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Decade GripStrip anti-vibe wrap for hand-held handles?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by olde_blue, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

  2. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    I don't know, but at that price it had better work.
  3. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    It's supposed to wrap about 6 tools (less than $12/tool). You can buy a single tool quantity for about $16.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I don't know, all I've ever done is purchased Echo D-handles for all of my tools.
    Nice soft rubber grip plus the handle itself flexes.
    Back in the old days, $20 a pop.

    But they have gotten pricey...
    SRM-260S Handles,
    Echo P021000021
    Price: $27.20
    I have about 5-6 of those, all I need.

    The good news is I keep all the OEM handles so when I go to a new piece of equipment I reverse the handles
    and keep re-using the Echo ones, also the rubber grip part itself is replaceable for a whole lot less $.

    I'm guessing the question now is how long would that stick-on tape last?
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2010
  5. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I re-use the handle grips from my Tanaka trimmer, they had the softest grip I have ever seen, Although I wish I could find a softer grip by the trigger, My redmaxs grip is so hard I get big hard spots on my hands where I hold it! I may get some of that anti-vibration stuff, Anyone know of anything else that serves this same purpose?
  6. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

    I use a Decade Anti Vibe (white, summer, gel) glove on my left hand when trimming and it seems to help. I would even say a lot! Use something before your fingers get to numb. Im pretty sure I have permanent damage to the nerves in my hand now because I left it to long.

    I would like to know if the Gripstrip works so let me know if you use it.
  7. Bob_n_weave

    Bob_n_weave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    How long has this been on the Market ? If was any good seems there would be some reviews. I don't want to waste $65.

    I do wear anti vibration gloves and still get some stiffness in my right hand/fingers. Probably from Weedeater, it can't be bacause im 50 ! right :)
  8. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    I bought a single-tool quantity of Decade GripStrip last year, and, finally, this spring got around to putting it on the rear handle of my Stihl FS100RX. I have more problems with vibrations from the rear handle than the front. It's heavier on the 100RX

    First, about antivibe gloves: I tried a pair of them, and didn't like them. I felt I had to grip the tool harder, because of thickness of the glove, and they ended up causing almost as much discomfort as they releived. And, after 5-6 weeks of wearing them for trimming only, they were pretty worn out (see pic).

    The GripStrip is much better. I've been using it for 6 weeks, and it still is in good condition. The outside is rubbery, and it has the antivibe gell in a strip on the inside. It isn't a prefect damper, but it helps keep your hands from going numb. I will not be without it in the future, and I plan to order some for the front handle, next time I have large enough order for free shipping.


    The wrap disables the safety lever which keeps the trigger from being depressed unless you are holding the trimmer. This hasn't been a problem, but I wouldn't run metal blades with it.

    Also, the factory adhesive is worthless. The adhesive is only applied for about 1" at each end of the strip. After a couple of days, the tape-like adhesive began to slip, and the wrap became loose. I used some superglue to glue down the ends, and added a few dots at overlaps in the wrap to prevent movement. It has worked great since. It will be a little difficult to remove without damaging if the throttle cable has to be replaced.


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