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Old Pros please lend me your tips on trimmer training :)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RhettMan, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,033

    I've got a college student doing a little work with me and he's got a great, willing to learn, attitude, I'd like to know how you old pros would train a new string trimmer man.....

    I've never trained or used a trimmer man before, I've always done it...

    Im scared to tick any customers off with scalping, and gutter spout ringing....At the same time im tired of hustling all day long in the 90'degree with the trimmer!!

    Maybe I should just quit trying to be perfect and just let it happen :laugh: how else will he learn?
     
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,960

    It takes about 30 days of OJT for most guys. You got to just watch him and don't push him for production in the beginning. Be sure he understand which way the rocks will fly out and not to bump head in the grass.
     
  3. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,033

    OJT, enlighen me?

    get snow today?
     
  4. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    I tried to train this gal who was going to work for me, with a redmax BCZ26, I told her right off, do not squeeze the throttle to fully open, and you do not need that much power in most situations, so what does she do, she gets it up to full rpm and starts digging it into the ground! So I took it from her and showed her how to hold it just above the turf and not to have it on full throttle, I think it just takes some people more time to get used to one. They always want to ram the head into the ground at the beginning? And NEVER try to show them how to "mow" grass with a trimmer until they have mastered trimming!!
     
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Wear hearing and eye protection, I believe the customer will be as impressed with
    a worker that at least looks like they're trying to do it right than anything else,
    so while he's trying so hard ain't nobody going to say a whole lot even if it's not "perfect."

    Why, because the usual worker isn't like that, not at all.

    I'm serious, and certainly you can stop worrying about every blade of grass, I'm sure the customer already has,
    I speak from experience when I say workers like yours are hard to find so I would just let the man do his thing,
    he'll figure it out in time.

    On Teh Job :p
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2010
  6. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,033

    thanks for clearing that up ts

    Ed, since you are also from texas........in your opinion, what is a reasonable rate paid to a dedicated trimmer man per hour?

    I know there have been days when I have said to myself "If I hit one more pile of dog chow im going to throw this trimmer over the fence!" ......and I get the gross $
     
  7. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,276

    Keep the bottom of the trimmer head in contact with
    the ground and let it float towards where you want it
    to go. Keep it flat, don't tilt it.
     
  8. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Posts: 568

    I think running a string trimmer is something some people will just NEVER catch on to. I think using one PROPERLY is truly an art.

    As far as teaching someone.... I think let them watch you for a while.... then let them try it after some verbal instructions. Run it for a short while, take a break doing something else, then keep going back and forth till they get a good feel for it.

    I'm still learning after 40 years. And it keeps getting easier every time. I really enjoy it!
     
  9. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    Trimming is an art!! That is what people notice too, they rarely notice the mowing, but if someone has done a crappy job with the trimmer, it is very easy to spot. I can mow small areas with one now, but it took me a few seasons to get the hang of this.
     
  10. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Posts: 568

    AMEN ! !

    I mow a tiny little corner house on a busy corner next a highway. I always trim it up extra special because I'm really proud of how nice it can be made to look. Terrible lawn, full of weeds... really a sad property. But when I'm done it looks great because it's been manicured to the max.

    Lady has no money, I do it for next to nothing... but she really appreciates it. It's all in the details... trimming trimming trimming.
     

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