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So what about the ryobi trimmers? Are they good are just like any other cheap ones last a bit then need a new one. Let me know what you guys think. Just curious!! That was my first trimmer lasted a couple of years, still have it and use it every once in awhile but was wandering what you professionals thought.
 

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when i first started i bought a homelite. that thing lasted me 3 years some how. I was amazed at it. I just retired it last week cause the curved shaft was killing my back. I picked up a Shindaiwa T-230 straight shaft. it's more powerful, much better balanced, and i can get under hedges, picnic tables, etc with it.

I'm not really sure how that homelite lasted me so long, but it did, however there isn't anything like a piece of commercial equipment. investing $255 for a commercial trimmer is well worth it over risking $99 on a homeowner level and risking it.
 

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Ryobi is the same as craftsman. In fact Ryobi makes many of the craftsman tools. Along with Poulan and Murray. That should pretty much sum it up.
 

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THe Shindiawa (I think I spelled that right) T230.....is a great piece on equipment.....

Derek
 

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I bought a Ryobi when I first started. It was heavy and doggy. It had the split shaft so I had the trimmer, edger and blower. I have echo's now with no complaints. Think the Ryobi is in my shed somewhere if you want it.:D
 

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i used all shindaiwa stuff for years, no problem except they were stolen, i replaced them with kawasaki trimmers and that was the best move i made. they are extremely light with more power than the shin stuff i used. i did buy the new shindaiwa t2500 a month ago, i dont like it as good as the kawasakis, im willin to take a little hit on it if anyone wants it.
 

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I had a Roybi with a trimmer and edger attachment. Burned up in about 2 months. Had Echo and Lesco and they are good. However Kawasaki is the best i have used. Light and runs quiet.

David:)
 

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Buy comm'l grade equipment. Never go cheap on something you plan to make a living with. There is a reason why they make 2 different grades of equipment. Don't let your dollars keep chasing after equipment. Buy it once, not over and over again.
 

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My Ryobi lasted 2 years doing 3 lawns a week.

It lasted a month doing 15 lawns a week this year.

Its great for around the house but it dosent stand up with the big boys.

drobson Ryobi is the same as craftsman. In fact Ryobi makes many of the craftsman tools. Along with Poulan and Murray. That should pretty much sum it up.
I dont understand what that means drobson. I thought craftsman made the best tools around. They even replace your broken tools for free.
 

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Craftsman is certainly not commercial grade, from my experience. A craftsman mower was one of my first mowers, and had a Tecumseh engine, which I consider to the worst brand of engine I've ever used. For starters the filters were always too small, and got clogged up after a few hours of use in dry conditions.

My Ryobi blower/vac did not even last 1 season, if I remember correctly, and is now a piece of junk sitting in my back yard. I bought it because I needed a vac for leaves, and I should have gone with commercial equipment.

I've used a 26cc echo for years before it was stolen, more than any other trimmer I've had, and it gave almost no problems during the entire time, probably making it the most reliable piece of equipment I've owned. I would strongly reccomend spending the $300 or so for an Echo SRM 260 (I think that's the model number now) which I'm sure would laster you longer than 3 Ryobi's at $100 each, not to mention having more power and lighter weight. Also, it should save you money and time with very few trips to the shop.
 

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im not aware of anything manufactured by craftsman. they contract all their tool manufacturing out. hence poulan is a different color plastic,, than poulan green,,
when made for craftsman.
this to the best of my knowledge.
 
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