Trimmer and Blower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bonddude, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. bonddude

    bonddude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    The time has come that i need to upgrade. Im looking forward to purchasing a new trimmer and backpack blower. All the big brands (echo, stihl, shindaiwa, redmax) are offered within 5 minutes of my house so dealer support isn't so bad. With so many choices it seems whenever i think i have my mind made up, I find another one that seems better.:hammerhead:

    So basically Im looking for the most powerful blower I can get at the best deal I can get. My stihl dealership is really firm on their prices but I got him down to $480 for the br600. My echo dealer has the pb-755 and I got him down to $430 for that, although i havn't heard rave reviews on it like the stihl it does offer a 5 year warrentee. As for the redmax and shindaiwa I havn't looked much into price for them but the shindaiwa eb8520 seems like it is the most powerful out of all of them. But it seems everyone like the redmax 8001 the most. Which lo and behold is probably the most expensive.

    Trimmer wise they seem to all have great features. Mainly im looking for a trimmer that has a solid shaft (strait shaft also) and is reliable. In all im looking to try and keep it all under $750 for the blower and trimmer. What should i get? :cool2:
  2. Cuttinitclose

    Cuttinitclose LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,015

    BR 600 and FS 90R = $800 + tax. Over your range but well worth it.
  3. bonddude

    bonddude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    That was the first combination I had in mind. I'd like to stay single branded, but it seems like shiny trimmers are the way to go with their speed feed head. Although I'd much rather buy american made, even though i dont think one of the big brands are american, maybe echo is...
  4. woodmedic

    woodmedic LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 21

    Stihl is built in Virginia Beach VA.
  5. bonddude

    bonddude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    I think that makes my decision then. A br-600 for sure, but trimmer wise should i get the rx100 fs90 or fs110?
  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    bond, pick up the smallest red max trimmer, litterally, go to the dealer and hold it, you will buy it on the spot. The thing rips and is 9 pounds. I bought a new straight shaft Echo (somewhere in the middle for size) just last year. The end of last year I discovered the new for 08 smallest red max trimmer. I forgot the model but its in my sig. The echo sits in the garage, Ill put a metal blade or something on it... The red max has WAY more power and seriously weighs what feels like half. You got to see the thing to belive how small it is. It's like a red apple on the end of a trimmer shaft. When they developed it they centered around simple and minimalist design elements... Oh and I have an 8001 blower.
  7. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    The Stihl BR 600 and FS 100RX would be my first choice. I have the BR 600, and it's wonderful. The FS 100RX is VERY light and has TONS of power. I can't wait to sell my RedMax TR2300S to get one.

    But, for your price range, the Echo PB-755ST and Shindaiwa T242 would be great too. The Echo is a very good blower, but doesn't have quite the power of the BR 600. The Shindaiwa T242 is from what I have heard an awesome little trimmer that has plenty of power for normal use. It's very light too.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    The fs90, fs100, and the fs110, those are not trimmers!
  9. Cuttinitclose

    Cuttinitclose LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,015

    They FS 90R is more power than I need for a while and I'll be picking up a BR 550 or BR 600 soon. Great products from what I hear.
  10. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    I've got a 755 blower and love it. No problems out of it whatsoever. I've had it about 2 years. It is very powerful. I haven't run a Stihl BR600, but I hear they are really nice--lighter, less fuel, and more wind.

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