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bonddude
06-15-2009, 10:34 AM
The time has come that i need to upgrade. Im looking forward to purchasing a new trimmer and backpack blower. All the big brands (echo, stihl, shindaiwa, redmax) are offered within 5 minutes of my house so dealer support isn't so bad. With so many choices it seems whenever i think i have my mind made up, I find another one that seems better.:hammerhead:

So basically Im looking for the most powerful blower I can get at the best deal I can get. My stihl dealership is really firm on their prices but I got him down to $480 for the br600. My echo dealer has the pb-755 and I got him down to $430 for that, although i havn't heard rave reviews on it like the stihl it does offer a 5 year warrentee. As for the redmax and shindaiwa I havn't looked much into price for them but the shindaiwa eb8520 seems like it is the most powerful out of all of them. But it seems everyone like the redmax 8001 the most. Which lo and behold is probably the most expensive.

Trimmer wise they seem to all have great features. Mainly im looking for a trimmer that has a solid shaft (strait shaft also) and is reliable. In all im looking to try and keep it all under $750 for the blower and trimmer. What should i get? :cool2:

Cuttinitclose
06-15-2009, 10:48 AM
BR 600 and FS 90R = $800 + tax. Over your range but well worth it.

bonddude
06-15-2009, 11:00 AM
That was the first combination I had in mind. I'd like to stay single branded, but it seems like shiny trimmers are the way to go with their speed feed head. Although I'd much rather buy american made, even though i dont think one of the big brands are american, maybe echo is...

woodmedic
06-15-2009, 11:34 AM
Stihl is built in Virginia Beach VA.

bonddude
06-15-2009, 12:00 PM
I think that makes my decision then. A br-600 for sure, but trimmer wise should i get the rx100 fs90 or fs110?

4 seasons lawn&land
06-15-2009, 02:46 PM
bond, pick up the smallest red max trimmer, litterally, go to the dealer and hold it, you will buy it on the spot. The thing rips and is 9 pounds. I bought a new straight shaft Echo (somewhere in the middle for size) just last year. The end of last year I discovered the new for 08 smallest red max trimmer. I forgot the model but its in my sig. The echo sits in the garage, Ill put a metal blade or something on it... The red max has WAY more power and seriously weighs what feels like half. You got to see the thing to belive how small it is. It's like a red apple on the end of a trimmer shaft. When they developed it they centered around simple and minimalist design elements... Oh and I have an 8001 blower.

genesis215
06-15-2009, 03:21 PM
The Stihl BR 600 and FS 100RX would be my first choice. I have the BR 600, and it's wonderful. The FS 100RX is VERY light and has TONS of power. I can't wait to sell my RedMax TR2300S to get one.

But, for your price range, the Echo PB-755ST and Shindaiwa T242 would be great too. The Echo is a very good blower, but doesn't have quite the power of the BR 600. The Shindaiwa T242 is from what I have heard an awesome little trimmer that has plenty of power for normal use. It's very light too.

topsites
06-15-2009, 03:54 PM
The fs90, fs100, and the fs110, those are not trimmers!

Cuttinitclose
06-15-2009, 04:01 PM
They FS 90R is more power than I need for a while and I'll be picking up a BR 550 or BR 600 soon. Great products from what I hear.

TomberLawn
06-15-2009, 04:11 PM
I've got a 755 blower and love it. No problems out of it whatsoever. I've had it about 2 years. It is very powerful. I haven't run a Stihl BR600, but I hear they are really nice--lighter, less fuel, and more wind.

bonddude
06-15-2009, 04:22 PM
Well I went into the dealership and spluged a little on the br-600. Now I just need to decide on the trimmer I want. Its between the fs 90r and the fs 100rx both are 300. I like my stihl dealership a lot thats the main reason I went with stihl, otherwise I was leaning toward shindy.

Cuttinitclose
06-15-2009, 04:25 PM
The 90R you can put attachments on the 100RX is a grass trimmer ONLY. FS 90 R if I was you.

bonddude
06-15-2009, 04:31 PM
I won't ever be putting attachments on it and it will be stricktly for trimming. So is the fs 100rx the way to go?

genesis215
06-15-2009, 04:52 PM
Yes, if you won't ever run attachments then definitely get the FS 100RX. You will love it.

birdman0494
06-15-2009, 05:00 PM
in florida br 600s run for 440 but i can squueze the dealer for 420 no offense but dont be a pussy it doesnt hurt to bargain with them show them this link ?

http://www.stihldealer.net/productdetails-dealer-012497-prodid-464-toplvl-9-catid-9-subcat-9-catprods-52.aspx

bonddude
06-15-2009, 06:10 PM
I tried to get him to move lower due to the fact i could get the Shindy blowers and the echo blowers cheaper. He wouldn't budge any. He also used to live near my parents a few years ago. So I feel good having my money go to him. I don't think he sells many stihl products. He is mainly a wood stove dealer. He has the stihl chainsaws to go along and also has the trimmers and blowers. Whats the gas consumption like between the fs100rx and the fs90r. If the 90 is mariginally better due to its 4mix design I'd probably get it, but otherwise fs100rx all the way.

FYS777
06-15-2009, 06:24 PM
go ECHO and don't look back, it all depends How YOU take care of them!!!! ECHO is good.

Lazer_Z
06-15-2009, 06:38 PM
I tried to get him to move lower due to the fact i could get the Shindy blowers and the echo blowers cheaper. He wouldn't budge any. He also used to live near my parents a few years ago. So I feel good having my money go to him. I don't think he sells many stihl products. He is mainly a wood stove dealer. He has the stihl chainsaws to go along and also has the trimmers and blowers. Whats the gas consumption like between the fs100rx and the fs90r. If the 90 is mariginally better due to its 4mix design I'd probably get it, but otherwise fs100rx all the way.They both use the 4 Mix engines. The only difference is in the power, the FS 90 R is 28.4cc's the FS 100 RX is 31.4cc's.

Cuttinitclose
06-15-2009, 06:45 PM
Go with the FS 100RX. You will be more than happy. Fuel consumption is very good.

hitechlm
06-15-2009, 06:49 PM
fs 90r and br 600, i own alot of each and wouldnt go any other way

4 seasons lawn&land
06-15-2009, 08:11 PM
I have an FS 90 as well. Thing is a tank! I keep the power broom on it since they have to be heavy anyway. Thing sucks more gas than my 6.0 Chevy too...