Scythe versus Strimmer 2010
Once again at scythe festivals in Somerset and Cambridge the traditional scythe with muscle power proved be more than equal to 21st century fossil fuel powered brush cutting machines.
Strimmers and brush-cutters are renowned for un-intentionally ring-barking and killing young trees. This year's tournament demonstrated the versatility and precision possible with a scythe.
With good training and a sharp blade a scythe is still the best tool for mowing small to modest meadows. Scything is good exercise for those wishing to build their fitness and is probably no more tiring than operating a heavy noisy and vibrating machine.
Posted on 13 June 2010,