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    Do you prefer straight or curved shaft? Trimmers, that is.

    So yesterday, I purchased a Husqvarna 128CD trimmer. It performs very well, but fatigues my upper body after 30min or so. I tend to raise the upper area of the trimmer to get a low-cut angle on the head so I can trim very close to the ground, almost to the dirt. That's just the way I like it. So it makes my forearm rest on the engine head and my right shoulder is at a constant strain.
    I know the straight shafts are what the commercial guys use, but do you think this would help with the angle at all? I see the biggest advantage for the straight shaft is to get under shrubs and trees easier. Let's get the dirty posts out of the way while we're at it.

    Forgot to mention I went to Lowe's during my lunch break to hold both trimmers, but still can't tell if one's better than the other without actually using it.

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    Never owned a straight shaft trimmer, so I cannot comment. We have a corner lot with quite a bit of sidewalk to edge, so I use a gas powered wheeled edger and only trim the fence line, ect with the string trimmer. Mine is a curved shaft Ryobi from HomeDepot that has been bullet proof for going on 10 years now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Never owned a straight shaft trimmer, so I cannot comment. We have a corner lot with quite a bit of sidewalk to edge, so I use a gas powered wheeled edger and only trim the fence line, ect with the string trimmer. Mine is a curved shaft Ryobi from HomeDepot that has been bullet proof for going on 10 years now.
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    Love my Ryobi. I have the curved shaft model and also a cultivator attachment for use in the garden. It is a workhorse. Had it about 4 years now, and have had no issue with it at all.
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    Better check with CliftonGK1. He's the only one I know with enough crazy facial hair to require a trimmer of that magnitude.
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    Straight shaft FTW!

    I've always lived in mountain areas as an adult. My lot is just under 2 acres of scrub brush, grass and trees. This requires a bit more of a trimmer, and what I need should really be classified as a brush cutter. After snapping a few flex shafts on curved trimmers, I now buy geared straight shaft trimmers for durability, running a blade instead of string.
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