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Which trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lilweeds, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. lilweeds

    lilweeds LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 595

    I know, opinion are like, well you know, but I'm in between two brands Tanaka and Robin/Dolmar. Let's here the opinions from real users of these brand trimmers. Also What Tanaka model is best suited from general commercial use.
  2. Icepuck72

    Icepuck72 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 322

    Stihl :)

    Don't you have a similar thread going on?
  3. carriedrewdog

    carriedrewdog LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    I bought a Tanaka hedge clipper and liked it so much I went for their line trimmer. I'm pleased with both units, no problems out of either. The trimmer is an older 300 model, I think the closest match to it now is a 280. If you don't have any bush wackin' to do the smaller 230 model is around 10 lbs and has the solid drive shaft.
  4. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 674

  5. lilweeds

    lilweeds LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 595

    I have a Stihl bg 85.... It's the worst piece of equipment I have. I have a yard boss, it's marginal at best I should have bought a Mantis. Currently I have 2 Honda trimmers they are only good for about a year, then they run like crap. I have read numerous complaints about the Stihl 4mix stuff, so I want to go in a different direction.
  6. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    shindawa all the way
  7. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,272

    I have had 5 Tanaka going on 3 years now all TBC2501 and they are good I have only been through a couple throttle cables thanks to Trimmertrap rack but they have been good to me and the heads are the best that I have came across as they never jam but you will wear a few spools out as the bump button is pretty thin. I have to replace a throttle cable tommorow now that I saw this thread.
  8. K/B

    K/B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 480

    Since you didn't mention other brands, I would say Robin.
    Otherwise I would have said Shindaiwa. I'd say Robin is pretty much on par with Shindaiwa, though.
  9. ed2150

    ed2150 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 174

    I've never used either myself; I have a friend who bought a Tanaka brushcutter over 25 years ago for personal use and its' still running strong with absolutely no maintenance other than spark plug changes.

    If you have a Kawasaki dealer near by take a look at them; I've been running them for about 4 years with very good results. I have looked at the Shindiawa trimmers and they look pretty good....

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