Best trimmer in $300-$450 price range?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by lotsagrass, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. lotsagrass

    lotsagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 783

    I believe I'll have some side work coming up pretty soon and I'm wanting to replace this piece of crap consumer grade trimmer with a pro trimmer. I've used a Stihl FS80 in the past and it was great. I'd like to get something with even more power than that for my price range, if possible. I don't care if it's 2 stroke or 4 stroke but since I want the most power for the buck I guess we'll be talking about 2 stroke.

    I want something with...
    - Straight shaft, long enough so I don't have to bend down to use it! (I'm only 5'8")
    - Lots of power
    - Reliable
    - Durable
    - Comfortable shoulder strap

    I've only used Stihl as far as pro grade trimmers go (don't have one right now though) so I'm not familiar with the other brands. Since Stihl is easy to buy where I am and has plenty of dealers for support, I lean towards Stihl, but I'm open to suggestions for other brands, as long as they are at least as durable and powerful as Stihl.

  2. eatonpcat

    eatonpcat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,636

    Sounds like you can't lose if you're willing to spend that much dough!!
  3. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    Echo, redmax, or shindaw (or however you sell it) if you're looking to spend 450$, buy the shindaw,
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  4. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    stihl fs 130 i love mine and its not to heavy tons of power.
  5. lotsagrass

    lotsagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 783

    Hopefully I won't have to pay anywhere near the high end of my budget. I'd much rather have more money leftover to buy a few other things I need. It's hard to find pricing for Stihl products on the web. I know they only sell them at local dealers, but even simple pricing is hard to find online.

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll go check a few local dealers to see what they offer and what the pricing is. Some of the Echos I've seen look pretty nice, but I guess I need to see more of a selection. I've only seen the ones they sell in the big stores.
  6. mrealty

    mrealty LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 46

    Go here:

    and type in whatever city you want to compare pricing. The dealer with pricing on the web (there are many) will have a dollar sign out in the right column. Click on the dollar sign and it will take you to the dealer web site where you will find the pricing.

    I've heard the South East has cheap pricing on Stihl. You could check the dealers in Augusta for the low end of the pricing scale.

    Concerning the trimmer, I just bought a Stihl FS 110R and it's awesome. I can take down small trees with that baby (with a blade attachment). Although, the only thing I have to compare it to is a cheap residential Lowe's trimmer. So, anything's a step up from that.

    Hope that helps.

  7. shotgunshane

    shotgunshane LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Check out Tanaka. They make really light weight, well balanced solid shaft trimmers. 7 yr residential warranty. You can price them on Amazon before seeing a dealer.
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  8. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    The Stihl FS-90 starts at about 300, and the FS-130 runs up to around 4 I believe. Any of the trimmer models in between those two would be excellent choices. The only one I would hesitate on would be the FS-100RX, since it has a hollow shaft and a lighter duty gear box. The idea is it's supposed to be a dedicated line trimmer and your unable to run attachments on it. So it all depends on your use. I have the FS-90 and love it.
  9. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Messages: 1,123

    Echo srm-230. $280. I have used mine commercially for three years no problems. Like it better than my $450 Stihl 110 for sure.
  10. Ted Bell

    Ted Bell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    I use a Stihl FS 130 about once a month on a rural piece of property where the weeds and grass are thick. It has plenty of power, a shoulder strap and I have had no problems.

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