View Full Version : Brand you use for blowers and trimmers

01-23-2007, 11:30 AM
im starting my second year in business and i want to make a decision on a brand and stick with it.

steve m
01-23-2007, 11:45 AM
I like stihl it seems to last a little longer. but echo is good to a little bit cheaper.at the big boxs

01-23-2007, 12:53 PM
I like Stihl. I am slowly switching all of my handhelds over. BTW, I dont recommend buying the handhelds at Home Depot. They may work for a little while in commercial use, but if they need service you are out of luck. Find a reputable dealer who knows what he is talking about and who is close enough so that you don't have to go far to get a part or service.

J&R Landscaping
01-23-2007, 12:54 PM
To the original poster,

What brands do your local dealers sell? What equipment are you running now?

01-23-2007, 01:31 PM
We've been very happy with the Redmax handhelds, we have some Stihl stuff also, but we've had cronic problems with getting them started, even if they sit in the rack for 20 minutes after use. Redmax starts right up (first or second pull) even after sitting overnight! Also had good luck with Kawasaki's handhelds. :)

01-23-2007, 01:36 PM
anyone know about how much red max equipment costs compaired to shindaiwa? my local dealer sells both. i do have a shindaiwa t231 line trimmer..seems a little underpowered though.

RedMax Man
01-23-2007, 04:44 PM
RedMax here, they makes very dependable equipment. The strato charged engines are awesome.

01-23-2007, 10:37 PM
I buy redmax for the warranty. Had echos before but didnt seem to last more than a year. I have used shinadwa and after 30 minutes felt like my arm was gonna fall off. EPA laws make the new engines suck so get the longest warranty you can. I have had a lot of problems with my redmax engines but all fixed for free. when they run they run great. that is all with wackers. No problems with redmax blowers.

01-23-2007, 10:42 PM
Redmax here and a few shins.

01-23-2007, 11:47 PM
Buy the brand that has good dealer support in your area, big box store has no support for you when it's broke and you need repairs

Steve's Mow & Trim
01-24-2007, 01:36 AM
I just bought an echo PB-200 handheld and an echo PB-403T backpack, I've been told they have alot of power and life, and they are quite a bit cheaper than stihl.

01-24-2007, 08:19 AM
price dont matter when they fall apart anf there in the shop getting fixed.

01-24-2007, 08:37 AM
Husqvarna all the way! Definately the best trimmer on the market. Although, I do not like how their blowers are set up.

01-24-2007, 12:19 PM
I had a Husqvarna hedge trimmer and was not happy with it. thats the only experince I have had. No one around here uses Husqvarna.

01-24-2007, 12:23 PM
i have a husqvarna chain saw and it has been great. never any problems ive had it for about 4 years now.

scottish lscape1
01-24-2007, 05:31 PM
All Stihl...All the time

Fox Lawn & Garden
01-25-2007, 01:05 AM
Had Stihl for years. Problems, problems, problems. Hard starting, defective ON/OFF switch, worn out flex cables, etc.
Changed over to Shin, smiles, smiles, smiles.

02-02-2007, 10:43 AM
We have used stihl from the get go and our very happy. Our dealer stands behind everything he sells and it shows. Over the years we have demoed(?) many diffrent models, types, price range and nothing stands up to the stihl power equipment in my opinion! And if ya think about what it costs to repair some of that other junk out there its well worth the extra cash.

02-03-2007, 08:28 PM
echo becuse It's light and the rain dont shut you down like the stihls.I like the red max the most though.They just did'nt sell them

02-05-2007, 10:09 PM
Stihl has worked great for me...

02-06-2007, 09:27 PM
:usflag: im starting my second year in business and i want to make a decision on a brand and stick with it.

Redmax all the way!!!!..Steve:usflag: