RedMax CHT2200's might have to go...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Envy Lawn Service, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Guys, these hedge clippers are OK... but dang!

    These things bellow dang smoke to a point that is un-called for...

    I've been complaining about them since I got them. But boy... today I did some thick-thick shrubs and wow... that's nuts.

    As I said before, I was sold on the weight of them.
    But they smoke unreal, lack a little grunt and the engine/blade speed is not marvolous.

    Anyone have either of the following Strato-Charged models?

  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Does nobody use RedMax anymore?

    DOLMARatOS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 173


    Because you have a problem with smoke and blade speed I can suggest 2 solutions that really WILL work. First, instead of taking a loss on your new toys. Buy some Opti-2 oil and mix it up at 100:1 ratio. After a half-tank under load you will no longer have a smoke problem.

    Hog down your cutting head with some simple green, brake cleaner, oven cleaner, etc. Something strong to break up and dried sap and juices. Hit them with a scrub-brush and rinse them really really well. Then hit them with a generous dose of fluid film before and after use or once a week whatever is first.

    Do these 2 things and you'll think that you have totally different clippers. You might be surprised. Worth a shot?
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Well, I used to run Opti-2... loved the stuff.
    Just got to where I couldn't get it around here anymore.
    So I run the Amsoil that I can walk into NAPA and get.

    The Amsoil seemed too rich at 50:1 and seemed too lean when I tried it at 100:1 years ago. So I have been running it at 64:1 which has been doing well in the Strato-Charged units.

    Anyways, I have another thread going on the Amsoil because I've been considering trying it at 80:1.
  5. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Hey Dude,
    I run Opti2 in all of my equipment - even my 2200. Mine hardly smokes at all. I suppose you have taken the trimmer back to the dealer. What does he say?
  6. mslawn

    mslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from LA
    Messages: 483

    Srtz2401-We have three pair currently and have had over 10 pair of redmax extended reach trimmers since I have been buying redmax. They cut better than any other trimmer out there, however, they do not last as long as other brands hedge trimmers. I buy them for the finish product they deliver. Cut boxwoods with stihl or shindaiwa and they cut at them, redmax shears right thru them. Srtz2401 is also not a trimmer for cutting overgrown work like a lot of people do. They are for finish work, shrubs that are maintained a cared for on a regular basis. I currently own about 18 redmax pieces and have NEVER had trouble with them smoking. I would not lean the oil ratio out, but I would change oil brands. I think your problem lies in your oil, ratio of mixture, or some kind of carb adjustment.
  7. mslawn

    mslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from LA
    Messages: 483

    He would probably tell him to buy the redmax oil sitting on his shelf.
  8. Turf Professionals Inc.

    Turf Professionals Inc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I use redmax oil in all of my redmax equipment. Each item is over 2 years old and I have never had a problem with smoke. I also believe the problem lies in the ratio mix.
  9. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    husky low smoke oil sold at lowes. really is low smoke -i have a old 2cyc techumche engine on a toro that i trim with thats a real smoker. hardly any with the husky oil. hedge trimming with a smoker is a nusance. you are getting that much smoke from amzoil? dosnt seem right

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