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straight shaft trimming

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rinker26, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. rinker26

    rinker26 LawnSite Member
    from mo
    Messages: 23

    is it me or is it harder to trim with a straight shaft as opposed to a curved shaft.couldnt get used to the straight shaft at first but now i kinda like them.the fact that they spin in the opposite direction is what i couldnt get used to.
  2. Rivervalleylawns

    Rivervalleylawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    My guys always laugh at lawn guys using curved shaft. I am 6'3 so thats maybe why I was never interested in them. But curved shaft im pretty sure is homeowner use. Thats why they are always half the price.
  3. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    When I started I used a stihl fs46 (curved shaft) and it was nice when I was younger since I wasn't as tall. I actually still have the trimmer sitting in my shed, and I can't imagine using that thing all day any more. But now, I wouldn't use anything except a straight shaft trimmer. Plus the curved shaft models are usually geared toward home owners and not professionals.
  4. Bob_n_weave

    Bob_n_weave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I use a straight shaft ! My wifes likes them better also :laugh:
  5. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    I like that answer.
  6. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    Agreed, I laugh at lawn guys using curved shaft trimmers. I love mine.
  7. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,331

    Dont laugh to much guys. They have their place. They work better around gravestones than a straight and if your tall you dont bend over as much.
  8. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,431

    This would be a good time for me to put my plug in
    for the Tanaka TBC-260PFL extra long shaft trimmer.
    Maybe they'll send me a free one. :D
  9. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Yea, straight is much easier to use. Especially for an occasional edging.
  10. Rivervalleylawns

    Rivervalleylawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Im not doubting you I would just like to know how they are better for gravestones???

    I am very very doubtful that you dont bend over as much being tall. Im 6'3 and no way in hell I can use one.

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