Any input on the new Kawasaki string trimmers??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hortboy, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. hortboy

    hortboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Just curious if anybody has any input on the Kawasaki string trimmer? I am looking at the KTR27A. I haven't been awfully impressed w/ echo's over the last couple years mainly due to the service I get from the local dealer. Seems like the kawasaki are reasonably priced? Let me know your thoughts
  2. Willmow4dough

    Willmow4dough LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I bought 2 of them early last season and both of them quit with in 3 months.

    I talked to the Kaw reps at the show and they said that they could fix them and so I sent them back. When I got them back they worked fine. They said that they repalce the carb on both of them and every thing should be fine.

    About six weeks later the same thing happened again.

    I figured that I desirve to loose the money that I spent on the trimmers for not being faithfull to Shindawia.

    I just purchased 2 new shindawa for this season to replace the 2 Kawasaki that found there way in to the trash.

    You will never see anything on my rigs except for shindawia or redmax again.

    If you buy one good luck.
  3. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 527

    That's the first time I've read anything negative about them. If you do a search you'll find some discussions on them. I have a KTR27A, got it for just over $200 shipped to my door off eBay. Doesn't have that many hours on it yet but it's performed flawlessly for me.
  4. jrodgers

    jrodgers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    Of all the ww I have owned Shindaiwa have been best for me. I have a t-220 that is at least 15 yrs old and it is still kicking. I think it is a freak of nature. It seem funny that when ever the new ones break old Betsy takes up the slack for them. Definitly got my money out of that one! I have had the new Shindaiwas but they dont last like that one.
  5. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

    I haven't used the KTR27A, but I have 3 KBL26A's. This is the 4th season and they have alot of hours on them. They have been awfully good for me (coming from a former Shindaiwa man). They are very light and comfortable and it would be hard for me to go back based on my experiences.
  6. Legacy

    Legacy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    Kawasaki trimmer/blower parts are sometimes VERY hard to get..stick to the mainstream products like Echo/Redmax etc.
  7. Sir Mow-A-Lot

    Sir Mow-A-Lot LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    Just got the KBL27A. Light and comfortable, purrs like a kitten. Haven't really cut with it yet, though.
  8. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    I have had the KTR27A for a couple of weeks, really got to use it on some light stuff, hope the thing holds out when the going gets tough, or I will be one pissed of mother. :mad:

    Some claim it does the job, others are bashing it...only time will tell!
  9. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 527

    You're absolutely right. That's how it is with all the reviews of equipment on here, but the problem is that hardly anyone tells you the conditions they're using the equipment in. I've got the KTR27A and for what I've used it on -- typical residential stuff like trimming around trees and fence posts and maintaining an edge on the lawn with an Edgit -- it has more power than you'll ever need. Would I want to use it on waist high weeds in ditches? No, but there are plenty of reviews on here by guys who work in conditions like that and they rip on anything that's not powerful enough for THEIR conditions, like those are the only conditions that exist, so when you read a review that something sucks you have to take it with about 10 grains of salt.
  10. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    Now why in the world would u want a trimmer that couldn't take rough conditions when there are trimmers out there that will, lol

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