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Is there an electric start gas powered weedwacker?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by dallison, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. dallison

    dallison LawnSite Member
    from york pa
    Posts: 6

    Our purchasing agent is looking for one, price really isn't an issue.

  2. greenscapestx

    greenscapestx LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Yes, Home Depot has a Ryobi that uses their 18 volt battery for it's electric start. They call it Touch Start. Here's a link to the Ryobi site: http://www.ryobitools.com/featured/
  3. dallison

    dallison LawnSite Member
    from york pa
    Posts: 6

    we saw them, and i think that she's gonna check them out. thanks
  4. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    Please, don't buy one for commercial use. They just aren't "it". (not conmmercial grade)

    "Back in the day" (1997 or thereabouts), Tanaka had 2 units that were battery start with a rope backup.

    $500 for the homeowner version and $800 for the commercial version. None of those models are in the lineup now. If I remember correctly, they had an issue with the battery life/price of battery.
  5. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Posts: 344

    not to hijack the thread... i would pass on the trimmer with electric start due to the added weight, but how great would that be to have on a backpack blower!!!
  6. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,416

    I dont get it? You said you wanted an electric start gas powered trimmer, not a battery powered unit right?
  7. dallison

    dallison LawnSite Member
    from york pa
    Posts: 6

    that is correct, and we are still looking. battery powered sucks
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    What's the big deal about pulling a rope?

    I'm not trying to be a wisea$$, I'm just curious.
  9. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 2,593

    If the Mrs. is going to be using it some it might be a very big deal indeed.
  10. dallison

    dallison LawnSite Member
    from york pa
    Posts: 6

    i have a craftsman 4 cycle that i got a few years back that works well. Our purchasing agent is about 45-50 years old and pulling the rope is a little hard for her. She is willing to spend the $$ for one.

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