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Old 03-01-2014, 11:26 PM
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Does a powerful trimmer increase productivity?

I have only ever owned the husqvarna 223l and a couple of echos (srm 225 and 210) and don't really know if a more powerful trimmer cuts down on time or not. While I like the husqvarna a lot, I was wondering if shelling out another hundred or $150 for the more powerful one would really add to productivity. Any thoughts? Thanks
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:34 PM
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If you're mowing lawns I don't think lots of power is necessary or beneficial. If you're trimming down big weeds, cutting down small trees, or doing something more than cutting grass I can see a need for more power. A lot of power in the wrong hands can be a negative. I have seen wood fencing that has almost been trimmed all the way through by previous companies of my clients. I have a 90 stihl and for lawns I never need more power.
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:46 PM
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I agree with Cedar. I think the best lightweight trimmer is the go to trimmer for those doing normal residential lawns and light commercial. Not trimming huge ditches etc. My go to trimmer is the 22t Shindaiwa. 8 freaken pounds. I take the bs tank guards and anything else I can off trimmers.
I have three of them. LOVE THEM. If I need more power I pull out the stihl 110 kombi.

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Old 03-01-2014, 11:53 PM
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Years ago I bought one of the biggest and baddest, learned real quick like, I made a mistake. Heavy, Heavy, Heavy, replaced it soon afterwords.
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:59 PM
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ditto. Buy a light dedicated unit and have something like a kombi unit that you use for brush cutting and other applications. I have an echo pas low end unit that is light as a feather and a hitachi that also works great and a stihl kombi km130 for everything else.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:04 AM
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I have only ever owned the husqvarna 223l and a couple of echos (srm 225 and 210) and don't really know if a more powerful trimmer cuts down on time or not. While I like the husqvarna a lot, I was wondering if shelling out another hundred or $150 for the more powerful one would really add to productivity. Any thoughts? Thanks
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After reading your post a little more closely. Bro you are running the husqvarna 223l. Kick ass light trimmer. If I didn't have a few of the older shins I would run those for sure.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:13 AM
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Thanks. Great replies. The 223l is great. Just a hair brain I had. Too much time too think in this eternal winter.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:32 AM
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I'm always getting the hair brain!
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:56 AM
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I like to be contrary so the only thing I'll add is if you're too low on power (home owner grade) and you're trying to do a fresh edge you will be on the losing end. As long as you're in a professional grade machine for standard lawn care get the lightest you can.
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:24 AM
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not everyone edges.
not everyone uses a line trimmer for edging, they might use a dedicated edger (I generally prefer this)

for just day in day out lawn, most dealers over sell their customers too much trimmer.

If you are going to get a kombi unit it go for power.

IF it's just alike trimmer go for light.

No power does not equal production in a line trimmer.

Ive never had "too little" power when trying to trim a standard lawn.

If you're trying to get ONE weed eater and you want to cut lawns, and weed whack heavy overgrowth on banks and wild areas occasionally and might by a saw head to do some clearing etc etc…go big.

But if it's just a trimmer… go light.
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