“But when I addressed the tang twist, the difference in performance was amazing – which is why we adjust the tang angles on the blades we ship, if they don’t fall within certain parameters.” Very nice of you to provide such a service! From our catalogue a 35cm blade would probably be the ideal for thistles, while being inefficient mowing pasture – you’d want something longer.

Indeed, I think this tang twist is too flat – my assistant (my 12 year old son) has pushed the cardboard down rather generously to make it meet the blade sooner than it would with a solid straight edge. 170-185 cm size 3: for a body heigth of approx. Thanks for the comments, Jeff. Available in three height ranges. I heard of a visiting Canadian chopping team who sank their axes into our tough Australian timber and wondered what the hell they’d struck.

Already the difference in suitable tang tilt between the two snath models you use, and say Scythe Supply or Marugg — all of which are now in Australia — can be significant, never mind if someone makes their own one-grip snath.

You can roughly quantify how much lift (relatively speaking) you’re getting in the point by looking along the flat edge of the top face of the snath with the blade fitted up: A Falci 90cm blade fitted into a Swiss snath. Entry is automatically deleted immediately after creation. “…out into the paddock, I expect to…” Naively, I expect that a person now in some degree of ‘marshaling’ position would readily recognize (possible) need to fine-tune his unit, and might do so BEFORE he even walks out onto the lawn /paddock etc. The lift of the toe can serve a couple of functions, namely (in cases with a true overall crown to the blade) it will allow it to “scoop” into dips and valleys, but more generally it is an insurance factor against what I call “lancing” in the presence of hillocks–the elevated toe causes the slope to strike the underside of the blade and redirects it up and over the hillock rather than the tip plunging into the dirt (or other obstruction.) 155-170 cmsize 2: for a body heigth of approx. And when it gets to this stage, even tractor-mounted mowers have trouble getting it back to normal length. With the increased roll of the tang the snath may be held in its “neutral” position with the wrists dictating orientation, but then the toe of the blade will be lifted and the edge as a whole will ride tangentially to the ground. The two 75cm blades put to the test on lawn.

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Have you ever cut into an old matted bed of kikuyu? “I have it twisted steeper than many 90cm blades.” What snath designs are those “many 90cm blades” used with, and by whom? What exactly is too much of a challenge for each respective blade, well that is something that — historically — each mower has had to ascertain for him/her selves. One scythe blade KILLING another one??

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A flat (in roll) tang will indeed put the grips back toward the user, but the angles on the Canadian snath grips are quite pronounced, so I’m not sure how well your rule of thumb about the right hand sitting along the axis of balance, actually applies. If you can let me know your preferred tang elevation (got a protractor handy?) I might make a more concerted effort at a later stage. “This is how I’ve set my own 75cm blade. “…because the tip is so far off the ground that you need to roll the grips around over the snath to get the point anywhere near mowing range, which has knock-on effects in itself.” Yes, of course, this is the case of ‘too much of a good thing’. Discover Workshops now Over the next few days Tony and I spent literally hours figuring out how the Falci could outperform the Fux so convincingly on the lawn, and then fail so convincingly in the paddock…” ‘HOURS’?

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I took my 75cm Fux blade out onto the lawn, along with a new 75cm Falci blade, and two matching Swiss snaths (the Canadian ones weren’t ready at the time). Chiefly due to a lack of time to rework them into the post, I’ve created this comment and put in his notes pretty much verbatim. 150 cm. SEE. This, precisely, has always been one of the scythe makers’ major challenges — to walk the fine line between thin body/low weight and stiffness. Maybe the wedge will help this. The things to change can include varying angles on your blade setup, the edge preparation, grip adjustment, and direction of approach to the target… pretty much anything. Price €46.00 Quick view Bush Scythe Silver 45. If I’m understanding your accounts correctly it seems to me that you’re mostly conflating the influence of the roll (as in pitch/yaw/roll) of the tang with the position of the toe of the blade when the most profound effect of the roll will be on the position of the grips and the horizontal balance. I now want to buy a decent scythe to keep thistles at bay and also cut phalaris. Or, in other words, there is obviously an optimum, somewhere along that continuum, and it could well be closer to where I now have the tang on my 75 sitting. 155-170 cm.

Ideal for controlled mowing of weeds and undergrowth along hedges or on fruit tree meadows. This has the consequence, however, of altering not only the angle of the grips (which aren’t usually intended to contend with this sort of adjustment) but also their distance from the body. i.e.

The main ammunition of that unit was the thin bevel which I suspect, the Austrian blade did not have. Scythe snaths.

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Every time I take a long Falci grass blade out into the paddock, I expect to have to do a bit of fine tuning to hit the blade’s ‘sweet spot’ where it mows best.

If the hands do not sit parallel to the axis then things get a little more conceptually messy and you start having to get more careful about balancing oppositional forces.

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I’ll try the wedge and some of your theories on my Falci. Why buy a scythe from One Scythe Revolution.

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These cookies are used to make the shopping experience even more appealing, for example by recognising the visitor. In defense of the scythe industry in general, I dare say that most of today’s scythe users do not ‘deserve’ what the scythe makers of the past tried so hard to produce, or even produce still. I consider the “more brawn than brain” an apt metaphor for the majority of new-on-the-scene mowers, from UK to Tazmania and everywhere in-between. Thanks again for the wedge and the tips on adjustments. I asked my daughter to film me while I tackled that very clump: Cocksfoot, of course, is not a native Australian grass, and if there are any European or Mediterranean readers out there who can comment on how these grasses present in their natural surrounds, we’d be interested to hear.

Once the desirable tilt is settled on, I’d change the bottom of the snath to that very angle. You’re correct that, ceteris paribus, a more closed hafting angle will increase ease of mowing at the expense of volume taken in the swath, due to increased edge engagement. A 6361. “…and the shorter length makes the point less inclined to dig in…” That is certainly so.

Hardly a fair trial, in that respect.

Which … 150 cm. aluminium.

Regarding all of this balance stuff it may be helpful to think of the scythe as hanging from threads like a mobile. In scientific terms I guess the question would be whether low phosphorous is solely a selection pressure, or whether low phosphorous can actually produce a sclerophylly response in an individual plant. The Falci blades are quite flexible along their length. What I did in the most recent round of experimentation was to take things to an extreme. TASTE. Franz de Paul Schröckenfux Ges.m.b.H. :)) feel how exactly a very light blade is to be guided through an occasional extra-challenging terrain, for which a stiffer/heavier blade might be more fitting. A64213 . This is partly because of the first tests I did with a Falci vs. Fux blade, which are indelibly seared into my memory. I reduce the haft and often end up doing a lot of hacking I’m ashamed to say. Includes handles and blade attachment mechanism. Interestingly I find that quite the opposite of your conjecture about the “higher ride” is true – I’m able to mow closer to the ground and more cleanly with the increased tang roll, which does suggest that I’ve come closer to an optimum arrangement for my own body/style and snath/blade combo. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. In hunting this down, I’ve confirmed that the hypothesis now seems to be regarded as fact, but I haven’t been able to find any evidence for or against a hypothesis that such a response could be manifest within a generation.

With a snath using grips that are unable to roll (as most stemmed snaths may only slide the grips up and down the shaft of the snath) then adjusting the roll of the tang is one way to do it.

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