Trimming techniques

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Added Touch, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. Added Touch

    Added Touch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Hi All,

    I was hoping to get some advice on the "proper" techniques for sidewalk trimming witha string trimmer. I have tried all sorts of ways, but the way that works the best seems to also be the most painful, as it shots debris directly at my shins .... please help.

  2. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    If your worring about pain from the flying grass clipping just wear long pants i know its hot but what can you do?
  3. Added Touch

    Added Touch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Thanks for the reply, no it's more the bits of gravel etc. that get to me. I s that normal then?
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,381

    Hold the trimmer further out from you aren't dancing with it. No reason to have any debris hitting on you while you are edging...only when trimming with out the guard.
  5. slclawn

    slclawn LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Messages: 71

    I walk back wards when i trim you know like drag the trimmer.
  6. MSUPete

    MSUPete LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 1

    Just don't throttle up so much. I don't use a powerful trimmer and the only time I'm at or near full throttle is when I'm taking out big, open areas like ditches or gated grass. Half throttle should be more than enough and shouldn't shoot debris quite as much. Otherwise, just keep on trucking and your shins will be numb to the pain in a month or so.
  7. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    I agree.
    Also I walk forward when I trim sidewalks. I used to walk backwards, but I found when walking forward, I can walk faster with less fatigue when we do several homes together.

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    i like to leave the handles on my trimmers loose that way i can turn them when i am trimming sidewalks to have a comfortable position.
  9. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    Use a stick edger. leaves a crisper edge and no pain.

    Messages: 75

    For once I agree with something KTO said. I saw a husqvarna sitck edger at lowes the other day for around $200. Never used one but it looked pretty good.

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