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Trimmer with wheels opinions needed...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lloyd at work, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Lloyd at work

    Lloyd at work LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I must have somehow typed this whole thing wrong...I would like some more opinions on the walkbehind trimmers themselves not how to cut the grass (I know all about the guard removal and extended string plus I carry my leatherman at all times, which you should invest in). I need to know if if the walkbehind trimmer works well on banks and if it saves time on open areas that a regular mower can not reach (no obstacles like fences,etc...) Just plain open areas that a self propelled mower can not reach or is to high for that takes a long time with a weedeater ... please someone who owns one or has owned one reply ......... Thank You!
  2. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I'm interested in this question, too.
  3. Mowing with Muscle

    Mowing with Muscle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Nothing is more effective and practical than a handheld trimmer. Mow with muscle!
  4. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I bought one of these a while back for my wife. She said she wanted to help with the trimming around our house. She has used it a few times, but not that much. I'm still doing most of the trimming :laugh: with the handheld.
    Out of curiosity, I tried it the other day on a very overgrown ditch. It has plenty of power (something like 6 hp), even running the 22 inch line, and it whacked down the 2 foot tall weeds, including some blackberry canes, with very little trouble. Changing the trimmer line was easy.
    The problem is it was kind of hard to push around because the ditch was very rough (it hardly ever gets cut). It cut through the tall weeds better than my FS 85, since it has way more power, but it was harder to maneuver. Kind of a tossup between those two, but maybe with the nod going to the big wheel trimmer in that application, mostly because of more power in the really tall weeds.
    I'm thinking the FS 250 would be better for most rough ditches because of lots of power and better maneuverability.
    I think the wheeled mower would probably be best in areas with tall weeds/grass, but smooth slopes. In that situation, it might be the best bet.

    The other advantage to the wheeled mower is you don't have to hold it up - for older people or those with limited upper body strength/bad backs, it might be worthwhile.

    For most things, though, I'd guess the FS 250 is king. I've never run one, but I hear it is a monster on overgrown right-of-ways.

    There is probably a reason you don't see crews using big wheeled trimmers and that you see lightly used ones for sale very cheaply!

    If anyone else has experience with these, I'd like to hear what you think - I've only used ours for that one ditch so far.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Even An FS 110 is going to have that much more power over an FS85 any day.

    But ya, if your doing a lot of ditch/brush work, step up to the 250 and call it a day.

    As for the string and guard, I use a brush cutter guard on my FS90 and have taken the bottom skirt off the guard. This way I can let the line out as far as I want and still have a guard on the head. The line runs just below the guard.

    And with your comment about power and letting the string out too far, just cut it off it you get too much or find an old fence post or stump and grind it off.

    I think you'll be frustrated with a walk-behind in all honesty.

  6. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,205

    String trimmers with wheels are great for rough trail maintenance. Now if you could just figure out how to hook a Velke to it. :cool2:
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2012

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