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Stihl FS 80 vs. Shindaiwa T 230

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NC Scaper, May 27, 2004.

  1. NC Scaper

    NC Scaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    These are the two trimmers I am down to and just wanted to see everyones input on which one to go with the shindaiwa is 20 dollars more but that will not really be a deciding factor. Any input would be great.

  2. grasshopper721D

    grasshopper721D LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I just bought a Stihl FS80 this week, so far i love it. Great power and well balanced.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I love my FS 80..a lot of power, very dependable, and put together well.
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Don't know about the shindy but, The fs80 is a good trimmer.
    We've bought 7 pieces of stihl equipment so far this year,yes we like the equipment,1 being an fs 80 and 2 others being fs85rx's.
    Does the shindy have a solid drive shaft?
    The fs80 is just a tad spongy on the acceleration compared to the fs85's with the solid shaft but nothing that is appreciable.
  5. pbm

    pbm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I have used Shindaiwa T 230's for the last 9 years out of 14 in the business and have found them to be fantastic. I find them very lite and easy to use. Although I must say out of the 4 that I have owned in that time 1 of them I was not fully happy with as it proved to be difficult to start when not completely cold but other than that I could not fault them
  6. Royalslover

    Royalslover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Shindy baby! The f230 has been my trimmer of choice for several years now. I have used several stihls. OK but the Shindy rules.
  7. mpblass

    mpblass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    I have been running t-230's since 98 with no problems. I think that they are great trimmers.
  8. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    The 230 is the smallest in their line of trimmers.

    It is lightweight and well balanced and has lots of power.

    I have 2 more of this manufacturers line, a T-27 and a T-270, their most powerful.

    No problems using them....however, I tend to pick up the 230 for regular trimming.
  9. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    go with the fs 80 i think it got more power
  10. rlmelton

    rlmelton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    they make a 22t that is smaller than the 230

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