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Old 02-02-2014, 01:09 AM
rbljack rbljack is online now
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Yes, I learned long ago to switch hands. I have a solid shaft, gearbox driven trimmer, so it throws debris into the bed if you move left to right.

I am naturally right handed, and that is the most comfortable. When needing to do detailed work, I do use trigger in right hand. However, for routine travel along edges of beds, I am always working with trigger in left hand, walking forward. Yes, I've "been there, done that" with the stupid events of walking backward. Also, walking forward, with trigger in left hand, allows me to move more quickly than walking backward. On a given trim job, I am often transferring one hand to the other. It is easy and quick (trimmer head slows only a little on the transfer before the other hand is back on the throttle).

Bottom line: learn to work with both hands.
x2....I switch back and forth as needed.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:13 PM
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Growing up playing hockey I had a coach that tried to make me switch from righty to lefty....

He said that the strong hand should be on the top of the stick.

Needless to say it never worked but we can relate this to trimming as well...

Like many of you I have trained myself to trim lefty....

It was really hard when I started but I found that after a while, I had a pretty good touch with the trimmer going lefty...

Want to know why?

Being a righty, my right hand is stronger and when I go lefty my right hand is the one holding the loop...

I found that I had a little better control(tight work, twisting, up and down, finish work) this way because my right hand is stronger

People think "Oh, it's just string trimming, how involved could it be?" Well, when you have 200 ft. of beautiful flower beds with prize winning roses and exotic plants and flowers and you need to be precise to an 8'th of an inch, THAT is when it becomes not only involved.... But in my opinion it becomes an artform...

Also being able to string trim a patch that is easier to trim than lift a 21 inch onto.... And trimming that patch so it LOOKS like a mower hit it...... Artform....

Pride in one's work is so important....
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:39 PM
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Bump!

Nobody else wants to talk trimming?

Come on!
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:42 AM
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Nothing personal, but im ready to stop TALKING and start mowing....LOL. Hopefully another month, and the warmer weather will start showing up and get things going. Im ready to start making the $$$ again.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:40 PM
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Hahahahaha!!!!!

I agree 100% brother!
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:48 PM
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I just walk backwards to control clippings when needed.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:29 AM
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Bump!

Because I really think other folks should chime in on this...
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