View Full Version : sthil or shin.

01-17-2004, 11:58 PM
i am looking at a stick edger and found my 2 choices
sthil and shin.

le260 $400 bent shaft
fc85 $360 its a straight shaft and has a lifetime warranty on it and it probably has more torque than the others
fc75 $310 bent shaft

what do you think? next month i can probably get $20-$30
off of the sthil when pro day comes around

01-17-2004, 11:59 PM
i wouldnt buy a bent shaft anything, to hard on the back

01-18-2004, 12:04 AM
I too am looking into purchasing a stick edger. Always edged with trimmers and I thought I was pritty darn good and fast with it. One day I was traveling and I stayed at this hotel. I checked out the lawncare guys doing the grass and they were using a stick edger. Man that thing flew and did a perfect job. Now I want to start using them. What are the pros and cons about straight vs curved shafts?

01-18-2004, 01:56 AM
I'm with packerbacker..... straight shaft is the only way to go.

I have to Shins and one echo...... I would never by another echo.

I also have 5 Shin string trimmers and three Shin hedge trimmers.

You guess right - I would vot for a straight shaft Shin stick edger every time.

Good Luck,

01-18-2004, 02:24 AM
Stihl staight shaft with the 4 Mix engine.

01-18-2004, 02:56 AM
Shindawia, no question. No bent shaft, get straight. $400.00 is too much. I have a used 260 and a 261 for sale, PM me if interested.

01-18-2004, 07:41 AM
I like the stihl equipment. I use an FS85 solid shaft with the straight shaft edger attachment. It can also be used with the string trimmer head since the FS85 is sold as a trimmer. I'm looking to buy another FS85 so I can don't have to change the heads around as often. It takes about 2 minutes to change the heads. I use Echo equipment for back-up.

01-18-2004, 11:27 AM
What Shindawia all the way

Kelly's Landscaping
01-18-2004, 12:37 PM
Flip a coin I have 7 stihl pieces of equipment and 3 shidawaws they all work great as for the bent shaft I donít think a lot of people realize its not bent downward on edgerís its off set to the side and it is nice not to get pelted with rocks when edging.

01-18-2004, 02:32 PM
Still bent, means less balance, less torque, more wrestling.

Kelly & Sons
01-18-2004, 03:17 PM
Stihl. Solid.

01-18-2004, 03:24 PM
alot of you are saying Shindaiwa
and i would like one but the le260 they have is bent shaft and cost $40 more
i'm thinking i can buy the sthil save $40 more w/ the fc85 and have more torque
right now i am looking for the most productive machine that cost the least and for me it might be sthil
but still presuade me on what to get because right now im open minded

01-18-2004, 03:27 PM
my bad i put sthil instead of stihl like 400 times already

Yard Perfect
01-18-2004, 04:14 PM
Stihl straight shaft all the way. I have 5k of Stihl products and have never been sorry.

01-18-2004, 05:59 PM
Go with RedMax ! I use EXZ2500S-BC have 3 they are split-booms so they be used a string trimmer , edger ,pole saw ,hedge trimmer and they are commercial.

01-18-2004, 06:48 PM
I have the shin., i have it on my multi tool and love it. as for stihl never used one so i cant really compare the two

Quality Cuts PLS
01-18-2004, 08:28 PM
Shindaiwa only makes two types of edgers (LE260/61 & LE230/31) both are curved shafts. They also have an edger attatchment for their "multi-tool", but it to, is curved. They were considering releasing a straight shaft version for 04, but it didn't happen. I own a LE261 and it works great. Stihl is a good product, nice features, but a little to long for me to use properly. I've used Shindaiwa mostly for the last six years. My price on a LE261 was $369.99 plus tax.

01-18-2004, 10:04 PM
I have something like 11 Shindaiwa products, so you know what I'm voting for!

01-18-2004, 10:07 PM
I've heard that Shin makes great equipment but I've not owned one. I own Stihl, my trailer looks like a Stihl advertisement! I've got the FC85 straight shaft edger and a Stihl KM85R with the straight lawn edger attachment. Both work great - even on lawns that havenít been edged before. I also use Stihl trimmers (2 FS85) and blowers (2 BR420C). I've not had any problems with my Stihl tools. But consider this, who are you buying the Shin form vs. the Stihl? I recently took my Stihl chainsaw to a Stihl service center - not my regular shop. This saw was 10 years old and the carb needed some work. This jerk lost my saw! I haggled with him a few times and got nowhere. I wrote Stihl USA and received an immediate response. They sent the regional account rep to me and he made sure I received a new saw. If I have to decide between two great products and I know one will always service me well you can bet I'll keep buying their products till there's a good reason to change.