Tanaka TLE-600 vs. the other GX120 powered WB edgers...?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Exact Rototilling, May 29, 2011.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ok....been using the Tanaka TLE-600 but wish it had more power and weight for really nasty thick over grown edges. I’ve though of adding a weight kits to the unit but still the power factor....? The 600 is great for moderate edges and touch up. I use an Echo PAS 265 with the curved shaft stick edger attachment but I only use it it in spots where I can’t get the TLE-600.

    So.....is there really any advantage of the GX120 powered units over the Tanaka....? This question if for those who have used the TLE-600 and the other GX120 powered unit out there. Every unit with a GX120 weighs 20-30 pounds more than the Tanaka.

    I have an old 30+ year old Power trim with the original tired and weak brigs on it...thinking about repowering it with a GX120 conversion....?

    Ultimately I just want the fastest WB edger for overgrown edges in production.

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  2. I MOW ALONE

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    all others with the honda do have more power problem is that power does you no good when the belt slips. i had a true cut with the honda but like i said once you get into the overgrown stuff the belt slips. and the tanaka or any stick edger with a clutch will have clutch slippage in the super overgrown stuff. i have found the tanaka 600 to be the best out there. and if the edging is too far gone you must use a straight edged shovel to get rid of the heavy stuff first.
     
  3. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    The Tanaka hands down. When I hear or see people complaining about the power, it's usually because they are trying to cut too deep or the blade cover is clogged with dirt. Also the motor will fall out of tune during cold/hot extremes. I routinely use mine to cut brand new bed edges in the lawn and wouldn't consider using anything else. Power?....a properly running 600 will saw through asphalt.
     
  4. adamholz17

    adamholz17 LawnSite Member
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    I have both the tanaka and a little wonder walk behind. I do like the ease of use of the tanaka, and like how the handles are set up. The power on the little wonder is hands down better than the tanaka. I had the tanaka first, and thought it was great until I stumbled upon a good deal on LW. Since I have used the LW I havn't gone back to the Tanaka. Both are great edgers though, you won't go wrong with either.
     
  5. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We can't get the Tanaka out here in California; apparently it pumps out too much smog. :D

    I like my McLane with the 3.5 HP Briggs. It feels a lot lighter than the Honda powered McLane.
    I like the hight adjuster on the McLane better than the PowerTrim. The PowerTrim has that
    little tiny spike that you're always trying to line up with a hole. The McLane has large gate
    type notches; making it easier to adjust the blade hight quickly.
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I bought mine for all the same reasons.
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  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Keep the posts coming...I'm toying with a new GX120 engine for.the power trim but I belive the dual belt Little Wonder just might have an edge over the power trim because it has dual belts.....thus less slippage....?
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  8. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't like the mower type handle on the Little Wonder and I don't like the hight adjuster on the right side either. After using an edger with the adjuster on the left side for 35 years, switching to the right side would drive me nuts. I've never had any belt slippage on a PowerTrim or McLane.
     
  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    How does the TLE-600 fall out of tune? Do you have any peak performance tips?
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  10. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    It's not so much that it falls out of tune, more like the carb is adjusted for a relatively narrow range. If it runs well during 85 degree/high humidity, it probably won't run that well in 40 degree/low humidity and vice/versa. Sort of like an 80's 2 cycle dirt bike. Simple to adjust...2 plastic screws on the carb...one is low range off idle, the other is a mid to high range. As for performance.....the only thing that really hurts them is dirt. It often enters through the air hose due to the hose rubbing on the wheel. Additionally most guys over tighten the air cleaner assembly on the carb itself causing the housing to warp..ruining the seal..allowing dirt to go directly into the engine.
     

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