Weedeater types??

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by BotetourtBoy3, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    I used to be an adamant Echo guy for everything, until I tried out a Kawasaki 26 cc trimmer two years ago. They rock! And they're deceptively quieter than most of the rest, making it seem that they're not as 'powerful', but actually they are. Now I've got their larger backpack blower, too.
  2. vermonta

    vermonta LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 87

    I had and still have several different kinds of small equipment and it depends what my needs are at the time, the dealer (very important) likes & dislikes of the help, repair/cost history etc.

    Right now I have one 750 Echo b/p blower and last year bought two BR600 Stihl's and love them. I have some older Echo's for backup but usually buy a couple of new ones every two years, depending on how they stand up.

    My Stihl/Echo/Husky/Jonsereds etc. dealer is great because even though he is about 35 miles away he has great customer service, will talk a deal when I go there and always gives me the straight scoop on how things hold up and what in his opinion is the best bang for the buck. I don't like people that tell you what ever is on sale is the best simply because its on a promotion deal and it might benefit them in the short term. My dealer looks at the long term and wants me to come back because of the service I get when I go there.

    MY dealer :walking: the walk not just talk the talk
  3. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    trimmer! Echo. Straight shaft. curved is for losers.
  4. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    I's have to say that Echo trimmers and other equipment have never let me down.
  5. vermonta

    vermonta LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 87

    :clapping: Curved shaft are for homeowners and/or real short people:laugh:
  6. WoodChucker

    WoodChucker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10


    When I said "precut" I should have said precut by me!

    For less than $35, I can get a 3# (840ft) spool of Husqy .095 spiral titanium line.
    I slide the end of the line into a length guage (a small length of 1/2" PVC plastic schedule 40 water pipe) and then clip it off at the edge of the tube with a pair of "dikes" (electricians side cutter pliers).

    For the Swisher string mower, I get a 1# spool of >.155 Oregon aramid core square line, and do the same process using a PVC tube guage cut for that length.

    If I could afford to buy those cute little tubes of store bought precut line, I would not be working this hard!

  7. lawn1234

    lawn1234 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Straight shaft only.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    my dealer told me that some big companys buy curved sharf because their guys beat the crap out of equippment aand they are much cheaper to replace than a strait shaft
  9. bighaydenslawn

    bighaydenslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    I love my Stihl straight-shaft FS 55 R, and plan on getting a Stihl FS 80 R, i love the cut and simplicity.
  10. sulcl

    sulcl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Straight Shaft only. Agree with MJStrain less pressure on the back. Also, if doing ditch lines your reach is alot better and you can hold the trimmer with one hand doing them.

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