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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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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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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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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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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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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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I like my Stihl fs 90. At 330.00 it certainly isn't cheap but it's got lots of grunt and another 50.00 gets you a metal blade that is great for brush work and swaps out in a couple minutes.

I think it will out-live it's warranty.
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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.
The commercial splitshafts arent cheap. There was a km90 on ebay with 3 attachments for $900.

It took me a year of browsing to find a used trimmer attachment for my km130 for under $100. I been trying to get the hedge trimmer but even used its $200.

I did find out I can put the expand it crap on my kombi.
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I like my Stihl fs 90. At 330.00 it certainly isn't cheap but it's got lots of grunt and another 50.00 gets you a metal blade that is great for brush work and swaps out in a couple minutes.

I think it will out-live it's warranty.


Plenty of power for normal work. More than enough.


I even used it to cut this mess using just the standard (crappy) string that came with it and it cut it with ease.

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Those power heads can definitely get mega expensive. Sometimes I go on Stihl's website and see what kind of new gadgets they have conjured up recently. The prices are usually astronomical. They have some attachments $300 or more. And Echo has a "bed redefiner" attachment. I think it's like $280? But that's only because the stand-alone bed redefiner is $580, and they don't want you saving too much money on the attachment.

Honda sells stand-alone single piece string trimmers for ~$280 and one for ~$360. Kawasaki sells some, but they don't want you to know the prices, Hitachi sells some trimmers and other small engine equipment too.

I haven't seen any of the uber high quality trimmer brands (Honda, Kawasaki, Stihl, Redmax, Tanaka, etc) sell used on CL for under $150-200. Just for a string trimmer.

I remember last year, some guy had either the Stihl Kombi system or the rival Echo PAS, but he had ALL of the attachments, he wanted like $900. The articulating hedge trimmer attachment is $280 alone.
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