Direction while trimming/edging?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by EagleGrounds, Jul 9, 2009.



  1. Forewards

    79 vote(s)
  2. Backwards

    93 vote(s)
  1. EagleGrounds

    EagleGrounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 401

    I noticed the other day that i always trim / edge walking backwards unless going along a fence, just curious to see which direction the rest of you guys walk while trimming.

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    Walking backwards gives you more precise control of the head. ie. no scalps. But walking forward is alot easier
  3. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 970

    Forwards for general trimming...backwards for cutting a clean edge.
  4. bighaydenslawn

    bighaydenslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 516

    Backwards for trimming around beds so I dont fill the beds with clippings.

    Backwards with edging with at trimmer for clean cut and more control.
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,466

    If your left handed most of the time you'll walk forward,I know I do.
  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    Along fences, or "angling" along beds, I walk backwards.

    If I "90" sidewalks or beds, I walk forward.

    When I'm moving from one part of the lawn to another, I walk forward, unless I'm trying to get out of a conversation with the customer, lol, then I walk backward to give them the hint.
  7. kmzlawncare

    kmzlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Forwards for general trimming...backwards for cutting a clean edge. Same as mowbizz
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2009
  8. WVDpoker

    WVDpoker LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    Walk whatever way the guard is designed to direct clippings back to grass
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,854

    I get the best cut with a string trimmer going right to left (backwards).
  10. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,227

    I hate walkin backwards, only if I have to I will. I'm a lefty, and have the trimmer on the "driver" side of me. Works better for me, both trimming and edging.

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