New trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by derekarbeiter, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. derekarbeiter

    derekarbeiter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    I am looking at a new high end residential line trimmer as a back-up for my business. I already have a Stihl FS90R and am looking at getting the Stihl FS55 or the John Deere LT105SLE. I know the stihl is good, but havent heard much about Deere trimmers. I understand that Deere is now making their own product and Echo is not making them for JD anymore. Since most of my fleet is green, I thought I would at least check into it. Anyone have this model or any other JD trimmer and what do you think of it? I have heard good things from one of my friends who has a JD dealer???
  2. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    i dont have the jd, and if i were you i would stay w/ the FS90R so i could buy filters, plugs and such in bulk. the FS55 isnt that much less, and you get what you pay for. i would stay with the same brand trimmers at least though. unless you get a steal (thus the redmax in my signature line)
  3. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Messages: 1,037

    Look like the Dolmar units. Engine by Mitsubishi
  4. MitchDaniel

    MitchDaniel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I have a Stihl FS-74 that has been my primary trimmer for 6 years, but I recently got an Echo SRM-230. It had been used one time, and the old fellow sold it to me for $100 (he lost his legs because of diabetes). The more I used it, the more I liked it. I ended up putting my underbrush kit on it, and bought another SRM-230. I've heard of several people using these machines commercially without any problems. It is an excellent piece of equipment for $269, especially for a backup! Plenty of power too!
  5. Danielslawnservice

    Danielslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    I have a FS-90 and it has plenty of power thinking of getting an echo or shindawa be cause I want something lighter...
  6. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    if you want light try out the redmax's. i have an old one that my guys use over the stihl b/c its light. i dont like it b/c it seems to have a little less power, and vibrate more (it is old though). very good service from it, and would buy again if it was a deal.
  7. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,275

    Why wouldnt you buy another commercial unit and use you old one as back up?
  8. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    I have and love the XT140LE and it is a great unit but the XT105 would be a little under powered wouldn't it?
  9. scotlykins

    scotlykins LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    Why not just buy a commercial grade trimmer as your backup ???

    When your primary gives out bring your backup into service.

    We have three redmax 2500 & 3100 and one stihl fs90 trimmers. The fs90 is underpowered, and heavier, in this lineup and consequently rarely gets used.
  10. derekarbeiter

    derekarbeiter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Thanks for your input guys,

    I might go ahead and get another FS90R. I love the trimmer, and for about $60 more, I can get a commercial grade unit. No brainer. I do feel that this trimmer is heavy though, but it has great power and little vibration. I have an old FS45 curved shaft (why I bought that I dont know) that I bought a long time ago when my business was just starting. It has rarely been used because I upgraded and might sell it to help pay for the new one. They sell for about $140 new and I might try to get $80-$100 out of it.:)


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