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OfflineChemical_Smile
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There has got to be a better way to do this.
    #1682720 - 07/03/03 06:03 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I was cutting straw for hours last night. I didnt end up with that much cut and Im sure when I wake up my hand will be so stiff I probably wont be able to type right. Other than a weed wacker or a chipper shreader how can I cut up straw without killing my hands?


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There is a better way to do that. [Re: Chemical_Smile]
    #1682763 - 07/03/03 06:34 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

i get mine preshredded from a petshop.

if i didn't, i'd run over it with a lawnmower, then sweep it all up. i bet it sucks doing that by hand  :shake:


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Re: There is a better way to do that. [Re: shirley knott]
    #1683304 - 07/03/03 10:36 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Do you have access to a paper cutter?

Those guillotine type blade things...flat surface with a masheddy blade.. they work wonders!!



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Re: There is a better way to do that. [Re: shirley knott]
    #1683346 - 07/03/03 10:48 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I started the same way as you and it sucked bad. Now, I don't cut at all.

I think it works for me for two reasons.
1) i use millet as a spawn. the smaller grain size allows more points of innoculation and faster colonization of the straw.
2) i press down to compact the straw/spawn as i layer them. once i get to the top i tuck in any offshoots.

Some recommend putting a weight on top of the colonizing straw to keep everyone close together. I did a couple of batches this way and found it wasn't necessary as long as I press down hard as i am building the layers of straw/spawn.


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Re: There is a better way to do that. [Re: cnidarium]
    #1683369 - 07/03/03 10:53 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

weed wacker and a 5 gal bucket works ok, but you gotta do small batches at a time.. ie: like 2 handfulls. no more.


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Re: There is a better way to do that. [Re: PooPs]
    #1684020 - 07/03/03 03:31 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I live in a apartment complex so I dont have a lawn mower or any of that stuff. Besides that would look pretty suspiciose. Nothing draws attention from the neighbors like some fool weedwhacking a 5 galon bucket. Paper cutters might be reasonably priced though, as long as I can do the work with my arms instead of my fingers Im fine. Im going to call some pet stores today, that would be by far the best thing to do if I could pay a bit more and get it pre cut.


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