who uses bike handlebars and/or shoulder harness for string trimmers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Curious Porpoise, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    who here uses the bicycle handlebars (i know that most of the time they come model specific) for their string trimmers, and how do u like them as opposed to the conventional style handles?

    who here uses the nylon harness strap that goes over your shoulder/back to distribute the trimmer's weight for more comfortable use? how do u like it?

    i was considering whether or not i should get either when i buy new string trimmers this season.
  2. DixieFerris

    DixieFerris LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    we use them on our walkbehinds because the gel is softer and they have a much better grip
  3. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    I took my strap off. I didn't like having it on. It served me no purpose.
  4. BufalinoLand

    BufalinoLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    I dont care for the bike bars

    I have 2 stihl fs85s with the d handle

    the strap is for girls, it will slow you up
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    The handle bar trimmers do have their place, used with a strap they are the best thing since sliced bread for large areas of trim "mowing" IMO. They are cumbersome and you have to do a lot of dancing around to maneuver the cutting head around objects so they don't work well for everyday use. I do know a guy here that uses a handlebar type with strap all the time, but that's the same crew that uses a push edger exclusively and uses 21" snappers on most lawns.
  6. nherweck

    nherweck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I had one customer that had a 200x200 area that was a complete mess and had to me trimmed with a trimmer. I had the "bike handlebars" and a strap to keep the weight from weighing me down. It REALLY helps out in the large areas that need to be trimmer but unneccessary when it comes to regular fence-lines or around a house.
  7. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,718

    a strap will slow you down. i only use one on my 20 yr old green machine 3000
  8. wajohn_09

    wajohn_09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hi all, if I may piggyback off CP's previous question, I'm in the market for a trimmer and I wanted to know if the bike handle bar trimmers made it easier or perhaps impossible to turn the trimmer upside down and use for edging lawns? ...or maybe my question should be, "can the handle bars be rotated 180 degrees for edging purposes when not used for trimming? --Thanks, I appreciate any help.

    Anyone who has ever used a trimmer to edge knows that it can be a time saver though it requires a little practice and concentration to keep the edge line straight (Like walking a tight rope).
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013
  9. ncpete

    ncpete LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 288

    yeah, I don't think they turn easily like that.
  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,138

    Most of the time I trim one handed, I would have no use for those attachments thou I can see for extensive brush clearing it might come in handy.

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