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in the market for a new weedeater

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Surferbum21, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
    Messages: 392

    I have a Shindaiwa T231 that the shaft just broke and just replaced the seals on it b/c of losing compression so it is only time before it's gone. I would like to get a new one and have the old one as a back up. I like this weedeater as it has lasted me 3 summers working it hard. Is it pretty much how people are with Chevy and Ford or is there really a brand that is better than another. I was also thinking of just picking up a refurbished one from a company that rebuilds lawn equipment for half or quarter the price.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,292

    Some brands have warranty beyond 2 years on shafts...might check.
  3. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 870

    Yes for sure. That T231's shaft is lifetime. Go to the Shindaiwa site to read or maybe it's in their catalog. I believe you did said that your'e thinking that besides the shaft, the T231 is going to crap out on you. Just how much do you want to spend and how mechanically inclined are you? You might want to check out craigslist in your area or Ebay. I'm personally a Shindaiwa man but have a high respect for the Kawasaki KGT or KBL trimmers. I know their is a huge following for Stihl. It's a good product with a good network of dealers but compared to a shinny, they're well -"different". Redmax is probably the closest you'll find to a Shindaiwa as far as brands go.
  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    To the original poster, is your trimmer debri guard still in pretty good shape?
  5. grapeford

    grapeford LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    My philosophy on weed whackers, is that they are a throw away item. If we get 2 seasons from a Husky, then I'm happy. The cost to get it serviced, or repaired isn't worth it to me. We run 3 at a time, beat the crap out of them, and buy more. If you're making money, spend it what makes you your money.
  6. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
    Messages: 392

    just a small crack and some knocked off from the line.
  7. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
    Messages: 392

    well poop. i already paid $60 for the new shaft and put it on and used it. will they reimburse me or was i supposed to contact them and them send me one. guess it didn't matter b/c i needed it right then and there and couldn't wait.
  8. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

  9. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,562

    Stihl. Stay away from those redmax trimmers.
  10. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
    Messages: 392

    i might try stihl this time around and decide which one i like better for next time. i really liked the shin but up for trying something else.

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