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Extended trimmers ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by blk90s13, May 6, 2011.

  1. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,453

    what are the tall guys like my self using ? I am 6'3" and dam I have to bend so much to reach

    I have a redmax straight shaft now
  2. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,439

    The Tanaka TBC-260PFL is the only tall person trimmer on the market at this time.
  3. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    That's what I was about to suggest. Up until recently there was a Tanaka forum under the Lawn Mowing Equipment Sponsor forum listing. There was a thread on there about how this trimmer was designed especially for tall guys -even had pictures of a guy about 6'6" using one without bending over.
    For some reason the Tanaka forum has disappeared.
    I bought a Tanaka EAS22SLP last year and you wouldn't believe how well that thing can cut fo having a 21cc motor. Good machines.
  4. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,453

    Will keep it in mind, I cant justify spending $500 on a trimmer just yet.

  5. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    It's $350 at Amazon, with free shipping.
  6. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,270

    Im not sure its just tall guys. I am 5'11" and any time I have to trim more than 1 or 2 yards at a time my lower back gets sore. I am slightly hunched over with my two echo trimmers.
  7. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    there was also a cub cadet pro model extra long. i have one but its not well balanced
  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    If they would change the angle of the trimmer head on the shaft, it would make it feel like it's a longer shaft. I think it has more to do with the trimmer head angle then anything.
  9. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,780

    Does anyone besides myself wonder why some astute manufacturer doesn't make an adjustable length trimmer? I'm no engineer, but, to me, it looks to be a relatively simple concept. Several trimmers utilize hollow shafts anyway, so why not a splined section that fits inside itself? All you would need on the outside is a telescoping shaft with a sleeve capable of being tightened to prevent slippage.

    They could market two models, one capable of being shorter than those on the market now (my trimmers are too long for my wife), and the other capable of being extended several inches longer than the average length now. This would appeal to lots of people, even those with crews that have people of different stature working for them. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
  10. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Black and Decker has a 36 volt rechargeable trimmer that has an adjustable shaft like that. I think it's a great idea for a gas trimmer. Can't be that hard to do and everyone could get a perfect fit.

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