Lightweight Equipment.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SouthernFried, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. SouthernFried

    SouthernFried LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    I have been using Shindaiwa t27's for almost 15+ yrs...and I guess that's the problem. I'm finding them more burdesome to carry each passing year.

    I'm looking to go lighter...much lighter. As light as possible, and still hold up commercially. I do well-maintained residential properties only...and some of them are over an acre of beds/walks/driveways...fully manicured and landscaped, so a lotta trimming.

    Anyway, I have read about Shindaiwa t30's and was thinking about getting one...but I've heard the new 4 cycle t31 just doesn't have enough power.

    What's your favorite brand and model of lightweight trimmers? I know Echo's can be light...but, every peice of echo equipment I've bought over the yrs (mostly hedgers), just haven't held up. Stihl seems to make good stuff, but, they all seem heavy to me (everything seems heavy to me these days ;) )

    Since I've used Shindaiwa t27's exlusively...I know very little about other trimmers.

    BTW, I still think the Shindaiwa t27 has got to be one of the best trimmers out there. They hold up year after year, and I have never ran into a situation where I didn't have enough power. These things have been tanks, and I have nothing bad to say about them.

    'Cept they tend to weigh more after using them awhile.

    Any lightweight/durable hedge trimmer recommendations would be appreciated too :)
  2. premier lawn care

    premier lawn care LawnSite Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 44

    RedMax bcz 2600s, I've got 12 and love them
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Check out Robin products if you have them around your area. They make a model under this one that most of the guys around here use. I chose the 25cc model but, it's a little more money.

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  4. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Tanaka and Dolmar both make trimmers in the 21cc class that are around 8 lbs. I have the Dolmar with a rapid loader head. Works good for normal trimming. I wish the company's would make an adjustable locking throttle so we don't have to keep a finger on the trigger all the time.

  5. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    I have carpal tunnel so I NEED light weight trimmers. I now use a Husquvarna 325L. I've found that it's the lightest (around 10lbs) most powerful 25cc trimmer out there. Second to that would be the Kawasaki. I maintain 65 properties per week and I've been using the same Husky for the last 2 years and haven't had to do anything to it. One or 2 pulls and it screams spinning .095 OR .105 line. I don't think it'll ever die.
  6. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    SF, how about a trimmer with about the same power but weighs 10.8lbs?? Interested? If so, go get yourself a Kawasaki ktr27a and be done. I too, used the t-270's for a long time, but when they came out with the t-272 " emissions " model, that weighs more and I believe has less power that sealed the deal, no more shin's... Oh, did I mention that the Kawi's are readily available for @ $220 or less ( less on e-bay ).....
  7. MP350

    MP350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    I have a Shindaiwa T22 home owners version, very light,good power, paid $200 for it last year. Got it for back up trimmer for my Sthil ( paid $450 for it), but use the Shindaiwa most of the time.
  8. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    The Redmax BCZ2500SU is 10.8lbs, 25.4 cc's, and is the new Strato Charged technology from Redmax thatis CARB TierII certified. Very smooth, balanced, powerful and gets great fuel economy. ain't cheap, expect to pay over
  9. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    I just bought a Stihl FS-85 Extreme and love it! Lots of power and not too heavy. It starts and runs better than my Kawasaki's but the Kawasaki is lighter. Also run Kawasaki hedge trimmers and they are great too!
  10. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    cannot be beat, except
    when a light weight trimmer will do...
    I use a t 230,
    you can run with it...

    Mine all are in good shape and I do not intend to replace them until they are wore out.

    I don't know a 4 cycle equivalent...

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