Best commercial weedeater under $400?

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  1. mpriester

    mpriester LawnSite Member
    Male, from Dunbar, Pa.
    Messages: 104

    i am currently running a stihl fs70r and has cut everything i put it through i just wish the gas tank was a little bigger. it has the always on switch which i like, almost impossible to flood and starts on the second or third pull and its light. I also run a husky 327rjx and have no complaints except its about 2lbs heavier. Both are good but my choice is the Stihl because its lighter.
  2. RangerOfTheLawn

    RangerOfTheLawn LawnSite Member
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  3. WayneJessie

    WayneJessie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    RedMax BCZ2650.
  4. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,473

    ^ thats what ive been runnin about 4 years and its excellent

    just have to remove muffler and clean the carbon off the walls of exhaust port every couple weeks or it'll bog it down

    plus remove spark arresting screen outta muffler or that'll get carboned up and bog it down

    this is a light / very sturdy / very powerful / low maintenance machine

    but remove the junk redmaX head and put on a shindiawa speed feed head
    and it'll pay out string way way easier as opposed to banging redmax head like 7 times on ground or having to resort to tapping it of telephone poles or trees to get string paying out

    but with the speed feed the redmax bcz2650 is a GREAT whip in my opinion

    the speed feed head is less than 30 and WORTH EVERY PENNY because of the time it'll save over course of a day / week / month / year , i guarantee it adds up to alot of time
  5. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    Same price here looked at them last week.
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  6. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    Unless something has changed I have to disagree. I have two hedge trimmers with them 22.5 cc (BE230 and LE230) engines and neither is a powerhouse.

    For those unfamiliar with Maruyama, they make several engine classes: BE is light duty, LE medium, AE heavy duty and CE/CER is low emission. You can tell them apart by the mufflers and guards.

    BE - single ring piston, two bolt cylinder, non-arrestor muffler, no tank guard
    LE - two ring piston, two bolt cylinder, spark-arrestor muffler, no tank guard
    AE - two ring piston, four bolt cylinder, aluminizred muffler, stainless tank guard
    CE - two ring piston, four bolt cylinder, stainless muffler, plastic tank guard
  7. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm late to the party, but don't see your final decision. Have you bought a trimmer yet? If not, what will you be using it for? Trimming only in well kept accounts, or will you be doing any tall grass trimming with it.

    Reason I ask is that I have both an FS90R and the much newer FS94R. The 94 is a little more expen$ive but still in your price range. IF you won't need to run any accessories on it other than a trimmer head and IF you won't be in a lot of tall grass, I think the FS94R is a better choice and a better value. It is about 17% lighter than the FS90R which doesn't sound like much, but if you use it a few hours at a time, the weight savings is significant. Also if you aren't one to run your trimmer wide open all the time, the FS94R has a thumbwheel speed limiter that is fabulous for the times you want to feather the throttle for whatever reason.

    My FS90R is really difficult for me to run steadily at a speed less than wide open. It might just be my particular trimmer has something wrong with it, or I'm too much of a klutz to manage holding a steady speed.

    Both of these are great machines, but if you don't need the 4 cycle torque of the FS90R, I think you would like the FS94R better.

    All that said, Ridin' Green is a real fan of the Husky. I think it's the model 323 that he talks about. It is even another pound lighter than the FS94R and I wish I had seen his recommendation before I bought my FS94R so I could have at least demo'd or looked one over first. It's less money, and he gives it a strong recommendation.

    Hope this helps.
  8. Lawnwizzard

    Lawnwizzard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Dolmar 261 never have any problems out of them. I have one on the trailer that's 11 years old only parts ever put on it was a clutch and a carb. Also we are servicing around 60 clients a week so they get used

    BIG NICKY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    how does the stihl kombi system hold up for commercial use?
  10. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    Shindaiwa t242, I just bought one yesterday for $321 with tax. Its the best trimmer on the market in my opinion. I had a fs90r and it finally quite on me after 7 years and its wasn't worth fixing it. The fs90r is 2nd on my list!

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