is TANAKA a quality trimmer brand; experiences anyone?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by slicey, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. slicey

    slicey LawnSite Member
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    hello, i'm interested in the TBC 2500 AND TBC-230 models. does anyone own one of these string trimmers? will you give me your take on them? please, no replies telling me how great a model your husky, stihl, echo, redmax, etc. is, just the above info i'm asking for would be of great value to me.
    thanks, slicey
  2. 128Steve

    128Steve LawnSite Member
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    My Tanaka TBC-340 is an outstanding trimmer. In every way comparable to my RedMax, except in popularity. Okay, my RedMax looks better :p
  3. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Over the years I've owned several pieces of Tanaka equipment. I currently own one of their engine drills that I use to put grass plugs in with. I've never had any problems with any of them and they always ran strong. Parts, on the other hand are VERY expensive compared to other brands and sometimes hard to get.
  4. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I used one years ago and It seemed to be a quality unit..However, I believe there is only ONE dealer in Houston that even carries them, and you couldn't pay me to buy from them..

    Basically, from what I've heard, if you don't live on the west coast, good luck on finding an abundance of dealers..

    Their WB edger is awesome as well.. If and when it is made again..
  5. MercyMe

    MercyMe LawnSite Member
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    Parts are VERY hard to find and they are VERY expensive. Hardly any dealers left in my area and that is the main reason.
  6. Tanaka

    Tanaka Inactive
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  7. Tanaka

    Tanaka Inactive
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    The TBC-230 and TBC-2500 both qualify for a FREE Tanaka accessory kit during Power Days. More info here -

  8. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a tanaka tbc 220 that is about 13 years old and still runs strong. It trimmed about 10-15 1/2 acre lawns a week during that time. As a result of the quality i just purchased a tbc 230. The product performs fantastic. I do not see the parts being VERY expensive. Actually, I havent really needed any parts except maintenance, which is why i bought another. Cans Bilco is on the east coast for parts. They are in PA, I am in NY AND I get parts the next day. I bought the 230 from 2 b outdoors in TX and had it shipped to me in NY. I think i paid $261 to my door with a brush kit. That was better than what i could get here without the kit. There service on the phone was great. I WILL do business with them again. THE REASON I BOUGHT a tanka was it runs so flawlessly and hasnt really needed any parts. gOOD luck.
  9. Tanaka

    Tanaka Inactive
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    Thanks for your Tanaka purchase - I think I saw your claim form for the FREE Accy kit.

    Also, glad to hear you are getting great parts support from Canns-Bilco.

  10. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've got probably a half dozen Tanaka trimmers and have found them to be some of the most trouble free line trimmers on the market. Their "brain" auto head is absolutely the most trouble free automatic I've ever used...........Lynn

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