Stihl or RedMax Trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Synergy Ground, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Synergy Ground

    Synergy Ground LawnSite Member
    from Zone 8
    Messages: 94

    Yes, I did search but didn't find any helpful post regarding these two brands. I currently run Echo Trimmers but I'm thinking of replacing them. Looking for a good strong trimmer with plenty of Torq. What do you guys recommend.
  2. vateam

    vateam LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I currently own a ECHO SRM-210 trimmer. I'm upgrading to the Stihl FS-80r. The echo has been "very" good to me but i hear great things about Stihl and have a dealer very close to me!!
  3. CowboysLawnCare

    CowboysLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    RedMax or Shindowa all the way! They are both built about the same way. I personally own all Shindowa equipment. I aint never had any problems with mine and everyone around here (Louisiana) would say the same.
  4. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,892

    I love the Stihl FS-80. RedMax is also good. They are a light too.
  5. fergman

    fergman LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 286

    redmax has went to junk pal (gear heads).... have 4 i grease alot more than your supposed to and they still tear up in no time. take the gears out and youll see there made out of cheap junk soft metal. didnt used to be that way at all,(husquavarna) bought them out......
    stihl would be the top choice for me unless you can get a shindaiwa. shindaiwa is the toughest of all from what ive seen by far.
  6. birdman0494

    birdman0494 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    stihls got real good torque on the fs 90 shindaiwas got the speed feed head so its hard to decide
  7. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 916

    That is really too bad about the Redmax going to crap. I own 2 Redmax trimmers that are 9 years old and they are still going strong, never had to have any mechanical work done on them - still have original carbs. I just run Seafoam through them to keep their insides clean. One trimmer sat for 4 years unused and I put fuel in it and it started on the third pull. They are well balanced, light, and I rarely have to use them at anything more then slightly above half throttle.

    My Stihl 4Mix on the other hand - I personally think compared to my Redmaxs its crap as a trimmer. Its not junk, its heavy, unbalanced, and the trimmer guard is fixed so you cant adjust the amount of trimmer line your running. I had a momentary brain fart when I bought it. If I bought another Stihl it would probably be a FS90.

    How are Redmax Backpack Blowers holding up since being bought out? I have two of them as old as my trimmers and they are going strong too.
  8. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    Not so, I have the guards on my FS 90 and my trimmer attachment for my KM 130 moved back. All you need to do is remove the 4 screws that hold the guard on, move it back 1 set of holes and reinstall the guard.
  9. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 916

    Hmmm I will take a look at my 4mix again. Thanks :waving:
  10. Wizz

    Wizz LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 322

    If you want 'torque' then it's the Stihl 4 Mix motors...the 4 Mix motors have plenty of torque at low/part throttle and aren't as peaky as 2 strokes. My FS110 goes through stuff at 1/3 throttle. If dealer support is equal then handle each one and see which you prefer. If looking at Stihl the FS90 or 110 are popular/good choices, either brand should do the job fine.

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