Shindaiwa C4

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Differential, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. Differential

    Differential LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Hey guys, this is my first post here, but I've been reading for weeks now. I started a small service in North Dallas, and have purchased almost all of my equipment used.

    I'm currently using an Echo GT 200 trimmer, and I'm getting ready to buy something better. I bought the GT 200 used from a neighbor for $15, and it runs great, but I hate the curved shaft.

    The Shindaiwas with the C4 technology have really caught my eye. I know I can't go wrong with Stihl or Echo, but does anyone have experience with these Shindaiwas? My local retailer has the 2510 for $339 plus tax.
  2. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    personaly i would either go with kawasakia or redmax for any handhelds. i hate echo and shindaiwa is now owned by echo so i think echo crapy quailty will affect the shindy line.
  3. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    Echo and Shindaiwa are very big in the Bay Area. They make up about 80% of the trimmer used by LCO here. Just because HD selling the lower line Echo don't mean Echo are lesser. In fact read the threads on the "Cheap" SRM210, I charllenge you to find much complains, $210 for a TRUE commercial quality trimmer that the take a beating and keep on ticking.............

    I have Shindaiwa C4 hand held blower. It has been the second most reliable piece of equipment I have...........second to my Echo HC151 hedge trimmer. They both never have problem. Just the HC151 is 5 years old and the C4 is almost 3 years old.

    I was skiptical on those hybrid 4 cycle engines before but after my experience and reading posts here, seems like the 25cc and 34cc C4 engine don't have any complains at all, none of the drop valve issue. It has been out for many years already so it is not exactly unproven. Do a search of the past posts here, you'll see.
  4. Differential

    Differential LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    The echo has been really good, but it has a small head, and I find that I'm refilling it with line almost every day. And that's .080.

    I haven't felt the shindaiwa's yet, but they sure do look pretty!
  5. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    I really like the Shindaiwa SpeedFeed head.
  6. Just Mow

    Just Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 367

    Get the Stihl FS90 R, or if you want really light try the 100RX both are very good and reliable units.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,555

    We bought 4 of the 2510 trimmers to start getting experience with the valve machines. It took awhile to get used to starting them since we expected a one pull and that just happen on these. I like the low tinny rpm of the unit and we run without the guard and it will flat get with it. We trim a lot of holding ponds with big weeds and it does just as good as our Echo 265T. There are a lot of parts that look similar to Echo. I had a pamphlet comparing it to Honda and Stihl and....2510 looked better in several areas. I don't think they like water in the gas and that could be problem long term. But so far we like it....even the speed head is okay.
  8. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    So what is your final magic formula on starting? Similar to what I described? If you can start in one pull, you are doing better than me. It usually takes 3. Difference is the pull is very easy.

    Which brand like water in gas??:laugh::laugh:

    What parts look similar to Echo?
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,649

    I just replaced my 2 trimmers with Stihl FS90s, and I put the Oregon version of the Shindy Speedfeed heads on them. I am very happy with this setup. The trimmers were $299 each, and the heads were $35 each. I guess I'm a Stihl guy.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,555

    No we didn't figure out starting in one pull is about 3 to 5 and they aren't any easier to pull than the new Echo 265 spring in recoil. The unit comes apart just like Echo same basic idea to tear it apart. The clutch shoe idea and bearing and seals. Much different than Stihl which is a little harder to tear down for replaceing parts. Ocassionally the unit will act like it is bogged down from exhaust and my only thing I can figure is a bit of water in gas from sitting over night or from the gas can. I am interested in any info on the water thing .....I dont' think the 2 stroke echo units ever had any problem with that.

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