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OfflineBuzzDoctor
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Easy straw chopping method
    #4009326 - 04/03/05 07:37 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

Get a bale of straw from a farmer, nursery, etc. Sometimes grocery stores around here have them for $5. Spread some out in a big plastic or metal container. Take your weedeater and use it to chop the straw in 2"/3" pieces bagging it up when you're done and repeat until you have the desired amount. Make sure the weedeater is pretty clean from grass as there may be seeds that you don't want mixed up in the straw. It's alot cheaper than buying it pre-chopped. Alternatively you could use a lawn mower with a bag-catcher but it would be alot harder to keep the grass seeds out.


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: BuzzDoctor]
    #4009425 - 04/03/05 08:00 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

I just leave the bale whole stand it on it's end and take a long bread knife and start sawing down the sides in about 3 inch sections.. in about 15 minutes I'm done and very little mess... :smile:


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: BuzzDoctor]
    #4009437 - 04/03/05 08:02 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

Great idea, next time I have to fuss with straw this will come in handy. Have you tried those shredders you can get from a rental place? Always thought about picking one up and going to town on some straw for an afternoon.


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: Sausage]
    #4009452 - 04/03/05 08:04 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

Yes, but when you go with bigger quantities i think the weedeater is a good method.


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: bOemius]
    #4009458 - 04/03/05 08:05 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

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Yes, but when you go with bigger quantities i think the weedeater is a good method.




Didn't you mean that the other way around?  An industrial chopper IS designed for bigger quantities. :tongue:


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: Holydiver]
    #4009466 - 04/03/05 08:07 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

According to agar, they are quite good...can chop up enough straw for your lifetime, in a day...


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: Holydiver]
    #4009497 - 04/03/05 08:16 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

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bOemius said:
Yes, but when you go with bigger quantities i think the weedeater is a good method.




Didn't you mean that the other way around?  An industrial chopper IS designed for bigger quantities. :tongue:




yes and no :smirk:
not saying industrial quantities... try to chop 5 KG of straw by hand! Of course industrial chopper are better for bigger quantities. When i'll buy one it's because i had a little business on mushrooms - edibles -


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: bOemius]
    #4009501 - 04/03/05 08:17 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

Oops, disregard that. I thought you were responding to me, not Sausage. My bad!


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: bOemius]
    #4009508 - 04/03/05 08:18 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

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bOemius said:
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Diver said:
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bOemius said:
Yes, but when you go with bigger quantities i think the weedeater is a good method.




Didn't you mean that the other way around?  An industrial chopper IS designed for bigger quantities. :tongue:




yes and no :smirk:
not saying industrial quantities... try to chop 5 KG of straw by hand! Of course industrial chopper are better for bigger quantities. When i'll buy one it's because i had a little business on mushrooms - edibles -




Problem is, Diver thought you were responding to his idea of using an industrial chopper, since you posted right after him...but you replied to the guy talking about slicing it with a knife...


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Growing with bags, start to finish (including my new grain and substrate prep)
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Turn your closet into a fruiting chamber
Casing layer colonization and overlay


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: scatmanrav]
    #4009511 - 04/03/05 08:18 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

I've asked several places if they have pre-chopped straw for mulching and they always tell me "No and you don't need it any smaller for mulching."
How expensive are the industrial choppers to rent?

I bet a chainsaw would do a pretty good job compared to a bread knife. :smile:


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: Holydiver]
    #4009512 - 04/03/05 08:19 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

no problem :wink:


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: BuzzDoctor]
    #4010863 - 04/04/05 01:06 AM (16 years, 5 months ago)

Never said there weren't more efficient ways to do it, I just said that it didn't take me that long and you don't throw sraw all over the place..


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: Sausage]
    #4010942 - 04/04/05 01:21 AM (16 years, 5 months ago)

i dont think the weed wacker thing is a good idea it will leave straw everywhere outside your house in your yard. and that doesnt look to good or maybe im paranoid


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: PooGrowerPart2]
    #4031469 - 04/08/05 05:45 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

ya weed eater is a little 'crazy' just for some straw... i use plain old scissors :smile:


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: Buzzy420]
    #4031499 - 04/08/05 05:55 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

there are small mulchers on ebay for $100.. seem to be the best bet for a semi-commercial operation.. they can do wood upto 1.5" but really its just nice for straw...

rental place here said $45/day so...


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Re: Easy straw chopping method [Re: mattymonkey]
    #4031859 - 04/08/05 07:22 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

for about $40 you can have a high quality guillotine, simply modify or remove
the guard and you're set for life...



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