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Forewards 79 45.93%
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:05 PM
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backwards to edge - forward to trim but using curved shaft trimmers
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:37 PM
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backwards, always walking to the right with the trimmer trimming to my left. ultimate control of cut and keeps you out of the way of the debris.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:10 AM
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Backwards for edging and trimming.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:59 PM
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Forward and counter clockwise so that the grass gets thrown clear of beds.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:56 AM
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I usually find that I walk backwards 98 percent of the time. Just a habit that I don't even really think about.
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:02 AM
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Counterclockwise, with trimmer head trailing behind me on my right as I walk forwards. I can all but run when I trim this way.
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:51 PM
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i always walk forwards trimming and edging. i think 95% of people hold the trimmer the wrong way so they are forced to walk backwards or walk forwards while throwing debris at themselves. hold the trigger in your left hand and the handle in your right hand then you can walk forwards to the left while you trim while throwing debris away from you. if you hold it the other way and walk to the right forwards you will be throwing the debris into yourself and if you walk backwards to the left you are still throwing debris into yourself.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:35 AM
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Forwards for general trimming - backwards for cutting a clean edge like along a flower bed.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:31 PM
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I'm fairly ambidexterous (sp?) with the trimmer. One thing the poll fails to ask is "left to right" or "right to left" Because forwards or backwards is only half of the options.

For general weekly trimming I always trim left to right, throttle in my right hand, left hand on the handle, walking forwards. Yes, this is technically incorrect, in theory... BUT, try holding the trimmer the other way, left hand on the throttle, holding it to your other side. Notice something HOT right against your hip? Yes, that's the muffler and exhaust. While they claim they were intended to be ran this way the engine is set up backwards to allow this to be done comfortably.

I'll walk backwards, basically pulling the trimmer head as I walk to knock down heavier growth. It's actually faster and when the grass is tall and thick this lets the trimmer kick out the grass into the lawn. Edging I just go whatever way works for the paticular area.

What it boils down to is there's no right or wrong IMO, do whatever gives you the quality of results you are looking for. I've tried holding the trimmer the other way and I have poor control of it and it's uncomfortable on my back.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:08 PM
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when i hold it the exhaust is nowhere near my leg...the trigger part that my left hand is on is the part that's close to my leg. the exhaust is a foot or so farther back and it shoots out the back not towards me. maybe it depends on the type of trimmer you have.
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