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Less common brands of trimmers/blowers - Vandermolen, Maruyama, Dolmar, etc?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Triplex, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Triplex

    Triplex LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    I was just curious about this - it seems most people use either RedMax, Shindaiwa, Stihl, Echo, Husqvarna, or Tanaka trimmers and backpack blowers. Once in a while I see obscure brands like Dolmar, Vandermolen, Maruyama, Makita, Kawasaki, Solo, etc. Any diamonds in the rough out there that we should know about?

    I worked on a golf course that had a John Deere backpack blower that held up for a pretty long time. Big company, but very minor presence in 2-stroke equipment.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    Kawasaki handhelds and blowers are pretty nice. I had a string trimmer, edger, and blower when I had a small lawn company down in Florida. If I didn't have Redmax equipment, I think I would purchase a Kawasaki setup.
  3. Southernlandscape343

    Southernlandscape343 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    I've had great luck with my Husqvarna BT125. I'm looking at getting another BT but something a little stronger.
  4. RonAyersMotorsports

    RonAyersMotorsports LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 854

    Stick with the big name stuff. There's a reason why STIHL, Echo, and the other big name competitors are the names you keep hearing about. Service and dependability. They are the leaders in this industry and will continue to do so when the other small names are dead and gone.
  5. Triplex

    Triplex LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    I've seen you speak well of Kawasaki products in other threads too. Did you have trouble finding a dealer that carried them when you moved back north?
  6. Triplex

    Triplex LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    The big guys definitely got where they are by doing just that. I'm curious if there might be some niche markets that the little guys have an advantage in, say backpack blowers used by stadium crews instead of landscapers or some other special situation for using the products.
  7. MONTE

    MONTE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 793

    Dolmar backpacks are making a presence in this area! I think that will continue to spread as more become aware of there new design!
  8. Midstate Lawncare

    Midstate Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 267

    What? try a murayama 26 cc trimmer and you will never want anything else, light and powerful. I have used everything from kawasaki to stihl and shindiawa to dolmar and murayama is the best of the best... they just don't advertise like echo and stihl. It is a little pricey though, but well worth it. I worked for a guy for a couple of years and ued a murayama 32 cc and that thing was awesome... a little heavy but kicked a$$. It is now 9 years old and is still used every day.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    Sorry, I didn't noticed this sooner. I don't know if this is still true, but Lesco used to carry them, so they had them at my local Lesco store. I'm not going to lie to ya, I prefer Redmax over everything, but the Kawis that I used were very good as well. When I moved to Florida, there were no Redmax dealers in my area, so I tried the Kawasaki stuff and liked it, but I have to admit that when I moved back north I went back to Redmax. I still love my Kawasaki hedge trimmers and use them often. Actually, my wife wants her own pair, so that she can trim the shrubs at the house.
  10. KAG

    KAG LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

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