Originally Posted by OakNut
As someone who started out with ZERO extra money to spend on anything, I understand where you are coming from financially, but I can tell you that you do not want to skimp on your trimmer. It will see hard use and if it goes down you are screwed.
Hedge trimmers will likely see "occasional use" initially, so you can buy yourself time to upgrade, but your string trimmer is something you need every single day on every single job.
i have found that the crapsman type wont start after sitting for several months, but my commercial stuff starts great even after sitting.