STIHL FS 110 or shindaiwa M2500 multi use trimmer....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Greenhaul lawn pro, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. Greenhaul lawn pro

    Greenhaul lawn pro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I'm just about to buy my first trimmer, I think the multi use trimmer will be a great way to save some funds in the long run. I need some advice as too which is the better all around trimmer. I think I will go with the stihl, but I hear Shindaiwa makes a comparable trimmer.
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I currently own a Stihl FS110 and can recommend it. I haven't used a Shin 2500 but have used other Shin trimmers and prefer the Stihl.
  3. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    We have both and the Stihl 4 mix has a lot more power than the Shindawia so thats what i'd have to recommend but the shindawia is still a great trimmer.
  4. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    I would go with the Stihl.
  5. green814

    green814 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    I have been looking at the shindaiwa and the stihl multi's as well. I am leaning towards the stihl since you can get the edger attachment in a straight shaft- the shindy is only available in a curved. I have 2 shindawai t230's and am happy w/ them, but I like the stihl a little better cause of the edger attachment.
    I read on another posting that w/ the new 4-mix engines you need to have adjustments made to the motor? What is the details on that for those that have the stihl 110 or shindaiwa 2500 models?
    Good luck GLP
  6. Classic

    Classic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    There are valve adjustments and other wear issues with the new 4 mix style engines.

    Personally I'm sticking with 2 cycle stuff and RedMax makes an awesome split shaft unit.

    Echo is not too bad either.

    IMHO...stay away from 4-mix!!
  7. woodmedic

    woodmedic LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 21

    There is no reason to fear the 4mix!!!! The dreaded valve adjustment everyone uses to knock them need only to be done 1 time between 50 and 100 hours and then you are set. Classic do you care to elaborate on the "wear issues" you describe? I am unaware of these.
  8. Classic

    Classic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Actually the Stihl owners manual says that you have to adjust the valves every 125 hours or so.

    There are 16 more moving parts in a 4 mix engine including valves and a valve train.These extra moving parts cause many more potential wear areas.

    I'm sticking with 2 cycle equipment thank you!
  9. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    I have the Stihl FS-110 and love it. Awesome power compared to any 2 stroke I've ever used. The valve adjustment is done every 100 hours or so and is a non-issue. I've adjusted mine and it takes all of 5 minutes to do.

    Stihl and Shindaiwa make very good tools. I prefer the Stihl equipment because of longevity. Most of my Stihl stuff is 4 years old or more and it keeps on running. I've had the FS-110 for over a year and it still runs like new. No problems at all.

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