Direction while trimming/edging?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by EagleGrounds, Jul 9, 2009.



  1. Forewards

    79 vote(s)
  2. Backwards

    93 vote(s)
  1. Disgruntled_Veteran

    Disgruntled_Veteran LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    Never really thought of this one.. I walk backwards and am right handed (not sure if this has anything to do with it but I definitely have better control )

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i usually walk backwards
  3. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    forward, always
  4. jeslee16

    jeslee16 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Forward for general trimming, backward around flower beds and such.
  5. USA Lawn Care

    USA Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    there is 'walking backwards' and not watching where you are going......or......walk like you are pulling a're still pretty much walking forward but you are dragging the trimmer backwards (and blasting an edge).

    and for finer cuts.....forward.
  6. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    With the way my heads spin I usually walk forward with my right hand on the trigger and the head pulled to my left side. Seems like better control and comfort that way and puts the clippings back in the grass (as turf is on my left)

    I usually base it on where/what I'm trimming and trying to do.

    IXINRGIXI LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    backwards with trimming forward with edging
  8. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Messages: 646

    there is only one way to do this and that is backwards and right to left....unless you have a trimmer without a gearbox then obviously youll have to go opposite... you never want to fight the rotation you want to be a part of it as stupid as that sounds
  9. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,323

    I do the Moon Walk while trimming.
  10. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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