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ProudMarineDad
08-30-2012, 03:56 AM
I was doing some research to replacing my current trimmer and came across this forum. Wow, talk about sensory overload.

My trimmer is a Stihl POS36, I mean FS36. Found out that it was not actually made by Stihl. It has been nothing but trouble from the time I bought it. It wouldn't stay running until I started using TruFuel and had problems finding replacement trimmer heads to fit it due to the long threading. It revs way to high too.

After seeing the glowing reviews for the Husky 223L, I am leaning towards getting one but I have a question. I use my trimmer left handed and have saw where the 223L can cause some burning due to the configuration. Is this a major problem?

Also, I like look and feel of the rubber over mold grip on the Echo's line of trimmers better than the one on the 223L. Can the grip be replaced on the 223L?

Thanks for any insight given.

Ted

ProudMarineDad
08-30-2012, 11:40 AM
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ProudMarineDad
08-30-2012, 07:48 PM
When checking my thread, I didn't realize I submitted a blank reply from my phone so sorry about that.

Hopefully, someone will reply to this thread because I had planned on going by Lowes tomorrow after work.

Darryl G
08-30-2012, 08:15 PM
Sorry, nobody is going to reply to someone who sends blank replies...it's absoultely the worst thing you could have done!

Just kidding. I bought a Husky 323 earlier this summer, which is the same as the 223 except it has a solid shaft (with a lifetime warranty) instead of cable shaft (for $30 more). The 223, 323 and 326 are all very similar and are popular with pro landscapers due to their easy starting, light weight and good power. I really like mine! It does seem to get a little hot, but not to the point it's going to burn you. I rest my arm right on the top of it at times when trimming one handed and have yet to get burned, although I did get a little zap from the spark plug wire once. I have run it left handed as well and the heat wasn't a problem. My only real complaint is that I seem to go through a lot of string on it with all users. I'm not sure if that's because the bump spring is on the light side or because of wanting a little more string out or what. As far as the grip, I say just get used to it rather than replacing it or wear light weight gloves like I do.

I can't speak for the longevity of the units, but I'm very happy with mine...the main reasons being: it's really powerfull for how light it is, it starts easily, it's ready to work right away and, did I mention it's really light, lol.

ProudMarineDad
08-30-2012, 08:25 PM
Thanks for the reply. I have never owned a Husqvarna product or even considered one until I found this forum.

Darryl G
08-30-2012, 08:42 PM
You're welcome and welcome to Lawnsite.

Husqvarna is one of the worlds largest manufacturers of power equipment. They've been well known and loved for their chain saws for quite some time. I've had one of their saws (a 55 Rancher) since around 1998 and it's been 100% trouble free, as has the 580BTS blower I bought last fall.

Keep in mind that it will probably take you a little time to get used to a straight shaft trimmer after using a bent shaft one...the heads rotate in opposite directions you know. However, straight shaft trimmers are best used left handed.

RAlmaroad
08-31-2012, 06:34 AM
I've three Huskys. They are very easy to maintain. If it is reving too high, then just adjust the throttle screw. Manual will show you how to do it. These straight shaft machines work circles around Stihl, and many small engine repair places will not shaft you when it needs a checkup.

Darryl G
08-31-2012, 07:49 PM
I did some left handed trimming today and yeah, it does blow hot air on your forearm for sure and it's a little annoying but not like you're gonna end up with Husqvarna branded on your arm, lol.

castlerockmo
08-31-2012, 10:47 PM
I have alot of husqvarna trimmers. My oldest is6 years and 3500+ hours on it. I really love my husqvarnas.
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ProudMarineDad
09-01-2012, 03:47 AM
I appreciate the input. Wasn't able to go by Lowes yesterday. Still debating on the purchase due to the feel of the handle on the 223L being similar to my Stihl. I like the design and feel of the handles on Echo's line of straight shaft trimmers better.

Decisions, decisions. :wall

kawasaki guy
09-01-2012, 07:26 AM
I appreciate the input. Wasn't able to go by Lowes yesterday. Still debating on the purchase due to the feel of the handle on the 223L being similar to my Stihl. I like the design and feel of the handles on Echo's line of straight shaft trimmers better.

Decisions, decisions. :wall

Get Shindaiwa. Great feel on handle, and light weight. DON'T get the H4! get 2 cycle.

The best shindy trimmer is the T242 or any of their 2 cycle stuff. Stop by a local dealer and check them out

dboyd351
09-04-2012, 10:43 PM
I don't have one yet, but the Husky 223, 323 and 326 have an excellent reputation. Lightweight, reliable and powerful. And they don't hide their parts lists to try and force you to go thru a dealer for everything. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.

Nate'sLawnCare
09-05-2012, 11:09 PM
I have the 223L and it is a great trimmer. It's light, powerful and starts right up every time. If you get one at Lowe's and have a military ID, you get 10% off. I picked mine up for $249 before the discount.

Darryl G
09-09-2012, 12:33 AM
One thing I'm finding annoying about my 323 is the small gas tank...it's pretty tiny and I had to fill it 4 or 5 times today for 7 lawns and I was working solo, so I was mostly mowing. When doing the larger lawns I have to fill it for every lawn so I don't run out on the next one. I have one where I can't event trim the whole lawn without re-filling...granted it's a large $150 lawn, but I've never had to re-fill my Shindaiwa trimmers.