lightweight trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by beatsworking, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. beatsworking

    beatsworking LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
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    I've been thinking about upgrading trimmers. Right now I use echo 225s, they're really light, sip fuel, dirt cheap and have speed feed heads (a must in my opinion) but a little low on power. I'll be getting redmax 8500s or husqvarna 580s so i'm open to switching trimmer brand to get a better product for my use. Here is what i use a trimmer for, light trimming, lots of edging, and cutting "brush" about once a month. I do not want a 4 mix, I would consider the new still 94r. Price is a large factor, and i'll probably get a big trimmer for those once a month jobs. These trimmers will be only be used for weekly mowing. So what are you're suggestions guys?
     
  2. hydemow

    hydemow LawnSite Member
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    I would look at the stihl fs70r. I currently have 4 of them and they are a great trimmer. We do a lot of townhomes so we do a lot of trimming around the buildings and under decks, in small grass areas. Not to heavy for long periods of trimming. They cost under $300 a piece. Great trimmer for the money. I wouldn't get anything else.
     
  3. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Husky 223l or 323l.
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  4. mowcrazy

    mowcrazy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have owned a bunch of trimmers and because we now cemetery's we look specifically for lightweight trimmers..... We stumbled on the redmax tr2350s and never looked back...... They are bad ass little weed eaters and as light as you can find..... Not super powerful but for weekly mowing there freaking awesome!!
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  5. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Husky 323 for light and powerful
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  6. beatsworking

    beatsworking LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
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    The stihl mechanic tried to steer me away from the 70, I was originally interested in them. How old are the ones you have?
     
  7. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am a huge fan of the kawasaki 27a. It's $200 and commercial. I know they are getting out of building trimmers, but I bought a Ton of them and I am sure many other dealers did too... fs 70 would be next choice, new fs94 is very sweet, but it isn't as light and at $349 it comes In as a premy trimmer...
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  8. beatsworking

    beatsworking LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
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    How much do those 2350s go for? look pretty similar to my 225s, are you impressed with the power for the weight or are they just ok?
     
  9. hydemow

    hydemow LawnSite Member
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    The oldest is 2years rest we bought last year. Each probably has over 500hours on them. We run each trimmer 20-25 hours per week. Never had any problem. We keep our trailers inside when we aren't mowing. I know that when. Trimmers/blowers are left out side all the time it can cause a lot of wear on them.
     
  10. loveitgreen

    loveitgreen LawnSite Member
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    I bought a Husqvarna 323l this summer after comparing power/weight ratios between Shindaiwa, Echo, and Husky. It is a very light, nimble, but powerful trimmer. I'd sure recommend it.
     

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