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? for the left handed guys

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Daily Lawn/Landscape, May 29, 2011.

  1. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 694

    When you are trimming along fence rows, is the head of the trimmer out ahead of you or does it trail behind you some? The reason I ask is, I'm having a hard time with a new guys trimming and I'm trying to figure out why? As a right handed person, I walk backwards with the trimmer trailing and I always get the clean look I want. So far after 3 weeks, this guys work just isn't as clean. And he is not rushing through it either. Any suggestions would be great. Also, how do you teach a lefty to run a back pack blower right handed?:dizzy:

  2. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    I am left handed and when I trim a fence line, I start at the right side and walk toward the left with the trimmer in front of me. Left hand is on the trigger right hand on the handle. I have never had a problem doing this. It always leaves a clean cut and keeps the clippings in the lawn instead of plastered all over the fence.

    As far a the backpack blower, I can even imagine have a problem with that. Its not a hard thing to use your right hand to move the tube. :dizzy:
  3. Razorblades

    Razorblades LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 950

    I'm also lefthanded and when I trim fence rows I walk left to right with the trimmer head trailing behind me or sometimes straight out from me.
  4. Hinrich4Three

    Hinrich4Three LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Anytime I use a trimmer it is easier for me to walk from the left to right with the trimmer head behind me.
  5. Knight511

    Knight511 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    Right to left... walking kind of backwards with the head behind me. Trimming while walking true forward has never worked well for me and I have always thought it was because I was left handed and always found myself between the trimmer and the fence (instead of it being me-trimmer-fence).
  6. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    I have line trimmed in both directions because of the site situations. I prefer to line trim to the right of all jobs thus throwing the trimmings into the path of the mowers to pick up or mulch. I though this was the pro way???? Clumping up of grass clippings around fences,etc. looks like a lawn boy does it. Wait a minute.....I am a lawn boy that holds 3 licenses. Oh well, is what it is!
    I am a southpaw.......righties do have to walk backwards to achieve the same cut as a lefty.
  7. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,486

    im left handed and I walk with the trimmer head infront of me, but I can also walk backwards and trim, and I practice trimming right handed at my house in the back yard, where things are quite as neat as the front and I can trim righty but a good amount slower and not nearly as detailed. I can also trim so smooth and flat it will look it was push mowed. but fences are fun especially split rail, I used to have to trim close to 1000ft of split rail fence and I got be pretty quick, like walking 3-4 mph and not missing anything.
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    I'm a southpaw as well, I trim for whatever the conditions require left to right or right to left, I can't hold the trigger with my left hand though LOL but I will admit when I went from a handheld to a backpack blower it was akward at first but you get used to it in short order. It would be cool to see a left handed blower though!!!!
  9. Knight511

    Knight511 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    This is why most of us lefties appear to walk backwards while trimming... to throw the grass away from the fence (and into our legs since there isn't a shield for THAT side of the trimmer). "Pro way?" I have been trimming this way since I was 11 years old because it is the best way to get a good looking yard. ;) I guess I was pro at 11? :lol:
  10. Northeast Mower

    Northeast Mower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    Whichever way your guy decides to use, we can all agree that it's going to take a lot of hours on trimmer for him to be comfortable, there's def. a learning curve.

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