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Redmax vs Husky vs Tanaka String Trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MBargar, Jul 4, 2009.


Which String Trimmer

  1. Husqvarna 323L

    17 vote(s)
  2. Redmax BCZ2610S

    22 vote(s)
  3. Tanaka TBC-260PF

    14 vote(s)
  4. Other

    14 vote(s)
  1. birdman0494

    birdman0494 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    well i had a 125 husqvarna and that was the most comfortable trimmer of my life better then my 90 better then a 261 i must say it was amazing, I can only imagine if i had a closer dealer ! :)
  2. MBargar

    MBargar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    thanks for all the replies.
    From the survey it looks like the Husky 323l or Stihl fs90.
    pros and cons of each?
    heard that the husky is light and well balanced.
    how about ease of starting? don't want nothin cold blooded.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2009
  3. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    The Husqvarna will just keep on running. I've had two of them for 7 or 8 years. Never a single problem. They are run with to much line out, not enough line out, cheap oil, and with brushcutter attachments.

    Mine are the old, smaller design 123L landowner series, they aren't even commercial!
  4. MBargar

    MBargar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    good to hear. just found out that I also have a Shindy dealer near me...any thoughts? Kinda interested because they run walbro carbs. Ive had nothin but trouble with zamas. hows the t242?
  5. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    I also have run the Shindaiwa T242 weedeater, along side the FS90. The T242 was very powerful, and lasted about three years too. It's failure was the gearbox hand gernaded itself.

    At least with me I could not get past the three year mark with my smaller weedeaters, until I bumped up the engine to 40cc's:). Their is a reason the Big trimmers are sold as "Heavy Duty", yes you get some added weight, but you will see much longer unit life span, better internals.

    I know three years of unit life is acceptable for most, but I now get more than three years of life out of my 40cc weedeaters.

    Any of the brands listed in this thread will give you good service, under most applications.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2009
  6. MBargar

    MBargar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    thanks for everything. Ill probably go give all the dealers a look and see who has the best customer service
  7. wetgrass

    wetgrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    "Red max" I have a 22.5cc and 25 cc trimmers and I love my 25cc torque. My trimmers are still 32-1 gas mix. I bought my used 9 years ago and still going strong. I use these full time. I figure shindawa is a red max I just like red. From 20 yrs experience if you don't be careful about your oil mix it will not last. I had one friend tried being cheap and mixing at 40-1 instead of 32-1 and he went though trimmers every 3 to 4 years. The dealer even made him believe that he needed to by red max special oil and it won't happen any more. Which is funny since I have been using the same oil bought at wal-mart by the gallon for years. I like red max with the knew black commercial head ( I think it is lighter than the red ones) I don't know all the new spec's but in the past stihl was always heavier than red max. Every ounce counts when you are carrying it all day.
  8. Triplex

    Triplex LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    That's the best way to do it; if you read back through the forums there's no consensus on who makes the best trimmer. Choosing a good dealer can make the difference between being without the machine for 2 days or 2 weeks when you need it fixed. I'd also recommend you buy everything through the same dealer so you develop a relationship with him.
  9. MidTN

    MidTN LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22


    Here is my 2 cents,
    Up until recently I used a Robin with a 30.5cc engine. It had plenty of power and is still a great trimmer with either 4-5 years of use.
    I recently bought a Redmax with a 34cc engine and the build quality seems to be excellent. I did look a the Stihl 40cc but it didn't feel as good in my hand. I have some Stihl Commericial hedge trimmers and a BG-85 blower. The hedge trimmers are hard to start and the on off switch stopped working shortly after I got them but the BG-85 was a decent blower for a number of years but finally died.

    My vote is for Redmax, hope this helps.
  10. K/B

    K/B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Shindaiwa T242 is an awesome machine.

    nosparkplugs, how many times did you service (or have serviced) the gearbox on your T242?

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