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statman
09-26-2010, 12:41 AM
What is your choice for a $200 trimmer?

Alan0354
09-26-2010, 01:26 AM
Actually you have to increase to about $220 because I don't think you can get any Echo Straight shaft for $200.

Anyone you get, you need the Speedfeed head.

StihlMechanic
09-26-2010, 01:38 AM
I would take the $200 and buy a used fs80, 85, or 90. $200 new?

bigfish5
09-26-2010, 02:37 AM
Been using a husqvarna 125l for the past 2.5 years, still going strong. Bought it for 199.00 at the local husky dealer. Not a single problem out of it.
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Richard Martin
09-26-2010, 03:55 AM
I just bought a Tanaka 22 (I'm not writing that whole mess of a model number out) for $189 minus a $40 rebate. I wrote a review on it so you can get an idea of what you get for $200.

doublesharp
09-26-2010, 09:24 AM
Kawasaki straight shaft for 187.50 delivered. I'm satisfied with mine. 25cc engine holds about 15 ft of .095 line and runs good. Read Richard Martins Tanaka review and it describes how the Kaw gets put together out of the box and the Kaw spool sounds exactly like his Tan/Hitachi. Easy enough to load line. I refilled with .095. It came with heavier line probably .105. Here's where I bought mine. My purchase went smooth and seller is an auth dealer so warranty is valid although it may be a pain to use.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280531452230&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

LushGreenLawn
09-26-2010, 09:48 AM
Dont buy a used trimmer. If your stuck on $200 than the Kawi. Its not a true commercial trimmer, but I have one and its pretty close.

I used to be the guy that laughed at a trimmer if it was under $350, but honestly, with how we run them, I cannot seem to get more than two years out of a commercial trimmer now matter how much it costs. Had high end Sthils, Echos, Tanakas, and now kawi's. Same thing, stick edger or trimmer, almost two years on the dot..... trashed. We use them all day every day though.

Now I reserve the high end trimmers for brush work, and the cheap $200 trimmers seem to work well for lawns that are already well manicured.

I'm going to try Husqvarna next. Bought their $200 stick edger, and it has just as much power and tuns just as well as any $400 edger I have had. Their bottom end commercial trimmer is $250, but if it runs anywhere near how their cheap stick edger does, I will be happy.

LushGreenLawn
09-26-2010, 09:49 AM
Been using a husqvarna 125l for the past 2.5 years, still going strong. Bought it for 199.00 at the local husky dealer. Not a single problem out of it.
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Oops, missed your post before I made mine. I didn't know husky made a $200 trimmer. I might check it out.

Alan0354
09-26-2010, 12:51 PM
Looks like more and more people are going for more practical route on hand helds.

It never make sense to me why people HAVE to have the "ONE", paying big money and then pay more to the dealer to maintain it. Can you imagin a $350 trimmer with two service of $120 each for 5 years. That will be $600 with tax. You honestly think the "ONE" will last three time as long as the ones mentioned here?

I said it many times, if you treat it as a toy like me, then yes, buy the "ONE" and imagin it will work better than anything else. If you use them as tools, then just go with the most logical way. If you have crews, what do you care?

I shouldn't be putting people down too much on wanting to have the "ONE" since I am one of them, sweating months on the "BEST" hedge trimmer!!!:laugh: Just admit to yourself that this is your toy and be happy!!!

You want to get the job done, get the low two hundreds trimmers and use it as dispossables or read the other posts about buying tools with the same engine and learn how to fix it yourself. You have your bigger ZTRs that you have to have the dealer sucking your money already. You still want to contribute more to the dealer for this kind of simple stuff?

statman
09-26-2010, 05:52 PM
i'm asking because I spent about $300 on a stihl fs85 several years ago and have been wrenching on it for a week and am readdy to toss it

mowerdude777
09-26-2010, 06:43 PM
I have had the Echo 210 (echos $200 trimmer) I HATED it, I have a $200 Kawasaki blower though and it is great, I personaly pefer the more expensive (higher quality) trimmers thougn but my vote will go to kawasaki

TheC-Master
09-26-2010, 08:48 PM
I have the fs250, but that would be a one trimmer, or a special trimmer. For the most part the smaller ones do just fine for crews. You have to keep those costs down.

olde_blue
09-27-2010, 10:34 PM
Whether you pay $200 or $300, the initial cost of a string trimmer isn't the main cost of running it. Over an expected life of about 3 years and 1500 hours, the trimmer will drink about 300 gallons of gas ($750+), 6 gallons of 2-cycle oil ($120+), use up about 27 lbs of line (9 3 lbs spools or about $180), and wear out at 6+ bump head buttons (if $10 each, that's $60). Plus tax. Plus repair parts (although it makes more economic sense just to run them for 2-3 years, and then throw them away when they break--the parts are too expensive--and forget about paying someone to fix them).

The $200 trimmer will cost you $1310, or $437 per year to run.

The $300 trimmer will cost you $1410, or $470 per year to run.

Personally, I pick the trimmer I prefer the ergonomics and balance of. I'm currently on the 3rd year of my 2nd Stihl FS100RX (about $270).

GlynnC
09-27-2010, 10:52 PM
Whether you pay $200 or $300, the initial cost of a string trimmer isn't the main cost of running it. Over an expected life of about 3 years and 1500 hours, the trimmer will drink about 300 gallons of gas ($750+), 6 gallons of 2-cycle oil ($120+), use up about 27 lbs of line (9 3 lbs spools or about $180), and wear out at 6+ bump head buttons (if $10 each, that's $60). Plus tax. Plus repair parts (although it makes more economic sense just to run them for 2-3 years, and then throw them away when they break--the parts are too expensive--and forget about paying someone to fix them).

The $200 trimmer will cost you $1310, or $437 per year to run.

The $300 trimmer will cost you $1410, or $470 per year to run.

Personally, I pick the trimmer I prefer the ergonomics and balance of. I'm currently on the 3rd year of my 2nd Stihl FS100RX (about $270).

I think I agree with you on all points. I'm amazed at the dollars I get paid to fix old, run hard, many run hours, trimmers when they really should be replaced--and that's what I usually recommend--but I have 2 guys who are doing everything they can to keep their old equipment running.

Merkava_4
09-27-2010, 11:39 PM
Personally, I pick the trimmer I prefer the ergonomics and balance of.


We have a winner!! :clapping:

adblackett
10-02-2010, 12:04 PM
Stihl 55 for $219, from what I hear it's not the one you want running 40 hours a week, but it will work for less than 20 accounts (me). Sure beats my old gifted Homelite.

N.TX
10-03-2010, 10:05 AM
Echo for 220

touhey33
10-03-2010, 01:12 PM
Whether you pay $200 or $300, the initial cost of a string trimmer isn't the main cost of running it. Over an expected life of about 3 years and 1500 hours, the trimmer will drink about 300 gallons of gas ($750+), 6 gallons of 2-cycle oil ($120+), use up about 27 lbs of line (9 3 lbs spools or about $180), and wear out at 6+ bump head buttons (if $10 each, that's $60). Plus tax. Plus repair parts (although it makes more economic sense just to run them for 2-3 years, and then throw them away when they break--the parts are too expensive--and forget about paying someone to fix them).

The $200 trimmer will cost you $1310, or $437 per year to run.

The $300 trimmer will cost you $1410, or $470 per year to run.

Personally, I pick the trimmer I prefer the ergonomics and balance of. I'm currently on the 3rd year of my 2nd Stihl FS100RX (about $270).

You go through more then 6 bump heads. Wow.