Trimmer suggestions (DFW,TX worker ready)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SJacobs, May 22, 2005.

  1. SJacobs

    SJacobs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    OK. I just started up my own lawn business thing. So far it's going OK, but I've decided I need a stronger, more reliable trimmer. My current one is a homelite easy touch. It cuts great and I've had it for years, but its a gas trimmer that starts up with a rechargable battery. Unfortunately the battery is going bad. So I went to Home Depot yesterday and bought an Echo GT-200R. I used it today and I really don't care for the comfort of it. It seems too small and I really hate the huge shield. Also it doesn't seem any more powerful than my Homelite. So I'm going to take it back. I was wondering what I should exchange it for? Are the Toros and Ryobi any good? I want something really powerful for under $200 that will not let me down. Also I'm thinking about getting a bump spindle spool weedeater, I haven't used one in years. Do they work better these days? And are the straight shaft trimmers any better? They seem really long considering I'm only 5'6". Thanks! Also if anyone in the DFW area needs a good employee with a lot of experience, let me know. I speak good English and have plenty experience in the hot texas sun.
  2. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    If you're going to buy it at home depot get the echo srm 230 it's only about $30 more than you want to spend and plenty powerful.
  3. SJacobs

    SJacobs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    but i dont wanan spend over 200 and it doesn't necessarily have to be home depot. i just feel i can get more for under 200 than what i got.
  4. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    Just bear in mind that with commercially used equipment, you get what you paid for.
    I, personally, can't image a decent hand held gas trimmer for $200.00 but whatever works I guess.
    My cheap Shindawas were almost $300.00 a piece and I only got two years out of them.
    I would recommend Stihl. I have seven right now with an eighth soon to be added. The crew likes the power, weight and I like the longevity and production.
    By the time taxes and extra line is thrown in, expect to pay around $350 or so for the smaller 85 series.
  5. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Messages: 859

    can't you get an srm 210 for $200? Seems to me mine was 199 if I remember correctly.
  6. Texas Mowem

    Texas Mowem LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 59

    Your profile says ya been in bus 11 years. We should be asking you what trimmer to buy.
  7. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    I'd recommend using the Homelite until you can save up and buy a real trimmer. Once you get used to the productivity and ease of use of a genuine commercial trimmer, you'll wish you'd done it a long time ago.
  8. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    $200 or $230 what's the difference? What the hell do I know, just go buy a curved shaft craftsman for $90 and have fun. Buy 2 of them and have a back up.
  9. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    Exchange that Echo curved shaft for the straight shaft srm200(or srm210, whatever it is) and you'll notice a big difference. The srm200 is $199 at HD, if I'm not mistaken.
  10. KrisD

    KrisD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I could use an experienced employee. We work in N.E. Tarrant County. Email me if you are interested.

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