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Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by laman, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. laman

    laman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    Anybody have reviews on Shindaiwa T254 trimmer. I was looking at them and just wondering if they hold up...
  2. tigerepairdotcom

    tigerepairdotcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    I have worked on them over and over... The only thing that hurts these things is neglect. Make sure you buy a good quality JASO certified oil always mix precisely don't be like a little extra wont hurt. It will. Use gas that is younger than 1 month. Store fuel in a pressurized NON VENTED container. Drain and run dry when not in use and use a good stabilizer if your oil does not contain one Star tron sta-bil. You may hear about sta bil gunking up carbs with red good that's because people think gasoline will not evaporate out of a carb..

    Stabil is a stabilizer not a stop a volatile chemical evaporating magic juice. You dont just add it to your fuel put it in your weed eater and put it away for the winter. That is not how it works. Good luck!
  3. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    I've had way better results with Sea Foam versus Sta-bil. You couldn't pay me to use Sta-bil, after two successive winters of motorcycles needing their carbs cleaned. I've been 10yrs on Sea Foam and the bikes always start, in the spring. I use Sea Foam in everything. But, the rest of your advice is spot-on. :clapping:
  4. tigerepairdotcom

    tigerepairdotcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    Personally I do not use either LOL! I use Stihl HP plus mix and it has stabilizers in it. So i am not to be trusted on stabilizers. But as far as motorcycles go. As far as ANY equipment goes you don't have to use anything if you do 1 little thing. Start your equipment every couple of weeks no matter what weather year round!

    You get some folks who have a $80k jaguar in the garage and shake their knees and drool all over it. When another guy takes his out every day the guy asks how can you afford to run the dang thing.... He replies "I run it"

    Running your equipment does many things. Keeps the battery charged keeps fuel flowing through your fuel system. Oils everything up.

    Most people think its normal to buy a battery on a riding mower every or every other year. IT IS NOT! GO OUT AND START YOUR EQUIPMENT AND RUN IT RUN IT HARD AND DO IT OFTEN! Also you homeowners.. change your oil for goodness sake. 1`ce a year. Usually 30w non detergent you can buy at walmart for $2.75 each. Honda reccomments you use their magic honda oil. I have a commericial honda engine log slpitter and I splurge on honda oil.
  5. laman

    laman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    Have you seen any problems with the 254 not related to neglect, such as a common problem in this model.
  6. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    That's such an awesome reply! Haha.

    I don't, because my shop is unheated. It pains me, to think how long it takes to get the molasses up to the valvetrain and flowing to the bearings. Furthermore, I don't want to add to the condensation in the crankcase. But, if it gets up into the 40's and I'm out there, I do fire them.

    I've preached the use of Battery Tenders, all over this site. Just got 9yrs out of my FasTrak battery.

    Absolutely! I brought home a '89 JD snowblower, from a client, that had never had an oil change. She had me go completely through it and get it running again. I clear her drive, so it's just gone back to sitting. I have her pusher here, now. It's never been touched, either. I mow her property, so it'll just be sitting, too.

    I've used Honda's moly-oil (silver bottle), in my GXV530, from day one. But, I'll be switching over to a common brand, full-synthetic, since I no longer work in the motorcycle industry.
  7. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    mine were trouble plauged from day one. got about one season from them till they got too hard to start. and yes i adjusted the valves
  8. S & L Lawn Solutions

    S & L Lawn Solutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I've had my T254 trimmer for a couple of months now and I can't complain, it works great...

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