Loop or Bike Handle trimmer

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Steven B, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Messages: 99

    I'm going to clean up a 4,000 sq.ft. loot that's covered in weeds. I'm looking at getting a new trimmer to clean up the outer edges, going to use a tractor to take care of the rest. It sets between two buildings & I don't want to get to close to the buildings with the tractoor.
    I'm looking at getting a new trimmer to be used with a disk, so I need solid driveshaft trimmer. I can't decide if I should get the loop or a bike handle trimmer. I've tried both out & I'm comfortable with both.
    Stihl 90 bike handle sells for $330 & $300 for the loop, found a redmax loop on sale for $300. My mind sit has been on the bike handle, but the loop would be allot more usefull on a regular basis next to my husqvarna 326.
    What's everyones opinion?
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    loop...hands down, no ifs, ands, or buts. It is much more versatile, and easier to handle. It allows you to reach out further and maneuver it much easier - therefore be much more productive.
  3. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Messages: 646

    loop for the win
  4. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,663

    Loop for string....Handle Bars for Blade
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Screw the string trimmer.

    I use my articulating hedge trimmer head on the end of my string trimmer. Basically it turns it into a hand-held sycle bar.

    I clean up fence lines for my Father-In-Law every summer with it. I can do 3000 feet of electric fence line in 3 hours or so.

    String trimmers are a waste of time and effort in brushy situations.
  6. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    i second this
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    For scathing, taking down weeds or tall/thick grass, and brushy stuff as you describe, there is absolutely nothing better as far as portable cutting goes. You can run the trimmer at about 1/3 throttle at most, and it cuts through the stuff clean like butter. No tangling, no having to pull back to avoid tangling - just cut on. The tall stuff just neatly lays down, and you don't have stuff flying all over, either. :weightlifter:
  8. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Messages: 99

    Thanks for the help. I think I've decided on a bike handle.
    Found a Tanaka TBC-340PFD for $420. Anybody have any experience with it?
    I've only found Honda & Stihl bike handle trimmers locally, everyone else wants to sell me a loop & order the bike handle extra. :hammerhead:
    I'm going to call around more tomorrow to see what I can find.
  9. markahurley

    markahurley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    seriously? then why ask? honestly. :)
  10. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Messages: 99

    I was debating on what to get. Should I get a loop & spend $60+ on the BH kit or get the bike & worry about getting loop afterwards. The more I read, made me decide on getting the bike handle.

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