I bought a Shindaiwa T230 trimmer in 2002. It has about 250 hours on it and runs well. I want to give it to a dear uncle of mine who did a lot for me when I was a kid. The guy is 72 years old and cuts and trims his house, his daughter's house and a building his son-in-law owns. He does all the trimming on these properites, including a ditch on at the building by hand. I found out about this a few weeks ago when he asked me what a cheap trimmer goes for. Living on a fixed pension, he can not spend the $500 Canadian it would take to get a good trimmer. So, I figured I might as well give him my trimmer since I bought a new T230 this spring and the old one is just serving as a back up. The trimmer runs well but my question is how many hours the t230 can expect to run too without major repari expenses. I don't want to give my uncle my old t230 only to have him run into repair problems. Can anyone help me on this one?