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Stihl 94r/111rx vs. Maruyama B300l

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Good evening I’m a new member and this is my first post, but looking for some help and advice. So I’m sure this is in the wrong section and there’s been a million responses to older threads…

I’m a solo owner/operator as a side business and looking for a new main every day use trimmer. I currently run a Stihl 90r, have had it for several years and have had zero issues with it but it’s heavy and dosent swing like an echo SRM-225. I save the 90r for thicker stuff or brush cutting with a blade these days. My every day “run around” a house trimmer is a Echo SRM-225 and it’s been trouble free. Light weight, reliable, and parts when needed are cheap and easy to get. Down side to the Echo is it obviously lacks power when you get into thicker stuff “I run it with no guard”. Main thing is I don’t want to go back to the trailer to get a bigger trimmer to finish the job.

I’ve gotten the new trimmer narrowed down to either a Stihl 94r, 111rx, or Maruyama B300L.

I’ve handled the Echo 2620, Stihl 94r, and Maruyama b300L. “Haven’t touched a 111rx yet”. The Maruyama felt the lightest and most comfortable and has a solid shaft in case the 90r dies and I need to run a blade.

I do like all of my Stihl stuff and have had great experiences with Echo, but the Maruyama is very interesting. My main concern is dealer warranty fulfillment and parts availability if I need to work on it myself “which I can easily do”.

Also I’m not against trying different brands, but have a solid Stihl dealer right around the corner, Echo is 45 minutes, and two Maruyama dealers about 45 as well…. But no Husky or Redmax within reason, big box only for Husky.

I appreciate any help or advice with my struggle!
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I have both the Maruyama b30L and Stihl fs94r trimmers. The Maruyama is around5-7 yrs old and going on 2 full seasons with the stihl.

The Maruyama has been very reliable with no issues and , so far, no issues with
the Stihl. The Maruyama is slightly heavier and slightly more powerful, though neither of those facts make a difference in which trimmer I pick up to use. I like both trimmers and use both about the same!

I mainly bought the Stihl from one of the local dealers because the owner of the local Maruyama dealership passed away and I didn’t know if they would remain open after that.

i have quite a few Maruyama trimmers and blowers and they have been very reliable so dealer and parts availability have not been a concern for me! My oldest piece, a bc3020 trimmer which is at least 15 years ol, still starts and easily and runs well with no parts ever needing replaced…except for the starter rope once!

No issues with the Stihl so far! Not crazy about the gas spraying out when you loosen gas cap and the sometimes inconsistent starting…(from 1-5 pulls) though it has never failed to start!
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