Scythe Outfits

All Scythe Outfits include:

– one scythe blade
– one Scythe Connection design snath with Snath Saver
– one attachment ring

The snaths are adjustable and sized to the mower.

** To set up your snath properly, please include your measurements **

From your hipbone joint (greater trochanter or top of the femur) to ground in your mowing shoes as well as your height.

Please, include your measurements in the ‘Order Notes’ window (below the shipping information) when filling out the Order Form or email them directly to me through the contact page on my website.

Snath Assembly notes

The snaths are the original ScytheConnection design and are considered the most ergonomic snaths on the market. Well shaped grips have about a 6″ adjustment range. All snaths are supplied with a Snath Saver and an Attachment Ring.

Assembling the snath is a very straightforward task as you can see in the pictures below.

When you’re purchasing a whole outfit from Scythe Works, I fit the blade on the snath according to the mower’s height. I mark with a pencil the anticipated grip positions. This should be a good starting position, but it is important to pay attention, to make sure that the outfit fits you right. Sometimes to accommodate your particular stance and mowing style you might need to adjust the grip positions.

However….

For some applications — like working in the tight spaces, steep slopes, trimming road or creek banks — a typical suggested grip positions will not work very well. Lowering the grips might be more suitable for the task, and in some particular circumstances holding the snath directly by the shaft will result in a desired lay of the blade.

Snath finishing 

Usually, when I’m putting the outfit together and before fastening the Snath Saver, I treat the bottom half of the shaft with a coat of boiled linseed oil cut with turpentine (50/50). This finish would work well for maintaining the entire snath and I recommend applying it once a year.

Attaching blade

 

or alternatively

Attachment ring note

It is a good practice before mowing to make sure that the setscrews are tight. Sometimes, when mowing in damp conditions the snath will slightly expand, and then when stored in a dry place the snath will shrink. The next time you take it out, the ring is slightly loose. A setscrew might eventually loosen completely with use and be lost. It happens. Another problem with a loose ring is that the knob might be moving too much in the knob hole. In extreme cases, this can damage the snath saver, snath, and ring.

 If you need to raise the edge, place the wedge between the snath and tang.

Outfits Descriptions

#01a-126F/65 All-Purpose Outfit
This blade is suitable for all-around applications on relatively even ground. With a lower point, it will work well for maintaining a lawn and is stiff enough to deal with some thin woody weeds. The lower point helps make a more even cut, but it is not an ideal choice for work in uneven terrain.

#01b-128P/65 All-Purpose Outfit
This outfit with a typical Italian model blade is suitable for multiple tasks like maintaining an average lawn, cutting cover crops or gathering a small amount of hay. The tang is more acutely hafted than average, which works fine when using shorter strokes for jobs like mowing in the orchard.

#01d-021/65 All-Purpose Outfit
This is a great all-around blade, with no extreme features in any direction. Not too heavy, yet plenty strong. Suitable for similar applications as the outfits above.

#01s-100R/65 All-Purpose Outfit
This well-priced outfit with a ‘universal’ patter blade is suitable for a wide range of general-purpose applications.  The factory edge needs peening before first use.

#02a-002/75 Field Work Outfit
This light blade with an eastern-European pattern works well for mowing in open areas. However, it is not ideal for heavy, woody, or clumpy growth, where a stiffer blade would be a better choice.

#02b-106A/85 Field Work Outfit
Lightweight for its length, well tensioned with a curved point, made by Falci. This longer length is more efficient, but a shorter blade would be easier for the beginner.

#02c-126A/80 Field Work Outfit
An outfit suitable for open, level fields.

#03a-128F/50 Trimming Outfit
This outfit is ideal for trimming around the garden and any tight spaces. However, in sensible hands it can also tackle tough weeds and even small saplings.

#03b-151S/50 Trimming Outfit
This outfit will work well for trimming jobs. However, if peened a little thicker and stiffer, this blade can also handle some tough woody stems.

#04-187A/60 Ditch Work Outfit
Tough blade for rough terrain.

#04-187/50 Brush Work Outfit
A shorter version of #187 blade, suitable for brush work, including some saplings.

#06-2001/55 Bush Outfit
If you’re looking for a strong blade to tackle heavy woody growth, brambles and saplings — this is it!

You can also create your own Scythe Outfit. Any blade that you might select from the Scythe Blade page can be fitted on our adjustable snath.