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gabejohn1
07-31-2007, 07:19 PM
Hello everyone,
Just like to get your professional advice on choosing a long pole hedge trimmer for my home use. I'm considering products from Stihl, Tanaka, Shindaiwa, and Echo. Any input on quality, durability, and customer service on these companies? These products are not cheap so I'd like to select the best one out there! I am open to all suggestions & comments and thank you sincerely for your time & help. :usflag:

Tanaka
08-09-2007, 05:36 PM
All good choices. One thing to keep in mind is that the Stihl model does not have a "d" style handle so using it to tackle ground cover might be a bit strange. Let us know what you decide on.

-MW

Focal Point Landscapes
08-10-2007, 03:48 PM
Agreed that all are ok choices , but I find it hard to deviate from Stihl - great performance and good dealers . We use string trimmers , blowers , tiller , pole saw , stick edgers , hedge trimmers - all Stihl and rarely a problem.

TWUllc
08-10-2007, 07:57 PM
No complaints with my Stihl, HL 100.

cebe800
08-10-2007, 10:45 PM
I just bought the echo with the articulating head. Great concept great tool just lacks power. Still at that it saves a lot of time and is a lot safer than climbing ladders. Tje articulating head is the only way to go. The 27 cc engine is its downfall should of got the still with the 32cc engine.

Stillwater
08-11-2007, 12:33 AM
I have 2 Sthil's HT101's 1 Sthil HT131's and 2 Sthil HT100 with 14 inch bars.
These saws are to generate money and be capeable of runing all day every day without hassle or down time that cost me in the bottom line. if you are purchaseing for home use you don't need the best, just buy a echo they are a good saw that will last a home owner a long time. But if money talks and you want the best Sthil is the only saw to consider in my opinion

Stillwater
08-11-2007, 12:44 AM
All good choices. One thing to keep in mind is that the Stihl model does not have a "d" style handle so using it to tackle ground cover might be a bit strange. Let us know what you decide on.

-MW

Great point you make but a extended pole saw is not the tool for ground cover

newz7151
08-11-2007, 01:54 AM
Great point you make but a extended pole saw is not the tool for ground cover


The OP is not asking about an extended pole saw. They are asking about extended pole HEDGE TRIMMERS , which work well in a deep bed with groundcover so that you don't have to be stepping in it to trim it.

Stillwater
08-11-2007, 03:33 AM
The OP is not asking about an extended pole saw. They are asking about extended pole HEDGE TRIMMERS , which work well in a deep bed with groundcover so that you don't have to be stepping in it to trim it.


Don't mind me I am just a clueless ******.

ProMo
08-11-2007, 08:58 AM
I purchased the long shindaiwa trimmer last week and it was too long (92.9") for everyday use so I took them back and got the stihl. shindaiwa has a 7 day money back guarantee printed on their web site. I had to print that because the dealer did not believe me.

newz7151
08-11-2007, 06:13 PM
I purchased the long shindaiwa trimmer last week and it was too long (92.9") for everyday use so I took them back and got the stihl. shindaiwa has a 7 day money back guarantee printed on their web site. I had to print that because the dealer did not believe me.

Boy, that sounds like the same Shindaiwa dealer in FL that didn't know the 375 speed feed heads were out. Do the distributor and decent Shindaiwa dealers there a favor and call and report this guy.

Tadams
08-11-2007, 11:40 PM
I have 2 Sthil's HT101's 1 Sthil HT131's and 2 Sthil HT100 with 14 inch bars.
These saws are to generate money and be capeable of runing all day every day without hassle or down time that cost me in the bottom line. if you are purchaseing for home use you don't need the best, just buy a echo they are a good saw that will last a home owner a long time. But if money talks and you want the best Sthil is the only saw to consider in my opinion

I agree 100% with this statement. It's all about quality equipment and making money. Gotta love all the Stihl equipment.

gabejohn1
08-13-2007, 01:55 PM
Hey guys,
Thanks for your input. Very good info on the various brands out there. I've narrowed it down to a Stihl or Tanaka pole hedge trimmer. I'll run out to a dealer & check em both out and see wich one catches my fancy. Thanks again for all your help and happy yard work...
R.P.