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BryPaulD
12-09-2004, 09:35 AM
A buddy of mine has three stihl hedge trimmers, and he said he'd sell me one. I don't know yet which model/s he has, but I was wondering what to look for about em'? Which is better/best. Thanks.

YardPro
12-09-2004, 09:38 AM
i have the hs 85 and it's ok, but i am not thrilled with it.
it has some cool features, but alot of carb prblems.

Mo Green
12-09-2004, 09:46 AM
I have the hs45 and have had no problems..... knock on wood.

65hoss
12-09-2004, 09:49 AM
I have the HS 80's for handhelds. The swivel handle on the 80's are really nice. Never had any problems from them. No carb problems either. In 01 and 02 I did have some carb problems with some Stihl trimmers that were replaced with new ones. All the new Stihl stuff I bought in 03 and 04 have been flawless. Its almost impossible to kill a motor on a Stihl, so if they look pretty well taken care of, you will probably get good service from them.

BryPaulD
12-09-2004, 09:51 AM
Thank you for the replies. I've never had hadge trimmers, well gas powered anyway. I've been using the long bladed scissor style. Are these like chainsaw stuff?? Bigger motor/longer bar type of deal? thanks.

grass_cuttin_fool
12-09-2004, 09:55 AM
I have a hs45 and am very pleased with it,I dont use it theat much but when I do its nice. Mine has the 24'' bar and plenty of motor

BryPaulD
12-09-2004, 09:59 AM
I will check out what he's got. I appreciate the feedback. Also, do these take the regular 50:1 mix, and does $100.00 seem reasonable or good deal for a used unit? Thanks again

grass_cuttin_fool
12-09-2004, 10:04 AM
Yes they are 50:1 and I dont know about the price. Im thinking I paid about 225 or more for the hs45 but they were new

BryPaulD
12-09-2004, 10:14 AM
cool :) just making sure, if he brings em' over with no gas in them, I do have gas. Thank you again and have a good day.

65hoss
12-09-2004, 10:15 AM
If I remember correctly I paid around $350 plus tax for the 80's.

jcr4au
12-09-2004, 03:07 PM
I bought the 24" and would highly recommend it. If he has the 24", you will definetly want it over the 18". Got mine new 3 mos. ago for $300.

specialtylc
12-09-2004, 09:14 PM
Stay away from the (i think its the 45 or 55 series) as these are home owner units. They have the built in safety guard on the ends of the blades. Just dont cut the larger material very well.Also they have a very small fuel tank. The HS 80 is their better unit.

BryPaulD
12-09-2004, 09:25 PM
Stay away from the (i think its the 45 or 55 series) as these are home owner units. They have the built in safety guard on the ends of the blades. Just dont cut the larger material very well.Also they have a very small fuel tank. The HS 80 is their better unit.

Thank you for that input as well :)

LLandscaping
12-09-2004, 10:02 PM
We have a HS80 with the 30in bar. We have used a hs45 (homeowner) and it does not have near the power and will not cut large stuff. The 80 also has a larger fuel tank and bigger motor than the 45. The 45 works good for small detailed stuff but I would recommend the HS80 for general use.

grass_cuttin_fool
12-09-2004, 10:51 PM
My dealer told me that anything that will fit in between the blades the hs 45 will cut and he was right. Stalkes big as my fingers and it will cut it. For regular maintence and not overly grown stuff I think the hs45 is fine, it has enuff motor and when it burns a tank of gas I am more than ready to let it rest for a few minutes.

Mo Green
12-09-2004, 11:41 PM
My hs45 cuts just fine. I have gone right through branches larger than my fingers and it never missed a beat. What more can you ask for? Since I only use it about once a week, I think this "homeowner" model is more than enough.

mtdman
12-10-2004, 01:46 PM
I hate my stihl trimmers. They are too damned heavy. THinking about going back to electric trimmers in the future, if I continue to do bush trimming.

MTR
12-10-2004, 02:24 PM
I have all Stihl equipment except my hedge-trimmer, Muranyama. The Stihl HS 80 is great but so heavy that I feel like my arm being pulled out at the end of day. Most of my accounts are in high-end residential and they want their hedge, bush, trees to look sharp and very uniform every month which means sometimes I have to do hedges twice in a month during summer months. The Hedge trimmer is a big thing for me, and I found the Muranyama HT 2300 DR to be the perfect tool. The blade stays sharp real sharp since I got it, it has large teeth to do bigger sprigs and give a very beautiful cut on hedge besides it is a lot LIGHTER than the Stihl.

lampeslawnservice
12-10-2004, 04:55 PM
I have two HS 80's, one 30" and one 24". I also purchased the swivel head for my FS85, works great as a sickel bar mower. I have not had any problems with the hedge trimmers, though I will agree they are heavy after 6-8 hours of use