View Full Version : What string trimmer brand should i buy?
11-06-2001, 10:15 PM
Too many brands on the market . Considering shindawa.:blob2:
11-06-2001, 10:17 PM
If you buy one you will know why this is the best on the market!!!
I like my Echo SRM 2400........but do a search for trimmers and you will find an abundance of info!
11-06-2001, 10:25 PM
I have ran the echo 2400 when I first started and liked it because it was easy to start and very smooth, but it was tempramental.
I now run sthil and it feels much tougher than the echo but is harder to start. I also like the sheild better and the air filter housing dosen't seem to let as much dirt in.
I have also put some hours on the husqvarna and am pleased with it also, fairly easy to start and is real light. This will probably be my next purchase.
11-06-2001, 10:27 PM
I love my Echos. They fire right up, always run strong, and last for years and years and years.:)
11-06-2001, 10:32 PM
One word REDMAX. Their eingines do not die. I used to kill the echo 2400's in a season, either the piston would go, or short block. They also do not have a shaft driven head. The only thing you have to do w/ redmax is clean out the exhaust prot approx once every month t six weeks if heavily used. The only other con is the smaller sized shield. If you don't use a shield (but should), you probably won't mind th newer cut down version. If youlike the larger shield, remove the new style, and just put a small piece of rbber between shaft and bracket for older style shield.
You would probably lik the strato charged 2500.
I think the shindawa's hold up pretty well too, I demoed one years back and liked the power, but the shield sucked!!
Hope this helps.
11-06-2001, 10:34 PM
I run Stihl's. Love 'em.
Normally I say buy whatever your favorite dealer sells, but in the case of 2 cycle, buy whatever you want. I personally love ECHO, some people hate them, its all FORD vs CHEVY. All are good. Most never have any problems, so the last time you see the dealer is when you pick them up. At least thats how its been for all of my ECHO's.
Whatever brand you buy, dont skimp on price. All the brands make $149 trimmers and all make $350 trimmers. Buy the $350 one. Simple as that.
11-06-2001, 10:45 PM
I run echo and they have never let me down. The only problem I have is the air filters seem to get dirty. I am constantly cleaning them.
11-07-2001, 12:34 AM
Air filters getting dirty is a good thing! If your filters weren't dirty, where do you think the dirt has gone?
i say this in all seriousness. stihl and echo are my favorites,
cause i know the equipment. but i had another saw stolen this wk. i was talkin to another lco who no longer runs high end equip.
he just goes to sears an buys a cust. return,cleans the exhaust ports . the mix is usually the problem.anyway if that one gets
stolen ,he just goes and gets another one at sears.
makes u think. later now
11-07-2001, 12:16 PM
Give Kawasaki a look. I have a trimmer and stick edger and love them both. I also have a Sthil and can say that the Kawasaki's start much easier, and do not take as long to warm up. The Sthil is good because you can add attachments, and the head is easier to load.
11-07-2001, 01:43 PM
I just bought a shindawa its late in the season so I probly wont use it till next spring. But man she looks pretty in the shop.
11-07-2001, 03:38 PM
shidaiwa is the best money can buy.
All the pros use it.
11-07-2001, 03:52 PM
Since no one else mentioned them...TANAKA...all my handheld equipment is Tanaka brand and I have no complaints after 5 years of use. The Tanaka even has the "BRAIN" head which will automatically feed line when needed. Saves on wearing out from bumping to discharge string. All in all strong equipment. You won't see much reference to them here though as everyone seems to like the Shin, Redmax and echo.
11-07-2001, 05:08 PM
I love echo brand 2 cycle euipment. I have 2 -2400 trimmers plus a 2601 trimmer , a echo stick edger plus a echo 14 inch bar chain saw for smaller stuff plus 2 echo bp blowers so u can say iam sold on the stuff always easy to start and has given me no trouble what so ever in last few ys i service 55 to 60 mowing accounts per wk so they do get alot of use ,like the other guy said its just like ford and chevy and i have both of thos too BUY ECHO
11-07-2001, 05:12 PM
I have 6 Shindaiwa 270's. I love SHindaiwa. I still have a t-27 that runs strong. I bought a redmax this year to see what all the talk about is. I like it a lot, but a bit under powered. It was the strato charged 2500. Runs smooth, but I can't get away from shindaiwa. I'm considering a bigger redmax, but there are no good dealers around for redmax.
11-07-2001, 06:28 PM
I like the sthil trimmers, I have three the fs80, and two fs85 and they all have the bike bars on them for ergonomics. My fs80 I got in 1995 and it still starts on the second pull. They have great power while sthil being not too heavy.
11-07-2001, 06:40 PM
Redmax all the way. I have a 260 that is 11 years old, and a 262 that is 9 years old. Both still going strong with very little maintenance.
11-07-2001, 06:45 PM
Stihl FS 85. I own 2. I have the chainsaw and hedgetrimmer attachements for them too and they rock and roll!!! cost is about 3 bills but they will last for a long time. A good trimmer is key. Make sure you get a straight shaft and solid drive train on whatever you buy or something like that
11-07-2001, 06:58 PM
:blob3: i have 6 redmax bc2600, and all are 4 years old and except for a bad shaft last week no problems at all.T
11-07-2001, 07:57 PM
I have used a few diff brands. I will not use anything but REDMAX from now on.. ( as far a trimmers go. ) More reliable, easier starting, plenty of power, and smooth to operate, very little vibration.
11-07-2001, 08:27 PM
DON'T BUY A SHINDAIWA UNTIL YOU TALK TO SOMEONE IN YOUR
AREA ABOUT SPEED OF SERVICE ON PARTS AND LABOR. IN GEORGIA IT TAKES FOREVER TO GET PARTS FOR THE SHINDAIWAS.
THEY SEEM TO BE GOOD TRIMMERS BUT THEY ARE NOT UP TO SPEED ON THE MOST IMPORTANT END"THE SERVICE END"....
I PREFER ECHO OVER STIHL BUT MY FATHER IS AN OLD SCHOOL
STIHL FAN , EITHER ONE WILL BE A GREAT CHOICE.(ECHO2400)
11-07-2001, 09:59 PM
Realiable at all times. Never had a bad equipment form them. You migth want to consider. The Echo with attachments. I have it and man I can make money with that one. Lawnranger
11-07-2001, 10:41 PM
Redmax!!! I switched to Redmax last year and it was the best move I ever made.:) ;) :) ED
11-07-2001, 10:50 PM
If you can afford it, husqa. But I personally run Echo because of my dealer relationship (gets me better deals on larger equipment, and they really do a great job w/o mechanical problems). I use echo for all my small power equpipment except for my Billy Goat Vac.
11-07-2001, 11:14 PM
I'm personally going with Echo for three important reasons: well built product, distance to dealer, and I was blown over by the responce that I've gotten from their customer service department. I think one or your main considerations though should be how close you are to your dealer. lol
11-08-2001, 12:08 AM
I like Tanaka's TBC-2510, and if you have a local dealer you can't go wrong with this or any of there equipment for that matter, but my fiance says the Shindaiwa T230 is all the trimmer you will want or need.
11-08-2001, 08:26 PM
Bufalinoland you said get solid shafts on the stihl both are warrented for life but the flex is a lot cheaper?
11-08-2001, 08:42 PM
SHINDAIWA - we've used them for years. Can't beat em. I guess I like Stihl second best.
11-08-2001, 08:49 PM
I love my echo's - the string advance never gets plugged with dirt, just tap and go year after year after year. As far as I am concerned the two cycle engines are all the same and you have to keep clean air and fuel runningto all of them
we use sthill and shindawa both have been very durable for us
hope this helps you some
11-08-2001, 09:01 PM
I have a 12 year old Echo that Im still using so when I buy again it will be Echo.
11-08-2001, 09:26 PM
I still have some old echo 2100's, but I also have a newrer 2601 and two new srm 260's. I didn't opt for the 260s witch is the same but with a solid shaft for an extra $30. both are lifetime warranty. I love my echo's
11-08-2001, 09:42 PM
I love my husky 322L trimmer, light and powerful.
11-13-2001, 07:54 PM
2400 Echo try one, also Kawi
11-13-2001, 08:57 PM
I have only used ECHO. Mine was accidently run over with the truck once and kept going! After 5 years, though, the compression was anemic. I bought another one this spring and I think I'll stick with 'em.
luv of green
11-14-2001, 08:12 AM
shindaiwa baby!!!!!! only the best will do for us,the power will blow your mind as you are using this machine as a brushcutter!!!
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