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Surferbum21
06-15-2007, 05:34 PM
I have a Shindaiwa T231 that the shaft just broke and just replaced the seals on it b/c of losing compression so it is only time before it's gone. I would like to get a new one and have the old one as a back up. I like this weedeater as it has lasted me 3 summers working it hard. Is it pretty much how people are with Chevy and Ford or is there really a brand that is better than another. I was also thinking of just picking up a refurbished one from a company that rebuilds lawn equipment for half or quarter the price.

ed2hess
06-15-2007, 09:59 PM
Some brands have warranty beyond 2 years on shafts...might check.

rob7233
06-15-2007, 10:35 PM
Yes for sure. That T231's shaft is lifetime. Go to the Shindaiwa site to read or maybe it's in their catalog. I believe you did said that your'e thinking that besides the shaft, the T231 is going to crap out on you. Just how much do you want to spend and how mechanically inclined are you? You might want to check out craigslist in your area or Ebay. I'm personally a Shindaiwa man but have a high respect for the Kawasaki KGT or KBL trimmers. I know their is a huge following for Stihl. It's a good product with a good network of dealers but compared to a shinny, they're well -"different". Redmax is probably the closest you'll find to a Shindaiwa as far as brands go.

newz7151
06-15-2007, 11:10 PM
Yes for sure. That T231's shaft is lifetime. Go to the Shindaiwa site to read or maybe it's in their catalog.

To the original poster, is your trimmer debri guard still in pretty good shape?

grapeford
06-15-2007, 11:17 PM
My philosophy on weed whackers, is that they are a throw away item. If we get 2 seasons from a Husky, then I'm happy. The cost to get it serviced, or repaired isn't worth it to me. We run 3 at a time, beat the crap out of them, and buy more. If you're making money, spend it what makes you your money.

Surferbum21
06-18-2007, 12:53 AM
To the original poster, is your trimmer debri guard still in pretty good shape?

just a small crack and some knocked off from the line.

Surferbum21
06-18-2007, 12:54 AM
Some brands have warranty beyond 2 years on shafts...might check.

well poop. i already paid $60 for the new shaft and put it on and used it. will they reimburse me or was i supposed to contact them and them send me one. guess it didn't matter b/c i needed it right then and there and couldn't wait.

KS_Grasscutter
06-18-2007, 12:55 AM
Kawasaki...

S man
06-18-2007, 01:01 AM
Stihl. Stay away from those redmax trimmers.

Surferbum21
06-18-2007, 01:09 AM
i might try stihl this time around and decide which one i like better for next time. i really liked the shin but up for trying something else.

nick-bigfootlawn
06-18-2007, 01:13 PM
I also have the T231, and believe they have a lifetime warranty on the steel shafts, but I may be wrong...

TNT LawnCare Inc.
06-18-2007, 01:47 PM
Weve been using the New 242 and love em there a pound lighter and have a little more power than the 231. Love the speed and feed head too ,Load the string in less than 30 seconds.

newz7151
06-18-2007, 03:04 PM
Weve been using the New 242 and love em there a pound lighter and have a little more power than the 231. Love the speed and feed head too ,Load the string in less than 30 seconds.


In addition to this on the T242, if you are running the 375 speed feed as opposed to the 450 (large), you'll likely notice a power increase since the 375 is so much lighter than the 450.

TNT LawnCare Inc.
06-18-2007, 03:35 PM
WOW i never thaught of that ? i'll give it a try THKS