Unusual Trimmer Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnspecialties, May 30, 2008.

  1. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    My youngest son absolutely loves to run a string trimmer. Forget mowing or blowing, he wants to run the trimmer all day if I'd let him. We have been really focusing on safety and I love to see a good work ethic coming out in him.

    So now two questions.

    1. Does anyone make a string trimmer only three or four feet long? I know it's a crazy question but what about midgets? :laugh:

    2. Can a solid shaft trimmer be cut in two places, remove the middle section, and then weld the shaft and housing back together? I have some older lightweight trimmers I rarely use but was wondering if this was even possible to do to one of them.
  2. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Messages: 473

    They arent commercial but we used to have some little ryobi trimmers from tractor supply. They looked like they were made for midgets.
  3. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Thanks N.TX. I thought this thread was just going to disappear. I'll go check them out.
  4. Green King

    Green King LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    Mcculloch use to make one!
  5. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,119

    Short shaft hedge trimmers ! Remove the hedge trimmer and put a string trimmer head on. I would measure his height, different manufacturers use diff. lengths. What trimmer brand are you currently running?
  6. deereman

    deereman LawnSite Senior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 518

    If he loves to run trimmer that much, send him my way , and I'll take care of the details!

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Get him some drywall stilts so he's a bit taller :laugh:
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I typically use RedMax but also have Shindaiwa and Kawasaki hand-helds as well. I really don't care what brand this trimmer will be. It's just to make my youngest "feel like part of the team". :)

  9. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,562

    How old is he??? I would get a short shaft hedge trimmer and put a trimmer gearbox on it. There you go.
  10. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    This is a good idea! If you want it to be ballsy, put the Echo ProTorque gearbox on there! And use a U-Turn head to make it easy for him.

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