Scythes & Grass Hooks

What you need to know about Scythes & Grass Hooks


Traditionally used for harvesting cereal crops, Scythes & Grass Hooks are more widely used today for clearing high grasses & areas of brush. However, some growers still employ them as harvesting implements, as they are far cheaper & more environmentally friendly than mechanised alternatives. They are also much less expensive & lower maintenance clearing tools than Grass Trimmers or Brush Cutters.

To use a Grass Hook, you will need to grip the grass or brush that needs to be cut in one hand. Using your other hand, you then run the edge of the hooked blade across the grass, no less than 5" below the point at which it is gripped. Clearing or harvesting with a grass hook therefore requires bending at the waist, so can be tiring if carried out repeatedly. To use a Scythe, on the other hand, you remain standing, gripping the shaft in both hands, & keeping the blade elevated slightly above ground level. You then swing the blade around in an arc, turning your upper body as you do so but retaining a secure standing posture. Scythes are able to clear a greater area more quickly than Grass Hooks, but require a little more skill to use.


Maintaining Scythes & Grass Hooks


Both Scythes & Grass Hooks need to be razor sharp to work effectively. They can be sharpened with a Scythe Stone (which should be undertaken before the first use, & after subsequent uses). Treating blades with a rust inhibitor such as WD40 or GT85, & wooden shafts with Boiled Linseed Oil, will help keep your tool in good condition, as will proper storage in a dry, sheltered environment.


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