Down for the count

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Mrk'sLawn, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. Mrk'sLawn

    Mrk'sLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    Pulled muscles in my back trimming a large row of forsythias yesterday. Every time I take breath feels like I'm getting stuck with a knife. Standing on my ladder over extending both arms straight out with heavy trimmers. I should have known better.:cry: :cry: Hurts so much I have a hell of a time just climbing in and out of the truck. What is a good alternative to hand held trimmers? Is there an attachment for a trimmer that would be easier to use? I thought I saw a guy using something like that for hedges on a hill.. Let me know what you guys use for shrubs that are out of reach. I can't keep doing them the way I was.
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah, they make one kind for the Fs-85 Stihl weedtrimmer which may fit some other models but whether this is any easier...?

    Have you tried wearing an orthopaedic back support, such as the ones worn for lifting? Not sure if this would help, but just some ideas...
  3. KB Klippers

    KB Klippers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    Not sure of your age/overall shape, but exercising is a great way to prevent those things; eg weight training. Give it a try after you heal. You will feel better.
  4. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    ^^^^^ Good point. I hurt my back with the same pain you are talking about and takes about a week to recover. At that time i was not so active at work.
    After that i started to strech and work my back more, plus i purchased a nice matress for our bed and all this helps. Sometimes i will pull that same muscel and can feel the pain in the same spot when breathing. I feel for you cause after seeing the doc the first time i barley made it back to my house it hurt so bad.
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

  6. Mrk'sLawn

    Mrk'sLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    I can fit it into budget if I cut out some other spending.. That is just what I'm looking for. I can hold it some what close to my body and not over extend.. Perfect. Thanks. Also, time to start doing some stretches... To much time on the Zzz..
  7. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    I use my bucket truck...:laugh: :headphones: :cool2: :usflag:

    Hope you get better...:weightlifter:
  8. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 843

    I use a split boom with trimmer and hedger attachments.
    BTW you had better get your back fixed or you're screwd up for good.
  9. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Yup, I also use a split boom.
  10. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    I bought the Stihl Kombi system this year. KM 110 with the hedge trimmer, pole chainsaw and sythe. They are great tools.

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