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Shindaiwa M254 vs Stihl Kombi

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Ormond32176, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    I was curious to see if anyone was using the m254, or had experience using the m254 and a comparable kombi. I am about to buy a new multitool and not sure which one to go with. I am currently using a km110, but it is on its last legs after 7ish years of service. I am going to buy all new attachments with either unit, so that is out of the equation. My concern is the Shindaiwa might not be strong enough. I am either getting it or the KM130. There is about a 15cc difference, but if the Shindaiwa has a stronger (or just more usable) motor, that could make up for it. Really, I am just not to familiar with the red trimmers, so some input would be great.

    Would be mostly using the edger, weedeater, and hedgetrimmer attachments.
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,998

    I don't know about the power difference, however my plan is to switch from Sthil to Shindawia
  3. tdadkins00

    tdadkins00 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    do you care to elaborate on why you are wanting to switch brands im am on the fence about both and trying to figure out which one to buy stihl vs shindaiwa that is
  4. rdwittmann

    rdwittmann LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    I will not touch a shindawia. I have the original Stihl FS85T that is the pre-curser to the KM. I have had it since it first cme out in the '90's. I need to get a new motor and put this one to back up status, but, it has been a great machine. I have not had good luck with my shindawia products.
  5. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 847

    I have a shindaiwa edger and a KM130 that I use for a line trimmer and hedge trimmer. I've had great luck with both. When I worked for a friend he ran shindaiwa exclusively and was really impressed with his T242. The T243 was lighter than my current KM130. Both Stihl and shindaiwa seem to last forever. I think you'll be well served by either one; however id personally buy the shindaiwa.
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  6. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    I've just heard Shindaiwas were good. I would buy another Stihl in a heart beat. This km110 I am using is old, used, and abused, and still runs fairly well. I just want to get something new and keep this as a back up.
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,998

    My srhil stuff hasn't served me like I expected. I have a 1 year old km110 that has not ever been realible to start and is now dead. My original 110 in nearyly completely worn out in only 5 years. The only reason I haven't yet switched is because I have most of the attachments.
  8. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    Try getting the valves checked.
  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ill probably take it apart today. Arent the Shindawias 2 stroke?
  10. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 217

    The new ones have the 2/4 hybrid.

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