Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cajuncutter, Apr 23, 2001.

  1. cajuncutter

    cajuncutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 626

    Ok I just coughed up 5 Ben's for the redmax eb7000..so here I go..I need some ideas for a decent back up weed wacker that is inexpensive. Any ideas??? Is the Home depot echo special good for a back up or to be run an average of 2 to 3 hours a week?? I really do not want to blow another mother load on a small piece of equipment right now due to the fact that I am fixing to get another 36" walk behind and a Shindaiwa AH230 stick hedge trimmer ( oh god my wife is going to be bent at me)yes wife will have a major fit!! Throw me some input on the mass produced junk that is decent out there!!

  2. steve's lawn care

    steve's lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    shindawa is the only way to go Echo seem to be very tempermental or if not try a Red Max I would not go with anything else but those two.
  3. leaflawnandlimb

    leaflawnandlimb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198


    My dealer seals the echo srm-2100 for the same price as home cheapo and sets it up, starts it and throws in a six pack (oil not the good stuff) Last one I bought was $199, als I'm still using one everyday that is going on it's fourth season. I think the echo's give you the most bang for your buck.
  4. Double D

    Double D LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    If you have an old trimmer around, or can get one, Kawasaki has a $60 trade in that is good through the end of the month. I got the 22.5cc trimmer for about $220 after the $60 credit. I use this as my main line trimmer and love it. Very light weight, and fires up on the second pull every time. Just my 2 cents. If your wife needs to vent, let me know, I will give you my wife's number and they can talk about us to each other. LOL
  5. oneEXMARKfan

    oneEXMARKfan Banned
    Messages: 254

    (I would only buy Shindaiwa).........but I do have several friends that have had good luck with the Makita trimmers. (What I consider cheap)
  6. leaflawnandlimb

    leaflawnandlimb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    The makita trimmers are made by robin so they should be half way decent, but I didn't think they were very cheap in price.
  7. oneEXMARKfan

    oneEXMARKfan Banned
    Messages: 254

    About 235.......I call it cheap....Alot cheaper than a 79 dollar Homelight in the long run (not that anyone here did/would recommend 1......just a point)
  8. cajuncutter

    cajuncutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 626

    Double D I may take you up on that LOL.. She just got home and I told her about the shin AH 230..she is not happy with me right now lol..I borrowed one from a buddy of mine and fell in love..they sit right here on the floor next to my as I surf :D Anyway she has no idea I am looking for a weed wacker hehehehe so maybe we exchange numbers lol..

    Anyway thanx for the input...the echo is sounding promissing...
  9. NoDownTime

    NoDownTime LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    red max has always worked for me, they are expensive but worth it, I agree with EXMARK it is better to buy a nice piece of equipment now that will last, instead of replacing a cheaper one once a year.
  10. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    this is a backup? if you already have a strong main trimmer like echo or whatever u prefer, why get a top of the line for a back up? for back up why not get a "dept store brand" trimmer. for example craftsman, this is only while main one is in shop right? wouldnt a draftsman $89 trimmer do for 2 days every once in a great moon while main is in shop?

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