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Weed Wrench redux

2005-05-15 03:08:26.550257+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

I rented a Weed Wrench to get out the big French broom that I wasn't able to remove by hand. Unfortunately, much of this is on a slope that's steep enough that I donned the climbing gear (which I haven't had on in a looong time) and had Charlene belay me (and I'd forgotten about teaching people how to belay...). At any rate, I can now say with some assurance that if you have to pull large clumps of French or Scotch broom, the Weed Wrench rocks. Much easier than tying them to the trailer hitch and pulling them out with the car.

Even when you're dangling from a rope.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-05-15 10:04:33.477564+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Hmm.. we both have yard steep enough to require climbing gear for yard work?

Note: A Ballistic Nylon Cave Suit (jumper) is really nice when cleaning out prickly stuff and it sure makes the neighbors stare at you funny. Maybe because my suit is a very reflective silver?

#Comment Re: made: 2005-05-15 13:52:19.750552+00 by: Diane Reese

I can't even say "rented a weed wrench" correctly once, much less three times fast. I think you've got a tongue-twister keeper here.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-05-15 19:19:29.48486+00 by: meuon [edit history]

How many weeds would a weed wrench wrench if a weed wrench would wrench retched weeds? A weed wrench would wrench wads of retched weeds if a weed wrench wrenched at all. Would that wad of weeds wack your back, or just make a stack of the weeds a weed wrench wrenched? Well, the wad of weeds that the weed wrench wrested would make a stack that would wack your back while women whistled wistfully when you withdrew wild weeds with the wonderous weed wrench. Would you wet your whistle and whistle along while weeds writhe within weed wench jaws?

And I could go on.. and on.. - but you know that. I knew all those speech therapy lessons I had when I came back to the states would come in handy someday.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-05-15 23:28:20.982001+00 by: TheSHAD0W

I should probably get one for removing creosote from my property.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-05-16 12:07:22.784862+00 by: petronius

I wanted somebody to belay me, but she already had a boyfriend....

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-16 16:36:22.790011+00 by: Dan Lyke

If you are the "Kim Bennett" who emailed me about this, you need to fix your reply address, because I'm getting bounces. My reply follows:

Kim Bennett writes:

> I'd like to know the caliper of the plants you pulled and the size
> of the weed wrench used. I can't wait to get one for all my invasive
> plant removal plans.

I was yanking Scotch and French broom, which have tap roots, and I was pulling stuff as large as I could get the jaws around. I think I was using the tool with the 2" jaws (They apparently changed their model sizes at some point, so there wasn't a "this is the medium" label on the rental unit I was using).

This was pretty much everything, the only place I had problems was where I was dealing with multiple stems, sometimes I'd have to trim a bit so I could grab them one at a time.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-06-16 16:54:07.77754+00 by: Dan Lyke

Haven't tried it, and the whole "tying the chain" thing makes me think it'd be slower than a Weed Wrench, but Rob's chain puller looks like it's got some good notes if you were building home-made solutions.