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milkie62
04-27-2010, 12:51 AM
I am not really complaining but it would be nice if there was a trimmer that I could stand up to use.Any brand out there that is made for us taller guys ?

ajslands
04-27-2010, 12:54 AM
Ya! I am 6'4" and I agree with you 100% I might sound like I am whining, but my back aches every day when I am done mowing, and it's cuz of my trimmer, and I've always thought about inventing something that you could attach to te trimmer to make it easier for taller people, but idk...
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milkie62
04-27-2010, 01:02 AM
Yeah it's just that little bit of a bend in my back that is the killer.Standing up straight would be such a joy.

Merkava_4
04-27-2010, 02:39 AM
The Tanaka TBC-260PFL is the only trimmer on the market for tall guys.

kipper
04-27-2010, 05:21 AM
Try the Stihl KM 110 (Kombi) with an extension and use the weedeater head. I have done this before to cut a ditch.

topsites
04-27-2010, 09:36 AM
Practice, also it may be necessary to balance your trimmer, perhaps
if you move the left-hand handle back up the trimmer a bit, towards
the throttle?

MikeKle
04-27-2010, 10:22 AM
The tanaka is great. it is about 15" longer than a regular trimmer.

Merkava_4
04-27-2010, 10:56 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.

flatlander42
04-27-2010, 11:27 AM
Practice, also it may be necessary to balance your trimmer, perhaps
if you move the left-hand handle back up the trimmer a bit, towards
the throttle?

YUP! Scoot that baby up! not a fix-all, but it helps

socallawndude
04-27-2010, 12:40 PM
ADjusting the handle definitely makes a difference...Im 6'3" and use an echo and suffered for some time before I figured that out

roadhawk
04-27-2010, 12:52 PM
Stihl has some with longer shafts. I have the FS 46 and while I'm only 4 tanks into it, I'm loving it. I'm 6'2" and it's much less painful than any other one that I've owned.

madisonpressurewashing
04-27-2010, 01:38 PM
I thought about buyng the FS 46. Keep us up on the reports of it.

ajslands
04-27-2010, 01:59 PM
I have an echo too and the handle is all the way up.
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clydebusa
04-27-2010, 02:04 PM
I have an echo too and the handle is all the way up.
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Same here with the echo. I am 6'3" and that is why I use a mcclain on all sidewalk edging to give my back a break.

milkie62
04-28-2010, 12:33 AM
I guess I will have to visit my Stihl and Echo dealers and spend some money.

shooterm
04-28-2010, 09:33 AM
I suggest a trimmer that comes with one of those dangling bull nuts to put on the rear view mirror. A man of 6'3" shouldn't settle for anything less.

Trevor8
04-28-2010, 09:45 AM
get the stihl km90 withe the weed eater attachment and the extended reach

flatlander42
04-28-2010, 11:12 PM
I suggest a trimmer that comes with one of those dangling bull nuts to put on the rear view mirror. A man of 6'3" shouldn't settle for anything less.

what kind would that be?:confused:

milkie62
04-28-2010, 11:22 PM
You would think every big time manufacturer would have at least one extended shaft trimmer in their line-up.Not all weed trimmer users are 5'5" Mexicans.

madisonpressurewashing
04-29-2010, 02:46 AM
think the FS 46 an handle comercial work?

Knight511
04-29-2010, 03:08 PM
You would think every big time manufacturer would have at least one extended shaft trimmer in their line-up.Not all weed trimmer users are 5'5" Mexicans.

No, but evidently every person pushing a Toro Comercial 21" is... those have ridiculously short handles!

I use an Echo and at 6'4", it hasn't caused any problems yet (been using it for 6 years)... I would like to have something a tad longer, but I don't know if that would really solve the reach issues...

verant
04-29-2010, 03:27 PM
think the FS 46 an handle comercial work?

Well yes it can handle it, I have 2 and I love them. They aren't a real commercial unit but it can handle it....yeah u may go through them a little quicker than nice commercial ones but they are tall and allows us tall guys (im 6'4") to stand up. some hate the curved shaft but I like it, it is very easy to keep it level and they are super light. I can trim sooo much faster and better with the FS compared to the heavier straight shafts.

unkownfl
04-29-2010, 04:55 PM
I use a 323l husqvarna it may not be any longer but it sure is light; its pretty easy on the back once I slide the handle up a bit.

mhaley927
04-29-2010, 05:15 PM
I'm only 6' 1" and I feel like I have to hold trimmers awkwardly low. I'd perefer to be able to bend my arms a little when I'm trimming but I have to let them hang like a monkey to whip.

BrunoT
04-29-2010, 05:33 PM
I'm not reading the posts, so maybe this has been suggested, but I'd look for handles that are longer.

Echo used to use a rather long handle and now they are stubbier and shorter and I also find them less comfortable to use. So I just pulled handles off old units and switched them out.

If you don't have one around you may be able to find them on old busted units people are selling for parts. Or sold seperately on ebay. Provides you a few extra inches so you're not stooping over to trim.

SFA3301
04-29-2010, 06:22 PM
I bought the Tanaka for the same reason , it is a little heavier but much much easier on the back trimming is now something I dont dread anymore

rjh4758
04-29-2010, 07:06 PM
Not all weed trimmer users are 5'5" Mexicans.

LOL. That there is funny. ? Why? Because I can see the truth in it.:laugh::laugh::laugh:

Josh32RVP
04-30-2010, 04:15 AM
Definitely look into getting the Tanaka extended shaft Trimmer, it's 14" longer and it is awesome. I'm 6'7 and love it!!!

mowerdude777
04-30-2010, 11:27 PM
I am 6 2 and am fine with my redmax 2401 the shindawai 231 is good as well

Josh32RVP
04-30-2010, 11:33 PM
Yeah mowerdude, you're probably not tall enough!!! It's ok, one day you'll grow up!!
Just messin!! I am willing to spend a little bit more for the comfort of not having my back hurt all the time!!

mowerdude777
04-30-2010, 11:36 PM
Yeah mowerdude, you're probably not tall enough!!! It's ok, one day you'll grow up!!
Just messin!! I am willing to spend a little bit more for the comfort of not having my back hurt all the time!!

Oh belive me I feel I am tall enough as it is but my mom thinks I will be some where around 6 4 when I stop growing. When I got my trimmer last june I was 6 feet tall so I have grown 2 inches in less then a year. I know redmax makes a trimmer designed for the smaller users but they should for taller guys as well

pwrfrwrd
05-04-2010, 03:33 PM
I have a Husqvarna 225RJ, and it has worked fine for me. Before spinal issues I was 6'2"+, and there was plenty of adjustment room for me and my nephews who are 6'3" to 6'5" to use without bending at all. Believe me, I would have noticed because as you have noted, the littlest bend seems to be worse than a larger one. I know that a 225RJ is pretty old, but they must have a current model that has the same amount of adjustment as mine. The only thing I had to do that wasn't a normal adjustment was I had to take off the lower hand grip bar and remount it backwards and turn it upside-down so I could reach the handle comfortably when the shoulder strap was extended for us. Good luck and don't be like me, take care of your back!

GrassIsGreenerLawnCare
05-04-2010, 03:47 PM
ya im 6'4 and i grab the stihl fs90 cuz its a tad bigger than my echo 225. the echo is lighter tho so its a tuff call

gjp
05-05-2010, 11:22 AM
Does anyone know whether the 260 PBL extended reach can also change out (quickly) and run the standard length shaft? If so, shorter as well as taller people on the crew could use it.

jkilov
05-05-2010, 07:42 PM
I'm 6'4" and though I'd prefer the special tanaka, a shindy T3410, T282, redmax BCZ3000 and 33cc kawasaki were good enough so far.

Get a long trimmer (the mfg's often spec product lengths in their catalogs) and opt for a larger cc unit. With a heavier engine the unit balance moves upward, which is good, since you'll be adjusting your handles as high as possible. Of course you could add a weight to the top but what's the point in that.

Really, go to different dealers and try some units out, something should fit.

Tanaka
05-06-2010, 12:53 AM
Does anyone know whether the 260 PBL extended reach can also change out (quickly) and run the standard length shaft? If so, shorter as well as taller people on the crew could use it.

Yes - you can put a regular size shaft on the PFL if it mounts to the powerhead the same way. Compatible shafts - TBC-255PF, TBC-260PF, TBC-280PF

-MW

BarkSlayer
05-10-2010, 10:13 AM
I'm 6'4" and use a Husqvarna 225 with no discomfort. Adjusting the shoulder strap just right makes all the difference for me.