View Full Version : Shindaiwa T-270-Ever Returned One?
J. Bret Holder
09-15-2002, 11:37 PM
I have been using Maruyama string trimmers since 1994. Our local Maruyama dealer down here shut down a few years ago. The closest Maruyama dealer now has some distance between us.
I recently purchased a Shindaiwa T-270 since I have heard how wonderful it is. Yes, it is a great machine until you flip it over and try to edge with it. Then it boggs down bad. I have adjusted the carburetor's idle and the motor still boggs. Does Shindaiwa just have a disorientation problem altogether?
Has anyone here ever purchased a Shindaiwa trimmer, only to return it to the store a few days later because of this sort of problem? This one is going back.
I'm calling tomorrow morning to that distant dealer. Maruyama for me! I should have known, if it ain't broke don't fix it.
P.S. I do love Stihl for hedge trimmers!
09-15-2002, 11:46 PM
My Stihl FS 85RT does that too. It does it in cycles, though. It'll edge good for about 1 minute, no problem. I don't have long runs of edging, only on one job, so it's trim, edge, flip over and trim some more, constantly switching. One job that I have I have alot of edging where I have to edge for 2-3 minutes at a time. It will bog so I flip it over and run it, then continue. It kind pisses me off, my 'ol Homelite never did that! LOL. I don't know what the deal is but I sure would like to find out. BTW, I've got my idle screw set so that it idles low so the head doesn't spin AS much as it used to.
09-15-2002, 11:49 PM
I bet its just the one you bought, Id go try another in the parking lot and see if it does the same thing.
When I bough a 480 blower, it would always bogg down at half throttle, but run good at full throttle. I took it in to the dealer atleast 5 times, it would work good for a few weeks then do it again. Finnally my dealer said "do you just want a new one" Well duh. To bad they didnt have any 480's, so I had to take a EB500! ;)
09-16-2002, 12:03 AM
check your fuel pickup tube in the tank. some trimmers pickup sticks in the part of the tank that is at the top when you turn it up. I have had the same problem a few times on my stihl and i just shake it some and the fuel pickup falls down into the fuel and no other problem. Also some people say that the carb has a vacume leak that is not allowing it to suck fuel in the upside down state. Since i have moved the fuel pickup I have never had that problem on my stihl that is 2 years old or my new one that is about a month old.
Check the fuel pickup before returning it. Shin trimmers are good as with stihl and maruy. Just remember that all these are Man made and can sometimes have a bad one due to human error in assembly. Don't judge a brand by one piece of equipment. Give the dealer a chance to fix it once before you ask for your money back.
On Edit: On my month old stihl, I have had a new cyl head put in due to an assembly error in not putting a clip in the wrist pin for the piston that locked the trimmer up. I own several other stihl products that have had 0 problems till this includeing my 2 1/2 year old stihl trimmer that was my first stihl product used almost daily.
09-16-2002, 12:07 AM
Man, I've had so many Shindaiwas over the years that I've lost count. I've never known one to do that right out of the gate. Give it a couple of seasons and sure, cause then they have a lot of use on them.
If, while in the store, it was dropped, it might have a crack in the isolator block. That would cause it to leak vacuum and may give the symptoms you describe. Take heart, your problem is not with the T-270s across the board. Your's is definately the exception to the rule.
09-16-2002, 01:38 AM
I've had a Stihl or 2 do that before. It was a carb problem. Dealer put a new carb on and it fixed the problem. There is so many epa regulations in those carbs that it sometimes happens on them. Get the dealer to put a new carb on and you'll probably be happy with that Shindawa.
J. Bret Holder
09-16-2002, 08:44 AM
I will see what the dealer can do to fix the problem. I would like to support Shindaiwa the same way as many of you stand behind them. You know how we LCOs are, we don't have time for limitations.
I forgot to mention, we also just bought that "brick pushin' Shindaiwa EB-630 backpack blower"! That contraption means business! If its a choice between a RedMax EB-7000 or this Shindaiwa EB-630, I'd flip a coin. They are both outstanding backpack blowers!
Thank you for your comments!
09-16-2002, 09:24 AM
Just fixed this same problem last week on my new T270. The in-tank filter is too heavy and it kinks the pickup tube. Replace with a lighter filter and it should work perfectly. I suggest you send a nasty email to Shindaiwa to let them know someone else is having this problem. They we not helpful for me.
09-16-2002, 10:31 AM
I have three T-270's and they have all done that a little out of the box. I just adjusted the carb. and the problem was fixed. Make sure your mixture of gas and oil is right. I think the Shindaiwa says 50:1 we use 40:1 and it works fine. hope this helps, Bill
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