Tall guy trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by robertsturf, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Okay I am 6'4" and am having trouble as I get older (52) using the shorter string trimmers. I have checked out the Tanaka extended reach trimmer at $375.00 from Wisesales and have found it is the only one out there so far. Are there any others I should check on. Redmax used to have one but cannot find it anymore. BTW it needs to be commercial grade!! We currently use Tanaka 260pf and Redmax BCZ2650T trimmers.
  2. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,049

    Try a Red Max they seem to have a longer shaft. I think they changed the model number on the one I have. I know it has a 30cc engine.
  3. cvcook

    cvcook LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    I'm 6'6" used Red max for years, even thought about having a machine shop make me a longer shaft, but never have since I don't do much trimming........the shorter guys do it :laugh:
  4. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,443

    The RedMax is definitely longer than that short Shindaiwa T242, but I
    don't think you're gonna find a trimmer that's as long as that Tanaka.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  5. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Hire someone else to trim,lol I'm 5'11'' and my back is screaming after a few lawns, thats why I only do trimming if absolutely necessary.
  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I run strap trimmers have 2 handle set up work with tall ppl I run a 110 stihl with a poly cut head I hate the bumper feeders I cut my string to length i want I'll try get pics my setup Im 6'2 my son 6'4 This set up you pack on ur shoulder and not ur arms there less bent over trimming
    This set up you have more control of the head pitch at a fast walk Cost per unit is little higher but I want to be comfortble as i trim
  7. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,443

    The industry standard shaft length is 59 inches.

    The Tanaka's shaft length is 71 inches.
  8. Six8

    Six8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I'm 6'6" also and I bought the Tanaka and will keep buying them. Had Shindaiwa's before that and your back will surely thank you. Don't remember the model #, but I will check it and post back.
  9. Tanaka

    Tanaka Inactive
    Messages: 1,084

    Tanaka TBC-260PFL
  10. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 379

    Kind of ridiculous when you think about it that no once has designed an ergonometrically designed trimmer yet-like really one size fits all- LOL

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