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Old 03-27-2011, 05:50 PM
southerneclipse southerneclipse is offline
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shindaiwa or echo

making a purchase this week, need a hedge trimmer. Demo'd the shindaiwa 242 this weekend and was very pleased, but for 500 bucks am considering buying a multi tool. Never used Echo before...

whats better, shindaiwa or echo?

I know its personal preference and this thread has most likely been posted before, but need some advice on which multi system is better.

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Old 03-27-2011, 08:34 PM
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How about Remax. Can't go wrong with echo 265 multi tool though.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:48 PM
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Stay away from Shandai, some guy allegedly just got screwed in an earlier post.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:17 PM
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Stay away from Shandai, some guy allegedly just got screwed in an earlier post.
He was out of warranty.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:22 PM
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Ya then he says he wasn't so who knows. In his profile he's got like three other Shind so I dunna, seems like a loyal customer. Why not help the guy out for 20 dollar part. Gurantee he won't buy from them again and will tell all his friends about it.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:40 PM
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Ya then he says he wasn't so who knows. In his profile he's got like three other Shind so I dunna, seems like a loyal customer. Why not help the guy out for 20 dollar part. Gurantee he won't buy from them again and will tell all his friends about it.
By his posts I'm sure he is to dumb to know. Just a guy that wants to scream. If he's smart he would see how much money he made on the hedge clipper and not care (if he is smart enough to charge right which I doubt). Just a guy acting like a 12yr old.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:43 PM
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Shindawia or red max stay away from echo
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:16 PM
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I have a m242, trimmer, edger, pwr broom, hedge clipper, pole saw. All work great, I also have a t242 that the hired help uses. The multi tool is nice as you don't have multi engines barely being used. I have it set up that it gets used most days.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:46 PM
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I'm real big on Echo just because my 10 year old pb403 blower and srm210 trimmer still crank first pull (backups) Also just got the pb770 (most powerful blower) and picked up their handheld hedge trimmers last fall hc150 ($300) Never have had 1 problem with any of it.

The equipment that's 10 years old hasn't had as much as a spark plug change. I still have guys trying to tell me Echo isn't commercial grade. Sigh. Honestly know nothing of shindawai hedge trimmers but you're golden with Echo.
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:21 PM
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I couldn't tell you anything about echo, but I have had many shindaiwa tools. two 242s, three homepros, a backpack blower, an edger, hedge trimmers, two sprayers and a spreader. I really like shindaiwa. I only had trouble with the first 242. the splines on the end of the driveshaft closest to the motor stripped. Since then shindaiwa has changed the design of the shaft. No other issues other than wearing out string trimmer heads. Just this week I took an old homepro and the oldest 242 which I had retired out of the garage, poured gas in them and they fired right up. I may put the parts back on them that I had scavenged for my other trimmers and start useing them again. I also have a c4 edger that I bought unseen off of ebay. It was used. When it arrived I took it out of the box and poured gas in it. It fired on the first pull. I have a Stihl fs100 trimmer and a Redmax 2450 or something like that. I never use them much. My first choice would be Shindaiwa.
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