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Weedeater/String Trimmer Choice, some commercial, home owner, straight shaft, curved shaft, All ready to go! Because it doesn’t have to bend to accommodate a curved design, it also can be a solid steel driveshaft – a typical option on commercial-grade trimmers. Finally, it comes back to power. I'll be running it on a PAS-266. $40-$250 priced individually below: Straight shaft with bike handle bars: Husqvarna 325R X-Series, $250 Straight shaft: Shindaiwa T230 Professional, $150 Maryuama AE260 or LET2?0, $150 Stihl FS55R, $150 Echo PAS-225, $150 Homelite 26SS, $75 also a short Ryobi, $60 Curved shaft: … They are also lighter weight and the smaller overall size makes them ideal for covering tighter spaces. You might not realize it by looking at them, but string trimmer blades are designed with counterclockwise rotation in mind. Each one of the design points mentioned above provides benefits for string trimmer users to enjoy: It makes sense that a longer shaft would make it easier to trim areas that otherwise would be difficult to reach, like the space beneath a raised deck or patio. The drive cable has to be flexible to accommodate the shaft’s curve. Also, usually only straight shaft machines can be fitted with cutter blades. Loosen the two big screws on the handle and the two screws on the motor and slide the old shaft out. Pros and Cons of Straight Shafts. Although straight shaft trimmers tend to be heavier, and the elongated shape can make them feel unbalanced, their ability to provide lots of power with less vibration ultimately makes them more comfortable for some users. Engineers don’t add design features to a machine unless those features have some benefits. Straight shafts are longer, which is better for me since I'm 6'3". The shaft on both models is going to be where the handle and the throttle are mounted. I've seen one youtube video of a man who did it, but I know the components are very different in the joints of a straight shaft. As mentioned earlier, the rod of a straight shaft string trimmer extends in a straight line from the power source to the head. The shaft doesn’t just support these elements externally, though. Get order status & support now. You’re not alone if your answer is no. The drive takes power from the motor or engine and uses it to rotate the head while you work. You are trying to get a square peg in a square hole, so stab randomly and repeatedly until the shaft slides furtur down, then tighten everything up. Go with a curved shaft. While shopping for a string trimmer, you'll probably consider many different factors: But have you asked yourself, "Should I choose a curved or straight shaft trimmer?". Shop TrimmerPlus Straight Shaft Attachment in the String Trimmer Attachments department at Lowe's.com. Is the straight shaft worth the difference in price? How to-Install-a-Reel-Easy-Head-on-a-Curved-Shaft-String-Trimmer; The Reel Easy string trimmer head is a convenient add-on to your gas string trimmer. As a result, curved shaft trimmers are generally less durable and less suitable for long hours of use than straight shaft trimmers, though braided cables provide some reinforcement. The string trimmer’s shaft does more than give the handles a surface to attach to or allow you to trim hard-to-reach spaces of your lawn. The Curved shaft comes in at about $50 cheaper. Only Stihl and Tanaka make extra long curved shaft machines. Straight shaft trimmers allow for better reach when trimming under objects, such as a raised fence or porch, and are better suited to covering large areas more quickly.These models are also generally more comfortable for taller persons. Straight or Curved String Trimmer? Part of the TrimmerPlus attachment system, the AF730 straight shaft Aero-Flex cutting head is compatible with CRAFTSMAN, Troybilt, Remington, and other Straight shaft trimmers might be more common, but the ergonomics and the features of curved shaft string trimmers have a lot of appeal for the casual user. Curved shaft often use a bushing at the end rather than ball bearing, which is a wear item. Some drive cables might be braided so that they’re reinforced and more durable. But as we said at the start of the article, it’s not just about comfort. They are also more comfortable for persons under six foot tall. Most string trimmers are available with either a straight shaft or a curved shaft. Before comparing straight and curved shafts trimmers, let’s take a moment to understand the shaft’s role in the trimmer overall. Redmax makes a nice light weight 23 cc model. Curved imo gives the best results. How much power the motor or engine provides. I don't mean shafts that flare out a bit to accommodate for "broodmare bellies" (to put it politely). Straight shaft string trimmers are more common than curved shaft trimmers. This drive cable is made of a flexible plastic that will allow it to fit the bend of the shaft. In both curved and straight shaft trimmers, a motor connects to a cutting head by way of a shaft. In the end, curved vs. straight can totaly be a preference decision. However, by having an idea of how often you plan to use your trimmer and what the grounds you want to maintain are like, the connection between you and your ideal string trimmer can be as straight and direct as the shaft on a straight shaft string trimmer. As we mentioned, the curved shaft provides the user a greater ability to maneuver much better than a straight shaft. On most curved trimmers, the curve is a hook-shaped bend in the shaft just above the powerhead. Save this manual. The curve in the shaft means less overall length, making them more maneuverable and easier to handle. 51975—311000001 & Up English (EN), French (FR), and Spanish (ES) WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, the user must read and understand the operator’s manual. Inside the shaft is a drive mechanism. Not only that, they’re usually more comfortable for taller people to hold. Same with me, I just picked up the FC90 curved. A trimmer’s shaft is also ho… Thanks! Because of the gearbox inside a straight shaft trimmer, the shaft and the trimmer head always turn counterclockwise. Imagine a string trimmer with a head that couldn’t turn, and you’ll understand why the shaft and the drive mechanism inside of it are so vital! It’s not even just about comfort, although that’s a big factor. Fri May 12, 2017 3:10 AM Subject: Re:PAS Edger?? These models are also generally more comfortable for taller persons. For homeowners and users who don’t need to run their string trimmers every day, a curved shaft string trimmer can be a logical choice. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. *Fits all stock 30mm (1.18" hole) size golf cart drive clutches. The first string trimmers were curved and when they experimented with heavier cutting blades, the drive shafts would break. Thanks in advance :). This head allows you to simply feed the line through the head and then twist it to wrap the string. Some trimmers offer a choice and both versions will work. The curved shaft represents an innovation in the realm of string trimmers, and innovations come with benefits: Because the powerhead on a curved shaft trimmer points downward even when a user holds the trimmer straight in front, it’s easier to see and maneuver around objects in the yard like trees and flower beds. Although anyone can use them, many straight shaft string trimmers are ideal for the long hours and demanding tasks that commercial users and people with large properties to care for often face. Engineers don’t add design features to a machine unless those features have some benefits. What are the differences in the straight shaft edger attachment and the curved shaft?? Slide the new shaft in, then make a mark on the handle where it meets the motor. I was wondering if perhaps the torque required to make the new shaft run would cause issues with the engine, Any help/insight would be appreciated! It’s easy to think that a string trimmer’s shaft is nothing more than a pole that runs from one end to another. Straight-shaft trimmers have gearboxes to help convert the rotational force of the motor or engine (also known as torque) into the speed of the head. If the edge is really overgrown, I still have to go back and straighten it up with the string trimmer. String Trimmer - Straight Shaft Model No. I meant shafts that curve up and then down toward the tips so you have to "thread" them through the tugs instead of sticking them straight through. 51955—311000001 & Up 18 in. The STIHL FC 91 edger’s great balance makes the edger feel as though it’s lighter than it is. GreenscapesOhio. Inside the shaft is a drive cable that provides a direct connection from the power source to the trimmer head without a gearbox. To start, the shaft acts as the main body for this kind of appliance, regardless of whether it is gas, electric, or battery-powered. String Trimmer - Curved Shaft Model No. They offer a longer reach, enabling you to get more trimming completed faster. Curved shaft trimmers are better suited to close trimming around ornamentals and intricate work.They are also more comfortable for persons under six foot tall. The style of string trimmer shaft doesn’t just change the look of the machine. It doesn't get used much though because I prefer using the trimmer most of the time for edging. Essential Business Delays: Get order status & support now. Curved shaft string trimmers are easy to use in tight spaces and yards with plenty of fixtures. It can use heavier-grade replacement string as well as optional cutting blade attachments in place of the string. String trimmers are all available in curved and straight shaft models and they all cut grass. Conventional string trimmer trimmer heads are time consuming and a pain to reload. Straight-shaft weed trimmers are a bit more versatile than curved-shaft versions. The downside of this lightweight build is that curved shaft trimmers are limited to using light or low-gauge replacement line, but for most homeowners and casual users, this shouldn’t affect performance. Let’s look at the string trimmer shaft and its function. 17 in. Pro-User. Straight or Curved Shaft? The straight shaft style means that the shaft holding the trimmer head is perfectly straight. NEXT: What Are 2-Cycle and 4-Cycle String Trimmers? It also affects the tool’s durability, the power it puts out, and even the price you pay for it. All Rights Reserved\"}","checkoutMiscLinkJSON":"{\"Privacy Policy\":{\"href\":\"privacy.php\",\"title\":\"Privacy Policy\"},\"Terms of Use\":{\"href\":\"terms-of-use.php\",\"title\":\"Terms of Use\"},\"copyright\":\"© 2020 Power Equipment Direct. In fact, metal string trimmer blades are designed to work with straight shaft trimmers. This design allows for more options when it comes to the type of drive mechanism inside the shaft. The choice between a straight shaft and a curved shaft trimmer affects string trimmer usage and performance, all the way down how heavy-duty your string trimmer will be. Straight-shaft trimmers have gearboxes to help convert the rotational force of the motor or engine (also known as torque) into the speed of the head. 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