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How long do you keep your hand-helds?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by z_clark, Mar 10, 2007.


How long do you keep your hand-helds?

  1. One year, then sell and replace.

    4 vote(s)
  2. Two years.

    12 vote(s)
  3. Three Years.

    9 vote(s)
  4. Run them until they will no longer run.

    191 vote(s)
  5. This poll stinks....I am going to go mow now.

    11 vote(s)
  1. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    How long do you keep your hand-held untis? This is for string trimmers, edgers, etc...
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    From anywhere to some of many of these things, they last a year and crap out.
    So when I find one that's a cut above, I hang on to it as long as possible.

    1) Until I can no longer stand to use it / I have or want something better.
    2) Until fixing it costs more than the machine is worth.
    3) Until it gets stolen.
  3. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    I will keep mine until they no longer run. I have an Echo 210 trimmer that I have had since I started 5 years ago and it still runs great. Well, I mean it was running great until I canabalized parts from it to fix a 230. But as soon as I throw the missing parts back on it, it should run justs fine again. I have found that working on my trimmers and blowes and stuff really relaxes me. If I always have new equipment with no problems, then that takes away one thing that I enjoy doing.
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    You keep them until it's no longer cost-feasible to keep them running. My favorite handheld is a RedMax BC-2300 trimmer. It's six years old, my oldest running handheld, and no doubt, my favorite.:)

    BOWHUNTER12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I just purchased the shindaiwa 8510 back pack blower. How long do you think this will last. I just do this part-time. It better run for ever for how much they cost.
  6. cnymowing

    cnymowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    I run them untill they will not run... within reason
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Til death do we part!!.....then they get kept for parts
  8. sdelorey494103

    sdelorey494103 LawnSite Member
    from Capecod
    Messages: 62

    I have a homelite that starts first pull from 91

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    Run it till it dies or you wanna kill it because your sick of pulling the string 50 times
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I run them till they die. If the performance starts to be compromised or they take 10+ pulls to start, I will either keep them as a back-up unit or keep them for parts. I won't keep an older unit as a primary machine unless it is in good running condition.

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