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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.