comments: what is this new product t230xr trimmer? what advantages does it have over the t230? and any other information that you can give me. thank you. The T230XR and the T230 are the exact same machine. Both provide the same level of performance. The X designates a few extra pieces of hardware provided with the unit. I believe those extra pieces include two heavy duty blade holders, one strap clamp, a couple of retainer screws and the R designates a red powerhead. This setup puts the consumer a few steps closer to a brushcutter conversion unit. As a safety precaution, a blade should never be installed on this unit unless the bicycle style handlebars are installed first. Rey Castro Technical Service Rep Shindaiwa Inc.