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Trimmers, WHAT TO BUY???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GreenMachine102, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. GreenMachine102

    GreenMachine102 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    I need a new trimmer, what should I buy, it will be used commerially which is better made, longer lasting, lighter etc.????
  2. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

  3. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I recommend Stihl. Just got a new FS 85 the other day.
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    My Stihl has been good so far (FS80 new a year ago) and the 3 y.o. Echo SRM2400 I got used last fall runs fine. I recently got a Shindaiwa T-18 from a homeowner, very clean and well kept, very lightweight and well balanced, my eyes popped when he told me he got it in 1990! It's been worked on a bit, but my only complaints (I'm sure they've been resolved 13 yrs later) are it floods easily when starting and the cutting head is awkward to spool and it bumps to easily, oh and no line cutter on the sheild. I like using it better than I do the Stihl, which now feels heavy! The Shinny doesn't have as much power as the Stihl. I don't know what the new Shinny's are like, but this one surprised me at it's age, and I like using it more than the Stihl, 12 years older- go figure.
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    I run Stihl FS 85RT. The trimmer is just a little over a year old and it was pretty decent, but since last august, I've been having problems with it. My trimmer is really moody, especially in hot weather. I used to think the hot weather helped things because there was a time when it would start on 2 pulls. Now, all it does is die if you flip it up for edging for a long period of time, then it floods, and then you can't get it started again. More importantly, it takes about 5 pulls to start and with 95-100 degree weather here, I'm not really into yanking my brains out trying to get it started when I'm tired and want to go home, plus it makes you look like and ----- when people see you're having equipment troubles. The verdict : Buy a Redmax or Shindaiwa. I've just been through so much BS with the thing I don't want anyone else to go through it. I'd sell it, but my dealer is great and I wouldn't get much for it, plus I have the edger attachment for it as well. Whenever I break down, my Stihl dealer takes care of me right away. I'd say go with whatever you can get a good dealer relationship with.
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Scag48, your carb is dirty and needs adjusted, try new air filter and spark plug as well (cheap but helps)
  7. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Echo 260's

    They will run without any service for 2 to 3 years, then they become throw aways.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I used to think that Echo was the best for the past 9 years we've been in business. But the 2 we purchased this year will not cold start easily at all (probably because you can't adjust the carb) any more.

    Someone told me that Redmax and Shindaiwa made good ones though
  9. CS Lawns

    CS Lawns LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 92

    Red Max!

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