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Straight shaft, or Curved shaft

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by white1, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. white1

    white1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Looking at investing in a stick edger. I think I have it narrowed down to the Shindiawa LE242, or 261, or the RedMax HEZ2401S.

    Al my 2 straok stuff now is Shindiawa, so I like the idea of the 242, or 261, but wondering if the straight shaft RedMax may have some advantages?
  2. MisfitBobletts

    MisfitBobletts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    its all gonna depend on what you are trimming...i go with curved shaft because i run a cemetery and those work better for trimming around all the headstones
  3. twocycledoctor

    twocycledoctor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    straight shaft all the way!!
  4. white1

    white1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Pretty much just sidewalks and driveways
  5. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    Don't recall any landscaper/lawn maintenance folks that have been in business awhile ever using a curved shaft.

    Maybe some out there, but the straight shaft is by far the professional's choice.
  6. MisfitBobletts

    MisfitBobletts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Oh so now im not a professional? lol jk

    yeah with these headstones being 2-3" below the grass the curved shafts work really well....ive tried the straight shaft and they work but its alot more uncomfortable, the curved shaft works perfectly with no unneccesary operator fatigue
  7. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    all straight shaft. more power, less back-ache, easier to use, and balanced better. all the other pros i see use straight shaft.
  8. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    I have a shinny stick edger and I dont think they make one with a straight shaft so I got the curved. I like it and it hasnt failed me yet. I think the original reason the "pros" went with straight shafts was because the drive shafts didnt break as much as well as they look more like pros according to some folks. Shinny is a good brand and if they are comfortable with a curve then so am I.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    My shindaiwa LE261 edger shaft just snapted in half while driving down the road in my trimmer rack!

    I'm using my Stihl FC75 for now...Doesn't have half the power my shindy did.
  10. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    didnt notice that you were talkin about edgers, either would be fine. if i had it to do over again i would get a straight shaft though.

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