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Seymour Mfg. SN-9 Aluminum Scythe Snath
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- Medium-duty, 1-1/2" diameter aluminum snath
- Designed for cutting weeds, briars and light brus
- Scythe tang fits on steel web and iron loop bolt.
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|Item Dimensions||8.5 x 11.5 x 58 inches|
|Item Weight||3 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.29 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
The blade mounting area and bolt are steel, and the design transfers forces into the aluminum handle without fatigue or stress-concentration problems. There are three holes for the tang end to allow some variety in blade mounting angle.
Contrary to a couple of the negative reviews, the handles ARE adjustable. The nut and threaded rod on the end of each handle are ground flush with the wood, and won't allow the nut to be turned independently, but the entire handle can be turned to loosten the nut. They were installed very tightly and without grease on mine, and I had to use a pair of channel locks to get them started. At first I tried to turn the handles counterclockwise to loosten, and then noted after some really hard effort that the flush-ground nut was offset in the tighter direction from the end of the rod... THE HANDLES ARE INSTALLED WITH REVERSE THREADS. Not sure why it is built this way, but after I figured it out, it was an easy process to loosten the handles (clockwise), adjust the snath to fit me, and tighten the handles (counterclockwise).
I used the Seymour 2B-42W24 Weed Scythe Blade with this snath. It seems like this snath/blade combination would best fit someone between 5'-6" and 6'-0" in height. Wedges could be used to adjust the blade angle for someone shorter, but I am 6'-5" tall and had to bend the blade's tang to get the angles to work properly. After I got it adjusted to fit properly and had a couple of hours of practice under my belt, I was thrilled with the way this tool performed.
Highly recommend this quality product.
1. You need a sharpener. I use this one, and it's great: http://www.amazon.com/Ali-Ind-6055-Scythe-Stone/dp/B000BQNXQ6/ref=pd_bxgy_lg_img_y Now, this has nothing to do with the blade quality itself. Working a scythe simply means taking a break once in a while to run your stone over the blade. Sharpening is easy, and you'll appreciate the break!
2. Working a scythe is hard work. I've found that an hour a day is more than I can do, so keeping track of a couple of acres means scything a few times a week.
3. Note that the blade really matters, meaning that a bush blade is a good all-purpose blade and a grass blade is much better for grass. You'll find the grass blade makes much quicker work of hay and wheat and grasses.
4. A note of caution: if you're using the aluminum handle, you need to stay away from power lines and extension cords. Traditional scythes have wood handles, keeping you safe. The aluminum scythe can be a deadly conductor.
5. When installing the blade, you should have a couple of options in terms of the cutting angle. Play around with what works for you, as the ergonomics of scything are pretty personal.
I downgraded the ratings because after a couple days (couple hours here, 1/2 hour there) of use the aluminum handle snapped in half right there by the blade. Luckily I have access to a welding machine and had the thing back in business within a couple hours. To be fair I was cutting thick Scottish Broom with it, however it should last longer than a few hours work. I would imagine a sleeve over that region to beef up the aluminum pipe would be enough to make it a little more durable.
The handles are VERY hard to adjust without damaging the soft wood grips. Even using a towel to wrap around the handle while using a vice-grip to provide enough mechanical advantage to twist the handles creates some crush damage to the grips. So much for returning the product undamaged. After reading other reviews and observing the product first hand it looks like the manufacturer grinds away the end of the bolt that they used to factory tighten the grips to make their ends round. So, they might as well not be considered adjustable since there isn't a proper way to loosen and tighten them anymore. Even after I fixed the now slightly chewed handles into place at their tallest setting, I had to stoop down slightly over half a foot to get any decent reach for proper usage. Even my father who is slightly under 6' had to stoop a couple inches to get an effective cut.
The construction of the aluminum snath, however, is very sturdy and doesn't wobble in the least bit while using it. The connector for the blade is sturdy and doesn't wobble either.
Seymour has built a proper product for people under 5'6". But, to play it safe, if you're over 5'6", find a longer snath. This one is much too short.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my husband to use on a 2 acre farm. He enjoys the ease and swiftness of this tool. He says he can accomplish more with this than a weed whacker and without the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by tkmom
I love this tool. It beats modern noisy, smelly weed eaters. Gives me a great workout.Published 12 days ago by Laurie Townsend
Super light, great construction, This is the only brand I will buy.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
This product is really good. Feels well built. I used it at my cabin site for whacking weeds with the heavier blade. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Adam E. Canfield
Lighter than a wood handle of the same size so a heavier blade might be in order. I got used to the feel very quickly and it is serving my needs quite well for clearing heavy weed... Read morePublished 17 days ago by TD
it is very heavy. do not know for what kind of elephant is that sized for...absolutely the worth tool I ever worked with. buy that if you want your hands to fall off.Published 24 days ago by knitter
Handles are difficult to adjust & get to stay put or stay in position. Came with a faulty threaded handle. Blade as dull as Dutch water.Published 1 month ago by Lillian A. Holsworth
This Scythe snath along with the brush blade take care of the thorny weeds quickly and effortlessly.Published 1 month ago by mickgeyver
I am writing this review via carrier pigeon, please excuse any added refuse on its parchment. In my ever vain quest to live without electricity, I had placed an order request for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CARY M CUNNINGHAM