Homeowner string trimmer

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by yeller_demon, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. yeller_demon

    yeller_demon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Sorry to pop in on this group, I`m a homeowner who is seeking answers to which string trimmer to buy, and didn`t want a bunch of I read about, or the guy at Lowes told me. I wanted to hear what the guys using them full time thought.

    I mow 4 1/2 acres, use a Hustler Super Z for mowing, and my old ??? not sure it`s green, I think it`s a poulan is going down the drain after a mere 8 years of me trying to get it to do heavy work. With the amount of trimming I do, after using this trimmer I feel like a milkshake, that got milkshook. I think it`s due to the cable used instead of the solid steel shaft, but maybe not. I do know if I had to use this thing for a business I`d quit, couldn`t stand the vibration every day.

    I trim about 1000 lineal feet of fence line, and around about 200 trees. I see Redmax, Stihl, Husquavarna, Echo, Tanaka, and several spoken about, but many of the models you guys are talking about are $400 +, Im looking in the <$250.00 range hopefully.

    Any thoughts?

  2. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    Been there and done the same thing. After suffering through a cheapie that vibrated so bad my hands would get numb, I went with a Stihl because of local dealer. My advice is to look for the better brands as you mentioned, and go for a model in the mid to lower end of their commercial series. Stay away from the "consumer models" and you will not be dissapointed.
  3. bigtex

    bigtex LawnSite Member
    from ma
    Messages: 151

    the (echo)'s from home depot should do you fine. look at the straight shaft one, i think its a (srm210). light weight-quiet- easy to change line and only about $199.00. i have one thats two years old and still running fine. and i use it four days a week 26 weeks a year. those other ones are great and built to last longer but if your not in the biz you can't go wrong with echo. plus under your $250 mark.
  4. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 344

    Mowpart has the 2400 series redmax for 265. It's a solid shaft trimer that can take brush cutting attachments if needed.

  5. walker/redmax

    walker/redmax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Ya, I agree. I would say that the Redmax bcz2400s should serve you well.
  6. FarmerJP

    FarmerJP LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I have used a Stihl for 7 years and nothing more than a air filter and fuel filter has been changed seems like a good way to go I think.
  7. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    I run the Echo 261T. It is a great trimmer with no vibrations. It is a little more than you're looking to spend. It is around $350. I would recommend to you anything form Echo starting at the 210 series and up.
  8. FarmerJP

    FarmerJP LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    guess i should be more specific, I have the fs 85 model stihl now it has changed slightly to the fs80 but is the same motor, it is a great trimmer with good power, not tons of power but good power and it will run for a long time. oh yea I dont have anything against the new 4 mix motors but this is not one of them this is the same proven 2-stroke 50:1 mixer.
  9. ed2150

    ed2150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    I'll guess I'll chime in and put in a plug for Kawasaki; my KGT27A's are excellent trimmers with plenty of power. About $270 and use the same bump feed head as the Echo trimmers.

    As the others have pointed out, any of the big name trimmers, Stihl, RedMax, Echo, will also serve you well as long as you buy at least the low-end commercial models or better.

    It's all a matter of what you like best, they'll all get the job done and last a long time.
  10. SSS 18734

    SSS 18734 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Yes the Kawasaki is a good trimmer - lightweight, long shaft, plenty of power, and no vibrations. If you'd like to save 50 bucks, though, go with the KTR27A. Its the homeowner version of the trimmer but the only difference that I am aware of is a flex shaft instead of a solid one.

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