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Help me pick a gas trimmer...

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by 10AcreJoe, Jun 19, 2004.


Help me choose a gas trimmer...

  1. Echo model

    26 vote(s)
  2. Toro model

    0 vote(s)
  3. Homelite model

    1 vote(s)
  4. Your recommendation not listed above

    28 vote(s)
  1. 10AcreJoe

    10AcreJoe LawnSite Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2

    Hi everyone,
    I just bought a property 10 acres and need to pick up a gas trimmer in the next couple of weeks. I've only used electric and never owned or ran a gas trimmer so I'm coming into this blind!

    I work at Home Depot and was looking at the Echo, Toro, and Homelites. I see a Homelite for $99CAN all the way up to a $299CAN Echo!

    PLEASE let me know what I need to look for in a gas trimmer and which one would be the best for my 10 acres! THANKS!
  2. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    go with echo very easy to replace trimmer line. The trimmer line on an echo never gets tangled because of the style of the head

  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Husky LX325 :D ___________________
  4. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    shin. is my choice
  5. jrs mowing

    jrs mowing LawnSite Member
    Male, from Hutsonville Il
    Messages: 86

    Echo is the right choice.
  6. soccerlawn

    soccerlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 379

    Go with Stihl, they are awesome machines
  7. Mikes Machines

    Mikes Machines LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    A Stihl has a better clutch, more surface area, lower fastener count and they arent all different sizes (you can do almost all repairs with one tool). The drive shaft on straight shaft models and the cable on curved shaft models and the clutch have a lifetime warranty. The cylinder on the Stihl has four transfer ports for better breathing. The most common trimmer head has a quick load feature, you dont have to fish string through little holes. Most Stihl dealers will have parts in stock if you need them.
  8. 10AcreJoe

    10AcreJoe LawnSite Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2

    Thanks guys for you responses! I'm going to keep my eyes on the Echo but look into the Stihl aswell
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Stihl FS 85 or FS 110.
  10. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    If you are looking into the $250 range, why not look into Redmax. I've had no problem with mine thus far, and the power is there to spare IMO.
    Try to not limit yourself by the place you work, as it may not be the best decision down the road.
    Good luck with which ever one you decide.

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