Best commercial weedeater under $400?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by M50V, May 23, 2013.

  1. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    If this thread were 5 years old, I'd vote for Shindaiwa T260 or Stihl FS85.

    Nowadays I'm not so sure but I guess Stihl's new FS94 and Shindaiwa T254 are top picks.
  2. RonWin

    RonWin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    How much line (.95) can you efficiently load into the husky 223?
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  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 16,757

    I do 24' most of the time, but I can get about 26-28' if I take my time and wind it evenly.
  4. WayneJessie

    WayneJessie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    The FS 85 helped create Stihl's brand loyalty. What people are willing to pay for them used on E-Bay will attest to that. I had one and have kicked myself a thousand times for trading it in on a 4-Mess. If the FS 94 turns out to be a dead reliable 2-stroke it will be a winner for Stihl and for brand loyal Stihl customers.
  5. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,847

    All this trimmer talk going on, I just went and bought myself another "back-up" Husky 223 tonight. I did an hour of running this machine right next to my echo and hand for hand comparison and these 223's are awesome for the price paid. I obviously wouldn't suggest them for over-grown "brush wacking", but side my side with my Echo SRM 225 and 230 both, the Husky all around is a better machine. I held the Husky off the ground a few inches with one hand then held the Echo up a few inches. The 223 Husky is easily held with one hand nearly balancing itself. The SRM 225 held right after the Husky 223 feels like a brick. The balance on the Echo is not near the balance of the Husky. Reved machine for machine, the Husky seemed to outperform the Echo by a bit. Now off trimming my personal lawn back to back with the Husky, both machines trim just like a trimmer should. But the balance and 9 lb. weight of the Husky make it feel "nimble" or lightweight and much easier to be whipped around like the whipper should be. I love this Husky!
  6. RonWin

    RonWin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    Honestly I have the same exact results as yyou. Who Evers first to the trimmer picks the husky 223 over the srm225 everytime. I'm secretly waiting for the 225 to die, just so I can get another 223 from lowes. If anything happens, I'll keep the receipt and act like Joe homeowner.
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  7. RileyLC

    RileyLC LawnSite Member
    from Erie,ks
    Messages: 1

    Have had husqvarna, stihl.. Now all I have and use is Shindaiwa! That half ass 2 stroke/4 cycle crap stihl uses now is god awful my T242 shindy has more balls then the fs90s and starts in 1-2 pulls not 150, for the money husqy 223 is a nice machine just to much vibration for me I still keep it around tho beats the stihl trimmers and costs less. Everything about the Shindaiwa T242 is perfect (for me) TONS of power, sips gas, very well balanced and so quiet! Oh and that speed feed head ... So Fun awesome! Best of all no vibration period, excellent isolation doesn't wear me out.
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  8. chuacro

    chuacro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 600

    I have posted before that I like the Husky trimmers enough that I do not need to look at other brands. I used my first 223 for six years and then bought another 223. I have a 326 for a backup and heavier trimming. I repaired the recoil on the first 223 and gave it to my son. He thinks he is a pro trimmer now. I just think this trimmer is great for the price.
  9. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,748

    ^ all of this
  10. OakTreeLawnCareNixaMO

    OakTreeLawnCareNixaMO LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 61

    Where Do You Buy Your Husky Equipment?

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