Shindaiwa vs Stihl

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Capemay Eagle, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Looking at a new trimmer. My Echo has served me well and I am going to replace it. I am looking at two from Shindy and two from Stihl.

    Looking at the Shindy T242 and T254. The 254 has the Hybrid 4 engine, don't know if that is better, also a pound or so more over the T242.

    The two from Echo are the FS90R and the FS100RX. I like the FS100RX, it is in the 10lb range, plenty of power and seems to be a good fit.

    I would appreciate any feedback on these models from any owners out there. Thx
     
  2. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Capemay I can only comment that my Sthil FS85 that I've had for years has never failed me. I think you'll here good things from both camps....I don't think you'd regret buying either brand.
     
  3. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks AV, I am leaning towards the Stihl. My dealer sells both, I talked to him last season and suggested the FS100.
     
  4. Popeye77

    Popeye77 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
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    Look at a Red Max. Shindys aren't what they used to be. The two I have that finally died. I was told by a dealer that quit carrying them. "They don't make em like that anymore". I just bought an FS90R. I don't think it has the power of my now departed T230 or the T231.
     
  5. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was looking at one of the adds above on the core trimmer and read the site and checked out a couple of vids and this thing is pretty interesting. One less machine to winterize and it is built in the US. Tecnology is getting better with this stuff. I am going to look into this a little more. Little pricy at $400+ for the package, but should last forever.?


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZqTmUfuKW8
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012
  6. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    FYI echo and shindawia are the same company, that should narrow down the decision to two brands. Don't be shy about making your dealers work for your business.
    easy-lift guy
     
  7. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks, that was a typo, I meant to write "Stihl" FS90R and FS100RX
     
  8. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    No problem, I believe both brands have their good and bad features. Have to
    give Echo credit for not wasting a lot of money reinventing the wheel, they just bought their own Shindawia model. Smart move in the short term.
    easy-lift guy
     
  9. Popeye77

    Popeye77 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
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    Yep, and that is why I didn't buy another Shindy. Bought a Shindy EB212 blower thinking it should be as good as my T230 and T231 (I somehow missed the part about Echo buying them out). Been in the shop 4 times in two years. First time, one month after the warranty ran out they had to replace the carb. Said it looked like it had been underwater. I take care of my equipment I was an OMC outboard tech. I take care of my stuff. They replaced it under warranty after a few calls to Echo/Shindy. Still difficult to start.
    It is a shame a good product line has been cheapened. IMHO
     
  10. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    The old shidys were good the newer ones not so much.

    Stihl is all we buy now.
     

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