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View Poll Results: what brand of equipment do you use
Echo 43 22.87%
Husqvarna 21 11.17%
Tanaka 3 1.60%
Red max 20 10.64%
Stihl 84 44.68%
Shindaiwa 17 9.04%
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:29 PM
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Tanaka all the way for me. Had some for close to twenty years and still runs good. They out last most others by years and hold their value.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:13 PM
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The best dealer in our area is sthil, so that is what we use. We have been very happy with them and never had any reason to change. The numbers on the husky 580 blower are pretty impressive though, I think this year we'll be giving them a try.
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Stihl for the last 15 years. And im not easy on equipment.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:14 PM
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Right now, all my small stuff is Echo. However, I have used Shindaiwa and Husqvarna, and can say that they both perform excellent. When my current pieces start to wear beyond what is reasonable to repair them, I am highly considering going with Kawasaki. I have read many positive reviews about them, and every one of them praises their durability and awesome throttle response.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:44 PM
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I have mostly Shindaiwa C4 engine based equipment. I use VP Racing Fuels SEF94 exclusively and the shindaiwa engines work very well with it. I like the lower tone(I'm an electronic music composer and it's better for protecting my hearing) and higher torque at lower RPM with the Hybrid 4 engines.
My favorite engine is the Honda GX25 on my MM Backpack Sprayer. I just love the way that engine feels and sounds. I imagine the Honda trimmers with that engine must be nice.
I chose the Shindiawa T344 because it made sense to have most of my equipment from one manufacturer and having separate fuel and oil seemed like a potential issue down the road for employees to screw up.
I started with Stihl Kombi 4Mix system and eventually replaced all aspects of it with Shindaiwa C4 equipment.
For me the Stihl 4Mix engines are reliable brute force single pull start. Where as the Shindiawa C4 engines are just as powerful but much more refined and balanced but a little more finicky.
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Used Shindiawa, Stihl, Tanaka, and Echo. Echo is my go to. Big Shindi backpack is ok. Old news Echo bought Shindi. Tanaka has empressed me but they're proud of their product and my dealer is a little weak.
Love Stihl chainsaws hate the fs 100 rx trimmer.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:05 AM
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Used Shindiawa, Stihl, Tanaka, and Echo. Echo is my go to. Big Shindi backpack is ok. Old news Echo bought Shindi. Tanaka has empressed me but they're proud of their product and my dealer is a little weak.
Love Stihl chainsaws hate the fs 100 rx trimmer.
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I agree that Echo makes good equipment. I have run some Shindaiwa too, but Im slowly replacing old stuff with Echo.
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STIHL= dependability, performance, realiable, quality and professional grade!!!
Definitely Stihl. They all start on the 1st pull!
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sthil. never, ever, have any of ours let us down. new plugs every spring and an air cleaner and youre set. first or second pull, every time.
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