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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Tturfcare, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. Tturfcare

    Tturfcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I have a couple questions about the two cycle industry. I am looking into buying a new trimmer. I have a SRM 210 Echo right now but its showing its age. Any advice on which i should get.... Echo, Stihl, Redmax

    Also does having a edger save you guys a lot of time?
  2. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,445

    100% hands down for Stihl - I like the FS80 and FS90 ....If you have a good Stihl dealer pretty close - go for it. Good luck bud.

  3. Leaf Jockey

    Leaf Jockey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    Everybody has their favorites. If others will be using it then find something durable. Some units have loose cables that can snag on stuff. Some have flimsy throttle levers that can catch on, well, loose cables on other trimmers. Exposed plug wires, air filter covers that just "snap" on and small fuel tanks are things I try to avoid.
    If you are the only one using it then these things matter less because you will treat it nice.
    I also believe its best to find a good dealer first. Even the best trimmer is worthless if your dealer won't give you a loaner.


    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,169

    I like ECHO....but try several and buy what you like and what your local dealer sells and services.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,449

    There are very few straight two stroke engines left.....I would stick with Echo and buy before they go to the one ring design...new stuff has a high faiure rate for awhile.
  6. Tturfcare

    Tturfcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    hey a guy told me that stihl is going to discontinue they fs 80

    TTPRODR LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    shindaiwa 100% hands down !!!!!!!!!cant go wrong with shindy's!!!!!!!!
  8. DiGGz

    DiGGz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I must agree. My Sthils had trigger and carb issues constantly after half a season. I went with shindaiwa 261 models for my trimmer and edger and they have been perfect. Real strong and quick to start.
  9. joshco84

    joshco84 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 411

    shindiawa is the only way to go.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,449

    I think that is the only one left that they have tinkered with........no good reports come out of our local dealer on Shindawaw--T270 was the last good unit they built.

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