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Merkava_4
03-02-2010, 05:17 AM
Where are they? The Chinese have all but taken over the mechanics
tools industry - I'm curious as heck what's keeping them from taking
over the LCO string trimmers, blowers, and hedgers. :confused:

MONTE
03-02-2010, 09:58 AM
They have been building for Stihl Husky and Redmax for several years. I am sure there are others.

grassman177
03-02-2010, 11:35 AM
oh they are there, just not popular here, yet. and if they make them super cheap like everything else stupid americans will buy them up like they are actually a deal

demhustler
03-02-2010, 05:22 PM
oh they are there, just not popular here, yet. and if they make them super cheap like everything else stupid americans will buy them up like they are actually a deal

G., are you - a Canadian?
: )))

grassman177
03-02-2010, 06:56 PM
nope fervent supporter of american as best i can. though, off base as there are no american handhelds left, but i will support japan and germany b4 china!

mowerdude777
03-02-2010, 07:43 PM
Redmax engines are made in japan it says it on the trimmer but they are assembled in the U.S as well as sthil.

Landscraper1
03-02-2010, 08:58 PM
The china made handhelds are here. I saw a bunch of China made handhelds by Cub Cadet. Also, Most of the snow throwers had Chinese engines on them this year.

grassman177
03-02-2010, 09:25 PM
that sucks, they have ruined the cub name which long ago was an american icon

Alan0354
03-02-2010, 10:27 PM
I think they must have invade the home owner's market. Check Craftsman, Ryobi and the like, I am sure you'll find some. Remember, the commercial market is still quite small compare to the home owner market where they kill the hand held by clogging the carb rather than wearing out!!!! And they keep buying new ones.

mowerdude777
03-02-2010, 10:30 PM
that sucks, they have ruined the cub name which long ago was an american icon

Yep and I rember seeing an old old old commerical on youtube for troybilt back in the day before they became part of mtd

Turf Dawg
03-03-2010, 01:16 AM
What seems strange to me is it seems a lot of foreign companies send their stuff to the US to be assembled like Japanese cars and lawn equipment, heck even the Germans Stihl are assembled here. But it seems like the US companies are sending all of our work to China and Mexico. Heck, even the "good ol American" Briggs closed a plant in the US and sent it to China. What makes me sick is that all these USA companies made all their money off of our fathers and grandfathers labor then booted us out and sent the labor to China, and oh yea, they want to have a price increase even though they are getting it assembled for just almost slave labor, so they can give themselves another bonus.

woodspirits
03-03-2010, 02:18 AM
What seems strange to me is it seems a lot of foreign companies send their stuff to the US to be assembled like Japanese cars and lawn equipment, heck even the Germans Stihl are assembled here. But it seems like the US companies are sending all of our work to China and Mexico. Heck, even the "good ol American" Briggs closed a plant in the US and sent it to China. What makes me sick is that all these USA companies made all their money off of our fathers and grandfathers labor then booted us out and sent the labor to China, and oh yea, they want to have a price increase even though they are getting it assembled for just almost slave labor, so they can give themselves another bonus.

The sad part of this "free trade agreement" is that labor costs have very little to do with the price of the Chinese imports. We run a small plastics molding company that was doing very well before the advent of Chinese imports.

My wife is a good accountant and crunched many numbers to see how we could compete. Her first deduction was that if we used a zero labor cost in our business that the Chinese were still underpricing us by almost 50%.

Whoa, how can that be? If our employees would be willing to work for $0.00 per hour we still could not match their prices. It may be free trade but it is not FAIR trade. The Chinese government will not permit their currency to be traded on the world market and thus can dictate the exchange rate with their trading partners. It is all just a money laundering scheme that our government is either afraid to or unwilling to correct..........I can still mow lawns for our retirement (no disrespect directed to anyone).....and I do. :usflag:

Landscraper1
03-03-2010, 10:31 AM
that sucks, they have ruined the cub name which long ago was an american icon

Yes, they were. I knew that once MTD purchased them, that was it. Their mowers are just yellow MTD's. That's how business is done nowadays. Don't bother competing. Just, buy the competition.:dizzy: