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Suds
08-06-2008, 10:23 AM
I have a Stihl FS110R but need a second trimmer. The Shindaiwa T242 will only be used for grass/weed trimming and I can get it brand new for $275. The FS110 has a couple of gearbox attachments I use with it. I don't always want to have to change heads back and forth.

Is the T242 Shindaiwa more of a homeowner machine or will it stand up to a lot of use? Should I just get another Stihl? Thanks

K/B
08-06-2008, 12:31 PM
The T242 is professional quality. Very good grass trimmer.

Big Wes
08-06-2008, 04:14 PM
The T242 is professional quality. Very good grass trimmer.


DITTO what he said. I have one and use it every day. When you pick it up buy a speed feed head for it.
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J&R Landscaping
08-06-2008, 05:14 PM
Ditto, It's a very nice unit!

K/B
08-07-2008, 09:35 AM
I guess the T242 is supposed to replace the T230/T231 series, IMO it's a much better replacement for the T230 than the T231 was.
I'm guessing that Shindaiwa will come out with replacements for the 260/261 and 270/272 series soon, and I hope they're as nice as the T242.

dga504
08-07-2008, 05:41 PM
Very nice piece of equipment I use it everyday and yes pick up the speedfeed head you will love it!

newz7151
08-07-2008, 07:53 PM
DITTO what he said. I have one and use it every day. When you pick it up buy a speed feed head for it.
:):cool2:


The 242 units we have been selling have all been coming with the 375 SpeedFeed head already installed.

MileHigh
08-07-2008, 08:00 PM
I bought a t242 at the beginning of this season...Liked it so much, that I bought another one cause there only $271.

Mine came stock with speed-feed heads...but I upgraded to the speed feed heads that can hold 24 feet of line.

Keith
08-07-2008, 08:36 PM
I was thinking about buying one last month, but there are virtually no dealers within 25 miles. I bought a Redmax TR2301S instead. Big mistake. I definitely want to get ahold of a 242 one day.

K/B
08-07-2008, 09:01 PM
The 242 units we have been selling have all been coming with the 375 SpeedFeed head already installed.

Funny. My dealer says his are all coming pre-installed with Speed-Feed 450's.

newz7151
08-07-2008, 11:00 PM
Funny. My dealer says his are all coming pre-installed with Speed-Feed 450's.

Some of our early ones were coming with the 450 head. Then they started coming with the 375. It may depend on what the distributor orders, but the 375s are glue sealed in the double unit box when they come in. The 375 is more a preferred head on the 242 because it is lighter weight and smaller diameter which puts less strain on the engine thus allowing for higher RPMs and faster recovery from a "grass tangle".

danielslawncare
08-09-2008, 07:16 PM
all of you on here that are praising the t242 should all check out the t222. it is the exact same thing, even lighter, has the old school throttle, and 50$ cheaper. it has a smaller head than my 242 came with....i am assuming it is the 375 speed feed or whatever, but boy it really rips. i will never get another 242.

dga504
08-09-2008, 09:01 PM
Daniels How long have you beeen using the t222 I had never thought of looking at this unit util your post it seems to have a larger engine and I see it has a solid steel main shaft.

KarambaStar
08-10-2008, 06:16 AM
The T222 has the same engine as the 242, but as a "HomePro" model it does have some down-graded features. It has a one-ring piston, vs. a 2-ring in the T242. The fan housing is plastic, on the T242 it's die-cast.

newz7151
08-10-2008, 05:21 PM
all of you on here that are praising the t242 should all check out the t222. it is the exact same thing, even lighter, has the old school throttle, and 50$ cheaper. it has a smaller head than my 242 came with....i am assuming it is the 375 speed feed or whatever, but boy it really rips. i will never get another 242.

As the other poster mentioned the difference between the 222 and 242. The 222 series is the replacement for the 22T and 22F HomePro series. It's $50 cheaper because it is built less rugged. It is designed for a home owner and thus is not covered for commercial use the same as the T242.

danielslawncare
08-12-2008, 11:05 PM
i have been using my t222 for a week now and it is doing just fine. i like it way better that the 242. just my opinion