I want to set up a garden maintenance business but equipment and tools are expensive. I've been offered a grass trimmer with a curved shaft — should I take it or buy one with a straight shaft?

Take it — it may come in handy — but you will need a straight-shaft version, too.

Curved-shaft models are lightweight and ideal for small jobs, such as trimming up around trees after mowing, but they have their limitations — the most important being that you will not be able to fit a blade.

Some of your clients will have neat, tidy gardens that just need light maintenance, but some will be jungles, where a straight-shaft trimmer would be ideal.

You will need at least a grass blade to get through vegetation that hasn’t be mown for a long time. Where the vegetation is woody, you may want a higher powered machine and a saw blade.

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