homelite vs comm trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by scagman, Dec 4, 2001.

  1. scagman

    scagman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    I currently use a homelite straight shaft trimmer i like them because the head turns clockwise rather that a stihl fs85 where the head turns counter clockwise making you have to walk backwards fellow lco always makes fun please help me in my qwest to find a commercial trimmer that turns clockwise otherwise its walk backwards or go through 2 homelites a season
  2. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    Scagman, It's not as bad as you think. I held off for a few yrs throwing away Homelites etc, but I switched to Echo 2601, or Redmax, they turn the opposite direction but really are much easier on you in the long run. You rarely have to walk backwards. Only if the grass is wet a very long do I walk backwards. I got most of my jobs for doing quality trimming, and I will never buy another piece of junk Homelite. My employees agree there is no comparison. So just bite the bullet, and try a commercial trimmer that is light but powerful, you won't regret it.
  3. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    I'm in scagmans corner on this one,I run a Homelite.Its 1/2 the weight off my previous comm trimmer,I can trim with one hand,the head spinning the other way saves you tasting a lotta doggy doos,It starts first pull,parts are cheap and I've used it every day for the past 12months and see no reason I aint gonna get another couple of years out of it.I suppose its like all equipment if you had the last 2 LCO's left on earth they be arguing mines bigger,better,faster...but it keeps these forums interesting!:D
  4. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 363

    I'd avoid Homelight, one above them would be Craftsman I think thier heads turn in the "wrong" direction.
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Any of you ever wonder why the comm'l trimmers turn "backwards"? ;)

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    Try them both for a week and you'll see why the comm. brands go "backwards". My Echo died this year and I was behind scedule for a week, so I used a Homelite that my grandfather gave me as a fiil in. I never ate so much doggie-doo! I got nailed in the face all day. The engines on those things only last 30% as long as comm. brands. The cylinders and sleeves are cheap and will not hold up to daily use for very long.
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    at my hd in kannapolis nc,there is a chart of there various trimmers and the hrs u can expect to get. the homelite said around 150 to 200 as i remember it. right under that on this chart was echo commtrimmer rated 1150. i remember thinking
    it was almost funny that the difference was that much.
    not selling either one. as i use the light craftsman and one hand it. if it gets stolen ,i just go get another sears return at half price 40 -50 bucks
    and clean it up and put the proper mix in it
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    great thread. I use a homelite ST-275 and I love it. it's not the best for clearing ditches and fence rows but it is great for residential. and the best reason I like it is the head rotation.

    I had a echo 2100 and I took it back. the echo was super smooth running but I hated everything else about it.

  9. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 530

    I use Echo 2400
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Actually head rotation isn't a problem on commercial trimmers if you learn how to use them backwards. Most people hold a commercial trimmer with the throttle trigger in their right hand and walk towards the right. I trim the opposite way. I don't know why, it's just the way I've always done it. And no, I'm not left-handed.

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