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Shindiaiwa M231 vs Shindiaiwa M242

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by mowerdude777, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    I want a split boom for Christmas and I want a shindiaiwa I really like my T231 trimmer. So I decided to add another shindiaiwa, I want to know what will be better for my uses of it.

    SPARE EDGER

    ROTO TILLER

    HEDGER

    POLE PRUNER

    BTW I will not get the attachments with the present only the engine.

    If you think I should not get either and get a different modal tell me what brand and model
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2009
  2. Tennesseepowerstroke

    Tennesseepowerstroke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Have you located a new M231 for sale? I have looked for a new one without any luck as it has been discontinued. I have a M231 and like it even though it seems a little underpowered for edger and trimmer when the grass is thick. It works great with the pole pruner and hedge trimmer attachment. I would not be interested in the roto tiller attachment. I have one of the small Honda tillers which works great. I have looked at the M242 and it appears to me to be a "cheaper made" tool. I may purchase it though as I want to stay away from the 4 stroke [M2510]. According to the brochure the M242 with a trimmer is a tad shorter. It is not much but at 6'3" I don't want a shorter shaft.
     
  3. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    Ok I did not realize that the M231 was discontinoued I looked in my 2008 shindiaiwa product guide:laugh::dizzy::hammerhead: So I am also concidering an echo PAS230 since I could also dethatch with it,

    BTW for those of you who know how it the echo dethather attachment
     
  4. Tennesseepowerstroke

    Tennesseepowerstroke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    If I were going with the Echo, I would buy the PAS 260 for the extra power when trimming and edging.
     
  5. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    It will be a spare edger I have a realy nice redmax edger but if it is in the shop i will need a back up and I allready have 2 trimmers
     
  6. Tennesseepowerstroke

    Tennesseepowerstroke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    My M231 became my backup trimmer today. I found a dealer with a couple of new T270 Shindaiwa trimmers. He now only has one.
     
  7. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    Nicee :):) Tell me how you like it after you get to use it
     
  8. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    Also looking in to a Husqvarna 128LD
     
  9. Cuttinitclose

    Cuttinitclose LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,015

    Why? You have 2 trimmers already and this isnt a Kombi type machine is it?
     
  10. Tennesseepowerstroke

    Tennesseepowerstroke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    I got the chance to use it today. It has a lot better power to weight ratio than the M231. It seems to take a minute or two to warm up. My M231 is ready to go when you start it. I had considered going with a Stihl trimmer but wanted to stay away from the 4 mix. I don't think I will ever look back. I like the Stihl products but a lot are not commercial rated [300 hours]. Stihl doesn't make it very easy to find out which ones are.
     

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