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Which hedge trimmer, Echo HC160, Shindaiwa DH230 or Kawasaki 600A

joed

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Toronto, Canada
I have narrowed my search for a new hedge trimmer down to these 3 models. Can anyone share their experiences with the models to help me finalize my choice. Thanks:

1. Echo HC160
24" double sided blade
21.1cc, 0.9 hp engine
12.2 lbs
$529 Canadian

2. Shindaiwa DH230
24" double sided blade
22.5 cc, 1.1 hp engine
12.2 lbs
$545 Canadian

3. Kawasaki 600A
24" blade
22.5 cc, 0.9 hp engine
12.6 lbs
$569 Canadian
 

BSDeality

LawnSite Silver Member
those prices seem outright outrageous to me. i'll have to check, but i believe i bought my DH230 for $290 USD. Your price is $410USD! I've been pretty happy with my DH230. i payed it off in 2 days of light trim work last season.
 

luke125

LawnSite Member
Location
Huntsville, Al
it seems like your best bet for the money is the shindaiwa

i have a kaw. and redmax's (same as shin) 2 cycle products . and their both real good engines. i have never used the echo's engine so i couldn't say anything about them but have heard their pretty crappy.
 

premier lawn care

LawnSite Member
Location
Tx
Kawi all the way! We have had Echo, Stihl, and Shindawa and non come close to the Kawi! We have 5 and could not be happier. Do yourself a favor and buy it, test it, and in the case you don't like it return it! Kawi hand held products have a no ?'s asked 10 day return policy. Ask your dealer or look on their web sit. Good Luck
 

Doc Pete

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
New Jersey
Since I've used those chainsaw style machines for years, spend the extra money on a mid shaft trimmer. they will do anything the chainsaw style will do and 100 other things much better, too.
DP

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Fareway Lawncare

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Canada
Joe, check out the Echo HC2410.....40" bar single sided... a personal favorite that's sitting next to a semi-retired 1600. Once you get the hang of a long bar single there's no going back!

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1acreplus

LawnSite Member
Location
Minneapolis, MN
So why is a single better? I'm just guessing, but less reciprocating mass == less fatigue?
 

Fareway Lawncare

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Canada
They take some getting used to, especially if you trained on a double but the offset handle gives the singles much better balance & the fact that the handle is actually on the blade gives the operator excellent control. They actually feel like an extension of your arm after some practice. The added bar length is also a bonus...I believe the max bar on a double sided is 30".
 
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