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n2h20
12-26-2005, 02:22 AM
I am looking for a new hedge trimmer, I will not use it for work but for my house. I want a quality brand and something that could stand up to commercial use but dont want to spend more than 100-175 on it.
Lets hear it... pros and cons..,.

o-so-n-so
12-26-2005, 10:11 AM
Probably the best for the money is going to be an Echo HC1500. They are cheaper than the high end brands and they will hold up to commercial/home use.

I have been using a one for 3 years now with no problems.

TWUllc
12-26-2005, 01:44 PM
Probably the best for the money is going to be an Echo HC1500. They are cheaper than the high end brands and they will hold up to commercial/home use.

I have been using a one for 3 years now with no problems.

Ditto. .

n2h20
12-26-2005, 01:53 PM
would any good lawnmower shop carry one?

Landscape25
12-26-2005, 02:39 PM
I just looked online at the HC1500- RRP $549.00. Not sure what RRP means, maybe recommended retail price. I just bought a Maruyama the other day. I have never owned a hedge trimmer before this but it seems commercials are not cheap. I was told Maruyama was the lightest.

Doc Pete
12-26-2005, 07:47 PM
I am looking for a new hedge trimmer, I will not use it for work but for my house. I want a quality brand and something that could stand up to commercial use but dont want to spend more than 100-175 on it.
Lets hear it... pros and cons..,.

NO pros or cons..... just a stupid question......... Even $175 won't buy anything worth while.....Nuff said.........

n2h20
12-26-2005, 08:24 PM
stupid question huh.. sorry there part time pete...

Sorry maybe i should have stated that it will be for personal use. so a $500 trimmer would be a little expensive since i would use it maybe once a month.

NNJLandman
12-26-2005, 08:32 PM
STHIL make great hedge trimmers as does echo

Landscape25
12-26-2005, 09:20 PM
Norcal, maybe try calling about used ones. Where I got mine there was one or two 40" Maruyamas that were used for 250.00. Apparently the owner decided to buy a new one because of the cost to fix it. They were heavier so I had to spend the extra money.

lawnmaniac883
12-26-2005, 09:26 PM
For that price range dont expect to find any "quality" machines. Might try a home cheapo job and get a cheap weedeater brand or something. Just got myself a stihl hs80 w/24''. Has done a terrific job so far, not bad for my first gas trimmer, prolly overkill for a homeowner though :waving:

procut
12-26-2005, 09:48 PM
I have a Stihl FS-45. I think it was about $250.00. It would probably last forever with only occasional homeowner use.

WalkerMike98
12-26-2005, 10:22 PM
This is a stupid question. Just by a weedeater brand. By the time you take it back and throw your arm out trying to start it you will realize it is insaine to buy cheap lawn equipment whether or not it will be used commercially. What is your time worth? Heck, just buy an electric CRAPSMAN.

hosejockey2002
12-26-2005, 11:06 PM
Like others have said, if you buy new you'll have to spend at least $250 for a trimmer that's worth having. You could buy the Weedeater for $150, but it probably won't make it more than a couple of seasons.

3Bladz
12-27-2005, 12:08 AM
The stihl hs45 is a pretty decent trimmer, I bought one for doing little round boxwoods. The HS80 is overkill for them and it kills my back bending that low. The HS 80 will cut some stuff. It'll cut the handle of a rake no problem. If you have real woody stuff to cut that would be my choice, otherwise the 45 for ewes and such will do fine.

n2h20
12-27-2005, 12:10 AM
thanks for the info

Landscape25
12-27-2005, 12:18 AM
I don't think it is stupid question at all. If he was a lawn equipment expert he would not have asked.

Green-Pro
12-27-2005, 12:47 AM
Echo HC150i is a fine set of hedge trimmers, if I recall believe I paid about $279? $289? I'd have to look to be sure, but think it was around there.

Doc Pete
12-27-2005, 12:14 PM
stupid question huh.. sorry there part time pete...

Sorry maybe i should have stated that it will be for personal use. so a $500 trimmer would be a little expensive since i would use it maybe once a month.

Sorry, you’re just not getting the point. You can’t buy quality at the price you’re looking for… period.
Furthermore, about $350 “Will” get you one of the best trimmers out there.
http://www.echo-jpn.com/products/hedgetrimmer/model_shc-2100.htm

So……. To be blunt, You’re incorrect about being able to buy quality at $100/$175, and you’re also incorrect in needing to spend $500 for quality, also.
IOW, instead of pretending to know what you are talking about by throwing out prices for things, since you don’t have a clue, you need to settle on “Price” or settle on “Quality”.

I apologize if I’m not sugar coating my answer, but you wanna play Mr. know it all, and you’re just wrong……….

lawnmaniac883
12-27-2005, 04:55 PM
Well said Doc Pete...

Lawnworks
12-27-2005, 06:45 PM
Would you be interested in buying my Stihl Hl 45c? I absolutely love Stihl trimmers... they are by far the toughest hedge trimmer out there. I want the $500 4-mix model, and we do enough trimming to justify it. Here is the specs and pic. Trimmer is about 6 months old and is perfect running condition.

http://www.stihl.us/hedgetrimmers/HL45.html

lawnboy dan
12-27-2005, 07:20 PM
for ocasional use -i would buy echo 1500

n2h20
12-27-2005, 08:18 PM
woah..
I get your point just fine. didnt know they ran that much. Thats why i asked.
never did i play mr know it all. Sorry if i do not know the prices of trimmers hedgers mowers or skid steers. . DOnt need to sugar coat it, but dont need to be an ass either. you could have said for 200 bucks you wont get a quality trimmer but for another 100 or so you “Will get you one of the best trimmers out there."
Thats all i was looking for.
Thanks for the reply's.

6'7 330
12-27-2005, 08:53 PM
woah..
I get your point just fine. didnt know they ran that much. Thats why i asked.
never did i play mr know it all. Sorry if i do not know the prices of trimmers hedgers mowers or skid steers. . DOnt need to sugar coat it, but dont need to be an ass either. you could have said for 200 bucks you wont get a quality trimmer but for another 100 or so you “Will get you one of the best trimmers out there."
Thats all i was looking for.
Thanks for the reply's.

There is doubt as to you pretending to be a know it all,but no doubt at all ,he's a prick.

Try a homeowner sthil or echo,you will get years of work out of either.

o-so-n-so
12-27-2005, 09:19 PM
If you feel comfortable buying gas powered equip. online...I would think you could find a nice used commercial hedge trimmer for bout 2 Benjamin's on ebay. Maybe pound the pawn shops.:)

AssuredServicesCo
12-29-2005, 12:34 AM
We use Stihl hedge trimmers. We use one on a long handle and a regular hand held one and each has alot of good uses. The long handle one is my preference since it has a head you can angle. I think I paid 600 for it last year but it's quiet and really works well.

Birdjr
01-04-2006, 07:18 PM
i personally like redmax the best we have one singlesided a doublesided and the long handle trimmer that can angle also have a single sided tanaka but it doesnt compare to the redmax

Lawnworks
01-04-2006, 08:43 PM
I have two short reach redmax trimmers. They are excellent for boxwoods and small leafed shrubs, but they are worthless on thicker shrubs.

J&R Landscaping
01-04-2006, 10:22 PM
For home-owner to light commercial use you can't beat the echo HC 150. It's a great machine. I would check ebay if you are trying to save a buck or two! I got mine for 269.95+tax. I don't know what your market would charge if its any different.
You won't be dissapointed with ECHO!!!

Doc Pete
01-05-2006, 07:37 AM
For home-owner to light commercial use you can't beat the echo HC 150. It's a great machine. I would check ebay if you are trying to save a buck or two! I got mine for 269.95+tax. I don't know what your market would charge if its any different.
You won't be dissapointed with ECHO!!!

And for the extra $90, the echo shc2100 is worth the price.
once you go shaft, you'll never use a chainsaw type again.

baddboygeorge
01-17-2006, 02:43 PM
well i only use little wonder trimmers gas as well as electric. you will find that more manicure shrubbery will require a sharp an fast trimmer for precise work thats when i use the electrics. when i have more rough shubbery with bigger limbs i use the gas . its all what you prefer but if you want an awesome unit look at the little wonder models