Are PISTOL GRIPS really that ******??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kevin11946ny, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. kevin11946ny

    kevin11946ny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    I just purchased a 48" turbo force mower TORO ive read so many negative comments on pistol grips, why?

    Are all pistol grips the same or do some mowers have harder to operate grips.

    from posts ive read its almost 100% in favor of the t bar.

    Should i change my order since i havent picked it up yet..

    please give me your opinions..

    ive had a tbar before and like it..

    what about ecs grips??

    Why is it if tbar if so favorble from everyo9ne one this site that dealers only carry pistol grips and need to make a special order for the t bar??

    im confused..


    plz give me your personal opinions
    thanks a million!!
     
  2. lawnman456

    lawnman456 LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Posts: 90

    i have ran both types for hours and hours

    your hands get tired after all day using the grips


    with the tbar you hands will never get tired. it is a way better system and is worth the more $$ in the long run

    you won't reget it


    don't get me wrong pistol grips are good but the t bar is soo much better
     
  3. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,566

    I have no problem with pistol grips,to me itz a no brainer as for ecs grips they are the same as pistols just inverted.
     
  4. TSG

    TSG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 444

    toro now has a split T which is much better than the old ones
     
  5. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,371

    Go with the ECS.... i can work all day with them and not hurt at all.. never used pistol grips but they look like they hurt..
     
  6. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    I will never you anything else but the ecs now. I was amazed on how well my hands felt at the end of the day compared to the ol' pistols!
     
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,083

    For guys that do a lot of trimming all day actually have some hand muscle so using the pistols is simple.......what is the big deal you only use them when you turn:hammerhead:
     
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,917

    Many of the negative comments about pistol grip handles have been echoed before in threads over the years. All anybody says is "hands hurt," but nobody says why.

    I have an Exmark Viking hydro, now on the tenth season. It has pistol grips and I have never had a problem. I think the machine has cut over 6,500 lawns (.5 acre to 2 acre lots), maybe closer to 8,000, and I am the only operator. In other words it has lots of hours of service time.

    Yes, the linkages are worn now and are pretty loose. But, hurting hands -- never. I have short fingers, so need to stretch to reach with the speed control at 3 or higher (not very often used). The only mark I have is a good callous on the inside of my thumb, where my thumb wraps around the handle. A callous is no big deal.

    So, my question remains: What is it about pistol grip handles that makes hands hurt? What is the hurt in the hand?
     
  9. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    I use wb's mainly to service Gated back lawns. With pistol grips, what HURTS is when you run your hands into a fence... Get the T-bar...or better yet, a hustler!
     
  10. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,566

    They are wussys.
     

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