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z_clark
03-10-2007, 09:18 AM
How long do you keep your hand-held untis? This is for string trimmers, edgers, etc...

topsites
03-10-2007, 11:08 AM
From anywhere to some of many of these things, they last a year and crap out.
So when I find one that's a cut above, I hang on to it as long as possible.

Otherwise,
1) Until I can no longer stand to use it / I have or want something better.
2) Until fixing it costs more than the machine is worth.
3) Until it gets stolen.

Woody82986
03-10-2007, 11:31 AM
I will keep mine until they no longer run. I have an Echo 210 trimmer that I have had since I started 5 years ago and it still runs great. Well, I mean it was running great until I canabalized parts from it to fix a 230. But as soon as I throw the missing parts back on it, it should run justs fine again. I have found that working on my trimmers and blowes and stuff really relaxes me. If I always have new equipment with no problems, then that takes away one thing that I enjoy doing.

lawnspecialties
03-11-2007, 08:36 PM
You keep them until it's no longer cost-feasible to keep them running. My favorite handheld is a RedMax BC-2300 trimmer. It's six years old, my oldest running handheld, and no doubt, my favorite.:)

BOWHUNTER12
03-26-2007, 09:59 PM
I just purchased the shindaiwa 8510 back pack blower. How long do you think this will last. I just do this part-time. It better run for ever for how much they cost.

cnymowing
03-27-2007, 09:11 PM
I run them untill they will not run... within reason

mcwlandscaping
03-27-2007, 09:12 PM
Til death do we part!!.....then they get kept for parts

sdelorey494103
03-27-2007, 09:21 PM
I have a homelite that starts first pull from 91

THEGOLDPRO
03-27-2007, 11:27 PM
Run it till it dies or you wanna kill it because your sick of pulling the string 50 times

J&R Landscaping
03-28-2007, 01:05 PM
I run them till they die. If the performance starts to be compromised or they take 10+ pulls to start, I will either keep them as a back-up unit or keep them for parts. I won't keep an older unit as a primary machine unless it is in good running condition.

Alpha01
03-30-2007, 02:15 AM
Till death do we part

RICHIE K
03-30-2007, 06:44 AM
Run them till they die then i strip it for spare parts

Jake's Lawn Service
04-11-2007, 06:04 PM
I run um dead, or until I get bored of it and want a new one lol
Jake

mosmgras
04-11-2007, 08:06 PM
Till they stop cut'n. LOL

zim bob the landscaper
04-20-2007, 07:15 PM
well mine all died except this homlite and i hated it sooo fing bad. so we bought a john deere pro series.

02DURAMAX
05-31-2007, 12:08 AM
Until it does not start...

jkingrph
06-01-2007, 06:08 PM
As a homeowner, I don't use them like you guys. I do have a Stihl trimmer and a handheld that are both pushing the 20 year mark( give or take a couple of years), and still run strong. I buy commercial equipment of the lower-mid grade price/model range and take good care of it and find that it takes care of me!!

APV's Mowing
06-20-2007, 12:21 AM
first year in the buisness but i will be replacing my ryobi becuase it sucks and its old and i need commercial, and after that till its dead or cost too much to run

Dave_005
06-20-2007, 06:03 PM
like most i run them till they quit on me or start taking excessive pulls to start.

ein999
10-17-2008, 01:28 PM
I cant see why you would throw away any 2 cycle shindaiwa or redmax piece of equipment. Everything is rebuildable and there easy to work on. All you have to do is go buy parts for it. You can buy a new piston, head and rebuild the carb for 45% of the cost of a new one why spend the extra money if you have the time to repair - fixthem. They all eventually wear. I would buy brand new and keep them or rebuild them unless you are unhappy with it for some technical reason.

A new clutch and bearings and its like new again. Its what they are made to do to be repaired and fixed.

There are some fellas on here that have the same trimmer for over 10 years.

DaughtryLC
10-17-2008, 01:50 PM
Til death do we part!!.....then they get kept for parts

Me Toooooooooooooo!!

ein999
10-18-2008, 02:53 AM
I keep them till my hand wont hold them.

shepoutside
10-18-2008, 10:08 AM
I keep them till they don't run................then I fix/rebuilld them.

DLAWNS
10-18-2008, 12:25 PM
I run them until they have too many problems. I'm not a very good mechanic.

dura to the max
10-28-2008, 02:59 PM
You keep them until it's no longer cost-feasible to keep them running. My favorite handheld is a RedMax BC-2300 trimmer. It's six years old, my oldest running handheld, and no doubt, my favorite.:)

gotta agree on this one...

STIHL GUY
11-05-2008, 09:42 PM
i keep mine as long as possible without spending a fortune on repairs

Thomas Wall
11-07-2008, 06:39 PM
I run mine until they freakin' die. no really, I use all my older ones as backups until they die, but I try to get a new one every season.:usflag:

KGR landscapeing
11-07-2008, 09:06 PM
I cant see why you would throw away any 2 cycle shindaiwa or redmax piece of equipment. Everything is rebuildable and there easy to work on. All you have to do is go buy parts for it. You can buy a new piston, head and rebuild the carb for 45% of the cost of a new one why spend the extra money if you have the time to repair - fixthem. They all eventually wear. I would buy brand new and keep them or rebuild them unless you are unhappy with it for some technical reason.

A new clutch and bearings and its like new again. Its what they are made to do to be repaired and fixed.

There are some fellas on here that have the same trimmer for over 10 years.


Even if the cost of the parts was cheap my labor charge for fixing equipment is off the wall. 300 for a new trimmer 500 for a new blower i dont see the problem. If your not making enough to replace your equipment along the way ur doing something worng.