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Redmax, Echo, or Stihl

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by curry, Mar 8, 2002.

  1. curry

    curry LawnSite Member
    Posts: 211

    Im going to purchase a new hedge trimmer and have narrowed it down to the Redmax CHTZ2500, Echo HC 1600, and the Stihl HS 45. All of these have a 24" double-sided blade. These are my only options due to dealer availability. If anyone has experience with any of these I would like to hear what yall think before I purchase.
  2. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,150

    I have owned an Echo in the past and it didn't hold up very well. Bought a Redmax last year and found it's 10X better than than the Echo was. The Redmax has a much higher blade speed and cuts alot cleaner. I've had bad luck with Stihl products and would never recommend them.:) ;) :) ED
  3. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    Redmax CHTZ2500!!! nothing will compare.

    they are excellent! and you can't beat the strato-charged.

  4. hollywood

    hollywood LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    purchased a Stihl HS 80 last year. it runs great and the rotating handle makes it much easier on the wrists if you run them for any amount of time. dont know exactly what the setup on the HS 45 is, but go for the Stihl.
  5. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    I have the Redmax CHT2200 and I LOVE THEM!

    I have not had the other two brands you mentioned so I can't compair them but I can say that the Redmax trimmers have been great in every way! :D
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I have the HS80 Stihl trimmers also. They are very powerful. The rotating handle is awesome. Makes working on details very easy. The only thing Redmax I have is a blower. It a good product.

    My opinion is you can never go wrong with Stihl or Redmax. Get the dealer to let you crank them both up and see what you think.
  7. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    I've just got rid of my Echo,everything that could fall off it did and it was cranky to start if you didn't use it often.I dont think their up to being a commercial trimmer:(
  8. wxmn6

    wxmn6 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    Go with Stihl. The trimmers they build are powerful. They are very well built machines.
  9. wattsup

    wattsup LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    I have the Echo 1600. It is a good machine, but I would recomend looking at another machine. I am a one man operation, but when I have to trim hedges I con my nephew into doing it. The Echo is very heavy for a small machine. However, it is powerful, I snapped an aluminum pipe with it.
  10. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Stihl :D :D :D :D
    Johnny G. :cool: :cool:

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