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Bent or Straight shaft?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by heybruck34, Mar 9, 2003.

  1. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 300

    I've finally decided to buy a stick-edger and was wondering bent or straight shaft. I saw another LCO asking about one and the dealer made the comment "No matter what get one with a straight shaft..."

    Coincidentaly, these are more expensive... so I'm asking the pros.

    Are straight shaft ones THAT much better or was he trying to "pad his pocket" a little?

    I've had very good experience with this dealer over the last 10 years so keep this in mind.

    Echo and Stihl are my top runners. Thanks ya'll.
  2. ParkerLawn

    ParkerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Posts: 497

    I use all Stihl equipment and prefer the straight shaft.
  3. Lawn DOG

    Lawn DOG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 276

    I will keep this simple...
    Straight shaft professional..
    Bent Shaft Scrub.....
  4. Ditto:blob3:
  5. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    I must be the biggest scrub there is then. All we use is bent shafts so I MUST BE A SCRUB. I am 5 feet 8 inches tall and the straight shafts are to hard to use for me ( I have to reach to high to use them) so if you are tall go with a straight shaft but if you are shorter than 6 foot you might want to try a bent shaft.
  6. Matt'slawncare

    Matt'slawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    There was a good post about this a few months ago and has good information on it, i would check it out. :D
  7. TaussigLawnCare

    TaussigLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    really if you are used to bent shaft use a bent shaft and if you are used to straight lol it just a matter of preference I used 2 echo straights most the summer then the both got stolen and I had to go to my curved for awile and got used to that and loved it but I am back to straights again
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    The curved ones will use a cable drive and most straight ones use a shaft drive. IMHO I do not beleive the cable drive will be a problem but if I were to choose I might go with the shaft driven one.
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,067

    Oh, I guess I'm a scrub. My curved edger attachment for my FS 85RT works just fine. I don't think it makes all that much difference, although I haven't tried a straight. I guess if you were tall it would work well, but if not, go for a curved.
  10. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366


    This is correct. A shaft drive is stronger than a cable and will outlast a cable. Thus the cost difference. There are even steel shafts available.

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