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Straight verses a Curved Shaft string trimmer for Ditches

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by JLH52, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. JLH52

    JLH52 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    I'm currently using an Echo 2620 T straight shaft trimmer. On my farm I cut lots of deep ditches with heavy dense grass and lots of weeds. I'm walking on hip of ditch’s holding trimmer down in awkward position. Holding a straight shaft trimmer for extended periods of time, 2 or more hours cutting ditch banks gets very tiresome on the wrist.

    I've never used a straight shaft trimmer, but it occurred to me that maybe with the curved shaft the cutting head would be on a different angle. Therefore I might be able to hold the trimmer in a more normal position. I'm thinking the ergonomics of the curved shaft might work better for my application than my current straight shaft.

    If my train of thought is correct, any suggestions on curved shaft trimmers would be appreciated. I looked at Echo's website, only 4 curved shaft trimmers are listed.

    The GT-225L the longest of their curved shaft trimmers (55 in.), however their curved shaft trimmers only have 21.2 cc. I may need more power for the heavy cutting I do.

    Thanks for replies.
     
  2. Scottdubya83

    Scottdubya83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central, LA
    Messages: 438

    My local dealers don’t have curved shaft trimmers on the wall. I don’t know that you’ll get more than the 21cc echo offering. I don’t see how a curved shaft would be More useful regardless of situation. Maybe you could swap out the shaft on your 2620T with a curved trimmer shaft. Idk
     
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    JLH52

    JLH52 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    i don’t want to get rid of my current trimmer, just interested in buying a curved shaft if it would be more user friendly cutting ditches.
     
  4. Youngandfree

    Youngandfree LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 235

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  5. Scottdubya83

    Scottdubya83 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central, LA
    Messages: 438

    I hear ya. I don’t think there are any curved shaft trimmers that would handle what your trying to do any where close to as well as your 2620T. I have a pas2620 with the max torque trimmer attachment, it’s a bad son of a gun. Going from that to a gt225 would literally make me quit. To keep the power you need yet be more comfortable, I’d look at the bicycle bars on a big Stihl (cant vouch, never ran bicyclr bars) or a sling (do they all still come with slings, I haven’t got one with any of my recent trimmers..? Or maybe it was just the echos that came with slings?.) Idk.

    A different trimmer could make it more comfortable. Try holding different trimmers to check balance. . I’ve got that 2620t and if I need to knock down a ditch, it’ll do so well. But so will my RedMax and Huskys (well rebranded RedMax) They are also significantly better balanced than the 2620t thus moving the head in any way is less fatiguing. That slight balance of weight makes a difference especially over extended periods of time. (IMO/IME)
     
  6. Youngandfree

    Youngandfree LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 235

    The cheapest option is stop trimming from the top of the ditch and leaning down into it. It's less strenuous if you are on the slope and work side to side, from the bottom up. You need to hold it close to your body and it takes strain off your back.
     
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  7. Cam15

    Cam15 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,077

    I agree, I do this whenever I’m trimming ditches.
     
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    JLH52

    JLH52 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Thanks for your reply, but the depth and type of ditches I'm cutting can only be reached from top. Ditches are deep with most having straight up vertical slopes.

    I may try the Darwin's grip handle as suggested above, went to YouTube and watched several reviews. Darwin's grip might be the real deal.
     
  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,724

    Maybe already mentioned, but the head of a curved shaft trimmer rotates in the opposite direction. .02
     
  10. Ole_blue

    Ole_blue LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Might be better with adjustable long reach hedge trimmers
     
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