straight shaft or curved

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnandplow42, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
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    What do you guys prefer for trimmers: Straight shaft or Curved Shaft and why.
    Thanks-dave
     
  2. lafrance4078

    lafrance4078 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 246

    I use straight shaft. This allows me to stand up straight. Also, I turn the trimmer over and edge with it. (only on established edges!) I don't know that you can even get a commercial trimmer with a curved shaft. Maybe you can, but I haven't seen one yet.
     
  3. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    Straight shafts are the only way to go if you're doing commercial accounts. Curved shafts wear the drive out too quickly. We also use the Gator cord with the wire in it. Last four times longer than the best stuff at HD or Lowes.
     
  4. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    I like straight shafts. They last longer, get the power to the trimmer head faster, they allow the operator to stand up straighter, and you can reach under trees further.
     
  5. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    I like them both, mainly I use the straight shaft but the curved is a little lighter so on the walks around a buildings its more comfortable. But if it came down to one or the other, then go with a straight shaft.
     
  6. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    no choice.

    Do they even make a commercial grade curved shaft?

    Straight is the only way. much easier to use and much easier on the back.
     
  7. WoodBrothersLC

    WoodBrothersLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 418

    We've got a commercial Stihl curved shaft trimmer that's 2 years old. The only action it ever sees is when our dad helps out. We just stick to straight shafts because they maneuver well, you can edge, trim, etc. with them.
     
  8. Jeff@SGLC.ca

    Jeff@SGLC.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 576

    Curved shaft equals curved back which equals a sore back.
     
  9. Lawn Dog2001

    Lawn Dog2001 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,027

    Straight shaft, no doubt. Along with what the rest of you have said, you have a much better reach for getting under trees and shrubs, and also for trimming banks.

    There are commercial bent shaft trimmers. But there truly is no comparison IMHO. Straight shaft hands down.
     
  10. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Posts: 1,930

    I think the straight has more power and is easier to use.
     

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