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The Pros and Cons of U-Style Handlebar Trimmers vs Regular Handlebar Trimmers

By Brad Behr from Copper Creek Cuts

One of the things I regularly get asked is if I have a preference between the U-style handles on some trimmers, versus the good old regular ones we’ve been used to working with.

In this video, I want to give a breakdown of the pros and cons for the U-type handlebars, and look to answer which one you should buy, based on the work you’re doing.

As you can see, I like both based on what I need to be working on. So here are some pros and cons for the U-style one, compared to the regular handlebar timmer we’re all so used to working with.

U-Style Handlebar String Trimmer


  • These types of trimmers usually come with a harness, making a big difference if you’re using for extended periods of time

  • The handlebars let you turn the machine without pivoting your lower back, reducing the potential for back pain and other body aches

  • You can grip the handlebars less, reducing vibration directly to your hands


  • They can be awkward for use in ditches (but I believe this is more down to standing in the wrong place in the ditch)

  • There’s a set-up and breakdown time, which adds time to each job

  • You’re restricted in what kind of areas you can work in

  • You need to disconnect to add new feeder line

I hope this video helps, guys, and let me know which style you prefer, if you’ve had a chance to use both.

Brad Behr
Copper Creek Cuts
UAG Council Member 2019
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