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Billz
06-24-2004, 10:28 PM
I am looking to buy a gas powered hedge trimmer, what are the best ones? I saw an Echo one today for $399... is that the standard price? it seemed high...

BCSteel
06-24-2004, 10:33 PM
I love my shindaiwa 40" hedge trimmers. Couldn't live with out them. $600 Canadian.

General Grounds
06-24-2004, 10:46 PM
:blob3: we have 4- 30" single sided redmax and wouldnt trade'em for the world. $359.00 each

RedWingsDet
06-24-2004, 11:31 PM
i have an echo hcr-1500 i got on tuesday, and i LOVE IT!!! it has the swivel handle which helps ALOT. its great, i paid 300 plus tax.

primecutmo
06-24-2004, 11:36 PM
i like my echo also

barringtonbrothers
06-24-2004, 11:49 PM
I picked up a hs80 stihl a couple of weeks ago. It has a 30inch cut and a swivle handle. I really like it, but the thing is heavy. I do some bush trimming, and wanted a really good one around for the few jobs I do, and for any future jobs I get. Most of my customers use companies who do nothing but landscaping work for their bushes, fine with me as I hate trimming them, but will do some. I picked mine up for 359 plus tax and got them to throw in a brick of stihl highperformance 2cyl mix for 2.5gal gas cans.

naturescape
06-25-2004, 12:49 AM
I'm switching from my gas hedge trimmers to a generator + electric trimmers.

barringtonbrothers
06-25-2004, 12:53 AM
Why are you doing that?

Mlc gmc03
06-25-2004, 12:53 AM
we have 2 of the echo hcr 1500's and love them, this week we just got a new echo hca 260 and that is one of the nicest tools i ever have used my back loves it paid 409 + tax god i love russo power equipment

naturescape
06-25-2004, 09:15 AM
Why are you doing that?

Have you ever held a pair of electric hedge trimmers for an hour after holding gas hedge trimmers? A heckuva lot easier to use.

Pecker
06-25-2004, 10:41 AM
I have two: JD H20D and Maruyama HT2300DR. Both are great trimmers and cut well. The Deere are a little heavier but they are an older model with non-swiveling handle so I'm sure the new ones are more comparable to my Maruyama pair. My Maruyama's have the swiveling handle and I really like that feature.

Naturescape, is there an electric trimmer that is as heavy duty as the commercial gas-powered hedge trimmers? My image of an electric hedge trimmer is that of a chinsy Black and Decker, which are great for their intended purpose (homeowner) but would tear up easily and quickly used commercially.

barringtonbrothers
06-25-2004, 10:56 AM
Originally posted by naturescape
Why are you doing that?

Have you ever held a pair of electric hedge trimmers for an hour after holding gas hedge trimmers? A heckuva lot easier to use.

That was my guess, are you going with little wonder?

straightlinelawns
06-25-2004, 11:51 AM
i have a echo and it works wonderful. 300.00 plus tax

naturescape
06-25-2004, 03:43 PM
That was my guess, are you going with little wonder?

The Little Wonder medium length electrics look like the plan. I wish there were more good quality ht's to choose from. ****** -- I guess that answers your question too.

locutus
06-25-2004, 04:47 PM
I recently perchased some Stihl HS 45's after stewing over which brand to buy and much research it came down to Stihl. Light weight yet powerful. I had used HS 85's in the past and they were just too heavy for extended use, though I suppose over time you could adjust to the weight. Stihl also has an extensive dealer network so it was comforting to know that I wouldn't have to look far for parts or service.

BCSteel
06-25-2004, 11:10 PM
My 40" shins are pretty reasonably for weight at 10.9 lbs. So far I've never had a problem with weight, even after a long day of trimming.

Lbilawncare
06-25-2004, 11:46 PM
When I first started trimming shrubs 8 years ago I used a pair of Little Wonder 24" Double sided electric, they worked great at the time. I then bought a pair of gas Little Wonder same size and grew to hate them because of the exhaust fumes in the face. I have now opted for the Articulating mid length Stihl for versatility and safety, no more strong arming the handhelds to reach.

Tanaka
07-01-2005, 12:24 AM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=111983

A Simple Cut
07-01-2005, 12:32 AM
My kaw's are great.

Envy Lawn Service
07-01-2005, 01:07 AM
That was my guess, are you going with little wonder?

The Little Wonder medium length electrics look like the plan. I wish there were more good quality ht's to choose from. ****** -- I guess that answers your question too.

Now all you need is to fine one of those John Deere GT235e lawn tractors.
Mow right over, plug in, trim, unplug, bag clippings w/ powerflo, drive back to the trailer.

ken0564
07-01-2005, 02:55 AM
that's what we have with 24" dbl sided bars (reach is about 27" but they call it a 24). well balanced and price was selling point, $260 plus tax. been running 18 months now and no problems.

dcplace2004
07-01-2005, 03:29 AM
unless you want nothing but problems...my echo chainsaw is nothing but problems (ruined my routine today on a dead huge hedge pull with the chain constantly coming off track)...and the Echo trimmer I have is crap...if you want the best hedge trimmer out there, buy a Redmax...I saw some pruners at a home and stopped to talk and they let me demo their Redmax 2400 and another smaller model...it is QUIET...it has NO vibration with the springs on front and back...and the gear casings are heavy duty...it is sweet...if you have a dealer get Redmax...if not, get a stihl, or shindy, or anything but echo...echo is low quality junk compared to the rest of the brands out there...I don't care what anybody says to justify their purchasing an echo--they are junk--at least the new stuff is...

Dashunde
07-01-2005, 03:55 AM
I have a Stihl HS45 also. I like it.
I seems noisy though.

naturescape
07-01-2005, 09:33 AM
UPDATE:

I've changed back to using my Tanaka gas HTs. More powerful by far, not that much more weight.

Anybody who wants to buy a used Little Wonder electric HT let me know. :rolleyes:

RedWingsDet
07-01-2005, 03:42 PM
I have echo and tanaka... The tanaka is MUCH better. I love the tanaka, its lighter, runs better, not as much vibration, and cuts alot better.

Rollacosta
07-01-2005, 07:18 PM
Truth of the matter is there aren't many bad trimmers out there i recently purchased a stihl hs75 ,because i have had a stihl hs80 for over 5 years and it was totaly trouble free ,so i went staight back to stihl for a new one..i like stihl plain and simple ,i have got a Tanaka a Kawa and a Komatsu ,but the stihls [i have 4] are simply the best IMO