Stalk Crimper/ Chopper

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  1. antonius

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    This is my "prototype" its been changed a few times and still under development or repair --dont use old broom handles for garden tools --they snap--, its a piece of corrugated sheet iron bolted to a piece of angle iron , and it does this , it could use some lighter gauge angle iron as its a tad heavy for my little minions to use, i use it at an angle pushing forward like a spade and then upright for chopping down , then stand on it for heavier stuff .
     

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    Nice! I don't know if it would work as well if the weight was lighter though.
    I have plans to build one once I have my donkey gentled and trained to pull an implement. It will have a weight in the 200 lb. range and be 2.5 Meters wide.
    Love the idea of using corrugated sheet for the crimper part.
     
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    Thanks , i have found using it with a spade action were it slices almost through the stalks works quite well which is why it needs to be in that sweet spot for the weight of it , for constant use it works better if its light ,on heavy stuff i put my foot down on it to crimp stalks a bit easier, still practicing on a method for best use, just added a spade handle onto it . A roller type would have to be weighted , donkey sounds good , light on the enviroment and good therapy for the mind.
     
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    i'm not sure what i'd use such a thing for?

    anything i have to do to get plants knocked back i'd
    use the chop and drop method or actual full removal
    and leaving the remains for the worms to digest.

    i'm redoing a large garden space now and there's no
    area i would want to crimp to knock it back. i need to
    get invasive weeds out so i'm digging and replanting
    it with strawberries as i go.
     

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