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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by deereman, May 6, 2006.

  1. deereman

    deereman LawnSite Senior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 518

    What is the AVG. hours use on a trimmer. I know this is just a guess-a-mit. But how long are you running your trimmers? Meaning there life expectanacy.
  2. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    the rating for emmisions on most commercials is about 300 hrs. so i would say you should get 600 hrs on a good one
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    :laugh: :laugh: I've got them that have tons more hours than that! Shoot 300 hours won't even make it through a single year for a real fulltime LCO and I've got some that are 5-7 years old, used everyday and still going strong. NOW, a crapsman, ryobnothing, and all the other homeowner brands might fall into your 300 hour lifespan :laugh: :laugh:
  4. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    i was talking about the emmisions rating (the little sticker on the engine) that says a rating of 300 hrs. on craftsman it's only 50 hours.
  5. buddhaman

    buddhaman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    I had a ryobi pro that I used for 4 years. Just lucky I guess. Had to get a new one last year. Went with Dolmar. Not sure if I'm happy yet or not with it.
  6. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    You will get alot of hours on it if you use a quality oil and the proper gas oil mix ratio .
  7. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Opti2 oil - simply the best IMO. Fairly inexpensive, also......:usflag:
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,362

    We put about 1000 hrs on Echo 260T models a year and I have had them go about 2.5 years. But they do require maintenance and some repairs to get those hours. Things like clutch shoes and crankshaft bearings/seals are two common ones for Echo. We only ran one Shindaua T270 and it has gone almost three years with on a gearbox that went out.
  9. chevytrucks84

    chevytrucks84 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    We used to use opti2 at work until we locked up 2 hedge trimmers with VERY few hours on them. Switched to echo 2 stroke oil mixed to 50:1 and haven't had a problem yet. Any one else have problems with opti2???
  10. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We have a FS85 that is 6yrs old and we have put one shaft in it. A commercial grade trimmer will last many if you take care of it. Now we mainly use the old FS85 as a backup. We have mostly Stihl trimmer but one Shindawia. The Shindawia is a 261 it doesn't seem to hold up as well as the Stihls. The throttle cable is often braking and it is easy to bog down when you hold the throttle wide open.

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