John Deere Trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Suds, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Suds

    Suds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Are JD trimmers built by Shindaiwa? I was in a JD dealer today and their JD branded trimmers sure look a lot like Shindaiwa trimmers...If so I will buy on there. They are a very good dealer, in my neighborhood and I have been well taken care of there with my JD tractors. Thanks
  2. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Doubtful since JD just inked that agreement with Stihl.
  3. TheLawnBarber

    TheLawnBarber LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    There bulit by Kawasaki.
  4. Suds

    Suds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    What was that agreement about?
  5. K/B

    K/B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Many in their trimmer line-up were built by Mitsubishi. No Shindaiwa.
  6. Suds

    Suds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I was just checking out the Kawasaki trimmer specs and their trimmers (the models that have a drive shaft versus a flexible cable drive) have a hollow drive shaft while the JD trimmers have a solid drive shaft. Maybe Mitsubishi builds the trimmers instead of Kawasaki or Kawasaki uses a solid shaft for their JD branded trimmers. I didn't even know that Mitsu built string trimmers...:confused:
  7. K/B

    K/B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    I know for sure that the XT120 is mitsu. I've seen a few older ones that were mitsubishi also, can't remember what model.
  8. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    My local Deere dealer said they are made by Mitsubishi and Kawasaki. My JD hedge trimmers are Mitsubishi. A good way to find out is to look at the emissions warranty information in your manual. Mine said "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries" at the top of the page.

    After reading the press releases about the Stihl deal, it doesn't really look like the Stihl equipment is going to be branded as John Deere, but that Deere dealers will now carry Stihl, which a lot already do. Maybe I'm wrong. A nearby equipment dealer told me he wouldn't be surprised if Deere bought Stihl within the next couple of years. I wonder if Stihl equipment purchases will count towards Green Fleet points. Otherwise, the deal doesn't really mean that much.

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