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Columbian Army surplus machetes/knives
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:02:08 PM »
I have five acres here in SW Missouri, about 2/3s  "lawn" (mostly bermuda and alfalfa cut short) and the rest 1st, 2nd and 3rd stage growth with oak, black walnuts and cedar.
I am always having to clear back new growth. I have a couple of US military machetes (liberated while I was doing a thing in Honduras) and they are adequate along with Fiskars pruners and a Stihl and Echo chain saw. But I am always looking for new cutting instruments and found this on Sportsman's Guide:
https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/colombian-military-surplus-assorted-machete-knives-5-pack-new?a=1923616&ecid=Email-brse&utm_source=internal&utm_medium=brse-email&utm_campaign=prodbrse

For the price I couldn't pass it up. I am hoping that huge blade is tough enough to be used for batonomng firewood into kindling.
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    Re: Columbian Army surplus machetes/knives
    « Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 03:10:59 PM »
     :o
    Very nice.
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    Re: Columbian Army surplus machetes/knives
    « Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017, 06:05:26 PM »
    we shall see next week when they get here.

    I just had another 1+ acres dozed because cutting two and half acres of pseudo grass isn't as good as cutting 4 acres of pseudo grass. I have twelve huge (4'+ girth) oak trees in the newly cleared land. I need to clear all around them where the dozer couldn't go. Unfortunately, a lot of the roots are exposed close to the trees because bed rock is only about four feet below the surface. So I need to do it by hand.
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    Re: Columbian Army surplus machetes/knives
    « Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 06:06:11 PM »
    Heck, I think I paid about half that for just one cheap Chinese machete 25+ years ago.  If even two are good, it's a bargain.
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    « Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 09:59:33 PM »
    Great deal! The Gavilan alone is worth the price for all five. Very good.

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    « Reply #5 on: June 19, 2017, 11:31:12 PM »
    Looks like a bunch of factory seconds from Gavilan, Imco and Condor to me.  Decent serviceable tools - especially for that price.  The steel isn't great so you'll want to keep a file or a coarse stone handy when you're working but they'll be OK for the lighter stuff.  Keep 'em sharp because the worst part of swinging a dull machete or bolo knife is when the blade glances off the target and heads for your leg.  :panic

    I wouldn't bet on any of them being up to batoning seasoned hardwood into kindling though.  That's usually a job for a hand axe or hatchet with a bit thicker blade than those machetes have.  Folks in your neck of the woods used to make good use of the American pattern brush scythes.  There's a bit of a learning curve to using and maintaining them but once you get the hang of it there isn't much that will work better on a ditch bank or a steep hillside. 
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    « Reply #6 on: June 19, 2017, 11:52:01 PM »
    I would just like to add that I have had good luck with the cheap cold steel machetes for batoning through Texas hard woods when camping.
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    Re: Columbian Army surplus machetes/knives
    « Reply #7 on: June 20, 2017, 05:15:16 AM »
    Not trying to spend your money for you, but have you considered something like this..

    Lot's easier on the back, less chance of bouncing the machete off of something and into your legs, and can cut through some pretty sizable growth.   I believe there are rechargeable battery operated ones out there  as  well as gas burners if you want to avoid the noise and maintenance issues.

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    « Reply #8 on: June 20, 2017, 11:32:24 AM »
    I've also cut a bunch of uneven well just impossible to mow ground, I used one of the walk behind trimmers with the two blades that run against each other. In design it's basically a huge beard trimmer that you walk behind. They shake allot, but they are a heck of allot easier on the body than anything else I've tried and they are durable to a pretty epic level at least running against stuff they won't cut. IE I've run it against small trees and won a few of those;) That said though they are a bit of a maintenance issue more from the vibration of the mechanism than anything else. But if you can rent one from a local rental place for not a whole lot of money I'd do it in a second over doing it by hand;)

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    Re: Columbian Army surplus machetes/knives
    « Reply #9 on: June 20, 2017, 01:47:41 PM »
    Hell, buy a few goats.

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    « Reply #10 on: June 20, 2017, 03:05:51 PM »
    or hire a couple of teenagers.
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     no, on second thought,  I'd stick with the goats.  :neener









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    « Reply #11 on: June 20, 2017, 05:21:31 PM »
    We had a few goats when I was a young man in Indiana.  They didn't work great.  Mama wanted a nice pictorial pasture scene, and goats don't graze that way.

    Maybe just the ticket for you though.
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    « Reply #12 on: June 20, 2017, 05:56:06 PM »
    For one, you can eat 'em later, drink their milk, make cheese... and - depending  on the teenager - might smell better.

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    « Reply #13 on: June 20, 2017, 06:21:12 PM »
    or hire a couple of teenagers.

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    « Reply #14 on: June 23, 2017, 10:50:28 PM »
    For one, you can eat 'em later, drink their milk, make cheese... and - depending  on the teenager - might smell better.
    Clearly you have not spent any significant time around a mature male goat .  .  .   :vomit
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