Stihl HS 81T Hedge Trimmer vs Shindaiwa DH2510

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Talon1189, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. Talon1189

    Talon1189 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I have been doing quite a bit of research on this forum for a new hedge trimmers (my first and only) and narrowed it down to a good commercial brand. I am kinda a new technology type of person and decided between a Shindaiwa DH251 24" and a just released new Stihl HS 81T 24" hedge trimmer. I went to 4 dealers within a 12 mile radius and had both trimmers side by side checking for comfort, weight, price, and dealer locations within the same area. Shandaiwa has an excellent reliability rating from what I have read :) Stihl just released the new lightweight HS 81T a few weeks ago :confused: The pluses for the Shandaiwa was the cutting blade, and the reliability and reputation. The pluses for the Stihl was the new 3 position handle, 1 pound 3 onces lighter in weight, reputation, price $20.00 lower, and more dealers in my area. The price around my area is $459.00 for the Shindiawa vs $439.00 for the Stihl HS 81T. The Shindiawa felt heavy to me at 12 pounds 8 onces compaired to a better balanced and lighter Stihl hedge trimmer listed at 11 pounds 5 onces with a floor price of $439.00 :) The dealer would not move off either price :nono: so bye bye. I went to a dealer 5miles from my house from a reputable dealer and friend recommended. He said I could buy the Stihl HS 81T from him for $409.00 + tax :) I decided to go with the Stihl trimmers because of better price, dealer location, lighter weight, Stihl reputation, and the 3 position handle :) Hope I don't regret it later :laugh: I just received the Stihl HS 81T today and will report back after I used them a few times :clapping: Any feedback on either name brands of hedge trimmers would be appreciated :cool2: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Talon
  2. davhul

    davhul LawnSite Member
    from Gray,Ga
    Messages: 51

    I like the new filtration on the stihl Hs81t.The T stands for trimming model. And there is a Hs81R version for heavy pruning and rejuvenation.
  3. hillndale

    hillndale LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 214

    Probably a little late for feedback, since you have already made your purchase. I too am researching hedge trimmers. I spoke to the Stihl rep at a recent dealer open house & he was really pushing the new 81T. He was pushing weight, balance, multi position handle etc. I visited another very reputable and knowledgable repair & sales shop and they really liked the older HS80 series. They haven't seen the new 81's yet and kinda poo-poohed um 'cause they are too new. This particular place loves the Stihl FS 85 grass trimmer, claiming it's one of the best engines Stihl has done, although a tad dirty. He said the HS80 is basically the same engine. Up here the 81T for me would be $424.+ tx.

    Over on the Lawnsite/Tanaka forum the buzz is all about the THT 210S. Light weight, 26" double sided blade, swivel handle, good balance, low vibration, quiet, yada yada yada, for $349.

    I haven't checked into the Shindaiwa. The lower weight is definately a plus with a HT purchase. I have all Stihl stuff 'cept my RedMax 7001. It's all expensive & service for Stihl is funky here right now as Stihl recently re-assigned dealers, so they aren't nearly up to speed. In fact I just drove 270 miles round trip to get a part & install it on my Stihl 031 ChainSaw. I'll only allow a specialist to touch this saw. It's an antique don't ya know. Runs awesome.

    Hey good luck---tell us that Trimmer works out. I'm Stihl lookin':waving:

  4. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    I have owned the Stihl HS80 , Hated it. The Shin DH230 , Great machine, a little heavy , but runs very smooth and cuts through really thick branches with ease. Also very tough and reliable. But for running 10 hour days I prefer my Tanakas . And I have a Little Wonder ( they have Echo engines) that is about as good as the Stihl HS80.
  5. hillndale

    hillndale LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 214

    Which Tanaka?

  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    should have bought redmax hedgetrimmers-the best
  7. Talon1189

    Talon1189 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I did look at the RedMax.......they are too heavy with a 24" double cut blade :weightlifter: Light weight was extremely high on my priority list :) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Talon
  8. ThirdDay

    ThirdDay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    The Echo HC-150 is lightweight and they have worked great for us for years!
  9. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    They are heavy and the one 45 model is lighter but has a super small fuel tank...personally, the best trimmer I have found, and the one I use is the echo HC 150 from is the same weight as the 45 but has double the fuel one can go from 30 to 45 minutes on a tank to 1 to 1.5 hours...It has super sharp double sided double recriprocating blades and cuts very well...I like it better than the stihl...
  10. Talon1189

    Talon1189 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Any other opinions? Thanks! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Talon

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