Need a good counter clockwise trimmer

alabamatreehugger(8)August 6, 2012

What are some good gas trimmers that have a counter clockwise rotation? I know Poulan does, but I'm not impressed with their quality. I'm left handed, so if it spins clockwise it throws the debris onto my legs.

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Almost all 2 stroke trimmer engines rotate clockwise, looking from the top end of the engine. Accordingly a curved shaft trimmer will rotate "clockwise", looking down at the cutter head. A straight shaft trimmer with a gear box reverses direction, and hence turns "counter-clockwise", again looking from above.

There are some exceptions, such as a few Tanaka and other high end curved shaft, which spin the other way, so they are consistent with their line of straight shaft machines.

I have both, a cheapy Homelite SX135 curved shaft I use for light trimming, and two straight shaft for heavier work, an Echo SRM2100 semi-pro, and an Olympyk 400 professional. Everytime I switch machines it takes a few minutes to retrain the muscle memory and get comfortable again with the reverse rotation.

Suggest you look at several straight-shaft machines with a gear box head. Both Echo and Stihl make excellent machines starting in the low $200's.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 8:25PM
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So most straight shaft 2 cycles should spin counter clockwise? I will only buy a straight shaft since I use it around a large drainage ditch.

I did have a straight shaft 4 cycle Cub Cadet, but I got tired of it spraying my legs so I gave it away. Maybe it's just the 4 cycles that turn the "wrong way"? LOL

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 12:57AM
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txtom50(8a texas)

Have you looked at wheeled trimmers? One of those might be just the thing for a large drainage ditch. It would sure help keep the debris off your pants.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 6:14AM
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I have a DR wheeled trimmer, but one side of the ditch has a steep hill, and the trimmer tends to want to tip over.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 10:15AM
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I have seen the local highway department using an attachment on a tractor that has a hydraulic powered
rotary mower on an arm that the operator uses to trim
ditches. But maybe overkill for your situation.
Maybe a good dose of Roundup would help?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 10:33AM
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I have used RoundUp before, but ended up havings LOTS of erosion problems. A hand held trimmer is pretty much my only option.

I've heard many good things about the Echo trimmers, so I'll make sure to check them out.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 11:40AM
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