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About scythes

Why buy a Bladerunners scythe?

Well, that’s two questions really…

1. Why buy a scythe?

  • They’re quiet – no need for earmuffs (or goggles) when mowing
  • They’re effective and versatile
  • They can be faster than a brushcutter (need convincing?)
  • They’re lighter than a brushcutter
  • They burn your fat, not petrol
  • People might think you’re odd, but you’ll own a scythe.

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more info.

2. Why buy a scythe from Bladerunners?

Here are a few questions you may like to ask when considering a supplier:

  • Will you peen (i.e. hammer) and hone (i.e. sharpen with a whetstone) your blades before shipping so that they’re genuinely ready to mow (as opposed to just shipping what the factory ships)?
  • Are your snaths steam bent or ‘saw bent’? (Steam bent timber is stronger as it retains the natural strength inherent in the grain)
  • Do you make any of your products yourself?

For our part, here are some answers to those questions, and a bit more info on what we’re about:

  • We have an increasing range of innovative Tasmanian-made products; rather than continuing to shuttle products around the world, we’re investing in sourcing and producing locally made kit wherever possible, and we’re involved in the manufacture of those products ourselves, which is why we have the confidence to offer a lifetime guarantee on some of our gear.
  • We don’t just unpack the stuff the manufacturers send us and put it in a box and send it out to you – we inspect, test and, where necessary, fine tune all of our gear, and we will supply a custom-adjusted kit that is genuinely “ready to mow” at your request – as an example, all our Falci blades are de-lacquered, peened, and honed, by us, at no extra cost, as part of our standard service.
  • We’re consistently on the lookout to raise the bar on what’s on offer in Australia, rather than settling for a ‘default kit’. E.g. we were Australia’s first stockists of Italian Falci blades, Australia’s first stockists of Turkish blades, Australia’s first stockists of Rinaldi peening gear, and we are the sole Australian outlet for Mennonite-made highly ergonomic Canadian steam-bent snaths (handles).
  • We’re not just about the bottom line: we’ve consistently offered key manufacturers more than their asking price in an effort to support dying skills.
  • We pride ourselves on top-notch customer service – emails are answered and orders dispatched promptly.
  • We reuse packaging where we can (e.g. Tony raids local skip bins to salvage cardboard packaging which he then cuts into fairly nifty telescopic courier boxes)

 

Scythes can be used to control weeds, mow long grass, or mow a lawn.

The scythes we sell are the “Continental”-style; European-style blades with a wooden handle (called a “snath”). They are a lightweight, highly effective and relatively versatile tool.

The process of mowing with a scythe, as we promote it, involves swinging the unit in an arc along the surface you’re mowing, moving forward a little with each stroke. When mowing longer grass, this results in the mown grass being left in a “windrow” at the end of the stroke.

Setting up the scythe correctly is crucial to the tool’s ability to perform effectively; there are several angles that need to be taken into consideration, and no matter how well the scythe is set up, it can’t perform well if blunt.

Maintaining the scythe is chiefly about keeping it sharp. Doing this well means ‘peening’ the edge – hammering it to thin and harden the steel – and, more frequently, ‘honing’ the edge with a whetstone. Repairs to the edge are also likely be required occasionally (e.g. if the edge strikes a rock) – again, typically performed with the same kinds of tools.

If you have any questions about scythes, please check out the info on this site, and if we haven’t answered your questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.