Trimmers...2 stroke vs 4 stroke

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by poncho62, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. poncho62

    poncho62 LawnSite Member
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    I am in the market for a new trimmer....Homeowner with an acre to cut. Use the trimmer mainly in the ditch along the road. My old trimmers have finally bit the dust.
    I have noticed they now have 4 stroke trimmers, any advantage to these? The one I see on sale right now is a Troy-Bilt....$249

    Also, I noticed that Stihl has some decent priced trimmers now. Wondering about these and if they are a cheaper line to boost sales just like a lot of other companies have starred doing.
     
  2. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    When it comes to trimmers stay out of the box stores, they will offer little to no support and your trimmer will be sold with the carb out of adjustment. That said 4 stroke has more torque and uses less gas and last longer. I have a dolmar and its going on year 3 and has over 1000 hrs on it. It runs as good now as it did when I bought it. The 4 stroke dolmar is priced at $260ish. Also husqvarna has a 4 stroke now.
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  3. poncho62

    poncho62 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks......What about the angle that a 4 stroke is on?....Is it like a mower, where you cant put the engine at too much of an angle or the bearings wont get lubed?....just wondering
     
  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    My dolmar has an oil injection system so you can turn it any way you want. They are in the works with a 4 stroke chain saw. Now your troy-bilt I don't know.
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  5. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    try a stihl fs 90r. its a 4 stroke that uses mixed gas, so there is no oil to change. it retails at $319. it will last forever, its commercial grade.
     
  6. JCLawn and more

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    Search the forums. The 4 mix has been less than trouble free. Many guys don't like them.
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  7. J&A Lawn Care

    J&A Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have 4 Stihl 4 strokes and all are atleast 3-7yrs old and still kicking.Besides maintenance all I have done is put a new $30 carb on the oldest one and that is it.
     
  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Shidi was the first to have the 4 stroke mix and that was 3 years ago. So I know you don't have any older than that.
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  9. J&A Lawn Care

    J&A Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    lol you need to do a little research cause stihl has had the 4 mix out for awhile!!The last new one I bought was 3yrs ago
     
  10. Bashby

    Bashby LawnSite Senior Member
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