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In The Market

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BOBCAT36, Sep 24, 2001.

  1. BOBCAT36

    BOBCAT36 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30


  2. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 835

    i use stihl blowers and hedgetrimmers, most of the blowers are the same it comes down to preference, weight and rembmer filling the gas tank (echo is very hard). the hedgetrimmers i went with a stihl homeowner. i know that these werent made for commercial use but they will hold up fine and they are more cc for a lower price.the biggest thing was that the homeowner stihl (stihl was best price near me) was the lightest and the commercial was 4 lbs heavier and about $150 more i paid 279 for a 24in stihl. a good trimmer is tanaka. i know a guy who has 4 and the weight distribution on them is great and they are powerful. they hold up well too hes had one pair for about 10 yrs i think and he does alot of bush work and he is known well for him good luck with your decsion but hold the trimmer and blower for a while in the store and she which is more comfortable for you.
  3. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    I have both Stihl and Echo tools, so have some experience. My dealer sells both, and I talk to the mechanics quite a bit soooo... The mechanics all say go Echo. They feel they are better made, will last longer, and are easier to fix, and thus cheaper if they need repaired. The comparible echo trimmers have less power then the Stihl, so you have a sacrifice. I like both trimmers myself. As far as blowers go, I like my Echo 601 with a cage to protect the blower much better then my BR 400. I think the echo is stronger built, and more powerful. Both are the same price for me. There are certain things on the BR that are flimsy, like the choke button that falls off every other week, or the springs that break off every month. The new Echo blower, 650 I believe is a monster blower, but I fear that it will not hold up as well as the 601 with the cage. I know people love redmax, and I have some bush trimmers that are fantastic. Lots of power, but they occasionally eat my leg. OUCH! I think you will be ok with any of these tools.
  4. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    For lower end price wise: echo

    For mid range price wise / pretty good performance: stihl

    For high price / high quality / high durability / high power: redmax or shindiawa, you said redmax, so redmax
  5. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,150

    Go with Redmax. I switched to a Redmax trimmer last year and have had zero problems. My EB7000 back pack blower is the most
    powerful back pack I've ever used. :) ;) :) ED
  6. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I switched over to all remax products a couple of years ago from all echos! What a diffrence in power and comfort! quality wise though....there both great!
  7. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    Red max also in my opinion, Blowers and hedge trimmers No problems with either. I would have to say pay a little bit more and get the good stuff.
  8. RED MAX I still have a few Echo's left but will be gone soon.

  9. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,712

    My RedMax back packs and old Green Machines seem to last forever. BUT, I bought a Stihl xx*% hand held blower this spring for fert cleanup and I'd be hard pressed to buy a back pack again.

    I've owned Stihl and Echo chainsaws but prefer Stihl as do most of the tree services around here.

    I run Echo 2501 string trimmers and they have been super good.

    I gotta go to 2 different dealers for this stuff and will keep buying what suits and whats best, not by exclusive brand.
  10. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    i got a craftsman out there somewhere ,if i can find all the pieces. man ill let that thang go right.:D :cool:

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