Shindaiwa t-270 vs Stihl F85

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by alpine692003, Dec 20, 2003.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm contemplating which one of these trimmers I should get? Suggestions?

    1) What parts are more readily available?
    2) Which trimmer is more power, less likely to break down?
     
  2. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
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    Shindaiwa, period.
     
  3. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    really huh?

    I was going through the www site, most of the stihl stuff is interchangeable..

    ie) FS55 / FS85

    I can attach hedge trimmers, polers, edging equipment compared to shindaiwa's one piece equipment!

    I can only afford $500 CDN including taxes to spend on a power trimmer! I'm just starting off!

    What do you guys think of the shindaiwa 230?
     
  4. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would go with the Stihl FS85, we've always had good luck with Stihl. Then as you grow and need them, buy the powerheads individually.
     
  5. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Could I attach powerheads to the Stihl FS85 model?
     
  6. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes, take the trimmer head off with two screws. We have an edger, hedge trimmer & mini cultivator and plan on a chain saw attachment.
     
  7. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    cool, cool... Thanks dude!

    How much did fs85 cost you? I know it will cost somewhere in the lines of $600 CDN for me! godammit!
     
  8. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
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    You asked about a trimmer, not an interchangeable tool. I will never buy a stihl trimmer again, and I know many guys that say the same thing. They get hard to start, and tend to need repairs all too soon. Every trimmer I see in pawn shops are stihl, and when I go in for blades or oil to my dealer, I see another stihl on the pile for repair.

    You want advice on a multi-tool, I have no first hand experience with any, but know that my Shin T230 has interchangeable hedge trimmers at least, and I think more attachments available. I prefer individual tools for each job.

    You want advice on a trimmer, I can tell you that I have 7 or so shindaiwas, ( some for sale hehe), and NONE of them have been in the shop overnight. I had to take one of the 270's in for a new foam grip, took 10 minutes, and one of the stick edgers needs a new bolt and nut in the wheel assembly, but besides that, not a single repair on any of them. Just my two cents worth.
     
  9. I bought two they were 335 each with tax in american
     
  10. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    holy crap! that's cheap compared to canada! :(

    I'm beginning to see more and more people get individual tools for each job!

    ie) power trimmer for weeds/grass trimming
    ie) hedge trimmers for hedge trimmers

    DOn't you guys get multi tools anymore, attaching powerheads to the fs85KM or the shindaiwa m230's?
     

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