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John Deere trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dvmcmrhp52, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    We are having a discussion on Echo trimmers in another thread, and I am currently thinking about Deere trimmers.Who's got them and how do you like them?Quality issues etc.
    (Looking at Deere because of Echo experiences myself)
  2. dwc

    dwc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    I have a JD that they gave me when I purchased my 48" walk behind (some promotion they were running to promote their 2 cycle stuff) and I also had a new 2601 Echo at the time. I liked the JD ok but the Echo was my favorite. I just bought a new 260 Echo earlier in the year to replace the 2601 and the JD is a better machine than it in my opinion. Echo sure messed up when they changed to the 260 if you ask me. Over all the JD is all right, just a matter of preference I guess. Main part I do not like is the head, its harder to spool than the Echo and also the oversized guard.
  3. NJDeere

    NJDeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    New heads for the Deere trimmers are out. They are easier to load. Also, the newer Deere trimmers have a smaller guard.
  4. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    I run JD trimmers and they are awesome. Run forever - string advance never seems to bind up with dirt - plenty of power - start easy

    Thanks, Brad
  5. dwc

    dwc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    didn't know about the new improvements on the deere. Have to check them out again. I am thinking maybe a deere since they have improved or a Redmax for next year.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Who is JD trimmers even made by now? Are they Kawi's, now? I know they used to be Echo some years ago.
  7. dwc

    dwc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    last I heard they bought out Homelite and made their changes to the plant and started producing their own. Might have changed now I dont know, someone else may know more about this.
  8. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Thanks for the replies.
    just happened to be talking to the dealer today as we picked up a 36" walk behind and I asked him about the deere's.He told me he does not have enough of them out there yet to get enough feedback.(he is also big on Echo products)That's why I started this thread.Keep them coming and Thanks again.
  9. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Last ones I saw at Homedepot were exactly the same as Homelite.
  10. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    They have a pro line that I was looking at.Don't think the depot carries them.

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