String trimmer as leaf mulcher

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Here in So California the cities gives us 75 gallon green waste receptacle cans. They are big and sturdy so I decided to try them as a vessel to mulch weeds,leaves and grass. The weed whacker minus the safety cover goes in first. Then I load 75 gallons of loosely packed leaves on top. It takes me 5-10 minutes to chop the lot down to fine mulch for spreading on the garden.

Between my Gardener shredding them with his mulching mower and EGO and I, ZERO leaves have gone to the city this fall.

In the past the cost for fire clearance averaged about $2500 a year per lot. I paid half that this year on one lot, cleared 3 others with the weed whacker and still have one to do. Call me a happy camper.
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Would it matter to how well they get chopped up if the safety guard were left on the trimmer? Totally going to try this.
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I think it's a better chop with it off. Second time I put the trimmer in first, the loaded leaves on top. It worked well with virtually no dust. The crushed leaves drop to the bottom. I use a pitch fork to toss it. I think a mower is faster but mine is dead.
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Thanks Beth. I'll give it a try with it on. What I'm going to do is run my Ego mower over the leaves to collect them into the bag, it vacuums them up pretty well, and then into the bin to further mulch with the weed whacker. I've been mulching the leaves right into the yard, but there are enough in the yard now so I've got to put them somewhere else and my compost pile will be a perfect place for them.
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I'd use the mower, then shovel or rake 'em up. I think you'll get a better chop with less effort
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Ok, I just had to try this. I used the mower to vacuum up leaves from my front and back yards. So they didn't get broken down too much. Put them into a 30 gal trash can. Got about 2/3 full on the can. I didn't remove the safety guard on the string trimmer and it still broke a good 90 - 95% of the leaves down to only about 1/4 full on the can. Into my compost pile they went. I will try it again with another batch of leaves and with the guard off to see the difference. Definitely faster than mulching, raking, and into bins or bags. Maybe 30 minutes from start of mower to end of mulching with trimmer?



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That's about what I got. I had some old .65 line left from a B&D electric unit. A heavier line would work better. I would love to see an EGO leaf mulcher under $300.
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That's really awesome! I'm going to have to try that next year.

I wonder if this would be a good way to mix large quantities of margaritas?
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Ken, your problem won’t be mixing... your problem will be getting a 50 gallon drum in your freezer! :-D
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Naaaa....He's inviting us all over for Tacos and drinks,. Right Ken? I'll bring the limes.
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We might want to wait for summer, but sure! I have a big back yard.
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Party now solves the 50 gallon drum in the freezer issue.  Stays frozen right on the deck.
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Hah, funny! As I was grinding those leaves up while moving the string trimmer around I was put in mind of those immersion blenders and maybe we could have a big ol' pot of chowder while enjoying those margaritas. LOL
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Chowder and margaritas? Dang, now I have to make Shrimp cocktail or ceviche too. Merry Christmas everyone!

BTW, that Southern California fire in Monrovia last week was a block up from the rental house. The 30000' lot I broke my Ego Weed Wacker in on did not burn but it was close. We have a squatter in the property about to be thrown out by the sheriff. The fire out the fear of God in them and now they are moving away and wanting to make nice with me. #notfeelinit
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I bet that string trimmer could put the fear of something else into that squatter while chasing them off your property with it!!! :-)
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Just relax, bend over and take a deep breath.
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Mike: what setting did you mow/vac the leaves up on? How did they not get mulched just into the bag? does attaching the bag stop the mower from mulching? I really want to try this this year, but I've never used the bagger, always just mulched the leaves into the yards as I mow. But I got a ton on my gravel drive right now so mulching over that is not such a good plan. lol.
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Prairiedog, I mow at height 3. Yeah, I think with the mulching plug removed and the bag installed the leaves tend to just get swept right into the bag with minimal breakage. The bag fills pretty quickly so be aware of that. I will usually run the mower in the gutter at the curb too to suck up leaves. I do that at height setting #1. Same with sidewalks. I sucked up some leaves on a gravel pad at the side of my driveway (where I hit the copper ground rod) and I think I just left it on #3, but may have dropped to #2. 
As far as mulching in the trash can, leave the guard on the trimmer. It tends to help keep leaves from blowing up as you grind away in that trash can. Keeping the lid on loosely also helps. I'm considering buying a second lid for mine and cutting a slot in it from the center out to one edge so I can snap the lid on to contain the leaves even better while mulching them.
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Thanks, Mike! Great idea for modification, I wondered about the leaves blowing around too. Yeah, we tried mowing the drive one season. The folks who complain about not enough suction for grass should see what sucked up gravel did to our blade, sigh. We dealt with the results this year, we could still sharpen the straight places, but probably should just grind a whole new edge.