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Disappointed with shinduawa hedge trimmer

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

  1. untranslate

    untranslate LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    I have had this happen to a few unit over time. But not until i had busted up a second pair of blades in them. They will last a long time if you are nice to them (im not) Got to watch out for those iron fences.
    Ive never seen one with an anti tamper screw. Usually it has a hex bolt.
  2. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    Saw that missing in your first picture but figured you had taken it out to start taking this apart.. and what are you talking about an anti tamper screw?
  3. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    Non-articulating ones don't have near the same weight or bounce on the gearbox as they are rigid and not as prone to flexing.
  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    Last edited: Nov 21, 2013
  5. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,460

    Tamper-proof hardware bits are available inexpensively at harbour freight.
  6. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,246

    Yeah, thats what I was talkin about. I made up a short brace/strap that went from the corner gearcase cover bolt to the bolt where ya got yer screwdriver.

    And , as was mentioned, there aint no tamper proof hardware on them units, period!( I don't know where you come up with some of this chit!!)
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    Thanks that is one option

    I have those but the screw was toooo tight stripped it.:cry:

    I don't make all this stuff up just didn't get right name..



    Now that I stripped it i almost ready to throw in the towel.


  8. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    Are these otherwise a good unit? I've heard the case comes off a homeowner hedge trimmer.

    I was planning to buy one, the local dealer has a sale going on. Not sure about it anymore.
  9. themadcutter

    themadcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from florida
    Posts: 914

    Hedge trimmers, especially extended reach, get a lot of wear because of the way they have to operate. The way the back and forth motion has to be created in a light gear box is just trouble waiting to happen. I guess they could make a nice 10 pound all steel gear box and sacrifice some cutter speed.

    but in reality extended reach hedge trimmers fail and it is a problem across the industry. From the stihl, echo, shindaiwa hedge trimmers I have dealt with (both my use and as parts or ones I have repaired) failed gears are common but fully cracked open gear boxes seem much more unusual.

    I think extended reach hedge trimmers are all hit or miss no matter what brand

    I have had the same extended reach hl75 stihl articulating hedge trimmer for at least 10 years with 0 problems but I do not use it a lot. I just shape a few trees a year with it now so its not really a fair comparison.
  10. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,246

    It sure looks to be a tamper proof Torx screw, with the little peg in da middle!!
    I've worked on a lot of Echo stuff, and I aint never seen a TP screw on any. Prolly some moron stuck it in there!

    Take a flat punch an nail it on the head, then tap yer bit in and unscrew it.

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