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Nate'sLawnCare
10-23-2012, 05:59 PM
I currently only do an occasional trimming job and am looking for a reasonably priced gas hedge trimmer for under $350. I've looked at the Husky 122HD60 and the Echo HC152. Anyone have any experience with these or have another recommendation?

grandview (2006)
10-23-2012, 06:00 PM
Sthil FS 45 will do everything you ask it to do and not costly.

Nate'sLawnCare
10-23-2012, 06:32 PM
Did you mean the Stihl HS45?

Sam's Mowing
10-23-2012, 08:03 PM
I'm pretty sure he did mean hs45 because I have that one. It is a great hedge trimmer (even though it is considered homeowner). I bought it last summer for $350 or $400 if I remember correctly. Probably used it 20 times and still runs like new.

grassmasterswilson
10-23-2012, 08:08 PM
I have a sthil model that has about a 24 inch blade. Might be the same one talked about here. I like it but it only has a single blade cutting head. It cuts ok now but is 5+ years old and may need sharpening.

I have an echo pole trimmer and seem to use that one much more. It has a double cutting head and does much better even though the weight is tough.

My smaller one may need to be replaced and I would probably look at a double cutting head but haven't looked into any yet.

Nate'sLawnCare
10-23-2012, 08:30 PM
Thanks for the responses. My local dealer didn't have any Stihl trimmers in stock for comparison, so I was only able to look at the Husky and the Echo. The only real difference between the two was the Husky has the multi position handle, but the Echo felt more sturdy. I'll have to find a Stihl before I make the decision. It'll have to be soon, I've got two small jobs to do toward the end of the week and I'd rather not have to use the electric one again.

grandview (2006)
10-23-2012, 09:16 PM
typing fast again. Yes ,HS45

32vld
10-24-2012, 01:11 PM
Sthil FS 45 will do everything you ask it to do and not costly.

Did you mean the Stihl HS45?

typing fast again. Yes ,HS45

I bought that one this spring and would recommend it to everyone.

agent walker
10-24-2012, 10:15 PM
I like my redmax. I forget model number but it was around 300 2yrs ago

LawnMan19
10-27-2012, 09:33 PM
Echo HC-152.

cpllawncare
10-28-2012, 12:51 AM
I've got a HS 45C bought it last spring works like a champ, makes shrub work much easier.

t j lawn care
10-28-2012, 10:57 PM
the stihl hs 45 are really nice

ncnurseryman
10-29-2012, 05:37 PM
I have the hs45 and everytime I turn it ok its side it choked out. It's been in the shop twice and still won't stay running.

holmesgts
10-29-2012, 08:22 PM
I know you said your budget was about 350 for another 200 hundred you could buy one of those sthil detachable long pruner systems. I would get the fixed bar I don't like the adjustable bar there's too many parts to hang up in the shrubs and slow you down. I don't know the model # but I love those things you can reach way in on top of big stuff and you can do the little stuff without bending over the whole time. (really saves the back and time) And for another 99 you can buy a weedwacker attachment for another 139 you can buy a chain saw attachment.

I think the detachable systems are a great idea in general you can take a lot more equipment with you taking up less space and if one thing goes down you can switch up attachments and be back to work most of the time. I recommend sthil because I just happen to like Sthil products.

Nate'sLawnCare
10-29-2012, 09:17 PM
Thanks again for all the responses. I actually wound up with a Kawasaki KHDS600A. It was over my original budget, but with the $25 rebate, it was right at $400. I like the fact it has a zerk fitting on the gearbox and it was a professional model for not that much more money. I used it on Friday, and it started easily, was well balanced, and cut great. It also didn't use much fuel, unlike my thirsty Husqvarna equipment.

TruSomethingOrOther
11-09-2012, 11:34 PM
I'm in the market for a hedge trimmer as well. My closest dealer has echo and redmax, and actually recommended the redmax. The gear box was built better and was sturdier, but the weight was the only issue I had with it. Still on the fence about owning more Stihl though.

cgaengineer
11-10-2012, 02:09 AM
HS45 is great but I've had problems with the handles breaking...I guess maybe I'm too hard on them.
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blake101
11-11-2012, 02:21 AM
Thanks again for all the responses. I actually wound up with a Kawasaki KHDS600A. It was over my original budget, but with the $25 rebate, it was right at $400. I like the fact it has a zerk fitting on the gearbox and it was a professional model for not that much more money. I used it on Friday, and it started easily, was well balanced, and cut great. It also didn't use much fuel, unlike my thirsty Husqvarna equipment.

Great choice, I have the same trimmer, you will love it. Have had it for several years and no problems at all. Lot cheaper than the Stihl. Sorry mine is a KHT600D. But you will still love it.