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    CrgCrkRyder
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    Best cutting tool for briars?

    Ideas on the best tool for clipping back briars. The clippers I use for mountain laurel and limbs seem overkill for briars and probably don't cut them all that well either. Ideally something small & light that you could throw in the camelback. Ideas?

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    machete? Weedwhipper? Let the horses snag off the thorns?

    Seriously, just rip the fvckers out of the ground. They serve no purpose along the side of a trail. best be gone with them.
    Just a regular guy.

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    Actually ripping them out along with the roots is the only solution - the plants send off runners that emerge nearby and form another 'stalk'... cut them off at ground level and they will re-emerge someplace else. I think you have to pull the roots (and you'll still miss some and they keep coming back).

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    how about a goat? at least you would not get chit for having a dog on a trail!

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    Karl Childers says some folks call it a sling blade. It's not small or light but works. Uh huh.

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    How about a small pair of bypass pruners so that you can get close enough, and then a Pulaski to cut the roots out?

    I have heard that Napalm works well also....

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    CrgCrkRyder
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Buxton
    How about a small pair of bypass pruners so that you can get close enough, and then a Pulaski to cut the roots out?

    I have heard that Napalm works well also....

    I love the smell of Napalm in the morning.

    A swingblade, a goat, Napalm, a pulaski, and some really heavy gloves. Won't I be a site riding down the trail. May try a pair of those bypass pruners - even if it is only a temporary solution. Sounds like total war against briars is the only real longterm solution. Sort of like Kudzu. Thanks to all for their ideas.

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