in the previous photo is metal.

Video of one working:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=scythette+power+scythe&FORM=HDRSC3

Ok, that seems to work — if I link directly to YouTube it says the video is no longer available !?

All 3 of my synapses are on overload trying to figure why that is!

The Silverado and TrailBlazer arent ready to be recycled just yet!  😉

(The Raleigh was there, but kept out of the way! — like this photo from a previous trip)





Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

4 response to "1950’s Weed Whacker"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 2, 2018

    Having already issued a yellow card to Gary, now the judges must give a dose of the same medicine to Rich. A fine piece of old and perhaps rusted equipment at JR’s Salvage, sir, but your bicycle fails to appear in the photograph. This will of course go down in your permanent record as an epic Challenge failure.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 2, 2018

      Hangs Head in Shame 🙁
      Only reasonable explanation is not taking Raleigh back into a colossal mass of debris — or having it mistaken for a destination to the giant dumpster.
      Mea Culpa, Sir, it will not happen again — promise!!

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: July 2, 2018

    I cannot imagine how heavy that would have been – I’d only be able to weed whack half the lawn before I would need a break… if I didn’t die from the fumes. I worked on a landscaping crew over the summer in 1995, and I would sometimes have to use a weed whacker for hours at a time. Even in 1995 with a harness for it to clip to, those things were heavy after a while. I’m sure I took a couple years off my life breathing the two-stroke fumes, too! Language trivia – Australians call weed whackers… ‘whipper snippers’. Not kidding.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 2, 2018

      Whipper Snippers LOL — My far lighter weight whipper snippers make my back ache, and it doesnt take hours!
      Interestingly, the Stihl company produces a similar item to the Scythette today — complete with several attachments, including a chain saw and — whipper snippers! The more things change the more they stay the same?
      Yeah, the EPA is doing its best to put 2 cycle engines on the museum shelf I believe.
      Next time I need to re-string my trimmer I will ask for Whipper Snipper line and see what reaction I get!

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