Help with hedge trimmer decision KHT vs Stihl

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by drman63, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. drman63

    drman63 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Ok this is for home use mainly I'm between the
    1. HS 45 STIHL Hedge Trimmer (24 inch)
    2.Kawasaki Hedge Trimmer KHT600S (24")

    I have found the KHT for 224.00 out the door no tax with shipping. The Stihl is 320 + or - plus tax....

    I have a stihl fs 90 and love it but not sure its worth a 100 more for the difference. Anyone have any problem with the KHT
  2. CLS LLC

    CLS LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 487

    If it's for home use, get either of them, take care of it and it should last forever. Very few people on here will give you an honest unbiased review. Everyone is partial to one brand or another and it usually isn't for any legitimate reason. Like I said though, for home use, you shouldn't ever wear it out or have problems with it. Just make sure to ALWAYS use a fuel stabilizer so you don't gum up the carburetor.
  3. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    In terms of value kawasaki is better, KHT600D would be better still.

    In terms of support stihl may be better, even 20+ years from now parts will be stocked. I consider this more important for something that's going to be used a few hours per year and last forever.

    HS45 is made in china I think :dizzy:.
  4. drman63

    drman63 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Thanks guys that helps.
  5. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    I went with the Kawisaki KHT600 over the Stihl HS45. As you can see all i own is Stihl handhelds. I bought mine off of craigslist for $100.....they were used once by a homeowner
  6. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    I like my Kawasaki. Nice unit for the price tag!
  7. drman63

    drman63 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Thanks guys I found the KHT600D for 259 shipping and tax included. So it looks like Kawasaki won out. I will remember to use the fuel stab. for the carb. Thanks again...dave
  8. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    I bought my hs45 24" for 279 at a local ace hardware they are great I have never used the Kawasaki but they should be OK
  9. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    The stihl will give you 0 problems for sure.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i have a bunch of stihl stuff but i got a kht600s just cause it was a bit cheaper. it works just as well and i havnt had any problems with it

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