View Full Version : Which trimmer

08-05-2008, 07:49 PM
I know, opinion are like, well you know, but I'm in between two brands Tanaka and Robin/Dolmar. Let's here the opinions from real users of these brand trimmers. Also What Tanaka model is best suited from general commercial use.

08-05-2008, 07:59 PM
Stihl :)

Don't you have a similar thread going on?

08-05-2008, 10:12 PM
I bought a Tanaka hedge clipper and liked it so much I went for their line trimmer. I'm pleased with both units, no problems out of either. The trimmer is an older 300 model, I think the closest match to it now is a 280. If you don't have any bush wackin' to do the smaller 230 model is around 10 lbs and has the solid drive shaft.

08-05-2008, 10:25 PM

08-05-2008, 10:30 PM
I have a Stihl bg 85.... It's the worst piece of equipment I have. I have a yard boss, it's marginal at best I should have bought a Mantis. Currently I have 2 Honda trimmers they are only good for about a year, then they run like crap. I have read numerous complaints about the Stihl 4mix stuff, so I want to go in a different direction.

08-05-2008, 10:33 PM
shindawa all the way

lawns Etc
08-06-2008, 01:01 AM
I have had 5 Tanaka going on 3 years now all TBC2501 and they are good I have only been through a couple throttle cables thanks to Trimmertrap rack but they have been good to me and the heads are the best that I have came across as they never jam but you will wear a few spools out as the bump button is pretty thin. I have to replace a throttle cable tommorow now that I saw this thread.

08-06-2008, 09:18 AM
Since you didn't mention other brands, I would say Robin.
Otherwise I would have said Shindaiwa. I'd say Robin is pretty much on par with Shindaiwa, though.

08-06-2008, 11:04 AM
I've never used either myself; I have a friend who bought a Tanaka brushcutter over 25 years ago for personal use and its' still running strong with absolutely no maintenance other than spark plug changes.

If you have a Kawasaki dealer near by take a look at them; I've been running them for about 4 years with very good results. I have looked at the Shindiawa trimmers and they look pretty good....