Making trimming easier

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Runner, Jan 30, 2001.

  1. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I've got an idea, and this weekend, I'm going to start on it and let you know how it works out. Tell me what you guys think. When weedwhipping, what's probably the most fatigued area after a duration of time? Probably the trigger hand, right? With it being curled with the wrist sort of tucked in order to position the trimmer properly, it makes me wonder; Why hasn't anyone developed an ergonomically shaped trimmer handle? So, here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to purchase a triggered handle like the ones on my Echo blowers; the ones that have the adjustable swivel handle. I'll mount a smaller diameter strap to it that will tighten down over the trimmer shaft with one or two small bolts. This will allow me to have a handle that is bent so the thumb is raised higher, making it easier to hold on to and control, fully adjustable, and it wouldn't have to be lifted at much of an angle, though. I figure about a 30 degree angle from the shaft should do it, and if I wanted, I could even twist it a little and angle it inward just a little. If this works, I'll do all my trimmers like this. Let's just make an aftermarket handle, patent it for ALL trimmers, and we could make a mint. HEY! Gotta go! :)
  2. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    what about a backpack trimmer with a flex shaft
    all the weight of the motor is on your back
    draw a picture of your idea and post it I'd like
    to try that myself
  3. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Actually Jeffex, those already exist. I think stihl used to make one.
  4. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 695

    Sounds like a good idea... I've never seen one if I'm understanding you right. Check it out and you may have yourself a good invention.
  5. lawman

    lawman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    If you get one made post a picture. I would love to see it.
  6. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    While we're on the idea thing, why not a backpack with an option for a second tube. I find it a lot easier to blow piles of debris with another person beside me directing the flow of air in a v-shape. If you had 2 tubes with both pushing air you could manipulate the debris by yourself. Of course you would lose some volume but all in all I would benefit from it. Somebody make one so I can buy it.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Now Homer's got an idea! With that, we could have a little "cut-out" that swivels and cuts the airflow off, directing it all to the one tube when desired. With the back pack trimmer idea, Stihl did have one like that as did Husqvarna. They also had extended pruner attachments that worked similar to the jaws of life. Now, give me an extended hedge saw attachment like that, and we're in business! Even if it had a seperate power unit that sat or rolled on the groung, similar to the one man post hole diggers!

    [Edited by Runner on 01-31-2001 at 02:59 AM]
  8. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    backpack power pack w/ click link type attachments
    for blower edger trimmer hedgetrimmer pruner etc.
    where do I buy mine!!!
  9. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    I was thinking it could run on hydraulics rather
    than mechanical cable drive have the motor run
    the hadraulic pump that drives head attachments
  10. yorkpaddy

    yorkpaddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    why not just get a trimmer with bicycle handle bars.
    my next trimmer will be a Stihl FS-200, the bike handles will really help when I run my tiller attachment, the thing with bike handles, so far as I can tell, is that you need to wear a harness.

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