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Just another stupid trimmer thread.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by GrassGuerilla, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    Curious what hot right now in the world of new trimmers. The current crop is getting tired. Having run Echo21, 23 & 26 cc, Stihl (4-mix) fs-110, Redmax 24 & 26cc trimmers. While we've had a few hiccups with Redmax, the bcz26xx series has been the benchmark for us. It sips fuel, has plenty of power for anything but a rainforest.

    So right now I'm thinking of getting all new bcz26xx trimmers. Any thoughts from those that have gone to the max torque? Do you like the lower gear ratio better or mostly wish you had the reg gearhead?

    And finally, any other trimmers I should consider? Save your breath on Stihl 4-mix. The one we have sees very little action. Runs good, but nobody likes it. It gets used with an extended hedge trimmer attachment.
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  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,103

    What about the Husky 323 or 326? Both have the same engine power (1.2hp) and weigh about the same (9lbs). The 326 is designed better for keeping the engine/exhaust heat off your arm and has a skid plate underneath the engine. Solid drive shafts too. I have been really impressed with all my Husky stuff.
  3. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    Husky doesn't have much support around here. Only reason I didn't include Kawasaki or Husky on my short list. Love the T-35 head, but it is best IMHO on a Redmax 26xx trimmer.

    Also the 326 is nice, but the hard plastic handle kinda sucks. And the Redmax seems to have a slim power advantage. Can't knock Husqvarna trimmers really. They seem to have a strong following. If there were more dealers around I'd consider them. At least around here, Redmax has a far better dealer network.

    Anybody have an opinion one way or the other on the max torque vs standard gearboxes?
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  4. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 714

    Oh boy the trimmer debate. I've tried just about every trimmer out there besides Honda and Husqvarna. Recently I've had a brand new echo srm230 and it had a bad carb diaphragm from the factory and is great for weekly maintenance but is a little on the weak side especially if you run with the guard off and 1 inch extra of string out. I've had a Redmax BCZ2460S and it had a bad crank bearing from the factory, brand new Stihl FS100RX and love it because it has tons of power to spare and is very light weight and its perfect for edging and trimming but it had a bad coil from the factory (new coil is in now and we'll see how long it lasts) and it likes to use fuel. I have a redmax BCZ3050S and its smooth and has plenty of power but not as much as the Stihl FS100RX but it takes forever to warm up. I've tried a Kawasaki trimmer and liked it for the most part but there's not many dealers around. I've tried a tanaka and it was a decent trimmer but no dealer support around. Shindaiwa is just like echo and definitely not like they used to be (were amazing trimmers).

    Its hard to find a reliable, trouble free, fuel efficient, power, and over all affordable trimmer.
  5. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    Just go with the redmax..that's all we use after trying every trimmer out there..you really can't beat them overall. We also use their blowers, extended hedge trimmers and back pack sprayers..pretty nice. All we do is run 89 or 93 in them and change the spark plug, air filter and fuel filter once or twice a year. Every once in a while we will grease the head on them. After putting hundred of hours on them, the only issue we have had was with one trimmer it seemed to lack power on the top end and ran kinda rough but the only thing we could come up with was bad gas, trash in the carb or ethanol. I don't think it was anything to do with the actual parts or workmanship of the trimmer.
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  6. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 335

    +1 on the 100rx
    Feel sorry for all your lemons Small Stripes.
  7. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,128

    give the husky's a shot, you won't need dealer support lol

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