Has Anyone Operated a Walk Behind Trimmer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SoloSulkySurfer, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    Just cuious if anyone has any experience with one. A customer is selling a brand new crapsman high wheel trimmer for 1/2 of what he paid. I thought it might be good for initial cuts and small brush clearing jobs where the grass is a few feet high. Any imput?
  2. lyube

    lyube LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,597

    Absolute residential crap. I have one by troy built. Don't buy it.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah but they're always just a little too heavy so that I can't chuck it across the yard proper.
    Now it might be all right if they made them a little lighter, so that when it needs to go at least
    it gets some good air in the process, but without that I just don't get no satisfaction.

    But don't give up, usually when a customer has some item like that for me, I keep it in mind.
    And you'd be surprised, sometimes a year or two later someone asks if I got something like that!
    So go on back to that customer and ask if they still got it, about half the time they do :p
    Works out decent that way.
  4. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    We have one and it works well. The line is like buying gold though. I only let the supervisors operate it as it'd NEVER stand up to any kind of real commercial use. It gets used only a few times a year for clearing a few ditch banks. And I think that's about all it's good for.

    Guess what? yep, bought it from a customer for 100 bucks. He'd put about an hour on it.
  5. zman2307

    zman2307 LawnSite Senior Member
    from OR
    Messages: 328

    the only commercial ones I've ever seen were the Bearcats.
  6. browningv308

    browningv308 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    I used to have a d.r. walk behind weed eater and used it to mow down tall weeds along my parents horse fences it would mow down anything i put in front of it the line was very expensive though I'd like to find another 1 of those things they really do work good
  7. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    I figure I can use my redmax for cutting tall grass alothough it does clog up a little. But the one problem I have is the lots that havent been cleared for a few years and either very small trees or sticker bushes start to grow. The thin woodey brush seems just a little to thick for a handheld weedwacker. Would the walk behind one cut through woodey brush better?

    This customer is funny he bought a new house thats maybe on a 75x100 lot. He bought the trimmer and used it for an hour or two for the initial cut. Then he bought a lawn tractor used it for a month and hired me. Now its all for sale.
  8. browningv308

    browningv308 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    I used it to clear honey suckle vine and saplings that grew along the fence rows and it did a good job but it did clog up [ vines wrapped around the head from time to time ] as for the woody weeds it would cut them down with ease sounds like your customer is too lazy to cut his own grass
  9. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    Thanks for the info. Yep he is to lazy but without people like him there wouldnt be people like us.:drinkup:
  10. petroskie

    petroskie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    ditto, the DR's are machines, haha made a funny, i can take down stick brush all day long

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