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A1Lawns
04-26-2010, 10:32 PM
I don't think I'm alone in thinking..."If only I did'nt have to trim..I would'nt have to kill my back and I could just mow and blow...Save so much time and get much more work done.

Anyways, what do you guys recommend as the best trimmer to save your aching back? I simply can't take it anymore and had to hire someone as I just have too much work now.
What do you guys do to save your back so you can trim if you have to? A lighter trimmer? A harness? What?

Alan0354
04-26-2010, 11:19 PM
If you can use a bike handle trimmer with harness, you can go for hours on that. The down fall is you cannot really tilt the trimmer for steeper angle trimming, edging. But if you have a lot of tall weeds that you need to trim down, bike handle is your ticket. This is from one bad back to the other. I have a Honda HHT31SUNBA bike handle and a small Shindaiwa M242 for everything else. The bike handle is so comfortable I can keep going until I need to pee!!!

lawnboy dan
04-27-2010, 08:32 AM
huskys or robin is what i use when my back goes out-lightest on the market

MOHUSTLER
04-27-2010, 08:34 AM
Try out a redmax 2301. Its 9.5 lbs and 1hp.

Merkava_4
04-27-2010, 09:17 AM
The Tanaka TBC-260PFL is for guys who prefer to stand up straight while trimming.

MikeKle
04-27-2010, 09:25 AM
Sometimes in the spring I will use the strap/harness that comes with all trimmers, mainly because Im out of shape,and not used to using those muscles again, it really helps.

Merkava_4
04-27-2010, 09:53 AM
I'm thinking the guys who first designed string trimmers were some short
Japanese dudes ... and they designed the length of the trimmers to suit themselves.

93Chevy
04-27-2010, 10:10 AM
I always bend my knees instead of my back...kind of like squatting, but not as exaggerated. I guess I kind of look like a tool, but my back is never in pain.

A1Lawns
04-27-2010, 10:57 PM
I always bend my knees instead of my back...kind of like squatting, but not as exaggerated. I guess I kind of look like a tool, but my back is never in pain.

Good advice but eventually no matter how hard you try, your going to have to start putting your back into it. Especially when it comes to edging of the drives and walks. This is the killer for my back.

Merkava_4
04-27-2010, 11:05 PM
Buy this trimmer in the link and quit complaining:

http://norwalkpower.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2493

A1Lawns
04-28-2010, 10:33 PM
Buy this trimmer in the link and quit complaining:

http://norwalkpower.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2493

Does your lower back get sore when trimmning and did this fix the problem Merkava??
Thanks for the recommendation. I will check it out.

rcslawncare
04-28-2010, 10:36 PM
That trimmer does help with you not bending over all the time while;e trimming. If I had a dealer nearby, Id get one. My Stihl RX100 is a good combo of weight and power.

johnwon
04-29-2010, 07:11 AM
Buy this trimmer in the link and quit complaining:

http://norwalkpower.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2493

You can try this just the way it comes, if still in pain, you can order the handle bar set-up with the double shoulder strap. That is what I use for a long steep bank I do for our church and like it a lot. It does require experimenting with handle position to best suit you. Everyone will have different length arms and height combination.

Mickhippy
04-29-2010, 09:31 AM
If you can use a bike handle trimmer with harness, you can go for hours on that. The down fall is you cannot really tilt the trimmer for steeper angle trimming, edging. But if you have a lot of tall weeds that you need to trim down, bike handle is your ticket. This is from one bad back to the other. I have a Honda HHT31SUNBA bike handle and a small Shindaiwa M242 for everything else. The bike handle is so comfortable I can keep going until I need to pee!!!

I got a hold of an Oleo-Mac harness. Mate, best thing ever! Almost like a back brace. Keep your back straighter sort of thing, really well padded and weight is distributed fantastically. You just dont feel the weight! I use a 48cc Kawi Brush cutter.
If you do much handle bar type brush cutting I really recommend you look into one!
http://www.oleomac.it/Livello.jsp?idMarchio=1&idFamiglia=42&idSottoFamiglia=95

Alan0354
04-29-2010, 12:24 PM
I got a hold of an Oleo-Mac harness. Mate, best thing ever! Almost like a back brace. Keep your back straighter sort of thing, really well padded and weight is distributed fantastically. You just dont feel the weight! I use a 48cc Kawi Brush cutter.
If you do much handle bar type brush cutting I really recommend you look into one!
http://www.oleomac.it/Livello.jsp?idMarchio=1&idFamiglia=42&idSottoFamiglia=95

Mine is just a full harness came standard with the Honda trimmer, nothing fancy like this. You can trim standard straight with the bike handle that really help. Yes my Honda is about 15 lbs and it does not matter at all.

A1Lawns
05-04-2010, 01:49 AM
How about the lightest trimmers? Or the lightest AND longest trimmers?

dwost
05-04-2010, 07:07 AM
Here you go.........http://www.lawnvac.com/products/ztrimmer.html