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Less common brands of trimmers/blowers - Vandermolen, Maruyama, Dolmar, etc?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Triplex, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Fife Lawn&Lane

    Fife Lawn&Lane LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    Anyone use a Honda trimmer? Whats your opinion of them?
  2. osr001

    osr001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Windmill/Vandermolen with Kawasaki engines. 28cc trimmer that`s 15yrs. old, Hedge trimmer at 10yrs. and backpack 65cc at 8yrs. Never had a problem w/ them, and I do mean never!!. Just DO the maint. A bit pricey, but well worth it! I buy direct. Go to their website.
  3. IntegrityGuy

    IntegrityGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    I have a kawasaki and it runs great. i would not buy another one due to not many dealers. I would love to try one of handas new small 2 cycle engines.
  4. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    I used to run Maruayama trimmers. They are exceptionally light, and for the most part well built and comfy. They did have one thing I did not like. They all used a Wahlbro carburetor, which was fine except the throttle lever would break off the top, and the only way to replace it was to buy a new carb. (like $98) I ran several of these units and had every one of them do this at 1-2 yrs. Perhaps it has been redesigned. Last I heard, they were offering a 5 yr commercial warranty, so they would probably be worth trying.
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    I have some Dolmar concrete cutters and stihl concrete cutters, sthil by far has it all over Dolmar But the Dolmars are nice tools that is why I have some.
  6. RonAyersMotorsports

    RonAyersMotorsports LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    We sell both Honda and STIHL trimmers.

    Honda's are very reliable, but there downfall is their weight.
  7. Fife Lawn&Lane

    Fife Lawn&Lane LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    Thank You Ron Ayers.
  8. Mike's LawnCare Landscape

    Mike's LawnCare Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 487

    I have one. I have had it 3 years now !!! Its heavy but its a brute. I don't trim with it any more, Just brush cutting and I got a stihl hedge trimmer head that I use on it.
    Real nice trimmer but a slit heavy for every day mowing.
  9. jamesusandy

    jamesusandy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I got a solo brush cutter/string trimmer off of ebay new. I needed to order a part and for a simple bolt that I could not find any where ended up costing me $18+. Their service department was terrible and as I found out it is very hard to find parts. I don't use it as much as my other trimmers so I don't know how well they last. It's pretty much a back up, back up trimmer for me. With the experience I have had with it I would steer clear because of the parts and service problems.
  10. Craig3

    Craig3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    I agree. I bought a crappy Craftsman Pro w/ a briggs and it died on my so I replaced it w/ a Honda. I'd used one and liked its power (and the reliability of Honda engines) so thats what I went w/. I checked out Stihl but was less than impressed w/ the dealer. I told him to sell me on it and he had nothing. Honda dealer was great. Also bought the stick edger.

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