View Full Version : Tall guy trimmer

03-06-2011, 09:27 AM
Okay I am 6'4" and am having trouble as I get older (52) using the shorter string trimmers. I have checked out the Tanaka extended reach trimmer at $375.00 from Wisesales and have found it is the only one out there so far. Are there any others I should check on. Redmax used to have one but cannot find it anymore. BTW it needs to be commercial grade!! We currently use Tanaka 260pf and Redmax BCZ2650T trimmers.

03-06-2011, 03:15 PM
Try a Red Max they seem to have a longer shaft. I think they changed the model number on the one I have. I know it has a 30cc engine.

03-06-2011, 04:07 PM
I'm 6'6" used Red max for years, even thought about having a machine shop make me a longer shaft, but never have since I don't do much trimming........the shorter guys do it :laugh:

03-06-2011, 04:14 PM
The RedMax is definitely longer than that short Shindaiwa T242, but I
don't think you're gonna find a trimmer that's as long as that Tanaka.

03-06-2011, 04:18 PM
Hire someone else to trim,lol I'm 5'11'' and my back is screaming after a few lawns, thats why I only do trimming if absolutely necessary.

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-06-2011, 04:22 PM
I run strap trimmers have 2 handle set up work with tall ppl I run a 110 stihl with a poly cut head I hate the bumper feeders I cut my string to length i want I'll try get pics my setup Im 6'2 my son 6'4 This set up you pack on ur shoulder and not ur arms there less bent over trimming
This set up you have more control of the head pitch at a fast walk Cost per unit is little higher but I want to be comfortble as i trim

03-06-2011, 04:33 PM
The industry standard shaft length is 59 inches.

The Tanaka's shaft length is 71 inches.

03-06-2011, 10:43 PM
I'm 6'6" also and I bought the Tanaka and will keep buying them. Had Shindaiwa's before that and your back will surely thank you. Don't remember the model #, but I will check it and post back.

03-18-2011, 05:37 PM
Tanaka TBC-260PFL

03-19-2011, 12:18 AM
Kind of ridiculous when you think about it that no once has designed an ergonometrically designed trimmer yet-like really one size fits all- LOL

03-19-2011, 04:42 AM
I'm amazed there isn't an aftermarket company making extension kits. All you would need is the
longer tube, the longer driveshaft, the longer throttle cable, and the longer stop switch wire.

knox gsl
03-19-2011, 06:39 AM
They are designed to be used by the average size trimmer guy and the Mexicans bring that average size way down.
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Big C
03-19-2011, 07:05 AM
I am 6'4" also and I use Redmax....it works great!!...

03-19-2011, 09:25 PM
I am 6'4" also and I use Redmax....it works great!!...

Don't tell me you're standing up straight because I know you're not. :rolleyes:

03-19-2011, 09:44 PM
Tanaka, makes that husqvarna look like a child's toy.

05-17-2015, 01:39 PM
Tanaka, makes that husqvarna look like a child's toy.
I am 6 "4 and it is absolutely unbelievable that no company makes longer shaft like the tanaka 260 pfl anymore. I ordered one from equipatron the other day and they sent the wrong one. I'm thinking since they have been discontinued now for sometime they knew it wasn't the right one. I see taller guys like me all over the place and even guys not nearly as tall as me hunching over like crazy string trimming. I would pay 3 prices for one if I could find one in the 70 inch range. I guess it's all about money with no companies offering products for taller guys anymore. What a shame.
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05-17-2015, 02:01 PM
Hows the weight and balance of the longer trimmers? Tanaka/redmax. I honestly am in love with the husq 223L. It may not be commercial grade but i really dont care due to the balance and light wirght. The only downside is the fuel tank capacity. I have used echo commercial and its just not compareable. The right trimmer really does have an effect on the finished product as well as the operators fatigue.
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05-17-2015, 09:14 PM
The trimmer is fine, you haven't learned how to use it, keep practicing, nobody is going to come out and teach you, it doesn't just land magically in your lap, you have to take matters in your own hands. It takes more than a few years to get good at it, you can shorten the curve somewhat by concentrating. I learned how to use mine during the recession years but I started 7 years before that, today I can use the trimmer as if I was born holding it running in my hands.

Watch out for bursitis in the joints, especially if you're over 40.

05-17-2015, 11:20 PM
6'5" and because of that, I don't trim. I have the shorter guys do that.

05-18-2015, 11:11 AM
I think the problem is the 5 foot Japanese that makes them and they have never witnessed a 6 foot and taller Mexican string trimming for 5 hours a week. I can run the fire out of one but the position that I have to put my back in to keep the head spinning flush with the ground is ridiculous. I am praying that some company steps up and comes put with one because I might purchase 10 of them if they do. Talked to tanaka representative and they are discontinued.
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05-18-2015, 05:03 PM
The loop handles on Stihl units are set way too low for my liking and when I brought my new FS94R home I removed the guard and the harness attachment point. I moved the loop handle about an inch from the trigger. In this configuration, the trimmer is perfectly balanced with no guard and a Speed Feed 375 head. It allows taller guys like me to not bend over very much which makes it more comfortable to run.

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05-19-2015, 11:40 AM
Maybe the TANAKA sponsor can tell us where to find the Tanaka TBC-260PFL since it has been discontinued. The recommended replacement has a 60" shaft.