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clydesdale
07-09-2012, 09:51 PM
I need a lightweight everyday string trimmer. I was leaning to the 323L until I found that the 326LS is also very light weight and has a skid plate, uses less gas, and runs at a lower rpm. Can anyone tell me their experiences with using both? Sorry, for the different threads on this, but I think it is now boiled down to one of these two machines. I am going to the dealer tomorrow, but he does not have a 323L in stock. I can wait for anything that will be the proper fit. I am in no rush for a second place trimmer. Thanks.

Darryl G
07-09-2012, 10:01 PM
I haven't used both but just picked up a 323 Saturday...seems really nice. I wasn't sure whether to get the 223, 323 or 326. My dealer said the 323 was worth the extra $30 for the lifetime drive shaft warranty. I was in a rush though and couldn't see much benefit to moving up to the 326. If my dealer had told me to get it I would have though. What what I've heard and read, they're all good trimmers...don't think you can really go wrong with any of them. The one thing that surprised me was how easy the 323 recoil pulls...can't really feel the engine at all. Not sure if it has a compression release or some "easy start" mechanism or what but it's the easiest pulling trimmer I've ever used.

clydesdale
07-09-2012, 10:05 PM
Thanks. Yes, it has some sort of "smart start" technology.

Ridin' Green
07-09-2012, 10:40 PM
The 323 has Husky's smart start system that is like the Stihl Easy-To-Start. It basically winds a smal spring up in the rewind until it is taught enough to overcome the engines compression, and then it unwinds quickly and spins the engine over.

leon2245
07-10-2012, 01:06 AM
Not that anyone here shops at lowes, but don't they carry the 323? Or was that the 327 I saw the other day?

Tough call. Seems to be a lot of overlap between these two.

clydesdale
07-10-2012, 01:36 PM
Nobody around me has these models in stock, so I am going to have to order them without seeing them. So, I am hoping someone has used both.

Darryl G
07-10-2012, 08:37 PM
There are at least 5 Husqvarna dealers within 10 miles of Carmel, NY. None of them carry these models? Really?

clydesdale
07-10-2012, 09:44 PM
The only one that I did not call of the 1st seven dealers that pop up was "Village Hardware". Sorry, but I deal with power equipment places, not small hardware stores. Yes, NONE of them carry these machines. They had 224, but no 323 or 326.

Darryl G
07-10-2012, 11:19 PM
WTF...they're missing out. My preferred dealer (a rental yard) says they sell a LOT of the 223 and 323s. It's what many of the LCOs around me have switched to because they're so light yet have plenty of power.

Ridin' Green
07-10-2012, 11:23 PM
Do a search for "servicing" dealers in your area. Small hardware store or no, they will service your equipment, and quite often a lot quicker than the big stores do. I actually prefer those type of dealers. They get to know you on a first name basis, and treat you better than the big dealers do. That is, unless you are a really large operation that spends a ton of money with them every year or two.

mayhem69
02-18-2014, 05:07 PM
sorry to revive this old thread, but im thinking about buying one of these lighter string trimmers. What kind of oil do you guys run in your husky trimmers? Being the manufacturer oil is costly, what do you recommend?

Ridin' Green
02-18-2014, 05:29 PM
Amsoil Saber at 80:1. Way cheaper to by, and as good a oil as you can get.

Big Dog Diablo
02-18-2014, 11:39 PM
I bought a new 325L in 04 and it finally gave out on me in fall of 2012. I wish that thing had an hour meter on cause I can tell you it was a bunch. I could put it up for winter and in the spring it would start within two pulls. Needless to say I went and bought me a new 323L and love it. Can't go wrong with a Husqvarna trimmer but I didn't have much luck with their backpack blowers.

Nate'sLawnCare
02-19-2014, 12:22 AM
I have a 326L and it's a great trimmer, very light and plenty strong. As for the start assist some referred to, I have a 223L with that and it died. I replaced the mechanism with a standard direct unit and no issues with it now.

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 12:25 AM
How old is your 223L that has the start assist? I have never seen that on one. Mine is a few years old now and still runs like a champ.

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 12:26 AM
I bought a new 325L in 04 and it finally gave out on me in fall of 2012. I wish that thing had an hour meter on cause I can tell you it was a bunch. I could put it up for winter and in the spring it would start within two pulls. Needless to say I went and bought me a new 323L and love it. Can't go wrong with a Husqvarna trimmer but I didn't have much luck with their backpack blowers.

Which model BP of theirs did you have bad luck with? the newest ones-560/570/580 are excellent blowers with great reps. I have had my 570 since the first month they hit the market in the fall of 2011, and have yet to have any problems with it.

Nate'sLawnCare
02-19-2014, 01:04 AM
How old is your 223L that has the start assist? I have never seen that on one. Mine is a few years old now and still runs like a champ.

It's probably 2 or 3 years old. Bought it at Lowe's, so I don't know if it was a different spec, maybe homeowner model. The new starting mechanism bolted right on, it's the same one that's on my 326 I believe.

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 01:09 AM
It's probably 2 or 3 years old. Bought it at Lowe's, so I don't know if it was a different spec, maybe homeowner model. The new starting mechanism bolted right on, it's the same one that's on my 326 I believe.

That's interesting. The one's at the area Lowe's here are all like mine. There is no difference between the models they sell at Lowe's and a dealer, but maybe that was something they thought they'd try for a while on the 223L since they figured more HO's would buy them than commercial guys. They're good little trimmers, that's for sure.

Big Dog Diablo
02-19-2014, 02:37 AM
Ridin I had two of them and think they were a 165BT, does that sound right? I bought one the same day I bought the 325L and bought another one the next spring. I had nothing but trouble out of both of them. I ended up giving one to my Dad and I struggled with the other one for a few summers. Last year I broke down and bought an Echo 770 and love it. I'm not real crazy about their trimmers (weight) but love the blower. I may try another Husqvarna Backpack cause I'd really like to have all my trimmers and blowers be the same brand.

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 11:21 AM
Ridin I had two of them and think they were a 165BT, does that sound right? I bought one the same day I bought the 325L and bought another one the next spring. I had nothing but trouble out of both of them. I ended up giving one to my Dad and I struggled with the other one for a few summers. Last year I broke down and bought an Echo 770 and love it. I'm not real crazy about their trimmers (weight) but love the blower. I may try another Husqvarna Backpack cause I'd really like to have all my trimmers and blowers be the same brand.

I'm not sure on the older model numbers from, several years back, so maybe 165 is correct, but I have not heard of that one that I can recall. I know they make the 150 BT and also the 350 BT which are the same except for harness and pipes. Try a 570 or 580. You will love it. Noticeably more power than the 770 even, and both have better harnesses than any other blower made including the RM's. I was on my way to buy a 770 when I finally found a guy who had a 570 to try (everyone else was already sold out of them). I had already tried the 8500 RM which is the 580 in red, and the 770 Echo. As soon as I tried the 570, I knew I had found what I was looking for. So far, it has been awesome, and zero trouble after two full seasons.

mayhem69
02-19-2014, 01:35 PM
That's interesting. The one's at the area Lowe's here are all like mine. There is no difference between the models they sell at Lowe's and a dealer, but maybe that was something they thought they'd try for a while on the 223L since they figured more HO's would buy them than commercial guys. They're good little trimmers, that's for sure.

I just bought a 223L today with the 20% off man. rebate. My dealer and i sat the 223L and 326L next to eachother. Not much difference between the two, besides handle, and motor shields.
He stated they both have the same motor.
What is your experiences with the 223L?

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 01:46 PM
I've used mine for the last two full seasons as my main trimmer. With the right line it can handle 95% of all trimming needs. It is light and handy. The 323 & 326 have an additional 20% power and the 326 routes the exhaust out of the engine shroud better than the 223 & 323, which is a lot better in that it keeps your throttle arm cooler.

mayhem69
02-19-2014, 02:01 PM
I've used mine for the last two full seasons as my main trimmer. With the right line it can handle 95% of all trimming needs. It is light and handy. The 323 & 326 have an additional 20% power and the 326 routes the exhaust out of the engine shroud better than the 223 & 323, which is a lot better in that it keeps your throttle arm cooler.


what kind of line would that be? damn, i was told the 223 had same motor as the 326, kinda have buyers remorse now!
Hope i have good luck with this 223!
I was going to pay the little extra for the 326

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 02:09 PM
The 223, 323, and 326 all have the same engine, but the 323 and 326 are carbed differently for more power.

The best line I have ever used, and the one that works so well in my 223L is Oregon Gator Magnum Super Twist. it is the grey colored stuff with the black Aramid chord down the center. It cuts like a pair of sharp scissors, and is tough like all Gator Magnum line.

mayhem69
02-19-2014, 03:17 PM
The 223, 323, and 326 all have the same engine, but the 323 and 326 are carbed differently for more power.

The best line I have ever used, and the one that works so well in my 223L is Oregon Gator Magnum Super Twist. it is the grey colored stuff with the black Aramid chord down the center. It cuts like a pair of sharp scissors, and is tough like all Gator Magnum line.

thanks for your help ridin Green!
I actually had to go back to the dealer cause i forgot the manual package. The owner was going to let me trade up the 223 for the 326.
He stated he would not if he were me. He said the only major difference is like you stated, the carb , which costs $70 more also.
So i kept it!!
after comparing those 2 models side by side in the Husky book!! really no difference really besides the carb and exterior plastic pieces on the outside of motor. Not enough for me to pay the extra $60, and the 2 very nice guys there also agreed.
What is this adjustment i read about after 10 fill ups?

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 03:22 PM
They come with the carb set up for it to run rich during the break in period. You can follow the directions in the manual, but being that they were translated over to english, they may be a bit hard to follow if you aren't familiar with doing it. Just let your dealer do it for you after 10 or so tanks of gas have been run through it if you aren't sure about what you are doing. You don't want to go too lean and burn the thing up, or too rich and lose power and waste gas.

tcm5483
02-19-2014, 03:44 PM
I have been using the 326ls for a year now have no complaint with the trimmer has plenty of power and like you said light weight saves a lot of hurt at the end of the day.

mayhem69
02-19-2014, 03:57 PM
The 223, 323, and 326 all have the same engine, but the 323 and 326 are carbed differently for more power.

The best line I have ever used, and the one that works so well in my 223L is Oregon Gator Magnum Super Twist. it is the grey colored stuff with the black Aramid chord down the center. It cuts like a pair of sharp scissors, and is tough like all Gator Magnum line.

did you ever try the blue twisted gatorline? its a little cheaper, is this the older version? i couldnt find any info. on it
http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-20-102-Platinum-Gatorline-0-095-Inch/dp/B00782PC88/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1392843371&sr=1-1&keywords=oregon+20-102

Valk
02-19-2014, 04:34 PM
The Platinum is the blue...and the grey is the Magnum.

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 04:34 PM
did you ever try the blue twisted gatorline? its a little cheaper, is this the older version? i couldnt find any info. on it
http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-20-102-Platinum-Gatorline-0-095-Inch/dp/B00782PC88/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1392843371&sr=1-1&keywords=oregon+20-102

Yep. I've posted quite a bit about it in the past. It is excellent stuff too, but for whatever reason, it bogs down the little 223 while the grey stuff doesn't. The Platinum (the blue line in your link) line I bought was .105", but it is identical to the .095" grey stuff in diameter.

This is the stuff I like better than anything else now-
http://www.oregonproducts.com/pdfs/MagnumGatorline_107003-AD_low-res.pdf

mayhem69
02-19-2014, 04:41 PM
Yep. I've posted quite a bit about it in the past. It is excellent stuff too, but for whatever reason, it bogs down the little 223 while the grey stuff doesn't. The Platinum (the blue line in your link) line I bought was .105", but it is identical to the .095" grey stuff in diameter.

This is the stuff I like better than anything else now-
http://www.oregonproducts.com/pdfs/MagnumGatorline_107003-AD_low-res.pdf

where is cheapest to buy the twisted? i found a 1lb spool on ebay for almost $18

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 04:53 PM
where is cheapest to buy the twisted? i found a 1lb spool on ebay for almost $18

I just buy from my local dealer that I try to support.

Just do a google search. there are a bunch of places that sell it for a LOT less. Here's one or two-

http://www.powerequipmentmart.com/oregon-part-69-201-magnum-super-twist-118x50-don/?utm_source=googlepepla&utm_medium=adwords&id=56308514350&utm_content=pla

http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-20-026-Super-Twist-Gatorline-095-Inch/dp/B0018U6CDK

http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-69-200-Super-Twist-Gatorline-095-Inch/dp/B0018TY4EA


Scroll over the picture to get an exploded view of the line.

chippewaTD
02-19-2014, 06:00 PM
I just bought the 326LS yesterday. I was also in a toss up between the 323 and the 326. My dealer said that the 323 has been around since '02 and the 326 has been around since '07 if I remember correctly. With the 20$ difference in price between the two trimmers, I went with the 326. I figured I'd spend $20 extra for the next model up. Like you said, it burns less fuel, but other than that they are basically the same. I think the 326 spins faster though. My dealer ended up throwing in 2 packs of 50ft .95 titanium line and took $15 off the price for paying cash. Also got the 3 year warranty for purchasing Husqvarna's oil. The dealer told me they run and last longer running on a high octane gas, so I guess that's what I'll do. Good luck with your decision. But that's just my .02
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mayhem69
02-19-2014, 08:12 PM
I just buy from my local dealer that I try to support.

Just do a google search. there are a bunch of places that sell it for a LOT less. Here's one or two-

http://www.powerequipmentmart.com/oregon-part-69-201-magnum-super-twist-118x50-don/?utm_source=googlepepla&utm_medium=adwords&id=56308514350&utm_content=pla

http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-20-026-Super-Twist-Gatorline-095-Inch/dp/B0018U6CDK

http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-69-200-Super-Twist-Gatorline-095-Inch/dp/B0018TY4EA


Scroll over the picture to get an exploded view of the line.

So, this is the best stuff to buy for the 223?
http://www.equipatron.com/oregon-20-026-super-twist-magnum-gatorline-095-inch-dia-3-pound-spool.html

Ridin' Green
02-19-2014, 09:15 PM
It's what I run in mine now after running several other brands and types, mainly Crossfire. It really cuts like a razor.

I MOW ALONE
02-20-2014, 12:15 AM
I just bought the 326LS yesterday. I was also in a toss up between the 323 and the 326. My dealer said that the 323 has been around since '02 and the 326 has been around since '07 if I remember correctly. With the 20$ difference in price between the two trimmers, I went with the 326. I figured I'd spend $20 extra for the next model up. Like you said, it burns less fuel, but other than that they are basically the same. I think the 326 spins faster though. My dealer ended up throwing in 2 packs of 50ft .95 titanium line and took $15 off the price for paying cash. Also got the 3 year warranty for purchasing Husqvarna's oil. The dealer told me they run and last longer running on a high octane gas, so I guess that's what I'll do. Good luck with your decision. But that's just my .02
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i too just bought the 326 today. did you get the 20% off on top of the $15 for paying cash ? also for $22 i bought the 3 50.1 premixed bottles of gas/oil and got the 4 year warranty. the 2 cycle oil was $12 so for another $10 i added another year to the warranty. also my dealer said he could order me a 323 but he only stocks the 326 and really has never even had a 323 in his hands so he could'nt tell me the difference :dizzy:. its funny when you know more about the product then they do but he is one of the few dealers close enough to even consider

Ridin' Green
02-20-2014, 12:28 AM
I Mow Alone-

which dealer did you go to? I am familiar with many of them down yuor way, so just curious.

I MOW ALONE
02-20-2014, 12:49 AM
I Mow Alone-

which dealer did you go to? I am familiar with many of them down yuor way, so just curious.

billings royal oak

Ridin' Green
02-20-2014, 01:29 AM
That's what I figured based on where you are at. If you ever get out by the Palace, go across the highway to Munn Tractor. They are a Stihl and Husky dealer. They usually have a lot of different models in both line ups to look at.

35DollarLawns
02-20-2014, 09:24 AM
How old is your 223L that has the start assist? I have never seen that on one. Mine is a few years old now and still runs like a champ.

The Husqvarna line 223L is a spring assist as I also believe the 323 and am unsure of other models.
But the 223L does have a spring assist.
It is not the same as the residential line .
I replace the springs with a wood screw simply by grinding the head almost flat then screwing it to fit into a molded square on the rope molding piece then I line up the clutch surface piece and screw them together and grind off te length of extra screw.

The factory spring always breaks withing 1/2" of the bends for what ever reason, most times lasting me about a season when new. Once I fix this issue there is no issues with the 223L
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Ridin' Green
02-20-2014, 09:35 AM
The Husqvarna line 223L is a spring assist as I also believe the 323 and am unsure of other models.
But the 223L does have a spring assist.
It is not the same as the residential line .
I replace the springs with a wood screw simply by grinding the head almost flat then screwing it to fit into a molded square on the rope molding piece then I line up the clutch surface piece and screw them together and grind off te length of extra screw.

The factory spring always breaks withing 1/2" of the bends for what ever reason, most times lasting me about a season when new. Once I fix this issue there is no issues with the 223L
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That's interesting. Thanks. I have never had any problem with mine in the two full seasons I've used it, so never had any reason to take it off and look at it. Mine feels just like my FS90 and FS250 when pulling it. I would never have known that it had a spring assist in it. Mine came right from Husqvarna to my door though, so maybe I have a std pull starter on mine for some reason.

chippewaTD
02-20-2014, 03:21 PM
i too just bought the 326 today. did you get the 20% off on top of the $15 for paying cash ? also for $22 i bought the 3 50.1 premixed bottles of gas/oil and got the 4 year warranty. the 2 cycle oil was $12 so for another $10 i added another year to the warranty. also my dealer said he could order me a 323 but he only stocks the 326 and really has never even had a 323 in his hands so he could'nt tell me the difference :dizzy:. its funny when you know more about the product then they do but he is one of the few dealers close enough to even consider

I actually had no idea about the 20% off fleet pricing deal. I still feel like I got a good deal though. They are great guys and the repair man is the one who sold it to me. So he was able to tell me all the ins and outs of each one and which ones have had trouble in the past. He told me the local Lowes sends all of their repairs to him. I was pretty shocked about that.
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mayhem69
02-20-2014, 03:51 PM
I went out just to give the new trimmer a run today and its not kicking back to slow idle now! It was yesterday when i bought it, now its not. It just runs at about mid range, i cant get it to run on slow idle, damn! Having problems already!! I knew i shoulda went with the 326. Takin it to the dealer tomorrow and see if he'll do the exchange!

Ridin' Green
02-20-2014, 04:07 PM
That's where mine runs until I take the choke off and burp it. Make sure the choke knob is turning to off completely and make sure to squeeze the trigger to full throttle to release it from the starting position it goes to when you choke it. Little crap can happen on any machine. Don't panick just yet. LOL

mayhem69
02-20-2014, 04:16 PM
That's where mine runs until I take the choke off and burp it. Make sure the choke knob is turning to off completely and make sure to squeeze the trigger to full throttle to release it from the starting position it goes to when you choke it. Little crap can happen on any machine. Don't panick just yet. LOL

ok, i guess i am overreacting, thanks! i'll try it again!

chippewaTD
02-20-2014, 07:35 PM
ok, i guess i am overreacting, thanks! i'll try it again!
My dealer said the first few times you may have to prime it about 15-20 times just to get the fuel flowing threw the carb. Try that and see if it works for ya.
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mayhem69
02-21-2014, 07:40 AM
My dealer said the first few times you may have to prime it about 15-20 times just to get the fuel flowing threw the carb. Try that and see if it works for ya.
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ok, i will try that before i take it back today. It is now running mid range and my finger isnt even on the throttle! something seems screwy!
I may just drop it off and show him today, i am going that way anyway. Maybe i will upgrade to the 326 if he lets me!

Ridin' Green
02-21-2014, 09:07 AM
Did you burp the throttle like I told you in my last post? When you set the choke, it also sets the throttle lock which is at the mid range point for starting. After it fires, you have to take the choke off, and let it run a few seconds. Then you burp the throttle to release the throttle lock.

How many times you prime it has nothing to do with it running at mid throttle after starting it.

mayhem69
02-21-2014, 10:06 AM
Did you burp the throttle like I told you in my last post? When you set the choke, it also sets the throttle lock which is at the mid range point for starting. After it fires, you have to take the choke off, and let it run a few seconds. Then you burp the throttle to release the throttle lock.

How many times you prime it has nothing to do with it running at mid throttle after starting it.

yes, i did all that, that is the problem its not burping

Ridin' Green
02-21-2014, 10:22 AM
It sounds like someone screwed the idle screw in too far then. try backing it out some.

mayhem69
02-21-2014, 03:57 PM
It sounds like someone screwed the idle screw in too far then. try backing it out some.

alright, took it to the dealer, the mechanic saw right away what was wrong, the fuel line was being pinched by the throttle plate. I also stated to him about the carb adjustment after 10 fill ups. He did not know anything about this, but stated to bring it in when needed for adjustment and they will do it for free.
He also stated "we arent Lowes" we'll take care of you. That is what i wanted to hear!! Very nice people in Douglasville, Pa at TC Lawn Equp.
So glad i bought it there and not Lowes!!
I also bought a 3lb. spool of the Magnum Gatorline Super Twist as recommended by Rider. Dealer did not sell this stuff, but he said be careful around pvc and gutters with this stuff.

Ridin' Green
02-21-2014, 04:11 PM
That goes for any type line.

35DollarLawns
02-22-2014, 03:04 AM
it. Mine feels just like my FS90 and FS250 when pulling it. I would never have known that it had a spring assist in it.

Don't get me wrong, it is spring assist to help with what I guess is shock from compression load shock not like a homeowner spring (start assist spring)
I picked up a sthil homeowner straight shaft one time and it was way softer then a Husqvarna, it seemed so soft I believe a careless person could hit himself pulling it , there was so little force. The 223 feels very sold with about 1/2" of stretch.
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35DollarLawns
02-22-2014, 03:24 AM
Mayhem, what is this throttle plate? That allowed it to run correctly when the dealer did the adjustments when
You purchased the unit, then you couldn't .

That don't sond right to me.
A pinched fuel line only starves the engine of gas.??
Sounds to me the choke was in half choke. Just thinking is all.
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mayhem69
02-22-2014, 07:56 AM
Mayhem, what is this throttle plate? That allowed it to run correctly when the dealer did the adjustments when
You purchased the unit, then you couldn't .

That don't sond right to me.
A pinched fuel line only starves the engine of gas.??
Sounds to me the choke was in half choke. Just thinking is all.
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the plate with the holes that the throttle cable is attached to, when you pull the trigger i guess it was pressing down on the fuel line.
But anyway, it musta been that cause now its running like it should.

Ridin' Green
02-22-2014, 11:20 AM
Don't get me wrong, it is spring assist to help with what I guess is shock from compression load shock not like a homeowner spring (start assist spring)
I picked up a sthil homeowner straight shaft one time and it was way softer then a Husqvarna, it seemed so soft I believe a careless person could hit himself pulling it , there was so little force. The 223 feels very sold with about 1/2" of stretch.
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:laugh::laugh:

I can just hear it now....... Yea, Dr. I knocked myself out pull starting my weed whacker, and i think I'm gonna need some stitches too......:rolleyes::laugh:

35DollarLawns
02-22-2014, 05:42 PM
I see you have hurled those cheap " easy starts " to see why older people like them.

I would guess those type systems pull out like 5" of rope before it resist my awesome power /jk

I like the feel of the 223L/323L over all and my only complaint would be the throttle cable it's self seems thin just after the carbs z bend. But nothing $18.00 and 10 minutes can't fix.
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35DollarLawns
02-22-2014, 05:47 PM
Also on the hit in the face deal ,not even the easy start will hit you as fast as when the
223L spring breaks. Imagine ..... Force of the trimmer swing , the speed of your pull, then snap , NO RESISTANCE . 0 to12" of pull rope in 2 seconds.
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