Need a new trimmer and want the best! What would that be???

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  1. PainterJohn

    PainterJohn LawnSite Member
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    I have a 20 yr old Makita FS 231 that still runs fine.Great trimmer.

    BUT I figure I'll take it over to my cabin and buy a new one for work. I maintain my 10 acre place and several rentals. I want to buy right the first time out. I don't want a trimmer that is too heavy, but I do want one that works and runs flawlessly. 4 stroke or 2 stroke? Stihl was my first inclination but I'd love to hear from anyone that is completely satisfied with what they are using. Need some suggestions....Thanks for the help!
     
  2. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do not own one but if I was going to buy a new one it would be husqvarna 326. I am a Stihl guy but just for light to medium trimming this would be my choice. They are just so light for the power. I use a 322l right now for normal trimming and when it dies that's what I'll buy.
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  3. PainterJohn

    PainterJohn LawnSite Member
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    The correct model I am using now is Makita RBC 251....25cc and weighs a nice, light 9 lbs!
     
  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Both the Husky 223L and 323L weigh 9lbs. I run a 223L as my daily trimmer. It is more than enough for normal trimming and does pretty well in tal thick stuff with good line. You can buy a 223L at Lowe's and a 323 at any Husky dealer. If I were buying a new one today it would be the 323 or 326. Both have solid drive shafts, and are great trimmers.

    The 326 is listed as 9 lbs in some of Husky's literature and 10.4 in some of their other catalogs. It has to weigh at least a little more than 9lbs because it has a skid plate and a couple other metal parts/features the 323 doesn't have. Regardless, they are excellent trimmers all.
     
  5. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Stihl Fs250r- 40cc 2stroke and a little heavy at 13lbs but an absolute monster if you want the biggest badest loop handle trimmer on the market! I also run Echo 280 and 266 S models and love them too for everyday trimming.
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  6. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I held both in my hands side by side and could not tell a bit of difference between the two as far as weight.

    both are excellent trimmers, and definitely go with a solid driveshaft model, either the 323 or 326. there is absolutely no vibration at all, and they have the fastest loading bump heads i have ever seen
     
  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    So have I, and while it's miniscule, there's a difference in weight. Not enough to make anyone choose one over the other IMO, and I agree, they are both excellent trimmers. The 326 is better suited for all day running due to the better heat protection/routing over the exhaust.

    The T-35 is by far the best head on the market right now. It always feeds, bumps easily without feeding line accidentally, and so easy to load a blind man with 10 thumbs can do it.
     
  8. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Shindiwa T242 only trimmer I'll own from now on. Runs about $300 to $340.
     
  9. cimkill

    cimkill LawnSite Senior Member
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    I back up the Stihl FS250 Very powerful, but as stated weighs a little more.
     
  10. PainterJohn

    PainterJohn LawnSite Member
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    How is the Stihl FS 90? Price is a secondary issue....I want to get it right the FIRST time!
     
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