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Is it worth spending more on trimmer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AllAmericanlawn, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. AllAmericanlawn

    AllAmericanlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    Are the more expensive trimmers really better? Why? Is more power all u get? Looking at buying a Redmax. Really leaning toward the 2350 at 9.5lbs and only around $250. Although their more expensive trimmers seem to all be lighter than most with same power.
  2. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    Depends on your budget, but I tend to go down the middle with quality. Not cheap, but i dont need the highest quality on the floor for what I do.

    I love redmax trimmers, I have the exact one you mentioned. Great trimmer. I got mine for $219. cant go wrong.
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,018

    That's a great trimmer, and this is coming from a stihl only guy.
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  4. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 379

    Light weight and cheap. Its got to last a few years either way. I have an FS110 that has more power than I need. I am always trying to hold the trigger half way. And along chain link I tap the trigger on/of so the cord wraps through the fence without breaking.
    I am about to put in the third accelerator cable. Lasts about 2 yrs for me, $25.
    I might try one of those redmaxes next as long as I can run the stihl 50:1 mix.
  5. AllAmericanlawn

    AllAmericanlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    I have always bought the mid level trimmers myself. $300 or less for most i have had. But, are the $350 - 400 trimmers worth it. Are they built to last longer?
  6. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,436

    Each brand will have their group of commercial trimmers and they're all the same quality, but the more expensive models will have larger engines.
  7. LilRabbit

    LilRabbit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    I'm a sthil guy and have three 4-mix trimmers but my favroite is a dolmar 22, it's like 4 pounds but not a big gas tank so fill up before you leave the truck. I have an old straight shaft Husky that is pretty light and has some good power.
  8. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 379

    and heavier.
  9. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    The more power you have, the better it edges, however I was going to get the most powerful one I could get my hands on, and my buddy Jim warned me that too much power will torque in your hands and be harder to control on edging. so I saved a few bucks and got (don't wanna run out to my garage) I believe, the stihl FS70 and have been real happy with it.
  10. Knight511

    Knight511 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    Part-time residential mower... I have had my Echo SRM-230 for 11 years and have only had to replace the coil pack that wasn't regular maintenance. It isn't the most powerful, but it serves me well. If I did more commercial/field type mowing, I would want more power... but I have NEVER thought about more power with the work I do.

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