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blk90s13
05-06-2011, 02:44 AM
what are the tall guys like my self using ? I am 6'3" and dam I have to bend so much to reach


I have a redmax straight shaft now

Merkava_4
05-06-2011, 04:20 PM
The Tanaka TBC-260PFL is the only tall person trimmer on the market at this time.

dboyd351
05-06-2011, 10:29 PM
That's what I was about to suggest. Up until recently there was a Tanaka forum under the Lawn Mowing Equipment Sponsor forum listing. There was a thread on there about how this trimmer was designed especially for tall guys -even had pictures of a guy about 6'6" using one without bending over.
For some reason the Tanaka forum has disappeared.
I bought a Tanaka EAS22SLP last year and you wouldn't believe how well that thing can cut fo having a 21cc motor. Good machines.

blk90s13
05-06-2011, 10:36 PM
Will keep it in mind, I cant justify spending $500 on a trimmer just yet.


Thanks

dboyd351
05-06-2011, 11:10 PM
It's $350 at Amazon, with free shipping.

ProStreetCamaro
05-06-2011, 11:10 PM
Im not sure its just tall guys. I am 5'11" and any time I have to trim more than 1 or 2 yards at a time my lower back gets sore. I am slightly hunched over with my two echo trimmers.

lawnboy dan
05-07-2011, 07:54 AM
there was also a cub cadet pro model extra long. i have one but its not well balanced

ALC-GregH
05-07-2011, 10:01 AM
If they would change the angle of the trimmer head on the shaft, it would make it feel like it's a longer shaft. I think it has more to do with the trimmer head angle then anything.

MOturkey
05-07-2011, 10:49 AM
Does anyone besides myself wonder why some astute manufacturer doesn't make an adjustable length trimmer? I'm no engineer, but, to me, it looks to be a relatively simple concept. Several trimmers utilize hollow shafts anyway, so why not a splined section that fits inside itself? All you would need on the outside is a telescoping shaft with a sleeve capable of being tightened to prevent slippage.

They could market two models, one capable of being shorter than those on the market now (my trimmers are too long for my wife), and the other capable of being extended several inches longer than the average length now. This would appeal to lots of people, even those with crews that have people of different stature working for them. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

dboyd351
05-07-2011, 04:19 PM
Black and Decker has a 36 volt rechargeable trimmer that has an adjustable shaft like that. I think it's a great idea for a gas trimmer. Can't be that hard to do and everyone could get a perfect fit.

rowdiestang
05-07-2011, 06:50 PM
I use stihl with a 30" bar as well as a Stihl split shaft with the hedge trimmer attachment, I also bought the extension for it so I can reach the top of 12' shrubs without a ladder.

rowdiestang
05-07-2011, 06:52 PM
nevermind you were talking about line trimmers

blk90s13
05-07-2011, 07:26 PM
Does anyone besides myself wonder why some astute manufacturer doesn't make an adjustable length trimmer? I'm no engineer, but, to me, it looks to be a relatively simple concept. Several trimmers utilize hollow shafts anyway, so why not a splined section that fits inside itself? All you would need on the outside is a telescoping shaft with a sleeve capable of being tightened to prevent slippage.

They could market two models, one capable of being shorter than those on the market now (my trimmers are too long for my wife), and the other capable of being extended several inches longer than the average length now. This would appeal to lots of people, even those with crews that have people of different stature working for them. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.



All you need now is a plan and someone to finance the project sounds like great idea

Snyder's Lawn Inc
05-07-2011, 11:34 PM
Im tall my son is taller I felt more comfortable useing Bikehandle trimmers
When you trim you are never bent over Try one you see it might take time get use to one but your lower back wont hurt

Merkava_4
05-08-2011, 12:27 AM
It's $350 at Amazon, with free shipping.

The lowest price I see on there is $457.99

blk90s13
05-08-2011, 12:28 AM
Im tall my son is taller I felt more comfortable useing Bikehandle trimmers
When you trim you are never bent over Try one you see it might take time get use to one but your lower back wont hurt


Wonder if the local dealer would let me demo one for a couple of hours

blk90s13
05-08-2011, 12:29 AM
The lowest price I see on there is $457.99

Exactly what I found too

dboyd351
05-08-2011, 08:19 AM
I just went back and looked up the Amazon (actually Amazon Marketplace) price and the $350 was for the TBC 260 PF, not the PFL. However, the PFL is $379.99 @ Wise sales, also with free shipping. I'd post the links, but I think that's not allowed, right?

dboyd351
05-08-2011, 08:31 AM
Here's a couple of threads you might want to read, too.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=111947

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=227739

blk90s13
05-14-2011, 08:17 AM
Here's a couple of threads you might want to read, too.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=111947

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=227739


great info thanks