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derekarbeiter
06-18-2008, 10:30 AM
I am looking at a new high end residential line trimmer as a back-up for my business. I already have a Stihl FS90R and am looking at getting the Stihl FS55 or the John Deere LT105SLE. I know the stihl is good, but havent heard much about Deere trimmers. I understand that Deere is now making their own product and Echo is not making them for JD anymore. Since most of my fleet is green, I thought I would at least check into it. Anyone have this model or any other JD trimmer and what do you think of it? I have heard good things from one of my friends who has a JD dealer???

dura to the max
06-18-2008, 11:15 AM
i dont have the jd, and if i were you i would stay w/ the FS90R so i could buy filters, plugs and such in bulk. the FS55 isnt that much less, and you get what you pay for. i would stay with the same brand trimmers at least though. unless you get a steal (thus the redmax in my signature line)

saw man
06-18-2008, 11:19 AM
Look like the Dolmar units. Engine by Mitsubishi

MitchDaniel
06-18-2008, 01:46 PM
I have a Stihl FS-74 that has been my primary trimmer for 6 years, but I recently got an Echo SRM-230. It had been used one time, and the old fellow sold it to me for $100 (he lost his legs because of diabetes). The more I used it, the more I liked it. I ended up putting my underbrush kit on it, and bought another SRM-230. I've heard of several people using these machines commercially without any problems. It is an excellent piece of equipment for $269, especially for a backup! Plenty of power too!

Danielslawnservice
06-18-2008, 02:25 PM
I have a FS-90 and it has plenty of power thinking of getting an echo or shindawa be cause I want something lighter...

dura to the max
06-18-2008, 02:53 PM
if you want light try out the redmax's. i have an old one that my guys use over the stihl b/c its light. i dont like it b/c it seems to have a little less power, and vibrate more (it is old though). very good service from it, and would buy again if it was a deal.

Mickhippy
06-18-2008, 08:18 PM
Why wouldnt you buy another commercial unit and use you old one as back up?

tamadrummer
06-18-2008, 08:22 PM
I have and love the XT140LE and it is a great unit but the XT105 would be a little under powered wouldn't it?

scotlykins
06-18-2008, 08:35 PM
I am looking at a new high end residential line trimmer as a back-up for my business. I already have a Stihl FS90R and am looking at getting the Stihl FS55 or the John Deere LT105SLE. I know the stihl is good, but havent heard much about Deere trimmers. I understand that Deere is now making their own product and Echo is not making them for JD anymore. Since most of my fleet is green, I thought I would at least check into it. Anyone have this model or any other JD trimmer and what do you think of it? I have heard good things from one of my friends who has a JD dealer???


Why not just buy a commercial grade trimmer as your backup ???

When your primary gives out bring your backup into service.

We have three redmax 2500 & 3100 and one stihl fs90 trimmers. The fs90 is underpowered, and heavier, in this lineup and consequently rarely gets used.

derekarbeiter
06-18-2008, 08:50 PM
Thanks for your input guys,

I might go ahead and get another FS90R. I love the trimmer, and for about $60 more, I can get a commercial grade unit. No brainer. I do feel that this trimmer is heavy though, but it has great power and little vibration. I have an old FS45 curved shaft (why I bought that I dont know) that I bought a long time ago when my business was just starting. It has rarely been used because I upgraded and might sell it to help pay for the new one. They sell for about $140 new and I might try to get $80-$100 out of it.:)

Thanks
Derek

STIHL GUY
06-18-2008, 09:07 PM
i use a FS55R commercially and it works well. in REALLY long stuff it bogs down a bit but not too much

Chilehead
06-18-2008, 09:21 PM
Shindaiwa T242. $299.99. Awesome trimmer.

heather lawn sp
06-18-2008, 09:53 PM
I have and love the XT140LE and it is a great unit but the XT105 would be a little under powered wouldn't it?

We're using JD XT170's and a SB140. The neighbour next door uses a XT120. I think the 120 is as low as you should go. Our 170's cruise 20 hours a week at full throttle and are replaced in a year and a half, that's hard duty. The 105 might be a little light duty.

M&M Mowing
06-18-2008, 10:38 PM
If you wanting something a little bit lighter, go buy a stihl fs80. If your thinking cheaper go with the echo srm210

Just Mow
06-18-2008, 10:41 PM
I have a FS-90 and it has plenty of power thinking of getting an echo or shindawa be cause I want something lighter...

They don't have anything lighter. Try the 100RX if you want light.