sthil or shin.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by luke125, Jan 17, 2004.

  1. luke125

    luke125 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    i am looking at a stick edger and found my 2 choices
    sthil and shin.

    le260 $400 bent shaft
    fc85 $360 its a straight shaft and has a lifetime warranty on it and it probably has more torque than the others
    fc75 $310 bent shaft

    what do you think? next month i can probably get $20-$30
    off of the sthil when pro day comes around
  2. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    i wouldnt buy a bent shaft anything, to hard on the back
  3. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    I too am looking into purchasing a stick edger. Always edged with trimmers and I thought I was pritty darn good and fast with it. One day I was traveling and I stayed at this hotel. I checked out the lawncare guys doing the grass and they were using a stick edger. Man that thing flew and did a perfect job. Now I want to start using them. What are the pros and cons about straight vs curved shafts?
  4. thill

    thill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    I'm with packerbacker..... straight shaft is the only way to go.

    I have to Shins and one echo...... I would never by another echo.

    I also have 5 Shin string trimmers and three Shin hedge trimmers.

    You guess right - I would vot for a straight shaft Shin stick edger every time.

    Good Luck,
  5. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    Stihl staight shaft with the 4 Mix engine.
  6. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Shindawia, no question. No bent shaft, get straight. $400.00 is too much. I have a used 260 and a 261 for sale, PM me if interested.
  7. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    I like the stihl equipment. I use an FS85 solid shaft with the straight shaft edger attachment. It can also be used with the string trimmer head since the FS85 is sold as a trimmer. I'm looking to buy another FS85 so I can don't have to change the heads around as often. It takes about 2 minutes to change the heads. I use Echo equipment for back-up.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    What Shindawia all the way
  9. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    Flip a coin I have 7 stihl pieces of equipment and 3 shidawaws they all work great as for the bent shaft I don’t think a lot of people realize its not bent downward on edger’s its off set to the side and it is nice not to get pelted with rocks when edging.
  10. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Still bent, means less balance, less torque, more wrestling.

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