Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by J Dawg, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. J Dawg

    J Dawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I'm looking at next year buying a new trimmer (seeing as my current one is a echo Gt 2200 curved shaft that has had a lot of use.) I'm looking at buying a good quality trimmer that I will get years out of. I will be mostly doing standard trimming around beds, sidewalk, and so-on. however would like enough power to go through tough weeds if need be. Im looking at

    Stihl FS 90r
    Echo srm 265
    Red Max BCZ2460s
    Shindaiwa T242.

    I like the echo because of the luck with the 2200 i have, the warranty, and the dealer support. However I like the red max because i have used a red max a couple of times and the same dealer that sells the echo sells red max as well. I like the stihl because it has less emissions, but it looks uncomfortable. I'm so confused :confused: . Any advice would be most helpful! :)
  2. vanncann

    vanncann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    You can't go wrong buying Tanaka!!!
  3. Chevy z71

    Chevy z71 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,052

    Fs 90r if not go with the redmax.
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Yur gunna get 100 different answers. I love my Echos
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  5. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,336

    Fs90 followed by redmax. I would get out of the business before I would go back to using an echo trimmer, and since the own shindaiwa its out too lol.
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  6. J Dawg

    J Dawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I notice that some trimmers have a steel shaft and some have a cable shaft. Is there a big difference between them? Also I heard that with 4 stroke machines you get less power per cubic centimeter than in 2 stroke engines. is that true, if so, is it a huge difference? Thanks for all the replies! :)
  7. J Dawg

    J Dawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Thanks for the advice, I'm now looking at a TBC 255pf by tanaka.
  8. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,176

    I love my echo equipment,stihl are echo are great that is what i run and the 225 is what i have it's a light weight trimmer 21cc i do general trimming and use it as a edger and its good the 265 and fs 90r are two great choices there.
  9. mowandblow1980

    mowandblow1980 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    Redmax. Steel shaft will be stronger than the cable. You might want to look at the BCZ2460TS. Thats the high torque version.
  10. Chevy z71

    Chevy z71 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,052

    Or a kawaski they have alot of power and super light.

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