string trimmer choice

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by ccorts, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. ccorts

    ccorts LawnSite Member
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    What is the string trimmer of choice for quality and ease of use? Is it fair to say that most of the commercial guys prefer the straight shaft models? I assume this is for ease of use rather than quality of finished job. I would just like a quality, easy to load trimmer that has plenty of power and will last!! Suggestions please.
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Husky 325lx :cool:
  3. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    shindiawa t230 or t260
  4. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
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    only equpiment we use...
  5. BW4486

    BW4486 LawnSite Member
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    Shin T230 or T270, never used a 260. Dont go w/ a curved shaft
  6. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Echo - Husqvarna- Stihl – RedMax - Shindiawa are all good trimmers: just get a commercial trimmer. There are a lot of things that make a trimmer a great tool. Weight, balance, power, longevity, parts availability and dealer support. I have noticed some of the ads will say their trimmer weighs less than another but when you pick them up side-by-side there is a big difference. So don’t believe everything you read, try them out for yourself! The 325 lx that John was talking about is very light for the power they have. I have a several Echo’s that have been great. But I will be switching brands because of dealer support. Did I mention how light the Husky was? Hehe
    Good luck and keep an open mind!
  7. ccorts

    ccorts LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the input. I am curious as to why you recommend that I stay away from the curved shaft. Is it because of fatigue?
  8. clcare

    clcare LawnSite Member
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    Honda trimmers are great. It is all we use now, and yes straight shaft is less fatige, no bending, and curved shaft are cable drive. the 4 stroke hondas are quiet, and use straight gas and start on the first pull plus honda reliability
  9. BW4486

    BW4486 LawnSite Member
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    Hey clcare i see you said horda 4 strokes use straight gas... So they have a seperape oil tank?
  10. clcare

    clcare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    4 stroke motors are like your car motor or lawn mower motor change your oil once or twice a year and it will run for ever check them out at honda power equipment on the net, they don't smoke like a 2 stroke so you don't smell like oil when your done.

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