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JD handheld stuff

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eruuska, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    Any thoughts on John Deere trimmers, blowers, etc? A JD dealer told me that they used to be made by Homelite but are now manufactured in-house at JD, and the quality is up there with Stihl, Husqvarna, etc.

    What do you think?

  2. BMFD92

    BMFD92 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 698

    someone told me echo is made or owned by JD. Anyone know whether this is true or not?
  3. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    Echo used to make the really old JD hand held, then homelite, now someone else.

    Personally I wouldn't buy any thing that was JD unless it was built before 1992. And this is coming from a kid that grew up with JD. They don't make them like they used to until you get into the big stuff.
  4. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    I use all JD handhelds (BP50, XT140SB, XT120SE, EH2659, H20D,. . .you get the point) and have been very satisfied with all of them. I tried an Echo trimmer earlier this year and ended up selling it to a friend of mine - just couldn't get used to the feel. Might give Shindy a try next year. Anyhow, all start right up, are dependable (5 years with the edger, now), good power to weight ratio, and run great. Also, I really like the Kawi on the blower - real smooth. Give'em a try.
  5. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    I'm thinking that the JD trimmers are made by Shindawia. I don't know for sure but the shield behind the triimer head is identical to the replacement shield we got for our 2500 shindawia. The throttle trigger assembly and the engine cover is made the same as the ones on some of the Shindawia's. I could be wrong but they do look very simular.
  6. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    Ive got the XT120 trimmer and it was made by echo. its in its 3rd year with absolutely no problems. I asked who made them now and he told me, but I forgot. LOL. Anyway, if the quality is the same or better, Id buy them again.
    PS. never, i repeat, never buy another husqvarna. JUNK. in the shop 4 times in a year and they don't want to stand behind them, but thats another thread.
  7. JDeere Fan

    JDeere Fan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    I have all JD Handheld stuff and it has held up great so far and again like someone said great power to weight. I have a BP60 Backpack and it is awesome! I have the XT140 edger, XT120 Trimmer, Handheld Blower, and a BH52 Chain Saw. Awesome stuff. All of JD's HH stuff is made in house from what I understand. It does look a lot like the Shin stuff though.
  8. QC Lawn Services

    QC Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    We also have all JD stuff, XT120LE trimmer, BP40 blower, hedge trimmer in addition to JX 75 and a 737 ZTrak. We have been happy with the equipment and the service that we have received from our dealer. We will continue to purchase more equipment from JD.
  9. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    Well, now I'd really like to know if Shindaiwa makes JD handhelds. ;)
  10. 50ccmx

    50ccmx LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    There backpack blowers are exactly the same as the husqvarna 145bt, 155bt and the 165bt, but they retail for higher prices. The handheld looks to be made by robin, it appears to be identical to there fl260.
    The chainsaws I believe are built by Olympic, the ones I have saw(which could have been 03 models) look just like the new cub cadet saws which are also made by olympic. I believe they said made in italy.
    I will find out about there trimmers, they have had many different manufacturers of these over the past years.
    I don't believe shindaiwa is making any of their handheld stuff, but I will find out and let you know.

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