Line Trimmer Selection - Anyone using Honda

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ITL, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Messages: 188

    Need to get another line string trimmer for lawn trimmer work only. No heavy weed or blade work as we only use it where the mower cannot get on established lawns.
    We were leaning toward the 2600 Redmax straight shaft line trimmer but demoed a Honda HHT25S during the Louisville Expo and it seemed to perform well. Both seem to be around the same price. Any thought on using the Honda 4 cycle line string trimmers. Only negative I can see is the increase in weight 11 pound Redmax to 13 pound Honda. Anyone using the Honda Line string Trimmers for this type work? How do they hold up? 4 cycle mini-Honda engine uses 100cc of oil per 50 hour change and can be rotated in any direction although we use stick blade edger so line trimmer is not used on the side.

    Thanks Wayne

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Husqvarna has the honda 4 stroke also look on the block.
  3. jgtxusa

    jgtxusa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    shindaiwa t261, why go four stroke either.
  4. JMB

    JMB LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 51

    I'm not gonna switch to 4 stroke until there aren't anymore 2 strokes around. The Redmax strato charged engine is a 2 stroke.
  5. 128Steve

    128Steve LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I have the BCZ 3000 Redmax and the Honda 35. Both trimmers work well.

    You stated your work will be trimming. I like the Honda better for blade work, but for trimming, the Redmax is clearly better, lighter, and a great choice.

    Should you get the Honda, I found synthetic oil (Mobil 1) worked best.

    Good Luck
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    look at husky 2 stroke instead of the redmax. lighter and a better preformer. the cutting head on the redmax is the pits. otherwise redmax is fine . i am also sticking to 2 stroke as long as i can
  7. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,973

    I have had a honda 4 stroke for 4 plus years, no probs with it, top notch, I'll buy another! heavier yes, but you get used to it. the new trimmer heads are great too, unlike the early ones which weren't so good lol.

    I wish my mowers all were as reliable and problem free as this trimmer. I love honda stuff, love 4 stroke, mixing feul is a pita, wish everything I had was 4 stroke, slowly getting there.....
  8. walker/redmax

    walker/redmax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    I'm with 128Steve. I have the Redmax BCZ3000 and think it is the best trimmer in the world but if you are going to be doing alot of heavy brush cutting, I think the Honda would be the better choice.
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,381

    Stick with the 2 stroke!!! Echo has a fine line of trimmers from the lightest to the big heavy weght units. One of their best is the 261T. It has new gearhead to provide more torque.
  10. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Messages: 188

    Thanks for the information. Never thought I would consider a 4 cycle hand held until the 2 cycle was unavailable. Been pleased with the other Redmax Stratocharged equipment for keeping a 2 cycle meeting emissions while saving fuel. So most likely will go that direction and lift 2 less pounds each time I pull trimmer out. Not sure if the arm pain is from lifting/holding the hand equipment or from pull starting the old line trimmer that has seen better days.

    Thanks Wayne

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