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View Poll Results: How long do you keep your hand-helds?
One year, then sell and replace. 4 1.76%
Two years. 12 5.29%
Three Years. 9 3.96%
Run them until they will no longer run. 191 84.14%
This poll stinks....I am going to go mow now. 11 4.85%
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Old 03-10-2007, 09:18 AM
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How long do you keep your hand-helds?

How long do you keep your hand-held untis? This is for string trimmers, edgers, etc...
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:08 AM
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From anywhere to some of many of these things, they last a year and crap out.
So when I find one that's a cut above, I hang on to it as long as possible.

1) Until I can no longer stand to use it / I have or want something better.
2) Until fixing it costs more than the machine is worth.
3) Until it gets stolen.
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:31 AM
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I will keep mine until they no longer run. I have an Echo 210 trimmer that I have had since I started 5 years ago and it still runs great. Well, I mean it was running great until I canabalized parts from it to fix a 230. But as soon as I throw the missing parts back on it, it should run justs fine again. I have found that working on my trimmers and blowes and stuff really relaxes me. If I always have new equipment with no problems, then that takes away one thing that I enjoy doing.
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Old 03-11-2007, 08:36 PM
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You keep them until it's no longer cost-feasible to keep them running. My favorite handheld is a RedMax BC-2300 trimmer. It's six years old, my oldest running handheld, and no doubt, my favorite.
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:59 PM
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I just purchased the shindaiwa 8510 back pack blower. How long do you think this will last. I just do this part-time. It better run for ever for how much they cost.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:11 PM
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I run them untill they will not run... within reason
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:12 PM
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Til death do we part!!.....then they get kept for parts

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Old 03-27-2007, 09:21 PM
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I have a homelite that starts first pull from 91
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:27 PM
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Run it till it dies or you wanna kill it because your sick of pulling the string 50 times
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Old 03-28-2007, 01:05 PM
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I run them till they die. If the performance starts to be compromised or they take 10+ pulls to start, I will either keep them as a back-up unit or keep them for parts. I won't keep an older unit as a primary machine unless it is in good running condition.
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