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Mighty combo garden tool

Combining all tools that look roughly the same
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A simple hose attachment to a strimmer would ensure that the strimmed area is freshly watered as well as neatly shorn. Also, a strimmer looks a bit like a metal detector so by combining them the area is strimmed, watered, and the strimmer operator can keep any money, buried treasure, etc. that the metal detector finds.
One of those flame things that people use for burning off weeds on their driveways could be combined too, but this might be going a bit far.
hippo, Apr 16 2003

convertible trimmers http://doityourself...alentedmachines.htm
Here's a pretty good discussion of convertible trimmers that will prune, edge, brushcut, blow, vacuum, cultivate, mulch, and even throw snow, as well as trim. They seem particularly keen on the Ryobi and Homelite brands. I note, however, that none of them seem equipped to water the lawn or even detect metal sprinkler heads, let alone flame ants or disperse weed killer. Perhaps those features are being saved for Gen2. [jurist, Oct 06 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]


       I can only think that the combination of a flame-gun and a sprinkler would be - at best - somewhat unhelpful, unless you wanted to steam-clean your weeds as you cut them ....   

       What's wrong with just the flamethrower anyway ??
8th of 7, Apr 16 2003

       I'm assuming that the different functions of the Mighty Combo Garden Tool could be used seperately, or else it wouldn't be so mighty.
-lines-, Apr 16 2003

       Well done [-lines-] - you avoided falling into [8th of 7] and [Mr Burns]'s vortex of pedantry. Yes, OK everyone, I forgot to specify that the functions of this tool can be used independently of each other.
hippo, Apr 16 2003

       // I forgot to specify that the functions of this tool can be used independently of each other. //   

       Don't expect mercy, or pity - not here ..... the vortex of pedantry awaits to punish the smallest slip ...
8th of 7, Apr 16 2003

       Thanks, Rods...I had never heard the term "strimmer" before, was wondering what it was. For those in the same boat, a Strimmer is what is more commonly known in the US as a "Weed Wacker" (also a trademark, I suspect).
krelnik, Apr 16 2003

       I rather like this -- when a set of gloves becomes so grime-caked as to render the fingers inflexible one can just leave them swinging on the Mighty Combo garden tool's grippers!
reensure, Apr 16 2003

       I like [Rods]' combo - although, knowing me, I'd probably cut the hall carpet before zooming out through the front door and giving the lawn a quick vacuum clean.
PeterSilly, Apr 16 2003

       gawd I am glad we are not married! the insurance just would not cover it all :)
po, Apr 16 2003

       I thought a strimmer was those tiny panties that exotic dancers wear. This idea takes on a whole different light if read with this in mind.
bungston, Apr 16 2003

       "Weed Whacker?"   

       Hmm. I've only heard of them as a "line trimmer."
bristolz, Apr 16 2003

       It appears to be a generic term for lawn trimmer.
snarfyguy, Apr 16 2003

       Sort of is. There are the D.R. Trimmer and the Bush Hog which fit their specialty niches.
reensure, Apr 17 2003

       The link above ties the basic idea to reality, even if it doesn't fulfill [hippo]'s complete wishlist for attachments available in the current versions. The link doesn't specifically mention it, but commercially available kits are widely available in North America at Sears, Home Depot, and Lowes Home Improvement Centers.
jurist, Apr 17 2003

       What - no propeller to make it a trolling motor?
reensure, Apr 17 2003

       With the propellor, it can be used as a tiller, too!
lurch, Apr 17 2003

       I thought this was going to be about a Swiss Army Knife-like tool for gardening implements. You have a 2 1/2 foot long main unit which has a flip-out spade, hoe, edging tool, garden fork, rake (w/telescoping metal tines to cover a wide or narrow swath), and, of course, corkscrew.
Canuck, Apr 17 2003


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