String Trimmer: Curved Shaft or Straight?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Landscape89, Jun 26, 2007.


String Trimmer: Curved or Straight Shaft?

  1. Straight Shaft

    136 vote(s)
  2. Curved Shaft

    16 vote(s)
  1. Landscape89

    Landscape89 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    I am going to be purchasing a new Trimmer soon. I've always used Straight shaft trimmers, but a lot of people have told me that they like the Curved Shaft models. Just wanted to see your thoughts on what you guys prefer?
  2. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    Buy another straight shaft they are much better than the curved shaft!
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    straight shaft. I have seen the curved shafts actually wear out the flexible drive shaft. plus they won't fit inmost trimmer racks and they always felt less heavy duty.

    if its for personal home use that curved is fine but not for commercial use....
  4. TeeBox

    TeeBox LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I agree...Straight shaft is the way to go...
  5. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Straight shaft is much more comfortable
  6. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    straight shaft. go with shindaiwa >>>great!!!
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    Ditto. I never see anybody here using curved shafts commercially. We use Echo, but I know guys here that run Stihl and Shinaiwa.
  8. S.A.L.

    S.A.L. LawnSite Member
    from NOLA
    Messages: 226

    I read on here that "...curved shafts are for midgets and home owners".
    I agree.
  9. mower&more1986

    mower&more1986 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 524

    for some unknow reason a grab my echo Gt200 curved shaft trimmer
    before i grab the stihl fs 90 R both are good but when i'm just grass trimmer i grab my echo
    by the way i'm 5'11
  10. SKAPES

    SKAPES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Straight shaft is the way to go!

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