My next purchase any opinions or suggestions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bigw, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    My next purchase which will be this week will be the Stihl KM 130 R and the HL 135° Adjustable
    Hedge Trimmer Attachment
    HT Pole Pruner Attachment
    FCS Straight Lawn Edger

    That is unless someone can change my mind to go with the Echo or shidawia muti task tool....i am choosing the Stihl KM 130 due to the 36cc versus the 25 on the echo and the shindawia. They say the straight edger packs more punch when edging is this true vs the curved? Or do any of you think the dedicated edger and pole pruner would be a better choice?
  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    Get the dedicated edger, and pole saw (get the biggest they make, you wont regret it), and get the KM with the hedge trimmer. Maybe also get a trimmer and edger for the KM unit, so you would have a backup should yours break down.
  3. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,674

    I've never liked the Kombi units, heck if the power head goes down then so do 4 other pieces. And for the price they want for attachments, I would much rather have indvidual units. Personally I only use Echo, good prices, always been reliable, and easy to work on if need be.
  4. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    I have the echo trimmer with hedge trimmer and the pole saw attachments. They all work great with plenty of power, and on quite a few job I was pretty rough on them (cutting stuff that was larger than recommened) , and so far nothing has broken down. I'm guessing I've had them for about 5-6 years. The other makes are probably just as good, but I would recommend echo.
  5. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    I have the Stihl KM110 w/weedeater attachment and adjustable hedgetrimmer attachment.. I love it. Never had any problems.

    I agree that, if you're going to be using the edger and saw attachments often, you might want to invest in dedicated units for those. I think that the hedgetrimmer and weedeater for the KM is as good as any dedicated unit..

    Just my opinion...
  6. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    never been one for combo units,seems like the people using them are happy with them,the choice is yours
  7. kturf

    kturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    echo have used them for 8 year's no problem or break downs and my crews just treat them like s---

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