Experience with BIG trimmers

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  1. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Was looking to find out people's experiences with the BIG trimmers on the market. I'm talking about trimmers over 30 CC's, not the economical commercial trimmers. Good or bad points, recommendations, experiences with certain models are all welcome.

    I'm looking to add a few more trimmers to my company.

    So far the models I am considering:

    1. Echo SRM-340 34CC's 2cycle
    2. Stihl FS 130 R 36.3CC's 4cycle
    3. Stihl FS 250 R 40.2CC's 2cycle
    4. RedMax BC3401DL 33.6CC's 2cycle
    5. RedMax BC4401DW 41.5CC's 2cycle
    6. Tanaka TBC-420PF 40CC's 2cycle
    7. John Deere XT170LE 32.6CC's 2cycle
    8. Shindaiwa T3410X 34CC's 2cycle
    9. Kawasaki KBL34A 33.3CC's 2cycle

    If I forgot another brand that makes a BIG trimmer bring it up please. I don't want the bike handle ones, but if they make a conversion to a single hand handle then its ok.
     
  2. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I recently purchased a Sthil fs 100 I use for cutting down tall weed in ditches and while bush-hogging. It works well, has good power and is not real heavy. I like it better than the Shins I have
     
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Stihl FS110 is not on your list.... 31.4cc/4 cycle. Not BIG enough? I've had mine for 1.5 years and it has been great. Recommended!
     
  4. anothertractor

    anothertractor LawnSite Member
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    I bought a FS 130 Stihl earlier this year. I did have to get the valves adjusted on it once but it has benn an awesome machine. I think it weighs around 12 lbs???
     
  5. kipper

    kipper LawnSite Member
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    I have an FS-250 i bought last year and have run 4 tanks of fuel thru. I have thought about selling it because of the weight. I am kind of little and I get tired pretty easy from swinging it in and out of ditches. This thing is soo strong it will shear the string off at the head if you don't run high quality string in it. Let me know if you mght be interestd I want to get at least 275.00 for it.
     
  6. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have an fs250 and it's a beast! I love it. It's only a couple of pounds heavier than your average trimmer, and right inline with trimmers of comparable power. I used it as my only trimmer for over a year, and it's never let me down. I use one of those three bladed brush knives on it and it cuts trees a few inches thick and any thing thinner than that. I highly recommend the 250.
     
  7. Tanaka

    Tanaka Inactive
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    The Tanaka TBC-340PF (32cc) Review is here....

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=111947

    -MW


     
  8. kmann

    kmann LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just purchased the Stihl FS 130. It has too much power! unless I'm in really high grass, I rarely get to open it up. Uses alot of gas and will fire loose object a long way with lots of velocity.
     
  9. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
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    for everyday use...I run square magnum gatorline in it and it WILL fling huge rocks that if they hit you in the head, they would do damage. I don't take the guard off and it flung a little rock to my nose and my eyes watered so much I could not see for a few minutes. Next year, I will probably buy the Redmax 2400 for everyday use, even though I am not sure why I have not seen it at the dealer--only the 2600 has been there lately--perhaps people are just buying them up or there is an issue (any thoughts on this?)...I will keep the 110 for brush work and tall grass which I have done with it at WOT and it is pretty darn good...I saw a LCO with a small redmax and I could barely turn my head fast enough to keep up with him...it is light, dependable, and powerful for its size...the Stihl is great also, but will tire one out with the power...everytime that clutch engages you can feel it...
     
  10. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have a Stihl fs110, I cannot get the thing to stop spinning no matter what I am cutting, rarely get past 1/2 throttle on most props, and I guaruntee it has more low - end torque than any other!
     

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