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Let the battle begin Tanaka vs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TierOneLawnCare, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. TierOneLawnCare

    TierOneLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    I need some info on three trimmer.....I am trying to figure out which one to buy and would like your help

    Tanaka TBC-230, Available online for $185.00 + $25.00 shipping, No dealer within 25 miles, and comes with a 1 year warranty .95hp.....as far as warranty goes, If I buy it online and have trouble will another dealer warranty it for me?

    Redmax TRC-2300 Available at local dealer $249.95 + tax, extremly close
    to house, 2 year warranty 1.1hp

    Redmax BC250, Available online for $199.95 free shipping and no tax

    I am so confused....you make my decision for me!!
  2. Tanaka

    Tanaka Inactive
    Messages: 1,084

    RE: Buying Tanaka Online / Warranty
    If you ever need service work and a can't get a local dealer to work on it, you can send it to us here in Auburn WA and we will take care of you. FYI - Looks like you got the h.p.'s reversed - the Tanaka is 1.1 h.p.

    Here's the link to the TBC-230 field test...http://www.tanaka-usa.com/pdf/fieldtest.pdf

    Just curious - who is the online dealer?

  3. TierOneLawnCare

    TierOneLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Russo Power Equipment
  4. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    i have never used tanaka products except for the green monster trimmer line, they may be wonderful trimmers, but i can absolutely say from experience that red max is awesome.
  5. hoyboy

    hoyboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 346

    Don't spend so much time fretting over a $200 purchase. There's got to be more important issues.
  6. 128Steve

    128Steve LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    You asked, Tanaka. Change the Red Max models and my answer would change as well.
  7. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    We are a dealer for Tanaka and we have had very good luck with their products. However if you dont have a dealer close that could make it a bit of a pain when you need parts down the road. Trimmer heads wear out, the springs get lost...and so on.

    I would try to support your local dealers if possible...
  8. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Absolutely get the tanaka. I dont understand the fuss about not having a dealer near by. They don't break and if you need parts the internet will have them to you by the end of the week. I am not bashing local dealers but for a trimmer or other small purchase, I would go for the better price on line. For a ztr or something like that, I would find the local guy. But I am a small time lawn guy and I fix my own stuff.
    But as far as the tanaka goes, it is light as hell and never breaks. I have the tbc 230 for about 1 year now and it is used to take the burden off of my old tbc 220 which is 14 years old. I cut 12-15 1/2 acre lawns a week.
  9. Thirdpete

    Thirdpete LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 236

    Russo is good, they do a lot of business with a lot of people in and around chicago.
  10. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    I have a demo review up here on the RedMax 2300.
    You might want to read that before deciding.

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