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Trimmer line vs Polycut attachment fingers

trimmer line vs polycut attachment fingers on a weed eater from Stihl

What happened to those polycut attachment fingers you were trying out last year?

Tom Campbell-Houston, Texas

Thanks for the question Tom. I liked the polycut fingers when I first tried them, and I think they still have a place when clearing heavier stuff in the chicken pastures, but for day to day trimming around raised beds and fruit trees the string seems to do a cleaner job of cutting weeds off at the ground level.

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Do you have issues with the chickens or the dog ingesting the broken bits of trimmer line?
Comment by bladerunner5 Tue Aug 28 22:22:46 2012
Bladerunner5 --- I'm not thrilled by the little pieces of plastic in the ground, but I never seem to notice anyone eating them. The chickens would be more likely than Lucy since the line is colorful, but perhaps the pieces are too small? Or maybe they eat the line and it doesn't hurt them so I don't notice? :-)
Comment by anna Wed Aug 29 09:11:11 2012

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