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MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC
10-06-2005, 12:26 AM
Was looking to find out people's experiences with the BIG trimmers on the market. I'm talking about trimmers over 30 CC's, not the economical commercial trimmers. Good or bad points, recommendations, experiences with certain models are all welcome.

I'm looking to add a few more trimmers to my company.

So far the models I am considering:

1. Echo SRM-340 34CC's 2cycle
2. Stihl FS 130 R 36.3CC's 4cycle
3. Stihl FS 250 R 40.2CC's 2cycle
4. RedMax BC3401DL 33.6CC's 2cycle
5. RedMax BC4401DW 41.5CC's 2cycle
6. Tanaka TBC-420PF 40CC's 2cycle
7. John Deere XT170LE 32.6CC's 2cycle
8. Shindaiwa T3410X 34CC's 2cycle
9. Kawasaki KBL34A 33.3CC's 2cycle

If I forgot another brand that makes a BIG trimmer bring it up please. I don't want the bike handle ones, but if they make a conversion to a single hand handle then its ok.

pjslawncare/landscap
10-06-2005, 12:30 AM
I recently purchased a Sthil fs 100 I use for cutting down tall weed in ditches and while bush-hogging. It works well, has good power and is not real heavy. I like it better than the Shins I have

Lawn-Scapes
10-06-2005, 12:40 AM
Stihl FS110 is not on your list.... 31.4cc/4 cycle. Not BIG enough? I've had mine for 1.5 years and it has been great. Recommended!

anothertractor
10-06-2005, 10:50 AM
I bought a FS 130 Stihl earlier this year. I did have to get the valves adjusted on it once but it has benn an awesome machine. I think it weighs around 12 lbs???

kipper
10-06-2005, 11:55 AM
I have an FS-250 i bought last year and have run 4 tanks of fuel thru. I have thought about selling it because of the weight. I am kind of little and I get tired pretty easy from swinging it in and out of ditches. This thing is soo strong it will shear the string off at the head if you don't run high quality string in it. Let me know if you mght be interestd I want to get at least 275.00 for it.

Appalachian landscape
10-06-2005, 02:12 PM
I have an fs250 and it's a beast! I love it. It's only a couple of pounds heavier than your average trimmer, and right inline with trimmers of comparable power. I used it as my only trimmer for over a year, and it's never let me down. I use one of those three bladed brush knives on it and it cuts trees a few inches thick and any thing thinner than that. I highly recommend the 250.

Tanaka
10-06-2005, 02:45 PM
The Tanaka TBC-340PF (32cc) Review is here....

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=111947

-MW


Was looking to find out people's experiences with the BIG trimmers on the market. I'm talking about trimmers over 30 CC's, not the economical commercial trimmers. Good or bad points, recommendations, experiences with certain models are all welcome.

I'm looking to add a few more trimmers to my company.

So far the models I am considering:

1. Echo SRM-340 34CC's 2cycle
2. Stihl FS 130 R 36.3CC's 4cycle
3. Stihl FS 250 R 40.2CC's 2cycle
4. RedMax BC3401DL 33.6CC's 2cycle
5. RedMax BC4401DW 41.5CC's 2cycle
6. Tanaka TBC-420PF 40CC's 2cycle
7. John Deere XT170LE 32.6CC's 2cycle
8. Shindaiwa T3410X 34CC's 2cycle
9. Kawasaki KBL34A 33.3CC's 2cycle

If I forgot another brand that makes a BIG trimmer bring it up please. I don't want the bike handle ones, but if they make a conversion to a single hand handle then its ok.

kmann
10-06-2005, 05:04 PM
I just purchased the Stihl FS 130. It has too much power! unless I'm in really high grass, I rarely get to open it up. Uses alot of gas and will fire loose object a long way with lots of velocity.

dcplace2004
10-06-2005, 06:23 PM
for everyday use...I run square magnum gatorline in it and it WILL fling huge rocks that if they hit you in the head, they would do damage. I don't take the guard off and it flung a little rock to my nose and my eyes watered so much I could not see for a few minutes. Next year, I will probably buy the Redmax 2400 for everyday use, even though I am not sure why I have not seen it at the dealer--only the 2600 has been there lately--perhaps people are just buying them up or there is an issue (any thoughts on this?)...I will keep the 110 for brush work and tall grass which I have done with it at WOT and it is pretty darn good...I saw a LCO with a small redmax and I could barely turn my head fast enough to keep up with him...it is light, dependable, and powerful for its size...the Stihl is great also, but will tire one out with the power...everytime that clutch engages you can feel it...

lawnmaniac883
10-06-2005, 07:03 PM
I have a Stihl fs110, I cannot get the thing to stop spinning no matter what I am cutting, rarely get past 1/2 throttle on most props, and I guaruntee it has more low - end torque than any other!

brucec32
10-06-2005, 08:40 PM
I bought an Echo SRM 3100? several years back under the "bigger is better" theory. I was amazed how much heavier just a couple of pounds extra felt vs the SRM 2400's I'd been using. I didn't like it since my arms got tired before jobs were done, and converted the engine to power a pole hedge trimmer instead, where the extra power was useful. But even that was overly heavy, and I then put the power head on a 2400 edger (where the wheel supports the weight) and used the lighter head on a trimmer. Useful for brush cutting, but too heavy for regular maintenance.

eshreve1234
10-06-2005, 09:06 PM
I have a Deere XT170B. I love it. Its my first "big trimmer" but nothing stops it. It has the bicycle handles and a nice harness so I don't notice any weight. I do seem to use line faster than before, which may be the only con.

Likestomow
10-06-2005, 09:23 PM
I have three Kawasaki KLB-26A trimmers for normal work and like the power-to-weight ratio.

But I recently bought 2 Tanaka TBC-340 (32cc) trimmers. I have always wanted a big trimmer for HD situations.

I bought Tanaka because they start and run so easily. My Kawasakis are very tempermental and sometimes hard to start and keep running, but my Tanaka equipment never fails.

The first time I ran my TBC-340 I was amazed at the power. It didn't seem to "scream" but it really had the torque. I ran the line out to 23" and plowed through tall grass quick and easy.

If Tanaka ever gets their 25-26cc trimmers down to 10# I will switch over completely.

lawnboy dan
10-15-2005, 11:15 PM
i seldom use it but i have a 20yr old green machine 3000 w huge mitshibisi motor. tons of power but too heave for normal use . those looking for big power in a light trimmer get the husky 326 series

Jason Rose
10-16-2005, 01:36 AM
Well I don't have much personal experience with bigger tirmmers other than Sthil. I use smaller lightweight trimmers for everyday and don't run into much overgrowth so I have yet to buy a 'big boy'. Around here, all the city crews use is Sthil. They trim mow miles of ditch banks every week around town. Sthil is the only trimmer I know of that can run wide open for hours at a time and still be as good as new the next day. granted the 2 stroke stuff is not what it used to be... Sounds like the fs110 is pretty awesome though.

garth1967
10-16-2005, 03:26 AM
do you get komatsu there i seem to have the biggest in town most guys here go for the shindawia or the honda which are lighter but good power i also have a honda but komatsu does it on those tough jobs uses less line too.i think its thirty something cc also comes with hedger and chainsaw attachments:cool2:

Oldtimer
10-17-2005, 12:11 AM
Check out the Shindaiwa T350. It is a man's trimmer.

Oldtimer

walker/redmax
11-13-2005, 04:23 PM
Stihl has the best "big trimmers" out there, but the Redmax 3000 has enough power for anything short of sawing through logs. That thing has 30cc and is a great trimmer that I would highly reccomend!

yungman
11-26-2007, 06:22 PM
A dealer near by have RedMax BCZ3000s sale for $349, is this a good price? This is a new trimmer, any problems, is it loud?
Thanks

grassman177
11-26-2007, 07:40 PM
we have run echo products for 26 years and have no reason to try anything else. i have used other brands of buddies of mine and many are very nice. i personally have the ECHO 340 that you mentioned and it is really tuff. it is a bit heavy for the bigger jobs, but all in all it really has the co hones.;)

grassman177
11-26-2007, 07:41 PM
we mostly use the srm 311 for most trimming duties because anything less just seems week, i like power when it comes to a trimmer and i dont like to wait for the trimmer to cut and slow down my pace of walking. GO ECHO!!!!!!

SNAPPER MAN
11-26-2007, 09:06 PM
I love my Stihl FS-250r!! The thing is a beast and its not heavy at all. My workers and I love the stihl. We use it for normal trimming along with heavy brush and it works great. I highly reccomend the stihl.