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Hedge Trimmer for under $250

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Steven B, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Messages: 99

    I'm looking to get a quality hedge trimmer for under $250.
    A person is selling a Kawasaki 600D for about $260 shipped on ebay, is that a fair price?
    The Stihl HS45 might be out of my price range, 18" $290
    Haven't looked much into Husky, Shindaiwa & other brands yet. Any recommendations?
    I'm going to call up some local dealers tomorrow to see what they can do.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  2. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    Kawi is a good brand. I think for the price, you can't get any better. It is a true commercial unit. You sure is the D model? That is the highest of the Kawi hedge trimmer with very robust gear box.

    The only other that is $279 is the Echo 20" HC151. It is too short, I have that, it is a good trimmer but it is just too short. It is not comfortable to use.

    If it is $260 go with the Kawi.
  3. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Messages: 99

    Thanks for the reply.
    Their's couple of new 600S for about $230 shipped. Allot more people seem to like the 600D for it's gearbox, but is it worth the extra $30?
    Seems like allot of people are clearing out their inventory of kawa 600.
  4. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    That is a very very good price, I would get it right now. It was more like $300 just 3 months ago on ebay.

    I have the IPL of the unit, it has two ball bearing one on each side of each gear. A lot of the so call top commercial brand is not like that. The others one have that good a design is Shindaiwa and Maruyama and both are a lot more. If you have any doubt, do a search on this forum and you'll see.

    I don't even think my HC151 have any ball bearing in the gear box!!! It is cheap looking but it also have very good reviews....including me. It is just too short!!! That's it, others are more like $400 and up. Maruyama is a little cheaper, but still $359 for the 24" from TurfEagle online. I don't think you can judge the quality by the price.
  5. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Messages: 99

    I got the 600D $257, allot more people liked the overall quality of it over the S.
    I'm not sure what's the site policy is about posting ebay links, so I won't.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  6. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    People want it, they can go fish!!! You make me want to get one too!!! And I already have the Echo and a short reach articulate hedge trimmer.:laugh::laugh:
  7. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Messages: 473

    I bought a residential grade sthil hedge trimmer 3 years ago and its still going strong. I dont even like sthil trimmers or blowers but I love that hedge trimmer......It was right at 300 new I think.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Same one, I think...
    Don't forget to grease up that gearbox every once in a bit.
  9. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    Shindaiwa 22 DH

    Best bang for buck residential hedge trimmer. Check for availability at your local dealer, I think they replaced it with an echo unit :(.
  10. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    It sure look like the Echo HC151. It is toooooo short.

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