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Ken Barber
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Can anyone help please?

A few years ago and often seen in turf related magazines an advert with a picture showing a greenkeeper facing a steep bunker face with a backpack type brushcutter on his back, with what looked like a small 'Flymo' type hood attached to the end of a strimmer type bar.

I often thought it looked like a useful tool in the right situation and now I find a colleague of mine has very steep bunker banks and this machine would speed up his maintenace as well as improve his presentation. I have tried searching the www to no avail and asked some of the leading manufactures, but it seems like it never existed..... and no ones heard of it!

Can anyone out there recall such a machine or know who manufactured it?

Cheers

KB
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fes
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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Hi Ken,

Not sure if this is hat your looking for but try this link.
http://www.tooled-up.com/Product.asp?PID=146448

Frank
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Ken Barber
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Hi Frank, the cutting attachment is very similar to the one I saw advertised and it may do the job. The original advert I saw, the machine had a small petrol engine strapped to his back and a flexible drive came from this to the cutting end which was covered by a hood. The machine was orange in colour, but all the manufacturers I can think of do not produce such a machine.

A good start though Frank...... thanks a million!

KB
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fes
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Hi Ken

Right, I remember the machine but can not recall what it was called.

Stihl do a back pack brushcutter, with a flexible drive

Frank
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Ken Barber
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Yes they do and the advert I saw looked very similar to the Stilh, but unfortunately it wasn't a Stilh because I contacted them.

Hopefully someone will recall or have the machine I refer to.

Again thanks for the help.

KB
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Bjarni Hannesson
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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Hi Ken

I know Husqvarna makes them.

The model numbers are

253RB (3.2hp)
152RB (2.2hp)
142RB (1.9hp)

These models are in my 2010 Husqvarna catalog, but they are not on the UK web-side. However, I found this on the Italian Husvarna web side

http://www.husqvarna.com/it/landowner/products/brushcutters/253rb/

I'm assuming that both UK and US H&S has an issue with this product, since they don't seam to be marketed in these countries.

Regards
Bjarni

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Bjarni Hannesson
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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To ad to this...

Shil makes them too, the models are:

FR 130T
FR 350
FR 480
FR 480 C-F

I just love how some products are deemed save in one country, but in a few miles distance, the're considers tools of death.
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Ken Barber
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Hi Bjarni,

You are right in both cases, Stilh and Husqvarna manufacture the backpac strimmers/cutters but not with a hooded cutting deck. The hooded cutting deck looks like a miniture flymow hood but attached to the end of a strimming bar.

KB
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Bjarni Hannesson
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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I don't think I've seen the hooded cutting deck before. The only thing that springs to mind, is the edgit pro (www.edgit.com). Buit still I don't think that is what you are looking for.

Bjarni
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Ken Barber
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

If nothing else you have pointed me in the direction of an attachment for speed edging bunkers and an idea I have had in mind for some years..... Although the design is a bit better than the one I had in my head.

I have contacted the company in the states to see if they have a distributor in the UK. Maybe if they haven't Pitchcare may be interested..... it looks like a very useful tool and certainly one I will follow up on.

Well done Bjarni.

KB
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Dave
Posted 20 Oct 2010 Last edited: 20 Oct 2010
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Ken,

What about this system, no engine, low vibration, no fuel emissions, light weight and much safer.

Strimmer [Via Bit.ly]

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Ken Barber
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Hi Dave, Goggle couldn't find your thread but I went onto the Pellenc site. Very interesting..... battery operated implements. Quite..... which is good but I couldn't find anything relating to edgers or bank strimmers?

KB
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Dave
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Hi Ken,

Changed to link above so directs to strimmer pages and film clips now.

Cheers,
Dave
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Ken Barber
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Hi Dave, I like it! Is there a distributor in the UK?

KB
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fidget
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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I went to a Pellenc demo day & they were good, but I think the battery unit is around £700-800 plus nearly the same again for the strimmer, also the battery will need renewing after a few years as it loses its capacity to hold the charge.
Very light & nice to use, but the initial outlay was too high for us.
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Pitchcare Peter
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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Hi Ken,

As a Spurs fan, I now have better things to do than watch TV!!!!!

Etesia are the UK distributors for Pellenc - link from banner on this page.

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Bjarni Hannesson
Posted 20 Oct 2010
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You're welcome Ken

If there is an R&R Products dealer in the UK, then they have been distributing the Edgit Pro. It retails for $76 in the US.

Regards
Bjarni
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Ken Barber
Posted 21 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Hi PP,

You should be proud of your team....... What a second half that was!

Me..... I'm an Arsenal supporter 1st, and sadly, a Spurs supporter 2nd!

Thanks for the heads up on Pellenc.

KB
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Ken Barber
Posted 21 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Many thankls Bajarni.

But I am still very interested in find the original machine at the start of this thread.

There must be somebody out there who has one?

KB
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turfjack
Posted 21 Oct 2010
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Alan FitzGerald, LedgeRock Golf Club

Ken
I remember exactly the item you're after but can't remember the name..... but I think the last time I saw an ad was when I was still working in Ireland, which is going on 15 years..... so it may no longer being produced. If I remember I'll post.

As for bunker edge attachments Stihls Curved Lawn Edger attachment FCB-KM is great.

Alan

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Ken Barber
Posted 21 Oct 2010
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Alan,

This edging attachment is similar to others I have seen. We have an atom edger which is ok but it is easy to chop a lump out in the blink of an eye! I must say, I like the edger wheel by edgit.com since it attaches to a nylon strimmer which is less damaging to the edge if you have a slip in concentration, and with the miles of bunker edges we have at our club, it doesn't take long for the mind to start wandering!

At least someone else recalls the machine I am trying to locate...... here' s hoping you remember its name!

KB
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