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I need a Weed Wacker...now

Discussion in 'Marketplace' started by PtBrynes808, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. PtBrynes808

    PtBrynes808 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Alright, so i've got all the equipment i need at the moment, except for a gas powered trimmer. I've got an electric Grass Hog that works fantastic, but i don't want to take the five miles of extension cords to every damn job, you know? So, I need a cheap one that i can get quick. I looked at those Weed Eaters for about 60 bucks they sell at Wal*Mart, but i've gotten many mixed reviews. I also have a Ryobi 425r sitting in my garage, but there's no head on it. I figured that for the price it'd take to get a head for that one, i could just buy a new (but obviously used) one. I need some suggestions please.
  2. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    The weedeater brand wont hold up. its not intended for the hard use we put them through. Go buy a Sthil, Echo, etc.
  3. PtBrynes808

    PtBrynes808 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    So about my other question, do you think i should even bother finding a head for the Ryobi sitting in my garage?
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    if your budget is 0 dollars go to walmart and buy a head get it over with,
  5. Scag413

    Scag413 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,287

    Honestly spend the $300 for a new commercial weedeater and you wont have to replace it or worry about it breaking down for years to come
  6. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    You do NOT want one of those cheap box stores non commercial ones. I been there and tried that! I actually had one from wally world to last only two days and they are gutless in power. Go ahead and spend around 250 and get you a good commercial one and be done with it, you will not be sorry. I would not even buy a cheap one if I was a homeowner and just doing my yard.
  7. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    redmax, echo, stihl, kawasaki, et cetera....you'll flog one of those cheapos the second you have to knock down an out-of-control yard. Pay the $200 or so and get something that works. A cheap chainsaw may be ok, but you'll be using that trimmer all day, every day.
  8. Tom'sLandscapeDesign

    Tom'sLandscapeDesign LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    I actually have a Head/Gearbox from a Ryobi trimmer in my garage I could sell ya for a few bucks. The motor on that trimmer blew up so I threw it away, but kept the head/gearbox to see if I could put it on my RedMax but that didnt work..
  9. PtBrynes808

    PtBrynes808 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks for the help guys. I'll probably just save a few bucks and get a new one that'll last a while.
  10. Dodge2

    Dodge2 LawnSite Member
    from ottawa
    Messages: 134

    Yo, I was in the same position as you. I was looking at a new echo split shaft for 400 CAN, but when I was in princess auto I found a reconditioned Poulan brush cutter (30cc)for 79 CAN. Bought it and bought a trimmer line head for 25 and it works great, tons of power and had no troubles with it.

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