shindaiwa t230 or t2500?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joed, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    I am looking at purchasing a Shindaiwa grass trimmer. The models I am looking at are the t230 and the t2500 (new 4stroke/2stroke hybrid). The t230 is $430 Canadian (approx $280 U.S.) while the t2500 is on sale for $485 Canadian (approx $320 U.S.). the t2500 is a bit heavier but supposedly consumes a lot less fuel. However, is it true that it also requires valve adjustments and other maintenance that the t230 does not? Also, I have heard that the t2500 is hard to start. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. msloop77

    msloop77 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I've got both. Started off using the t2500, then switched to the t230, hated the t230 because you have to run it high revs vs the low revs on the t2500. Didn't notice any weight difference between the two. Any yes the t2500 barely uses any fuel compared to the t230. Two or three pulls on either machine to get them started. In the long run, buy the t2500 and save money on fuel costs this summer. Also the t2500 isn't as loud or high pitched compared to the T230. I hope my rambling makes sense. mark
  3. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202


    Thanks for the information. I like both units and find the 230 to be a bit lighter. Do you need to bring the 2500 in for valve adjustments? The lower noise level and reduced fuel consumption seem great too.
  4. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    I have a t2500 and have to crank the thing 8-10 times to get it started. I took it to my dealer, he has replaced the plug 3 or 4 times, but obviously that hasn't been the problem, it is less than 1 year old. Other than that it is an awesome piece of equipment.
  5. msloop77

    msloop77 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I almost forgot, but yes the dealer did adjust the valves, and it has run great since. The one thing that the dealer forced me use on the t2500 was the Shindaiwa ONE mix oil. Somehow this has made the weedeater run prefectly. I always start mine holding the throttle all the way in and the choke in the up position, pull it this way till it starts and then push the choke off. maybe this will help your hard starting issues. good luck, mark
  6. ddthomas2

    ddthomas2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I have two 2500's. I love them. I like the lower tone of the exhaust. I like the torque at the low end which allows me to trim at lower RPM. The weight difference is not significant to me.

    Yes, they do start better when the valves are properly adjusted. I adjust mine about every 1-2 months. Just set them both at .0003. It takes about 5 - 10 minutes.

    I have been told they are soon coming out with a 4 stroke equivilent for the 270. As soon as they do, mine will be replaced. Like I said, I love them but I would like to be able to run a little longer line.

    GrassMasters of Louisiana
  7. green acres lawns

    green acres lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    I also have both, t230 and t2500. The t2500 has more power, works at lower rpm's, uses less fuel, easy to start but I use the t230 more because it has less vibration. After three years the t230 got hard to start, but a spark plug fixed that.
  8. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    I just bought a t230 from someone!

    $400 CDN - came with 2 grass trimmer heads, brush cutter, power broom, mini-tiller attachment!
  9. ceytl

    ceytl LawnSite Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 12

    The T2500 now has an update. Shindaiwa covers the cost. It fixes many of the problems the T2500 has had. The update kit includes a new flywheel a decompression adjuster. New handle and stainless steel bolts for carb and air filter, which helps it, run cooler. After the update you should start a lot easier and not need as many valve adj.

    I love the T230XB, not only because it is blue it is also blade ready to turn it into a brush cutter.

    WARNING!!! Word to the Wise. If you own a T231, T261, or any Shindaiwa that has a catalyst, use only premium fuel in your machine. If you use cheap gas the engine can run too hot or you may experience carb problems.

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