Using a string trimmer correctly


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In the last three weeks I put in a nice new wooden fence and bought a string trimmer.

How is a good way to trim along the fence without whipping the life out of the fence wood?

It almost seems like I want to walk backwards with the trimmer guard pressed against the fence. Weird but I tried it walking forward and it just didn't work that well.
 
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Does the fence touch the ground? If so then it's going to be tough. If not then turn your trimmer on the side and run the string on an angle into the ground or just below the fence. For the posts cut the top and bottom off a 2-liter soda bottle then slice the bottle down the side. Now open the bottle and put it around the post to protect it. I find walking backward is easier too.
 
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I like the throw to be away from me. I rotated the handle so the head is carried to my left side as I walk forward, so the major debri exits left. If I hook it around a tree to the right the tree gets in the way and helps protect me. My posts are a bit chewed in places. They are maybe 30 years old.
 
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Thanks guys.

The trimmer is the DeWalt 20 V cordless. I don't know if a wire guard is available but can check.

The fence is a framed out hogpanel fence and we raised up some of the lower panels so just the posts are the problems now. For the most part. Attached is a pic of the back fence. On the other side of the house we have another 30 or so panels of fence.
 

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Thanks guys.

The trimmer is the DeWalt 20 V cordless. I don't know if a wire guard is available but can check.

The fence is a framed out hogpanel fence and we raised up some of the lower panels so just the posts are the problems now. For the most part. Attached is a pic of the back fence. On the other side of the house we have another 30 or so panels of fence.
Unfortunately the trimmer you have does not have a adjustable guard to protect fences, posts, plants etc. The trimmer I have has a guard that can be rotated 360 degrees so you can trim in various directions and still protect your fence or plants. Your DeWalt trimmer seems to have a fixed guard in the rear to protect your feet only.
 
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Thanks @Texas001 - yes the plastic guard is non-rotating. DeWalt has it designed and molded in with a socket then pinned with two screws.

But the idea of a wire guard could be made to work. If it becomes a problem I can fashion a guard / guide / cage.

I'm not too worried about protecting my feet - my every day shoes are steel toe 8" construction boots.
 

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