Anybody have thoughts or experience with Husqvarna 323L vs 326LS

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by clydesdale, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
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    I need a lightweight everyday string trimmer. I was leaning to the 323L until I found that the 326LS is also very light weight and has a skid plate, uses less gas, and runs at a lower rpm. Can anyone tell me their experiences with using both? Sorry, for the different threads on this, but I think it is now boiled down to one of these two machines. I am going to the dealer tomorrow, but he does not have a 323L in stock. I can wait for anything that will be the proper fit. I am in no rush for a second place trimmer. Thanks.
     
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I haven't used both but just picked up a 323 Saturday...seems really nice. I wasn't sure whether to get the 223, 323 or 326. My dealer said the 323 was worth the extra $30 for the lifetime drive shaft warranty. I was in a rush though and couldn't see much benefit to moving up to the 326. If my dealer had told me to get it I would have though. What what I've heard and read, they're all good trimmers...don't think you can really go wrong with any of them. The one thing that surprised me was how easy the 323 recoil pulls...can't really feel the engine at all. Not sure if it has a compression release or some "easy start" mechanism or what but it's the easiest pulling trimmer I've ever used.
     
  3. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks. Yes, it has some sort of "smart start" technology.
     
  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 323 has Husky's smart start system that is like the Stihl Easy-To-Start. It basically winds a smal spring up in the rewind until it is taught enough to overcome the engines compression, and then it unwinds quickly and spins the engine over.
     
  5. leon2245

    leon2245 LawnSite Member
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    Not that anyone here shops at lowes, but don't they carry the 323? Or was that the 327 I saw the other day?

    Tough call. Seems to be a lot of overlap between these two.
     
  6. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nobody around me has these models in stock, so I am going to have to order them without seeing them. So, I am hoping someone has used both.
     
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    There are at least 5 Husqvarna dealers within 10 miles of Carmel, NY. None of them carry these models? Really?
     
  8. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
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    The only one that I did not call of the 1st seven dealers that pop up was "Village Hardware". Sorry, but I deal with power equipment places, not small hardware stores. Yes, NONE of them carry these machines. They had 224, but no 323 or 326.
     
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    WTF...they're missing out. My preferred dealer (a rental yard) says they sell a LOT of the 223 and 323s. It's what many of the LCOs around me have switched to because they're so light yet have plenty of power.
     
  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do a search for "servicing" dealers in your area. Small hardware store or no, they will service your equipment, and quite often a lot quicker than the big stores do. I actually prefer those type of dealers. They get to know you on a first name basis, and treat you better than the big dealers do. That is, unless you are a really large operation that spends a ton of money with them every year or two.
     

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