Shindaiwa Power ???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hardy Enterprises, May 18, 2000.

  1. Hardy Enterprises

    Hardy Enterprises LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    One of my dealers here in town has just started carry Shindaiwa. I am currently running Redmax 2600's and have had no problems with them. However, since this dealers has begun carry them and I have heard so many good things about them on this forum I was seriously considering giving them a try. I have an industrial park that I cut that has about 6 miles right of way. All power poles, fire hydrants and etc have to be trimmed. I was getting ready to trim today and my dealer told me to come by and get a T260 to see how I liked it. The shindaiwa rep had told my dealer that a T230 had the same amount of power has my 2600's which I had a hard time believing but I did figure the T260 would be as strong or stronger than my 2600's. Well after about 30 minutes of bogging in 2 weeks growth grass I carried it back to the trailer and got a REAL trimmer. I was highly disappointed in the power of the Shindaiwa, I would have never finished at the rate I was going with it. Have any of you that run Shindaiwa ever ran Redmax? Did I demo a lemon or do ya'll just not know what real power is?<p>Jay
  2. Grasshopper

    Grasshopper Guest
    Messages: 0

    i had a T260 for a while and the power was pretty good. I have never used a Redmax, since nobody down here sells them. I have never even seen a Redmax. I'm currently using Echo SRM-2601s. These trimmers have plenty of power. You should give them a try. But I don't know how they compare to the Redmax your using since I've never used one.
  3. jrblawncare

    jrblawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    Jay,I got a T-260 this spring I love mine,I put a weed blade on it for clearing around a pond catails and high grass did a great job lots of power...somthing must have been wrong with your demo...bad mix...carb adjustment??<p>----------<br>John <br>
  4. jlboots

    jlboots LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I've been using a t230 for a couple of years and before that a T20 (i think). The first one lasted five years of heavy use and abuse and the T230 vuts through everything I put in front of it. What kind of string were you using? Maybe that is the problem.
  5. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,180

    Sounds like my Tanaka long as its short grass, maybe a weeks worth it does fine, get any longer and it ain't wurf a crap! I'll stick to my Stihls, plenty of POWER!<p>Homer
  6. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    You want real power get a Stihl.They will<br>pull the arse out of Shindaiwa gear.<p>Karl<br>
  7. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 980

    Homer:<br>I cant believe my eyes. You dont like your tanaka? I have the 3300 and LOVE mine. The 7mm shaft in the middle really cuts down on boggin. I used to use an echo (another great machine but not as powerful in my opinion) and loved it too. But in the end the tanaka has my vote. I have only had to take it in twice in 3 years. Once for a loose baffle and once for a stupid mistake i made. I never hear anyone else on here using tanaka. If yall do want to try them, then dont go in and ask for a &quot;suitable&quot; machine. Get one that you will NEVER have to worry about power with. I use about 20&quot; of string on mine and it cuts fine. (Regular grass, not long or wet) I also use the metal blades on it and have taken out 2-3&quot; trees in one or two strokes. Try em all. Ya might like them.<br>Have a good one yall.
  8. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,180

    I think mine is a 21 series something??????? It has the &quot;BRAIN&quot; head on it and it aint wurf a crap either, it's brain is stupider than me, I think it had to go to special school or sumpin. It kicks out more line at the worst possible times and thenm bogs down cause it kicked it out!!!!!!!!!! Stupid brain head...........I know when I need more string, don't need a brain to tell me!<p>Homer
  9. Dave

    Dave LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 320

    southside ill compare any shindaiwa to any sthill size for size anyday as long as your cable drive shaft doesn,t break,and yes tanaka is a good piece of equip
  10. Dave

    Dave LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 320

    southside ill compare any shindaiwa to any sthill size for size anyday as long as your cable drive shaft doesn,t break,and yes tanaka is a good piece of equip,Hardy what hp and cc does the redmax 2600 have ,iknow they are heavier than the shindaiwa love to compare

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