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  • Best String trimmers?

    I've tried a few different string trimmers ( craftsman, Husqvana, Troy-built) and I find the results are about the same as far as durabilty a reliability goes.

    I was wondering what does everyone think is the best? I'm currently using the craftsman, I'm not to thrilled with the 4-stroke motor but I do like the trimmer head using the pre-cut line. It's a lot faster and easier than winding up string and fighting with it when it gets hung up, even when spraying the line with PAM.

  • #2
    redmax or sthil, home owner junk just can not hold up to the abuse of commercial work, I trashed a husquvrna in one season. My dad has a sthil that is almost 15 years old and we still use it every day.

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    • #3
      i use

      Stihl FS 110-R 4 stroke
      Stihl FS 85
      Stihl FS 55

      All my trimmers are straight shafts

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      • #4
        what do think about tanaka products? heard good things about .plus they have 7 yaer warrenty on home owner 2 yaer comm.

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        • #5
          I am currently using kawasaki and they run good but you have to get the solid shaft.. the flex shafts dont hold up to commercial use. $309.00 for a 27cc solid shaft kaw, but if you want to spend more, ashindiawa or redmax are really good trimmers,just cost more..about $420.00 give or take! Also straight shafts as well! & I myself like the two strokes!

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          • #6
            I am currently using kawasaki and they run good but you have to get the solid shaft.. the flex shafts dont hold up to commercial use. $309.00 for a 27cc solid shaft kaw, but if you want to spend more, ashindiawa or redmax are really good trimmers,just cost more..about $420.00 give or take! Also straight shafts as well! & I myself like the two strokes!
            If you want a Kawasaki get it now, as this will be the last year for production of Kawasaki 2cycle stuff. As for the prices of Redmax you are a little high commercial trimmers here start at $260 for a 2360 and $300 for a 2460. Shindaiwa is now for the most part the same as Echo. As for Tanaka from what I know they are decent stuff but around here at least you can not get a warranty done as they do not have any dealer support, and I would not put them with Redmax as far as quality.
            I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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            • #7
              If you want a Kawasaki get it now, as this will be the last year for production of Kawasaki 2cycle stuff. As for the prices of Redmax you are a little high commercial trimmers here start at $260 for a 2360 and $300 for a 2460. Shindaiwa is now for the most part the same as Echo. As for Tanaka from what I know they are decent stuff but around here at least you can not get a warranty done as they do not have any dealer support, and I would not put them with Redmax as far as quality.
              are the 2360/2460 23cc & 24cc or ?? & thats a good price I was looking at a shindaiwa & redmax at the same place & they quote me arround 420 for the 27cc's...are all the commercial trimmers going to go with 4 stroke eventually?

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              • #8
                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.

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                • #9
                  Hitachi was making a string trimmer. $200 looked like a well built machine with a 7 year wsrranty . I thought about buying one but they discontinued them. I have found some on amazon new, still contemplating. Worse case is it doesn't hold up and I give it away.

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                  • #10
                    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.

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                    • #11
                      are the 2360/2460 23cc & 24cc or ?? & thats a good price I was looking at a shindaiwa & redmax at the same place & they quote me arround 420 for the 27cc's...are all the commercial trimmers going to go with 4 stroke eventually?
                      You have to either go with a strato charged engine or a 4 cycle mix technology to pass epa now. And Redmax has the patents for the strato engines. But I think even redmax is going to have a hard time soon with the EPA as I personally think we will end up going battery powered with trimmers like the core.
                      I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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                      • #12
                        The trimmers you were using were all MTD. Therefor you had the same trimmer the whole time.

                        What I use is below.

                        Stihl
                        FS55/FS90/FC95/km110

                        Husq
                        L322&326

                        Redmax
                        TR2350S

                        As far as Stihl the 55 is kinda weak for commercial work. The 90 will cut through anything but is a bit on the heavy side.

                        The Husquavarnas seemed like good trimmers but I burned the 322 pretty quick.

                        The Redmax is the lightest but not the weakest. Redmax seems to do best with power to weight ratio. Its a smaller engine trimmer but has held up nicely.

                        The only Tanaka product I own is a hedge trimmer and from the looks you couldnt tell it apart from a Echo. Not a fan of Echo at all but I do own 2 Echo hedge trimmers.

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                        • #13
                          Ryobi is complete junk as far as lawn equipment goes, that is true.
                          Never used Craftsman, but I assume it's the same product pretty much.
                          Don't get a 4 stroke trimmer if you can avoid it. There will be times when you have to turn your trimmer on its side or up-side-down, and that doesn't work so well with oil lubrication on 4-strokes.

                          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. When this one ever breaks, I'll probably get rid of the whole power head/attachment setup and buy an Echo trimmer for $200 or something. **** curved shaft though, for real.
                          Just can't justify upwards of $500 a trimmer that's probably going to get stolen, or run over, or broken for reasons other than quality. My $100 powerhead does the exact same work as your $500 stihl, with 1/5 the worry and liability, even if it only lasts 3 years or whatever.

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                          • #14
                            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.

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                            • #15
                              People are buying them because of need. You show up with the tool thats needed for the job. If you want to trim grass and flowers then youll be fine with a home depot trimmer. It wont matter if its Ryobi or Toro and you will be replacing them. If your clearing brush you need something that will cut through a forest. I seen people put a saw blade on a cheap trimmer and the shaft shatter when it hit a 1" sapling. The same goes for attachments. As soon as you put a power broom or edger on less then 30cc engine it bogs down.

                              My equipment is abused. People put in the wrong mix. Throw them around. Always start up and never needed a repair. They all been running for 2-4 years strong besides the husquavarna that died in 2.5 years. I bought them all used too. So who knows how long they been ran like this. I NEVER PAID MORE THEN $100 FOR ANY OF THEM!

                              Commercial trimmers start around $220. The only trimmers selling for even close to $500 are brush cutters. So if you spend $100 every 2 years your spending more then you should.

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