Clockwise vs Counter-clockwise Trimming?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Max Evans, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Max Evans

    Max Evans LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 3

    I'm only a teen, and am very new to trimming with a weed eater. Looking at another post on this site, I noticed people were saying that lefties had it better when it came to trimming because to go clockwise around a building a righty had to walk backwards. Why not then, wouldn't a righty go counter-clockwise so they didn't have to walk backwards?
  2. RobotAttack

    RobotAttack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Don't know - after a while, most people figure out that trimming productivity is higher when you walk forward.
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  3. OP
    Max Evans

    Max Evans LawnSite Member
    from USA
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  4. KUMA01

    KUMA01 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    I can’t recall I have never walked backwards when trimming just edging....
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,908

    Because counterclockwise throws the trimmings into beds, buildings, etc.

    Right handed and always try to trim clockwise.
  6. OP
    Max Evans

    Max Evans LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 3

    That's the answer I was looking for okay thank you.
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  7. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,348

    which begs the question, why don't they make a clockwise spinning head anymore? they used to back in the day, which made walking forward and clockwise easier with less ankle "zings".
  8. Andrew H

    Andrew H LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,778

    Pretty sure curved shaft trimmers have a cable on the inside and spinna different direction.
  9. Wye Oak Tree

    Wye Oak Tree LawnSite Fanatic
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    This seems like a good answer :

  10. hal

    hal LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 1,784

    It's called weed eating pattern, if you are going forward and the clippings are going into the bed your pattern is wrong. Switch and go the other way
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