Disappointed with shinduawa hedge trimmer

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ed2hess, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    We have 2 different models of these hedge trimmers and both have had the gear box crack. Everybody that have used them really likes the units. Now I am out of warranty so $50 to much to risk.

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    I will figure out a way to use the power head for trimmer. Any body else have problems with them.

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  2. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Silver Member
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    Had a couple redmax units do same thing. I made a support bracket that came off the gearcase cover screw and went up to the forward -most bar support bolt. Used a longer bolt and red locktite. The idea was/is to kinda support the bar from lateral movement. I reckon it worked, never had any problems with the beefed up unit that I know of.
     
  3. brosko

    brosko LawnSite Member
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    I have noticed that about redmax and shindaiwa. The cases look real flimsy. I have echos and they take some real abuse. 8 years of hellish abuse on my echo hca260 and case has never cracked. Take a look at an echo in person and you will see what i mean.
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  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes you are right about the new echo units they are beefy.
     
  5. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
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    thats one hell of a crack. looks like it blew up. It does look like an older unit though. am I correct?

    You can replace the gear box on those for $50? I would have thought that part was much more.

    If its a common problem I would just save the motor for use on an edger or something and get a different hedge trimmer.
     
  6. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
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    were you trailering them in the folded out (cutting position) or did you or your guys always make sure to articulate them back and strap them to the shaft when they were on the trailer?
     
  7. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
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    thats an interesting point. Even though there are non articulating trimmers I would think, now that you mention it, that folding them back would create much less stress on them while bouncing on the trimmer rack.

    But what about the non articulating ones?
     
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I began to take it apart and noticed a bolt was out. I will probably fix it but it is a tough repair. I will figure out some way to but a strap around gearbox.

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  9. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    maybe you could just hold it together with a small cheap harbor freight c clamp
     
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    It became apparent that i won't be repairing it when i ran into the first antitamper screw and couldn't get it out. I think these damn things cost over $500, ,no more.
     

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