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Promatic Head on Shindaiwa T230 trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joed, Aug 2, 2002.

  1. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,198

    I just purchased a Shindaiwa T230 trimmer. It is coming next week. The dealer has offered to put on a promatic tap and go head on it. Is that head a good one to have? Is it easy to change the string on it? I am asking these question because I seem to recall several posts on this site that mentionned a lot of difficulty in changing the string on the T230.
  2. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    I have all manual heads on my trimmers. Years ago I had a couple automatics, but I kept having trouble with them, and the guys would go through a ton of string every week because it was so easy to advance it.

    Now, they learn quickly to trim carefully so that they are not constantly advancing the line, and using up so much string.
  3. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    I raelly like the Stihl automatic heads. Make line a snap to change.
  4. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    I have two husqvarnas and one deere trimmers . I really like the tap and go heads I use universal products trimmy hit heads on all three. I can trim much faster with the guards removed. This also keeps you from using so much string as it doesn'get cut off by the blade on the guard. When I read the manual for the husky ,it recommended soaking the line in water overnight. It didn't think this could do much but tried it anyway. Surprise ! It toughens the line and it 's not as prone to break. I now keep my bulk spool in a bucket of water all the time.
  5. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,143

    All of my Shin's came with auto heads. Not sure why they wouldn't.

    No problems loading them. They do have alot of parts (5 I think).
    But you can buy the parts seperate. The buntons are the only part I've replaced on them.
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    I have the been using Shindaiwa's with the auto head for five years and they still work fine. No problem reloading, never had a problem with them burning through line too quickly. And all parts are cheap and replaceable. The only thing that has needed to be replaced on ours though, is a couple bump buttons ($1.75) and eyelets (75 cents or so) .
  7. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    The Shin's Auto head is a Pro-Matic ...... this is a kick butt trimmer (as it the Sthil FS 80) one pull start forever (unlike some others)

    A week to get it ?? my dealer has atleast 3 of these in stock all times .....

    Like Keith suggest ==> order some extra head parts so you have no down time (line eye-let fittings, spring n tap head top .... the eye-lets wear down about 1-200 hours n are cheap)

  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Yes, get the tap and go head. That way you tap and go, not stop and feed. Kills your time. String is pretty cheap, time isn't. Only so much time you have. Make every dollar you can.
  9. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    Just a question.. What type of string head would you put on your Shindaiwa t230 for commercial use!
  10. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Gator .95 Square.

    I use the shin heads, bump feed, until they wear out, then replace them with the stihl heads.

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