Which is the best to buy?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Awesome Lawn, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. Awesome Lawn

    Awesome Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Just starting out and I need to buy a new trimmer and need some advice as to which is the best to get. I am considering a Stihl fs110 or fs130r. The 110 retails for $349 and the 130 retails for $399. Is it worth the extra $50 for the 130? The other option is an Echo brand. Need some input as to which is the better brand for commercial use.

    thanks for your help!:usflag:
    Awesome Lawn
  2. Kel Klip

    Kel Klip LawnSite Member
    from fl
    Messages: 78

    I like the echo cause I'm tall and echos longer far as the size goes get the big one you may need that extra power one day.
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  3. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    I've got a Stihl FS90R and Echo SRM 210. The Stihl has plenty of power for heavier trimming, but I like the Echo better for everyday trimming. I want a Redmax TR2301s because it only weighs a little over 9 lbs., but there is no dealer near me. I ordered one online and dealer said they would ship it next day. About 2 weeks later, I call them and they tell me they don't have any in stock.

    I would go with a light trimmer for everyday trimming because a heavy more powerful trimmer can start to wear you out. If you have the money, buy both.

    JABBERS LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 459

    The FS 90R is what you should be looking at plenty of power.
  5. Awesome Lawn

    Awesome Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Thank you all for your input. It really helps!

    Awesome Lawn
  6. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,892

    FS 80 or a Redmax.
  7. KuttinKyle

    KuttinKyle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    i have an echo srm225. its great, its got plenty of power and its only $220

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    If you go stihl get either the FS-80R or FS-250R. The 4-mix trimmers are junk imo. The blowers are ok but stick with two stroke units. They are tried and true.
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I don't care what anyone says, the 4-mix engines in the stihl equipment are great engines. They have been out for years and many people who don't like them, had a bad experience many years ago, or just don't even give them a try. I love my 4-mix engines. The 110 should have plenty of power for daily trimming and heavy growth. If you get too big of one, it could become a little heavy for daily trimming.
  10. ecoguy

    ecoguy LawnSite Member
    from Duncan
    Messages: 234

    Have you guys heard of the Lehr Propane trimmers? They run on those small propane canisters - the kind you'd use to power your camping stove or bbq. One canister supposedly lasts for 2hours. I've used the Echo and its great, especially the line feed, but the Lehr is more Eco Friendly...

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