Trimmer Advice Needed

Acute Cut

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Bellingham WA
I know i never see any words of love for tanaka, but i love them. I have one, 7mm shaft driven, 41 cc motor (I think, i am not a mechanic, use my dealer alot) but i know it kicks but. Here is my modo. BIGGER!<p>With the biggest most comfortable trimmer in your hands you can never run into the problem of not having too little power. My new trimmer is gonna be 18 lbs. Who cares? It just means ill get stronger. My old one, which still runs perfectly, is 15 lbs. Tanaka is the brand for me. I used to use echo, but they have nothing that interests me with the power i want. <p>Second note: Dont get the bullhorn models. I personally cant stand them. It makes it very difficult to line trim an edge. Go to your dealer and ask for the biggest trimmer (NON bull handle) to demo. Try it. Better to have too much power than too little. AND, with the big models you never have to upgrade like i hear MANY of the other postee's doing. Know what i mean. <br>Have a good one ya'll.
 

rixtag

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Lehi Ut
I have heard alot of good things about maruyama? and redmax both very popular in utah. I am interested in what you all think about Toro Proline trimmers?<p>Thanks ahead of time
 

AB Lawn Care

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Ontario
I will be honest with you Grassroots.I have never used a shin or echo.But what I can tell you is that I have been useing sthil 6 years now.Every peice of sthil equipment I have bought in that 6 years is still running and might I add running AWSOME.My first trimmer (FS 76) like I said is still running awsome it has run 6 years now.If I where you I would buy the FS 80.I also own one of those.But it is $80 more WHY BUY IT?Becouse it will out last those lighter models.If that trimmer only lasts 1 more year than the others than it would be worth it!The other guys are right,Sthil has a life time warranty on that shaft and also the straight solid shaft.And trust me the sthil may be a little heavier than the others but your arms will get use to it in no time flat.HEY maby you will get arms the size of tree trunks from that little extra weight!LOL!Hope this will help.<p>P.S. southside-you took my words right out of my mouth!<p>----------<br>from:Adam<br>AB Lawn Care
 
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Grassroots

LawnSite Member
Thanks for the advice Adam. I think we are going to go with Stihl. Most of the people I've talked to have been split half and half on whether they like they Echo and Shins but everyone I've talked to has liked their Stihl. <p>----------<br>Mike Reynolds,<br>Grass Roots Lawn Care (Fla)
 

AB Lawn Care

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Ontario
I glad to have helped out!Give me an email any time you need advice!I my not allways have an answer but I like to help when I can!<p>----------<br>from:Adam<br>AB Lawn Care
 

mowerman90

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Spring Hill, FL
I've been using an Echo 2501 cable drive since 1992. Do over 70 lawns a week with it and it still runs like a top. Last year I purchased an Echo 2601 solid shaft (the 2501's replacement) for $299. It's just as powerful, yet lighter and easier to handle. So far I haven't had any problems with it either. This particular model Echo has 4 bolts holding the jug on the crankcase, while the Stihl has just 2. Common sense says 4 is better that 2 any day.
 

Jason

LawnSite Senior Member
I have a new Shindaiwa T270 that works great, tons of power. That's my frontline trimmer. But I also have a Stihl FS36. It's a homeowner unit that I inherited from my father. Not sure of the age, but think it's 10 years old. That old Stihl runs like a top, never been any problems. Sure it never got the day in day out use of commercial duty, but it has been a good trimmer. It's very light has decent power for it's size. Don't like the curved shaft though. Plus the Shindy flat out eats it for lunch. But it does make a nice backup.
 

Flex-Deck

LawnSite Silver Member
Mike, I bought a 350G John Deere 9 years ago and it was made by Echo. The head consistantly advances string, and dirt does not seem to clog it. It is still running like a charm and it get used. I don't know how many cc's and such but it is a commercial grade.
 

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