Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-27-2013, 11:51 PM
BTS BTS is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Clayton, NC
Posts: 7
Best Hand Helds for your buck

As many of you know I'm just jumping into the lawn care arena on my own as of recent. I currently have some low grade Echo/Stihl commercial grade gear and I'm looking to upgrade this off-season. I wanted to know Which hand helds everyone thought might be the best bang for my buck?

Blower, & Edger is the primary 2 I'm focusing on.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-28-2013, 12:52 AM
RSK Property Maintenance's Avatar
RSK Property Maintenance RSK Property Maintenance is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Manchester,CT
Posts: 1,439
Quote:
Originally Posted by BTS View Post
As many of you know I'm just jumping into the lawn care arena on my own as of recent. I currently have some low grade Echo/Stihl commercial grade gear and I'm looking to upgrade this off-season. I wanted to know Which hand helds everyone thought might be the best bang for my buck?

Blower, & Edger is the primary 2 I'm focusing on.
echo pb755ht or stihl br600's are pretty decent back packs. both are pretty popular around here and will give you many many years of service, maybe even up to 7 years depending on how heavy they get used.
__________________
fully lic. and ins. 10yrs exp.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-28-2013, 01:00 AM
ddixon7 ddixon7 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 336
All commercial brands are pretty much the same quality in their upper level stuff. Brands like Redmax, Stihl, Husqvarna, and Echo are all good choices because they have lots of dealers and a big parts supply. Smaller brands like Shindaiwa, Tanaka, and Maryuama are top notch, but have a smaller network of dealers. Take your pick.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-28-2013, 01:41 AM
TruSomethingOrOther TruSomethingOrOther is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rockford Metro, IL
Posts: 172
I have the Redmax 8500 back pack blower, and the Tanaka walk behind edger along with a Stihl stick edger. Love them all. There again it's not cheap. More or less top of the line imo.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-28-2013, 10:42 PM
BTS BTS is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Clayton, NC
Posts: 7
Yea I've been leaning towards Echo mainly because I'm flying solo and Stihl stuff is heavy after a few hours of toting it.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-28-2013, 11:34 PM
Valk's Avatar
Valk Valk is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern KS
Posts: 2,713
Are you clearing brush or a mow 'n go?
__________________
---------------------------------------------------
~ cut it high ~ let it fly ~
---------------------------------------------------
Some folks are so contrary that if they fell into a river,
they'd insist on floating upstream.
~ Josh Billings
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-29-2013, 01:53 AM
Leland Lawn Leland Lawn is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Pullman, Washington
Posts: 183
I have been using Echo handhelds for years now and still love them. Partly that is cause I have worked with a local dealer for years who has been really good to me in that time.

The only time my gear really puts my patients to the test is on hot days... like 90+ degrees when the trimmers just won't start. A knowledgeable operator can always get them started, but I see my newer guys struggle with them. Those are the days I think about trying something from Stihl.
__________________
Toro 52" Z Master 6000 Series (2)
Toro 48" Walk-behind (1)
Toro 36" Walk-behind (2)
Toro Turfmaster 30" (2)
Toro 21" Proline (6)
Walker MT EFI 48" GHS (1)
Echo Trimmers, Blowers, & Saws
Hiniker and Cycle Country Plows
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-29-2013, 04:29 AM
RSK Property Maintenance's Avatar
RSK Property Maintenance RSK Property Maintenance is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Manchester,CT
Posts: 1,439
Quote:
Originally Posted by BTS View Post
Yea I've been leaning towards Echo mainly because I'm flying solo and Stihl stuff is heavy after a few hours of toting it.
stihl has the br600 which has the most power for its weight. It is the lightest commercial duty backpack blower. then for string trimmers, husqvarna 326ls are the lightest with the most power. and they are reasonably priced right around 300 and will last your several years 5-10 years depending on usage might even get 15 years out of one if you really take good care of it. I do nothing to mine but add fuel when its out and add string when it needs it and i have two that 10+ years old and 1 that is 7 years old. and the older ones have had 0 issues. the newer one needed a clutch after 5 years of use, but i move the guard back about 1" so I can run a little more line, it speeds up trimming by a decent amount, but the clutch doesn't last as long so its a trade off. but it cost 35 dollars for the dealer to install a new one. so I can't complain about that.
__________________
fully lic. and ins. 10yrs exp.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-29-2013, 07:33 AM
kawakx125 kawakx125 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: lees summit, mo
Posts: 889
I love my husqvarna 326 and 570bts backpack blower.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-29-2013, 09:19 AM
Colaguy's Avatar
Colaguy Colaguy is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Pensacola,FL
Posts: 599
I use the Stihl Kombi and attachments because, A) its quality professional tools, B) I can easily store all in the back of king cab & nothing gets exposed to fowl weather.
__________________
Stihl Kombi System
028 Super, 066 Chainsaws, PP 800 Pole Saw
F-150, F-350 Trucks
Ariens Rear Tine Tiller
(6) Trailers:
5x12, 6x12, 6x14, 8x16, 7x18, 6x22
Asus Transformer Infinity TY700 Tablet
Galaxy S3
Bananalogist




If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.

Red Adair
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:49 AM.

Page generated in 0.07786 seconds with 7 queries