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Buy 4cycle engine or 2cycle?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by marvinjtom, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. marvinjtom

    marvinjtom LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I want to buy a lawn edger and a pole tree pruner to service only 5 small residential properties a week. I'm undecided whether I should get a 2cycle (31cc) engine or 4cycle (25cc). I plan to buy a weedeater type with exchangable extensions, e.g., edger extension and a pole chainsaw - or should I get the reciprocating saw?

    The choices are: (1) Reconditioned 2cycle Poulon Pro PP445
    12' Tree Trimmer Gas Pole Pruner on eBay for $119 plus $20 shipping; or (2) Yardman 4cycle string trimmer at Home Depot for $75. If I buy the Yardman, I'll purchase the edger and pole pruner extensions separately. If I buy the Poulon, I'd only buy the edger separately.

    Will the 4cycle 25cc engine be strong enough to power extensions for the edger and a pole pruning chain saw?
    Thanks for any help.


    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    Think you may need to look at some commercial machines like a stihl or redmax. Stihl has the 4 mix which is like a 4 cycle , but still uses oil mix, lots of power, too much just for a weed trimmer thouhg, but would be awsome for the pole saw attachment.
  3. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I agree, don't buy the cheap stuff. I had a Troy-Bilt 4 stroke trimmer (at $250, it really wasn't that cheap) and burned it up after six hours of hard use. It required an oil change every ten hours. I took it back, got a refund and bought a Stihl KM85R combi tool. I looked at the Stihl 4 mix line and really didn't see the advantage, but a lot of guys have them and really like them. Even if you only service five properties now, buying cheap tools will cost you more over time.
  4. mowerman52

    mowerman52 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    I would steer clear of the consumer grade stuff. Redmax is a great brand. That is all I use and it is very durable. If you take care of it, it will last you a long time.

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