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  • #16
    Thanks everybody

    That's one thing I don't understand when people buy stuff like this. Do you really have a guy use a string trimmer for 3 years? I don't. I keel them 2 and get new ones. Have a couple back ups. Its a tax wrote off and always good to get new equipment. It runs better and looks better on your company. Do I care if my trimmer last 5 years.... no, so why spend $500 on it when I can buy 2 that will last the 2 years I need them for $550 a piece. When you buy your guys a truck do you buy a $40,000 Chevy diesel or a $20,000 dodge gas burner? The Chevy has the power and will run longer. But you gotta keep it 8 years to get your moneys worth. The Chevy will last 5 then you get a new one.

    Maybe I read number differently.. I don't know.

    Yea, I feel the same But do want something a little more reliable. Think I'm going to compare the prices on the echo and stihl next.

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    • #17
      I have a Toro commercial power head. $100 from Home Depot. I've been beating the crap out of it for 2 years and it still runs amazingly.
      I use 3 of these myself. They work great. I got an Echo to upgrade and it stopped working after 2 months (no spark)


      Here is the Toro with the tiller attachment
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      • #18
        best brand to me

        Stihl is my only choice for all my small equipment! They always do what their supposed to for me period. middle price range, top Quality. like a fool, I haven't done anything to any of them in 3 seasons and they still start and run great.

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        • #19
          Buy Ryobi. Its the best.
          Last edited by wat5150; 04-11-2013, 05:18 PM.

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          • #20
            Buy Ryobi. Its the best.
            Couldn't agree more. With all those attachments they have for it....you could be a solo operator and get just about any project done....

            shrubs
            tirmming
            culivating
            pruning
            blower attachment

            I sold my echo to buy a few of these. I should have listened to Weekendwarrior a while ago!

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            • #21
              this year I hope to buy my dream whippersnapper .the hedgehog from black and decker .They are sweet !they are widely known to be the best !you guyz are jellyous !!!PS I got a new cord for easter

              P.S. them Ryobi's are the bomb also .

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              • #22
                Echo or Stihl is all anybody uses down here as far as commercial. I was given a husqvarna a few years ago that needed some work. I fixed it and used it 2 years and gave it to my brother in law. He still uses it on his 2 acre property. Still starts on first pull.


                The ethanol in today's gas is a killer on 2 cycle motors. I mix seafoam in all of my gas, to help with the carburetor issues from the ethanol.
                Yea just had a dealer this week tell me to use premium gas in my stihl trimmer to help the performance, but never thought about the sea foam, think I will give that a try!

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                • #23
                  I use echo. Dependable stuff. Its personal preference when you get to the good trimmers. Some say stihl, some echo, some redmax, etc. Just stay away from the troy bilt, craftsman, ryobi junk. It just wont last.
                  Could not agree more about the craftsman. Had one and did not last half way through the season. Had nothing but trouble with it and had trouble getting it serviced I said I would never have one again!

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                  • #24
                    I had a craftsman, absolutely hated the damn thing. The precut string was nothing but a pain in the ***, I mean why would you want to stop 5 times during trimming to replace the string when you can just bump the head of the trimmer and you have a whole new length of string. Also the thing vibrated so bad to the point it was unbearable to use.

                    I bought a stihl fs-90 and love it. It is a little on the heavy side like someone else said, but its pretty unstoppable. My parents just bought the kombi 110 with the string trimmer attachment, and I do believe it is slightly lighter then my 90.
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                    • #25
                      I just bought a red max for $23. Found it on craigslist. They wanted $25 for it but didnt have change for $40. So I had 3 singles and the 20 and they took it. The thing is a beast. Its a little beat up but not bad. It idles rough but when you crank it up its awesome. Gotta love craigslist. Im going to look at a pressure washer for sale about an hour away from me. Its a Generac 4 gpm and 3100 psi. Supposedly in good shape, I only saw one picture. He wanted $300 for it and I told hime Id do $250 and he said ok. Now I just have to find time to go get it. If he still has the thing it would be a major steal.

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                      • #26
                        I have a few old McCulloch straight shaft trimmers (made in the early 80's). They all run great. Some are harder to start than others but for the most part still run. Put rebuild kits, primer bulbs, fuel lines and plugs on all of them a few times. One was a brush cutter that now has a trimmer head on it.

                        Funny thing someone mentioned the power head / attachment models. A friend gave me a Craftsman (4 stroke briggs powered) 40cc (circa 2005 / 2006) powerhead with trimmer, edger and tiller attachment. Rarely used. The thing is a tank. It uses some weird precut string that needs to be kept moist. Used it for a week now and the string hasn't lost ANY length. Probably going to look into adapting a speedfeed onto it though.

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                        • #27
                          2012 Maruyama MC2621 Multi-Cutter Split-Shaft

                          2012 Maruyama MC2621

                          Multi-Cutter Split-Shaft

                          Just had to buy another because my 15 year old one was stolen. Still had my attachments so got a new power head & trimmer. Never had a problem with it and the new one starts better(choke instead of enrichment button).

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                          • #28
                            2012 Maruyama MC2621

                            Multi-Cutter Split-Shaft

                            Just had to buy another because my 15 year old one was stolen. Still had my attachments so got a new power head & trimmer. Never had a problem with it and the new one starts better(choke instead of enrichment button).
                            Maruyama is the one company I hear great things about but have never had the pleasure to use.

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                            • #29
                              There's a guya here selling a maruyama with a couple attachments. He wants like $625 for it. Kind of pricey for a used string trimmer. Sometimes people on CL get a little crazy with what they think their stuff is worth.

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                              • #30
                                There's a guya here selling a maruyama with a couple attachments. He wants like $625 for it. Kind of pricey for a used string trimmer. Sometimes people on CL get a little crazy with what they think their stuff is worth.
                                That is high, but they're not cheap. Power head&string trimmer ran $500 new and the attachments are between $250ish-375 or so. It's easy to approach and go over a grand. I will say this, before owning the first Maruyama I went through 5 or so cheap to mid range trimmers,they not only didn't they last, but I'm now spoiled with the quality.

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