In a Trimmer Bind...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by GreenBlade, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
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    So I purchased a used redmax. It's a max torque model; they don't make it anymore, but I can't remember what model it is ill post it when I find out. Anyway, I bought it for $100 in decent condition. Needed some carb work. I took it to my redmax dealer & they said it was gonna be $215!! That's $315 to put into that when I could get a new one for just about that or less depending on want model. The whole reason I bought the trimmer was to serve as a backup trimmer. I wanted to ask your opinion on what I should do.

    Here are my options:
    1) Pay the $215 & get the thing fixed. As I said its a max torque model. Ill have the model up shortly.
    2) se that one & Buy a new trimmer which then brings me to which one?? I currently run a STIHL FS70 as my main trimmer. Here's what I'm thinking on a new trimmer:
    -STIHL FS90--replace the 70 with the 90 and use the 70 as a second, or backup trimmer.
    -Redmax TR2350S--a "light-commercial" trimmer that could be used as the back-up/second trimmer. Lightweight, good reviews, cheap.
    -STIHL FS70--run 2 FS70s. I like mine. Reliable. Powerful. & again, on the cheaper side.

    These are the options I've narrowed it down to. If you have any other options please share! Thanks!
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  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Can you get a rebuild kit for your carb? Is the carb trashed or is that waht the dealer is telling you because they are booked solid and they want the quick fix? I have a feeling you can buy that carb for less than a $100 and do it yourself.
     
  3. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
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    Don't buy used trimmers... And your dealer is ripping you off....
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  4. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
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    My dealer is good to me I've worked with them & they have fair prices. They said it needs an all new carb, air filter, & fuel filter. Sorry, forgot to mention in the original post!
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  5. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
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    That & 82.50/hr labor...
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  6. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
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    Trust me your gettin ripped off.... New carbs are around $50 at my dealer and the all the filters are probably 20-30 and half hour labor charge to fix.... $35 dollars labor... That what my dealer pricing is for Echo and Sthil....
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  7. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
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    Ill talk to them tomorrow. I was expecting $100 AT MOST. I do feel $215 is high. Especially for small engine work.
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  8. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
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    He might be trying to price you into a new trimmer.... I have a 70 that has seen some abuse and it still runs hard and it has more power than my 90....
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  9. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Just do it yourself... It's real easy and yea don't buy used trimmers. If you re going to spend a hundo might as well spend 300 for new also.
     
  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    New carb-$40-50, new fuel filter-$8 or less, new air filter, just a little more than that. Half hour or so of your time- done. Screw your dealer, you may like them but they are sticking it to you.
     

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