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Old 02-08-2006, 09:06 AM
The Curious Porpoise The Curious Porpoise is offline
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who uses bike handlebars and/or shoulder harness for string trimmers?

who here uses the bicycle handlebars (i know that most of the time they come model specific) for their string trimmers, and how do u like them as opposed to the conventional style handles?

who here uses the nylon harness strap that goes over your shoulder/back to distribute the trimmer's weight for more comfortable use? how do u like it?

i was considering whether or not i should get either when i buy new string trimmers this season.
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:10 AM
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we use them on our walkbehinds because the gel is softer and they have a much better grip
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:47 AM
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I took my strap off. I didn't like having it on. It served me no purpose.
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:51 AM
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I dont care for the bike bars

I have 2 stihl fs85s with the d handle

the strap is for girls, it will slow you up
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:17 AM
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The handle bar trimmers do have their place, used with a strap they are the best thing since sliced bread for large areas of trim "mowing" IMO. They are cumbersome and you have to do a lot of dancing around to maneuver the cutting head around objects so they don't work well for everyday use. I do know a guy here that uses a handlebar type with strap all the time, but that's the same crew that uses a push edger exclusively and uses 21" snappers on most lawns.
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:44 PM
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I had one customer that had a 200x200 area that was a complete mess and had to me trimmed with a trimmer. I had the "bike handlebars" and a strap to keep the weight from weighing me down. It REALLY helps out in the large areas that need to be trimmer but unneccessary when it comes to regular fence-lines or around a house.
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:21 PM
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a strap will slow you down. i only use one on my 20 yr old green machine 3000
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:50 PM
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bike handle bar trimmers used for edging?

Hi all, if I may piggyback off CP's previous question, I'm in the market for a trimmer and I wanted to know if the bike handle bar trimmers made it easier or perhaps impossible to turn the trimmer upside down and use for edging lawns? ...or maybe my question should be, "can the handle bars be rotated 180 degrees for edging purposes when not used for trimming? --Thanks, I appreciate any help.

Anyone who has ever used a trimmer to edge knows that it can be a time saver though it requires a little practice and concentration to keep the edge line straight (Like walking a tight rope).

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Old 09-03-2013, 03:26 AM
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yeah, I don't think they turn easily like that.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:29 AM
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Most of the time I trim one handed, I would have no use for those attachments thou I can see for extensive brush clearing it might come in handy.
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