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Lawncare04
07-01-2003, 04:22 PM
I am going to buy a new trimmer because my old one broke. I was looking at some John Deere trimmers and also some red max. What trimmers have worked best for you?

Thanks,
Lawncare04

ffemt1271
07-01-2003, 05:11 PM
shindaiwa t-270

ElephantNest
07-01-2003, 06:25 PM
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GrassMaster84
07-01-2003, 06:29 PM
Stihl FS85

greenman
07-01-2003, 10:55 PM
Originally posted by ElephantNest
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Shindaiwa T-230

glenjr10
07-01-2003, 11:21 PM
Shindiawa T-230, and about to purchase the multitool by shindiawa

Rustic Goat
07-02-2003, 01:31 AM
John Deere XT170, and just use a good quality '95' trimmer line.
Can also be used with a blade.

Redmax also has a really good unit.

Let it Grow
07-02-2003, 09:28 PM
Honda 4 stroke

wriken
07-02-2003, 10:10 PM
Cub Commercial, st-26, Fradan st-26, both have been very good.

WPLE
07-03-2003, 12:26 AM
STIHL FS85

dcondon
07-03-2003, 06:49 PM
Don't forget a HUSKY !!!!!! :)

wriken
07-03-2003, 08:13 PM
Originally posted by dcondon
Don't forget a HUSKY !!!!!! :)

and I suppose a curve shaft one, aye cappy:)

LilRabbit
07-07-2003, 11:53 AM
A STIHL 110X 4mix works great for us. about $350 plenty of power and not bad on gas

NorrisG
07-07-2003, 01:31 PM
I've had the same Redmax for 4 years and it's still going as strong as ever.

Sonfire23
07-08-2003, 01:51 AM
Stihl FS 110 4-mix, easy to get parts for, besides how much longer will Redmax be around?

Doogiegh
07-08-2003, 10:26 PM
What's wrong with Redmax???

B&B LAWN
07-09-2003, 12:10 AM
ive had a husky for 3 years now and is running like a champ

LilRabbit
07-11-2003, 08:11 AM
I've had a Husky for 1 1/2 yrs and some head aches with it. The dealer says I'm not running it wide open so the emissions are plugging up? Then it won't rev up, sounds like a crock to me.

Hawkeye5
07-11-2003, 12:59 PM
The two-stroke engines on lawn equipment are engineered to run best at full throttle. The dealer is correct.
Go with a Stihl FS 85, the gold standard.

Rustic Goat
07-11-2003, 01:33 PM
Dealer is correct as far as 'suppose' to be run at wide open or near it for 2 stroke equipment. Your trimmer may be sluggish if already fouled, crank it up and run it for some time, may be able to 'blow' it out.

Do yourself a favor when using 2 stroke, most have a 'lock' open button for initial starting. Once it's running and you're ready to work with it, lock it open and run it this way. You should find it runs well, cuts good, bump and feed works as it should, and even your line will last longer. Another big advantage, you can then place your normal throttle hand in other places, eliminates a lot of fatigue.

I see so many operators with fingers on the throttle, revving it up only when needed. Actually creating more work, and the line will tend to bind easier.

vardener
07-13-2003, 10:51 PM
I'll throw a coupla cents in, even though I'm not a maintenance dude.

I used to do maintenance and we ran the heck outta shin 230's. We "painted" with them. I don't know if anyone else knows what that is, so I'll explain, I worked at this HUGE complex that must have been over a hundred acres. about half to 3/4 was woods, the remaining, say 1/3, was 10% building (roughly) and 20% roads (curbs, ugh) the remaining 70% (do the math) was alot of acres. In order to make the maintenance a bit easier, the company I worked for incorporated TONS of wildflower meadows into the design, so if you were driving along between late march and early august, you always got a show. Part of our job was to take our "paintbrush" (trimmer) and bring the color out by trimming the grass and other assorted weeds away from the wildflowers. . I don't mean away from the general area of the wildflowers, I mean if there was a bluebonnet (OK, it was in Texas) in the middle of nowhere, you cut up close to it with the exmark Z, and then trimmed ALL of the grass around it, until nothing was left but the stalk of the lone bluebonnet. We had to be able to ID even the seedlings of dozens of species of wildflowers and cut around them too.

Talk about tedious, but you should have seen that place around the end of May/ beginning of June...It looked incredible.

Point is, we did everything you could do with that trimmer and never had a problem. I won't use any others. I have one now that I use for odd jobs during installs and around the house. It's ancient and beat up, but it runs like a champ.

The only problem is that there are very few dealers and service centers for Shindaiwa products. If you can get around that, I'd recommend a Shin.

If not, go with a Stihl.

LilRabbit
07-14-2003, 09:29 AM
Because I was having some trouble with my Husky (curved shaft) I needed a straight shaft anyways I was going to buy another one but when the dealer wouldn't come down even $10 (off his "power pricing") on a $350 unit I went elsewhere. I ended up at the Stihl dealer. He had a Shin and the new Shihl FS110X 4-mix, which I bought the stihl. For the record he threw in the blade and an extra bump head for $350.

dcondon
07-14-2003, 10:40 PM
Originally posted by LilRabbit
Because I was having some trouble with my Husky (curved shaft) I needed a straight shaft anyways I was going to buy another one but when the dealer wouldn't come down even $10 (off his "power pricing") on a $350 unit I went elsewhere. I ended up at the Stihl dealer. He had a Shin and the new Shihl FS110X 4-mix, which I bought the stihl. For the record he threw in the blade and an extra bump head for $350.

Compare the weight ........ My Father is a HUSKY dealer... That means a lot at the end of the day !!!:)