This is the only brand my dealer carries now.They are a bit higher in price but the quality is supposed to be worth it.I haven't needed to purchase any hand tools sence starting to do business with this dealer.I like what I see and will buy when in need.
I hadn't heard of them until you brought it up. I checked out their site and all I saw was a curved shaft trimmer which we don't like. The price and the warranty sound great if they had staight shaft. I see that Makita is the one that handles them in the USA. USA Makita U.S.A., Inc. Houston Office 12701 Directors Drive Stafford, TX 77477 281-565 8665 <p>----------<br>Eric@ELM<br>http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/index.html
I am not sure what their reputation with string trimmers is, but they have made chainsaws (sachs/dolmar) for a long time. One of my dealers has the chainsaws and at one time (like 1993) had a two-cycle 21" mower. He talked me into buying the last one he had ($500). Big POS, couldn't even find a blade for it, and it vacuumed everything including what looked like the top 1/2 inch of soil. It was an absolute waste of money, needless to says Sachs/Dolmar would be a hard sell to me.<p>Mowman, I understand you don't want to make a mistake and you are going to the right place for answers. Some of your earlier choices should work out better for you. Stay with a name brand, with available replacement parts. Don't kick yourself later for buying what appeared to be a deal.
2-cycle equipment is a "catch-22" Sure, there are better products out there than, say, ECHO, but after 1 or 2 years, you'll either need parts (hard to get for uncommon brands) or you need to sell. Will a uncommon brand be worth something at at re-sell 2 years from now?
I have a T230 and a T260. Love them both. If I had to have only one, I'd spend the xtra for the T260. Also, I don't like anything but professional quality, round trimming line. Storebought trimmer line costs me time. It seems to break off and weld itself quite a bit. Stihl, Tanaka and Shindaiwa trimmer line are better. I've used all three with equal success.<p>John
We have two T270's and the PB270 power broom, which is also a great machine. We have had good luck with all the Shindaiwa products. <p>----------<br>Eric@ELM<br>http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/index.html