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Old 06-26-2013, 01:52 PM
PainterJohn PainterJohn is offline
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Need a new trimmer and want the best! What would that be???

I have a 20 yr old Makita FS 231 that still runs fine.Great trimmer.

BUT I figure I'll take it over to my cabin and buy a new one for work. I maintain my 10 acre place and several rentals. I want to buy right the first time out. I don't want a trimmer that is too heavy, but I do want one that works and runs flawlessly. 4 stroke or 2 stroke? Stihl was my first inclination but I'd love to hear from anyone that is completely satisfied with what they are using. Need some suggestions....Thanks for the help!
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:03 PM
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Do not own one but if I was going to buy a new one it would be husqvarna 326. I am a Stihl guy but just for light to medium trimming this would be my choice. They are just so light for the power. I use a 322l right now for normal trimming and when it dies that's what I'll buy.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:07 PM
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The correct model I am using now is Makita RBC 251....25cc and weighs a nice, light 9 lbs!
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:16 PM
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The correct model I am using now is Makita RBC 251....25cc and weighs a nice, light 9 lbs!
Both the Husky 223L and 323L weigh 9lbs. I run a 223L as my daily trimmer. It is more than enough for normal trimming and does pretty well in tal thick stuff with good line. You can buy a 223L at Lowe's and a 323 at any Husky dealer. If I were buying a new one today it would be the 323 or 326. Both have solid drive shafts, and are great trimmers.

The 326 is listed as 9 lbs in some of Husky's literature and 10.4 in some of their other catalogs. It has to weigh at least a little more than 9lbs because it has a skid plate and a couple other metal parts/features the 323 doesn't have. Regardless, they are excellent trimmers all.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:37 PM
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Both the Husky 223L and 323L weigh 9lbs. I run a 223L as my daily trimmer. It is more than enough for normal trimming and does pretty well in tal thick stuff with good line. You can buy a 223L at Lowe's and a 323 at any Husky dealer. If I were buying a new one today it would be the 323 or 326. Both have solid drive shafts, and are great trimmers.

The 326 is listed as 9 lbs in some of Husky's literature and 10.4 in some of their other catalogs. It has to weigh at least a little more than 9lbs because it has a skid plate and a couple other metal parts/features the 323 doesn't have. Regardless, they are excellent trimmers all.
I held both in my hands side by side and could not tell a bit of difference between the two as far as weight.

both are excellent trimmers, and definitely go with a solid driveshaft model, either the 323 or 326. there is absolutely no vibration at all, and they have the fastest loading bump heads i have ever seen
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:45 PM
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I held both in my hands side by side and could not tell a bit of difference between the two as far as weight.

both are excellent trimmers, and definitely go with a solid driveshaft model, either the 323 or 326. there is absolutely no vibration at all, and they have the fastest loading bump heads i have ever seen
So have I, and while it's miniscule, there's a difference in weight. Not enough to make anyone choose one over the other IMO, and I agree, they are both excellent trimmers. The 326 is better suited for all day running due to the better heat protection/routing over the exhaust.

The T-35 is by far the best head on the market right now. It always feeds, bumps easily without feeding line accidentally, and so easy to load a blind man with 10 thumbs can do it.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:24 PM
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Stihl Fs250r- 40cc 2stroke and a little heavy at 13lbs but an absolute monster if you want the biggest badest loop handle trimmer on the market! I also run Echo 280 and 266 S models and love them too for everyday trimming.
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Shindiwa T242 only trimmer I'll own from now on. Runs about $300 to $340.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:05 PM
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I back up the Stihl FS250 Very powerful, but as stated weighs a little more.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:34 PM
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How is the Stihl FS 90? Price is a secondary issue....I want to get it right the FIRST time!
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