Trimming question?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by husqvarna600c, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. husqvarna600c

    husqvarna600c LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I have been trying different ways to use my trimmer. Its a Husqvarna326lx straight shaft. The head rotates counter clockwise. Sometimes when i trim the head suddenly pulls itself into the grass leaving a burnt looking spot. I can trim several feet then boom it does it. Which direction should i cut. I assume i should cut and walk to the left.???:confused:
  2. edgit

    edgit LawnSite Member
    from Kentucy
    Messages: 45

    First and foremost, hold your trimmer left-handed. This means left hand on the gas, right hand holding handle. Trimmer lays flat across your body, engine on your left, string head on your right. Now as you trim along a wall, right to left, you walk straight ahead with your arms down. Do not walk backwards or sideways while trimming, its slow, hard, not safe and unproductive.
  3. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    Now that's the best, most concise advice I've seen!

    By standing on the right side of the trimmer you will have less grass on you as well. It makes sense.
  4. husqvarna600c

    husqvarna600c LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    The only thing that sucks is that the exhaust will be right next to me that way instead of the other way.
  5. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,120

    Try taking the guard off and trimming right to left, I rarely have to walk backwards and the grass doesn't get thrown into the landscaping. Holding the trimmer left handed will get you a nice burn on the arm,
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    it all depends on the situation, most times I just walk straight, but others I walk sidewalks. Try holding the head at different angles. Try trimming with the front side and back side of the trimming line. Just experiment
  7. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    what kind of a trimmer are you using? I've held my trimmer left handed from the very start and I rarely feel any of the exaust.
  8. edgit

    edgit LawnSite Member
    from Kentucy
    Messages: 45

    If you lay the shaft of the trimmer flat across the front of your body with the engine off to your left you can't get burned by the exhaust. Its out away from your body. When you trim just walk along the wall. Every step you take while walking backwards or sideways is wasted energy, energy you're going to need at the end of the day, not to mention being dangerous. I had a guy break his arm years ago when he fell into a patio well while walking backward trimming around the back of an apartment building.
  9. ken50

    ken50 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Messages: 142

    I tired this today, sure feels awkward. I can see how it is better, but just hard to get used to. How long before it feels natural???
  10. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    i ususally walk backwords going right to left, and i tried that today, and boy oh boy that was more difficult from walking right to left!!! but it didnt put grass in peoples beds, that was the good thing. i just gotta get used to it i guess.

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