View Full Version : What type of trimmer?

05-30-2003, 09:34 PM
Hello all. I was looking around and saw Shindiawa, Makita, Red Max, Echo trimmers availabe in my area. I have read other post here and most post like the Stihl weed eaters. I am leaning toward either the Makita or Shindiawa. Which one will last me the longest.

05-30-2003, 10:35 PM
The shin . They last forever. Had mine over 3 years, starts on the first pull. T-270 and leave your edger at home. :cool:

Have used Shins that were more than 10 years old. Can't go wrong with the best.

05-30-2003, 10:37 PM
What should I expect to pay for this weed eater?

05-31-2003, 12:56 AM
I paid $400.00 for mine. Probably still somewhere around that price.

05-31-2003, 05:26 AM
Thanks for the info.

Paradise Landscapes
05-31-2003, 11:35 AM
I use a shin. T-260. Paid mine for 325.00 2 years ago. runs like new.

05-31-2003, 07:55 PM
How quick and easy is it to restring the Shindiawa?

05-31-2003, 10:56 PM
That was my next question. And what about the weight of the 270. I have two yards that require at least 45 min of trim time.

05-31-2003, 11:47 PM
Depending on the head you get, but all are very simple to restring. The weight isn't bad at all on my 270, considering the power and the fact that I don't have to swing it around as much as one with less power. I trim for hours at a time at times.

Paradise Landscapes
06-01-2003, 09:03 AM
I can run my T-260 at full throtle cutting down high weeds and grass with trimmer line and it will not bog down.

06-01-2003, 01:02 PM
I just purchased a 270 for $420.00. The first time I used it was on a residential account. I thought this is a very good trimer. Starts on the first pull and makes quick work of the grass next to the fence. ...........Then I did a farm site I take care of. I haven't trimmed this place all year. Some of the weeds are four feet high and the thistles are an inch thick at there base well this 270 is not just a good trimmer. It is one heck of a bush-hog!!!!!! It is nothing less than awesome. I don't even want to use my DC any more this thing is too much fun..:D

06-02-2003, 05:51 PM
I just went and purchased a Shindiawa EB240 blower instead of the trimmer. The two trimmers I was looking at were the 230x and the 270. Both were nice the 270 was a little heaver than I thought it would be, but I will purchase it later this year. The 230 is nice and the weight I am currently used to now. With the 230x you are able to connect several blades to it without any other parts. I am very satisfied with them both.

06-05-2003, 09:17 PM
It depends how you use the trimmer. I use mine for no more than tow hours straight then most of my jobs are done.
I use a Stihl F250. It is heavy but is a real animal.
Good luck!

Paradise Landscapes
06-08-2003, 06:29 PM

Shindiawa VS Stihl

Shindiawa: A straight metal shaft running from engine to weed head.
Warranty: Lifetime. Straight Power. No vibratio.

Stihl: A series of twisted steel wires between engine to weed head.
Warranty: 90 Days. Less Power. they wear out, having to pull trigger up to re-gain all power to keep in use. Vibrates alot.

06-09-2003, 12:58 AM
The Stihl F250 is a 40.2 cm3, 2.2 bhp, direct drive trimmer. It come with a standard two year warranty.
Shindiawa makes an excellent trimmer. This is just a matter of taste.
My experience with a short duration applications, (2-3 hours max) is that you use the maximum bhp . Weight should not be a factor for this short period of time.
Stihl F250 is perfect for my orchard.

Paradise Landscapes
06-10-2003, 09:11 AM
I understand this being a matter of taste. I was just compairing the two trimmers.