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Ok I'm looking a new trimmers that will be used to keep the ditch and fence line up my driveway clear. The driveway is a little over 700 feet and of course it doesn't get trimmed as often as trimming around the house so the grass is heave and thick. My real question is for those of you who have trimmers with both the ring type handle and the double handlebar type. Which is better for this type use? it would seem that the handlebar type would be less tiring for trimming that long of a distance but with the shoulder harness it might restrict you distance movement away from you body.
I can get a Stihl FS56 in either configuration but I have never used the handlebar type trimmers before. My Stihl FS44 lasted me a little over 20 years so at 54 years of age I want to get this right as it might possibly be the last one I'll ever have to buy.


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I quit using the kinda trimmer you are talking of many years ago. I went to the DR trimmer on wheels. It uses far stronger cord and has far more power. I would never again consider the hand held type trimmers.



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I quit using the kinda trimmer you are talking of many years ago. I went to the DR trimmer on wheels. It uses far stronger cord and has far more power. I would never again consider the hand held type trimmers.
My uncle had one of those (although I don't think it was a DR) and you are right about the power and stronger cord but the way the hill and the ditch is I think it would be difficult in getting it into some of the area.


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I have been happy with Echo. Get a straight shaft no matter which brand you pick.
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I tried the handle bar rig on one trimmer. I took it off and put the "D" ring handle that was on my old trimmer on it. To me the "D" ring type is much easier for me to control. I use a shoulder strap to support the weight and much prefer it over the harness. I have almost a thousand feet of bar ditch to mow since the county seldom does it. I'm lucky in that I can get about 95% of it with my riding mower. I do trim around a bunch of bushes and a couple of trees out in the pasture that I keep mowed so I get my trimmer work out every time I mow. The trimmer seems to get heavier every year.
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I ended up getting the FS56 with the D ring handle. No one stocked the handle bar model and one dealer said it was because they had to order two and the other one would sit there for two years or so.. I figured that the additional cost was only part of it and ease of use was the rest so I went with what was in stock. It works really well and has more power than my old FS44 had when it was working. I got about half of the distance of the ditch done but that half was more than half of the work. It was much thicker than what's left.


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Buy a goat or two. Stake them out where you want everything eaten down.



Not a bad idea, and they could also double as bait for shooting coyotes.


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For work we have a couple Sthil brush cutters.
2005 FS 110 a older 1990 FS250
We use to cut back brush and grass around buildings (fire abaitment) and along a airport float plane harbor.
Lots of willow and alder, blueberry bushes, wild rose bushes and labridor tea, and a scrb type willow we just call buck brush, due to the tussok nature of the tundra and soft ground the wheel type string trimmers wont do.
We utilize the string trimmers and two types of steel blades.
The new tri wing type you sharpen with a flat file and the old style circular saw style that requires a round file and a heap of time to sharpen.
When cutting on inclines, ditches and water ways the handle bar type gives you some leverage when cutting sizeable brush.
The Sthil products have held up to some pretty heavy work over the years, given a new sparkplug or new gas line every 6 years.
I buy trimmer line on the 3 pound spool (square line) at each location I work (one less thing to throw in for the boat ride) 5 locations.
I keep a spare trimmer head just in case one has problems (48 mi from town by boat).

Any plant with a bark will make short work of your trimmer line.
Even the heavy stuff.
In the fall time the dry woody stalks of broad leaf plants (worm wood) are really hard on trimmer string line (snow drifting abaitment)
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like Mr. graybeard, got one with wheels. what it don't get, STAYS
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