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Husqvarna 224L true 4 cycle trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by smallstripesnc, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. DXN1EL

    DXN1EL LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Messages: 712

    I bought a Honda with the 35cc engine that thing is unstop able for just 379.99 the JD dealer had other brands that were 599.99 with 25cc two stroke make wonder just buying paint?
  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,711

    Am guessing you were referring to a Stihl FS 250 (40.2cc) for ~$599? The last of Stihl's badazz 2-strokes...am guessing it is a true & loud monster hungry for work.

    I too bought the same Honda (35.8cc & ~$404 w/ tax) and will do a review on it tomorrow. Yes, unstoppable is a great description!
  3. outpowspo

    outpowspo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Is it really that big of deal to actually have to mix oil with gasoline? It's hard to beat the light weight highend power of a two stroke. I may be old fashioned, but it might take me 10-15 seconds to mix it. That being said, I do like the torque of the 4 strokes. Honda makes a great engine. In my area you are starting to see a "stigma" with four stroke handheld power equipment. Many people run out and buy a Ryobi or Troy Built four stroke and think because it's a four stroke it must be great. "Yay!! I don't have to mix oil and gas. How conveinent!!" Well we now all know that the jury is still out on the adaptation of the four stroke handheld. Well it looks like the 224L/Honda may make a case to prove otherwise.....
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,874

    it's not just about the oil mixing. the honda will use 1/2 as much gas so it's a huge cost savings too. hondas are also quieter and have more torque. you can basically trim at half throttle instead of having to use full throttle like you do on a 2stroke.
  5. outpowspo

    outpowspo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Well I don't think you realize the pros of a two stroke. Lightweight, more simple, easy to work on, maximum power to weight ratio, proven to be more reliable and no valves to adjust. Weeze, like all new things, maybe four strokes will be more common place but as it stands now people prefer two strokes. I have never seen any pro use a four stroke. The closest you see is a Stihl 4mix. It will be interesting to see where the future goes on this topic.
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  6. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    I ended up getting the Stihl FS100RX. Its very light went and is a professional grade trimmer. There's no husqvarna dealers within a reasonable distance and so far I love the light weight but yet power that the FS100RX has.
  7. DXN1EL

    DXN1EL LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Messages: 712

    Yea I go less than half throttle :drinkup: and basically can go in high grass with no problem :weightlifter: no more mixing crap:nono::nono: 4 Stroke :cool2::cool2:
  8. crazyflyboy30

    crazyflyboy30 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 372

    That just it don't have to work on a 4 stoke .I have 2 trimmers one is has old has 2002 has not been work on at all. Not even a spark plug can you say that about 2 stroke I know I can not .
  9. outpowspo

    outpowspo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Yeah my Shindaiwa T270. It is the most highly regarded trimmer ever made. Period! Those trimmers will not die. See MANY people will say this. This has been proven by many pros. The same cannot be said about your Honda. I will still be using my Shindaiwa when that Honda is being melted down for scrap. It reminds me of those old lawnboys. Look how long they last and guess what they are two strokes. I'm not saying the Honda is bad by any means. But to make a crazy claim to say it is more reliable than any other trimmer is a fallacy. My Shindaiwa is proven to be the most reliable equipment I have ever owned. The new Shindaiwa equipment is not as good but my T270 is a tank. The only thing I have done is basic maintenance. And it is a 98 model..
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  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 16,997

    Until recently I had a Stihl BR320. It was a 1995 model, which makes it 18 years old. It was still running like new as of a couple weeks ago when I sold it, and never had anything done to it. How long something lasts has more to do with how it's taken care of them what type of machine it is or who made it generally, but 2 strokes have less moving parts, so by design they should last longer.

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