Today we are going to be talking about split shaft trimmers. I’ll be going into the main advantages and disadvantages of choosing these types of trimmers.


What is a split shaft?

So let’s start off with what a split stat actually is, like the name suggests these types of trimmers can be separated at the shaft. The parts are usually held together by some type of coupling sleeve.

The whole purpose of this design is that you can switch out your main trimmer attachment for others such as a hedge trimmer, pole-saw, cultivator, or leaf-blower, just to name a few of the common ones. In some cases, you can use cheaper universal attachments depending on your trimmer brand.


Let’s get into the advantages, attachments are smaller so you can end up saving space in your storage. It also makes the trimmer easier to transport in a car since you can just separate it into parts. These types of trimmers are great for homeowners or smaller gardening businesses.


On the other, the main disadvantage is that if that engine stops working all your attachments are useless. Another disadvantage is that the process of switching between attachments can take a bit of time.

I could see this becoming frustrating, especially if you’re a busy business. In this case, it would make sense to have a dedicated machine.


So to sum it up, if you want to save space and switching between attachments won’t hinder your work then split shafts are nice. On the other hand, if you keep busy, and don’t want to depend on one single trimmer these types of trimmer might not be for you.