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To Stihl or not to Stihl

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by delphied, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    I sorta made up my mind to buy a Stihl BR600 until I found out all dealers in Michigan get to pay an extra $20.00 for one. Stihl is prolly the originator of price fixing by power equipment makers and this little deal fries my bacon. Its not much money but it is the principle. As Ive said in past threads, these companies are gouging us. These Michigan Stihl dealers shouldnt have to set their price higher than the guy across the state line.
  2. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    Huh, I wonder if that has anything to do with Stihl not selling their stuff in "the big box stores." They love saying that in all their ads.
  3. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    Are you sure its not the distributor? or maybe a tax. I find it hard to believe that Sthil would say, "ok, Michigan, add $20" However, MI may have a distributor that only covers that state and none other, or a part of another, different neighboring state; and they just charge there dealers 20$ then the others state distributors.
  4. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    What is the price$
  5. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    I wouldnt sthil. I would buy. I am allergic to jail time.

    On a serious note, I would still go with the sthil regardless. Every piece of echo Equipment has nickled and dimed me to death. My sthil stuff has been abused, left in the rain. dropped and even worse.

    My FS 80 has even been filled with rain water several times to the point of having to remove the spark plug and spin it over a few times to pump the water out and it still wont quit.

    I bought my BR420c at a pawn shop with who knows how many hours on it. I put a new plug, and air filter on it and have used it now for almost 3 years with tons of hours and no problems.
  6. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,282

    Go buy an echo 650, you wont be disappointed. Isnt the BR600 a 4cycle? I wouldnt touch anything 4 cycle from stihl after using an fs90 for the last year....
  7. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Why not? I dont even use my 2 cycle stuff anymore. I have all 4 cycle and love it all.
  8. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    The br600 is 499 in Michigan and in nearly every other state its 479. I emailed Stihl and they said they have no control over what dealers sell for since they are privately owned. That has to be a lie when all delers have the prices fixed at a certain amount. All dealers in my postal code are the same. In other states they are 20 bucks less.
  9. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,445

    It's $489 in Maine.....
  10. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    I'll agree with half of your statement.

    I hate my FS90R 4-mix trimmer. I won't buy another.

    But I have zero complaints about my BR600 and I'd buy another.

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