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Best $200 String Trimmer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by statman, Sep 26, 2010.


What is your choise for a $200 trimmer?

  1. Echo

    15 vote(s)
  2. Husqvarna

    9 vote(s)
  3. Kawasaki

    7 vote(s)
  4. Other

    11 vote(s)
  1. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,732

    I have had the Echo 210 (echos $200 trimmer) I HATED it, I have a $200 Kawasaki blower though and it is great, I personaly pefer the more expensive (higher quality) trimmers thougn but my vote will go to kawasaki
  2. TheC-Master

    TheC-Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    I have the fs250, but that would be a one trimmer, or a special trimmer. For the most part the smaller ones do just fine for crews. You have to keep those costs down.
  3. olde_blue

    olde_blue LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 349

    Whether you pay $200 or $300, the initial cost of a string trimmer isn't the main cost of running it. Over an expected life of about 3 years and 1500 hours, the trimmer will drink about 300 gallons of gas ($750+), 6 gallons of 2-cycle oil ($120+), use up about 27 lbs of line (9 3 lbs spools or about $180), and wear out at 6+ bump head buttons (if $10 each, that's $60). Plus tax. Plus repair parts (although it makes more economic sense just to run them for 2-3 years, and then throw them away when they break--the parts are too expensive--and forget about paying someone to fix them).

    The $200 trimmer will cost you $1310, or $437 per year to run.

    The $300 trimmer will cost you $1410, or $470 per year to run.

    Personally, I pick the trimmer I prefer the ergonomics and balance of. I'm currently on the 3rd year of my 2nd Stihl FS100RX (about $270).
  4. GlynnC

    GlynnC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 804

    I think I agree with you on all points. I'm amazed at the dollars I get paid to fix old, run hard, many run hours, trimmers when they really should be replaced--and that's what I usually recommend--but I have 2 guys who are doing everything they can to keep their old equipment running.
  5. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,280

    We have a winner!! :clapping:
  6. adblackett

    adblackett LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    Stihl 55 for $219, from what I hear it's not the one you want running 40 hours a week, but it will work for less than 20 accounts (me). Sure beats my old gifted Homelite.
  7. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Posts: 473

    Echo for 220
  8. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 772

    You go through more then 6 bump heads. Wow.

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