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View Poll Results: What is your choise for a $200 trimmer?
Echo 14 35.00%
Husqvarna 9 22.50%
Kawasaki 6 15.00%
Other 11 27.50%
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:43 PM
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I have had the Echo 210 (echos $200 trimmer) I HATED it, I have a $200 Kawasaki blower though and it is great, I personaly pefer the more expensive (higher quality) trimmers thougn but my vote will go to kawasaki
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I have the fs250, but that would be a one trimmer, or a special trimmer. For the most part the smaller ones do just fine for crews. You have to keep those costs down.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:34 PM
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Whether you pay $200 or $300, the initial cost of a string trimmer isn't the main cost of running it. Over an expected life of about 3 years and 1500 hours, the trimmer will drink about 300 gallons of gas ($750+), 6 gallons of 2-cycle oil ($120+), use up about 27 lbs of line (9 3 lbs spools or about $180), and wear out at 6+ bump head buttons (if $10 each, that's $60). Plus tax. Plus repair parts (although it makes more economic sense just to run them for 2-3 years, and then throw them away when they break--the parts are too expensive--and forget about paying someone to fix them).

The $200 trimmer will cost you $1310, or $437 per year to run.

The $300 trimmer will cost you $1410, or $470 per year to run.

Personally, I pick the trimmer I prefer the ergonomics and balance of. I'm currently on the 3rd year of my 2nd Stihl FS100RX (about $270).
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Whether you pay $200 or $300, the initial cost of a string trimmer isn't the main cost of running it. Over an expected life of about 3 years and 1500 hours, the trimmer will drink about 300 gallons of gas ($750+), 6 gallons of 2-cycle oil ($120+), use up about 27 lbs of line (9 3 lbs spools or about $180), and wear out at 6+ bump head buttons (if $10 each, that's $60). Plus tax. Plus repair parts (although it makes more economic sense just to run them for 2-3 years, and then throw them away when they break--the parts are too expensive--and forget about paying someone to fix them).

The $200 trimmer will cost you $1310, or $437 per year to run.

The $300 trimmer will cost you $1410, or $470 per year to run.

Personally, I pick the trimmer I prefer the ergonomics and balance of. I'm currently on the 3rd year of my 2nd Stihl FS100RX (about $270).
I think I agree with you on all points. I'm amazed at the dollars I get paid to fix old, run hard, many run hours, trimmers when they really should be replaced--and that's what I usually recommend--but I have 2 guys who are doing everything they can to keep their old equipment running.
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Personally, I pick the trimmer I prefer the ergonomics and balance of.

We have a winner!!
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Stihl 55 for $219, from what I hear it's not the one you want running 40 hours a week, but it will work for less than 20 accounts (me). Sure beats my old gifted Homelite.
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Whether you pay $200 or $300, the initial cost of a string trimmer isn't the main cost of running it. Over an expected life of about 3 years and 1500 hours, the trimmer will drink about 300 gallons of gas ($750+), 6 gallons of 2-cycle oil ($120+), use up about 27 lbs of line (9 3 lbs spools or about $180), and wear out at 6+ bump head buttons (if $10 each, that's $60). Plus tax. Plus repair parts (although it makes more economic sense just to run them for 2-3 years, and then throw them away when they break--the parts are too expensive--and forget about paying someone to fix them).

The $200 trimmer will cost you $1310, or $437 per year to run.

The $300 trimmer will cost you $1410, or $470 per year to run.

Personally, I pick the trimmer I prefer the ergonomics and balance of. I'm currently on the 3rd year of my 2nd Stihl FS100RX (about $270).
You go through more then 6 bump heads. Wow.
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