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Which String trimmers should I buy?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by GreenMachine GT20, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. GreenMachine GT20

    GreenMachine GT20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I have 1-acre worth of property. I am looking for a powerful string trimmer. Are 4-cycle trimmers any good?
    Ed Romine
  2. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    Buy a cheap commercial trimmer. Stihl or Echo or Redmax are all good brands. Owned one of them all and have problems with one thing or another in each of them. None are perfect.
  3. totallawncare912

    totallawncare912 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    4-cycle more to work on with valves to adjust nothing is better then straight old 2-cycle IMO. Kawasaki, Shindaiwa, Redmax in that order is what i prefer
  4. ThirdDay

    ThirdDay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    We use all Echo equipment and are very happy with their products!
  5. Fubba

    Fubba LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    Stihl FS-80...hands down.
  6. GLC51

    GLC51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Echo 2 stoke 260s is what I'm using right now and I like it. I guess it depends what brands are available where you live. Kawasaki, Shindaiwa, Redmax and such aren't sold around here. Just Stihl and Echo.
  7. dfischer

    dfischer LawnSite Member
    from Il
    Messages: 114

    am using a Stihl FS75. I don't recommend it. 2 stroke, but even with a carb kit it's too cold blooded (a bit low on torque). Far worse is the tiny amount of string the spool holds. Not something you'd tend to think about, but the damn thing is always running out of string.

    I do like 2 stroke, but...

  8. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    You will do good with the $200 Echo SRM-210 sold at Home Depot.
  9. GripB

    GripB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    I second the FS-80. I have 2 acres and have had mine for 5 years with-out a single problem.
  10. RLSLandscaping

    RLSLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    redmax they are complete studs...nothing compares to the redmax trimmer...other equip sure..but not the trimmer....i've run stihl, husky, echo, and spent just over $400 for the redmax and it's a stud solid as a rock. echo is crap. stihl has great hedge trimmers and other things. husky is good also, just not for trimmers...whatever u do get a STRAIGHT shaft........

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