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    String trimmers for tall people

    Anyone have a recommendation for a string trimmer suitable for 6' tall people? I've tried a number of them, both bent and straight shaft, and they all require me to bend over. In order to get the string cutting parallel to the ground, I have to hold it down almost to my knees, which gives me a terrible back spasm by the time I'm done. Plus, it's really hard to get an even cut having to guess how much to bend. I'm always wishing for another 6" down to the ground. My current machine is a bent shaft Stihl, one of my favorite brands otherwise.
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    Have you tried adjusting the D handle? On my FS90, I moved it back about 3" and that made a big difference. Like you, I still wish the trimmer was a couple of inches taller though.
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    I use the bigger straight stick models with handle bars (needed for saw blade use). I used to have a Stihl, now use Husqvarna & get along fine with both! ~~ Lowell

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    Hoffco st shaft.i am6'1.

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    I'm 6' tall and use a Husqvarna 128ld. It balances well, and cuts level without me stooping over.
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    The Stihl Combi system works great for me and I am 6'3. I have a KM130R.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Have you tried adjusting the D handle? On my FS90, I moved it back about 3" and that made a big difference. Like you, I still wish the trimmer was a couple of inches taller though.
    Thanks for the recommendations guys. I will explore them all. 56 Ford, I've made every adjustment possible, modified things, you name it. That's why I gave up and got this inexpensive dedicated string trimmer from Stihl. All it does is string, but at least it is lightweight. I figured, if I have to bend over, at least keep the weight down. But that hasn't helped either. I still get knots in my back. In fact, this one is so compact that when I try to tip the end down to cut, the motor housing jams into my forearm which forces me to lean over to one side and bend just to get any result, and it's never pretty. I seriously want to throw the thing as far as I can whenever I use it. Hate. I'm using the word hate here. String trimmer. I hate it. (Nicholson) It's like I'm using a childs toy imitation of a grass whip.

    As a result, I will now only trim a few times a season when it gets obnoxiously tall. There must be something better. I'm not that tall.
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    Hoffco is apparently out of business (sorry to break the news to you).

    I'll have to go visit the Husq and Stihl Kombi. I believe I did play around with the Stihl and it still felt short to me. But who knows, I have been wrong once or twice.


    I did find a couple of interesting things for anyone interested:

    http://www.yard-tamer.com/

    And here is a trimmer especially designed for the tall guys:

    Tanaka TBC-260PFL Extended Reach Grass Trimmer

    There is a dealer nearby. I will stop by next week and see if they have one to grab a hold of.
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    Have experienced lower back fatigue after using some of my Stihl trimmers. Most of the time it appears to be from using one of the heavier models that are also designed for brush cutting.

    As much as I love Stihl products, my Red Max commercial straight shaft trimmers have felt more comfortable to use without the fatigue. Not slamming Stihl at all. Just has been my experience and I'm a tall guy. But, I still use both brands.




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    Chris,

    I have an Echo straight shaft trimmer and bought the power broom attachment. It works great and has a 5 year warranty to boot. I've owned it for 6 years and have never had any problems.

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