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What if your trimmer was 12 inches longer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Merkava_4, May 11, 2010.

  1. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,441

    Could you still use it comfortably, or would the added length make it unusable?

    And please mention how tall you are. Thanks. :)
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    It would for me, I am 5'7"
  3. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    6'2" I think it would be more comfortable, however I rarerly use a trimmer.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    6'3" and a longer trimmer would make things harder on my back.
  5. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    If your trimmer was 12 inches longer, you'd be the owner of a Tanaka PFL! The extra length is very beneficial... And, the increased productivity outweighs the extra weight(pun intended) of the longer shaft. I've set up one of my Tanakas up a little bit differently. I moved the throttle handle 3.5 inches away from the engine. This makes the unit WAY more comfortable than the standard unit... PERFECT CENTER OF GRAVITY!

    Big, small, short or tall... Everyone that uses my pfl's for a long enough time to get used to them loves the benefit of the shaft length.
  6. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    After suffering while using any trimmer, I made a special handle to replace the loop handle on my trimmers, it is basically just taller and looks like a J handle, it has worked great, and I dont hunch over anymore, even with a regular length trimmer shaft. I held the trimmer and had someone measure how far my hand was from the shaft standing in a comfortable position, and designed it around this figure.
  7. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    I would. I'm 6'2.

    But what I'd like to see is a straight trimmer with an adjustable angle head.
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    im 5'7 it wouldnt help me
  9. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    You tall guys should quit complaining here, get together and write to Shindaiwa, Stihl, Echo..............Telling them your story. This is a very easy modification for them. If you guys have the number and bombard them with emails or letters, one of them might listen and build one.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    im 5' 10'' and i think an extra 12'' on the trimmer would be real awkward to use and get used to

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