We've got this http://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttb427gtm-45cm-400w-extendab
le-pole-electric-hedge-trimmer-230v/35157 long reach hedge trimmer from Scr
ewfix to overcome difficulties in reaching hard to access spots of our hedg
e, and to replace the existing set of trimmers (whcih SWMBO had stripped th
e gears on because she insists on trying to use the trimmers to get through
I've been really disappointed with how manoeverable it is. The shoulder st
rap hitches just "up" of the switch / PSU and then part way along the tube.
This puts the switch way below the lower hinge point meaning you have to re
ach beyond it to power the trimmer on. Consequently it feels like you're p
ushing the trimmer "up" rather than allowing it to use the benefit of the s
Have I got something wrong somewhere in my use of this, do you think? It's
fine for reaching higher areas, but anything shallower than 45 degrees and
it feels like you're battling to keep it stable and it wastes my arms quic
It should be known I am a wimp in the arm department though.
I bought something similar a year or so ago. I've found it easier to
ignore the shoulder strap and rock the trimmer back and forth by holding
it at the grip points and treating my shoulders as the notional fulcrum
point. I wear the shoulder strap to stop it falling to the ground should
I accidentally drop it.
Whilst you may need to 'man up' (like our daughter who used a Stihl 2/
'long-arm' regularly when working for a local Council ground
maintenance team), those electric tools tend to have the motor at the
head (making them top heavy, especially when working horizontally),
compared with the petrol jobbies where the engine is at one end and
just the 'action' (chainsaw, hedge trimmer, strimmer, prop of outboard
motor <g>) at the other.
FWIW though (as she rarely uses electric tools) I'll ask her how
'they' get on with the harness for various jobs.
Cheers, T i m
p.s. We were given one of those 'Aligator / Crocodile?' safe /
chainsaw things with an extension and in it's 'long' form it's very,
very top heavy, to the point of being un useable for anything other
than dead upright (and you might not want to be directly under
something you were cutting down)!
I have an electric long-reach Stihl, and the motor is at the opposite
end from the cutter, and nicely balances it. It would be unusable if
the motor was at the cutter end.
I never found the shoulder strap useful and quickly stopped using it.
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I think the only time they (harnesses) are typically / regularly worn
is with bigger strimmers and brushcutters.
With the blowers it goes from handheld to backpack and sprayers from
backpack to quad based.
Cheers, T i m
I have the same machine, and the same issues. I found the harness was in
the wrong place.
In the end, I made the trimmer as short as possible, ie unextended it.
Both ends. Suddenly, the harness was in the right place, and it was
quite well balanced. Just rather short. :)
I have no idea why it has so many stars on the SF website. It's carp.
Alas ergonomics are not always high up the priority list on some of
these tools - especially a the budget end of the market. You may be
better of buying a decent full body harness of the type designed for
strimmers etc, and find a way of attaching that
It may help - general fitness makes many jobs less difficult. However I
find as I get older its quite often the "easy" jobs that end up causing
injury - usually stress type strains due to extended application of
small to moderate forces, rather than heavy lifting etc. Makes me
appreciate lighter and better designed tools!
Long reach things are quite difficult to handle at the best of times.
Add to that a job that can take a fair amount of time to do and it makes
(last two daft injuries I had - one was from using a chainsaw - did 30
to 40 mins cutting logs, and managed to end up with a painful left arm
as a result of the odd position you tend to hold it in supporting the
saw, and then more recently knackering a shoulder by spending 30 mins up
a ladder pushing a core drill at a wall!)
Which actually makes it worse - you have probably forgotten the good
technique that worked last time, by the time you get to do it again ;-)
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