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AllAmericanlawn
03-08-2011, 01:02 AM
Are the more expensive trimmers really better? Why? Is more power all u get? Looking at buying a Redmax. Really leaning toward the 2350 at 9.5lbs and only around $250. Although their more expensive trimmers seem to all be lighter than most with same power.

fga
03-08-2011, 01:14 AM
Are the more expensive trimmers really better? Why? Is more power all u get? Looking at buying a Redmax. Really leaning toward the 2350 at 9.5lbs and only around $250. Although their more expensive trimmers seem to all be lighter than most with same power.

Depends on your budget, but I tend to go down the middle with quality. Not cheap, but i dont need the highest quality on the floor for what I do.

I love redmax trimmers, I have the exact one you mentioned. Great trimmer. I got mine for $219. cant go wrong.

knox gsl
03-08-2011, 01:17 AM
That's a great trimmer, and this is coming from a stihl only guy.
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ncknaklawns
03-08-2011, 01:28 AM
Light weight and cheap. Its got to last a few years either way. I have an FS110 that has more power than I need. I am always trying to hold the trigger half way. And along chain link I tap the trigger on/of so the cord wraps through the fence without breaking.
I am about to put in the third accelerator cable. Lasts about 2 yrs for me, $25.
I might try one of those redmaxes next as long as I can run the stihl 50:1 mix.

AllAmericanlawn
03-08-2011, 01:53 AM
I have always bought the mid level trimmers myself. $300 or less for most i have had. But, are the $350 - 400 trimmers worth it. Are they built to last longer?

Merkava_4
03-08-2011, 03:39 AM
But, are the $350 - 400 trimmers worth it. Are they built to last longer?

Each brand will have their group of commercial trimmers and they're all the same quality, but the more expensive models will have larger engines.

LilRabbit
03-08-2011, 10:11 AM
I'm a sthil guy and have three 4-mix trimmers but my favroite is a dolmar 22, it's like 4 pounds but not a big gas tank so fill up before you leave the truck. I have an old straight shaft Husky that is pretty light and has some good power.

ncknaklawns
03-08-2011, 10:12 AM
and heavier.

Agape
03-08-2011, 11:01 AM
The more power you have, the better it edges, however I was going to get the most powerful one I could get my hands on, and my buddy Jim warned me that too much power will torque in your hands and be harder to control on edging. so I saved a few bucks and got (don't wanna run out to my garage) I believe, the stihl FS70 and have been real happy with it.

Knight511
03-08-2011, 01:15 PM
Part-time residential mower... I have had my Echo SRM-230 for 11 years and have only had to replace the coil pack that wasn't regular maintenance. It isn't the most powerful, but it serves me well. If I did more commercial/field type mowing, I would want more power... but I have NEVER thought about more power with the work I do.

944own
06-08-2011, 07:53 PM
I have mainly all stihl trimmers I use a fs110 and a fs130 hear lately it has been soo hot the weight of these trimmers is killing me. I picked up a redmax 2350 last week and it is all I have used since I bought it. I actually sold my fs110 and just kept the fs130 for heavy stuff but for everyday use I have found a new trimmer. It is light and cheap my dealer charged me 239 plus tax I have heard of guys getting them for 219 but the dealer started at 259 so I was happy with what I paid.

ProStreetCamaro
06-08-2011, 08:11 PM
Are the more expensive trimmers really better? Why? Is more power all u get? Looking at buying a Redmax. Really leaning toward the 2350 at 9.5lbs and only around $250. Although their more expensive trimmers seem to all be lighter than most with same power.



I just picked that trimmer up this past saturday. Great little light as a feather trimmer!

RSK Property Maintenance
06-08-2011, 08:15 PM
Are the more expensive trimmers really better? Why? Is more power all u get? Looking at buying a Redmax. Really leaning toward the 2350 at 9.5lbs and only around $250. Although their more expensive trimmers seem to all be lighter than most with same power.

I use only husky 326xl's and later they changed to 326ls but they have a great power to weight ratio, very light, balanced, and last a long time. they run about 300 per trimmer.

RLS24
06-08-2011, 08:50 PM
if your properties are maintained, then you REALLY shouldnt need a powerful trimmer. I'd buy on weight if its just going to be your lawn maintenance trimmer. Lower edn Commercial works for me. I have 2 Echo SRM-201s with I dont know how many hours, and I cant kill the things!

Alan0354
06-08-2011, 09:37 PM
Assuming you are talking about 25cc range, I don't think more money is better. For bigger trimmer, they usually are more expensive. I would not pay over $300 for a 25cc trimmer. Trimmer like Husqvarna 223 is very very good for about $249. I would not make the requirement that it has to last for years because unless you know how to fix small things yourself, it is going to cost you $100 a pop to bring it in for service. You might as well look for comfort, easy to start and reasonable price. 223 is the best bang for the buck. From posts here, it last just as long if not longer than all the top rated, expensive brands.

Tofutti
06-08-2011, 09:45 PM
Yeah, I'd personally stay within the 21-23cc range... lightweight, ( still lose over half a pound vs. a 25cc) because in the heat, every ounce matters. You could do quite well with something like that for just everyday trimming. And, spend just around $200 for a new one that size. Throw a bigger one on the truck for days when more is needed (which will probably be only a dozen hours/season).

jiggz
06-08-2011, 10:01 PM
2350 is an amazing trimmer.. the housing is plastis though,, he bigger ones are metal.. but who cares its almosr 2 lbs lighter.. i love em

madisonpressurewashing
06-08-2011, 11:48 PM
Red Max 2350 is great! Bought in this spring and had have five other go out and buy one like it after useing mine. Wish it was a cc big and 2-3 DBs quieter, but, that is with all my hand helds.

7625
06-09-2011, 01:39 AM
I have the RedMax 2401 (two of them) and love them. Had Stihl before gave one to my son the other is in my shed,(for the last four years). Matter of fact, I also have the 7100 BP blower, and stick edger. I've had no trouble with them.

grincon
06-09-2011, 02:12 AM
I have a 2401 also. It took a bit to get it running right(figuring out where the adjustment screw was) but its better than any stihl trimmers. I also have the 2350 and an fs250r but that one is like 40cc's

nobagger
06-09-2011, 08:35 AM
We still run a Echo SRM210 since 2003ish. the only problem is the foam padding on the handle is ripping apart. It gets used just about every day, all day.

lawnkingforever
06-09-2011, 08:41 AM
A lower end commercial trimmer is all I need for my intended application. My SRM 210 has held held up well over the years.

Will P.C.
06-09-2011, 01:43 PM
Assuming you are talking about 25cc range, I don't think more money is better. For bigger trimmer, they usually are more expensive. I would not pay over $300 for a 25cc trimmer. Trimmer like Husqvarna 223 is very very good for about $249. I would not make the requirement that it has to last for years because unless you know how to fix small things yourself, it is going to cost you $100 a pop to bring it in for service. You might as well look for comfort, easy to start and reasonable price. 223 is the best bang for the buck. From posts here, it last just as long if not longer than all the top rated, expensive brands.

+1

Taking a small engine like a trimmer for repair is costly. It should be a priority to learn about fixing the trimmers yourself if you want to squeeze a couple more years out of them. Just because you spend an extra 200 on the top shelf trimmer, does not mean you will get an extra 2 years out it.

I think most guys go for the lower end -middle end for commercial equipment. If they get 3-4 years out it, they are happy.

Compared to some other costs like your Z mowers, handhelds are on the cheaper side for this business. Yet, they are very important as they get used every stop

SNAPPER MAN
06-09-2011, 02:17 PM
I think the more expensive ones are worth it. I run all stihl fs-250r's and to me they are worth the extra money.
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