Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??

Trimmer Advice in a Hurry


Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-22-2010, 09:48 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default Trimmer Advice in a Hurry

Help.
(posting from phone, bear w/me)
My trimmer crapped out on me before I had a chance to upgrade to a commercial trimmer. (just starting out)
I need one quickly, and rather than buying cheap, I want to spend money on a good one that will last.

That said, I'm posting from the vet ER waiting room, so there goes the money I thought I had saved up. Sigh.

Looking for something that is "attachment capable" and able to cut tall grasses/weeds as well as routine trimming. Want to add attachments over time.

Locally I'm looking at:
Stihl (combi system?) From Stihl dealer - $369?
Echo split boom (Home Depot) $299
Husqvarna (Lowes) $199

If I were on computer Id look up model numbers, but in mean time, any guidance welcome.

I'm about to head home... will try to post the exact models later.

Thanks!
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 08-22-2010, 10:44 PM
CheapNEasy CheapNEasy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgia
Age: 30
Posts: 119
Rep Power: 6
CheapNEasy is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I would recommend just getting a stihl or echo weedeater, I have used both, loved my echo but the dealer was such a hassle when you had to wait half an hour to get a simple part thats instock.

I use Stihl now, reason why I recommend a dedicated unit, you have a motor dedicated only too the weedeater.... so if it goes out, you only lose that piece of equipment.... Sure its "extra maintenance" (WTF Ever people, you get less hours of use on each motor and it lasts longer for you, so think ahead.... spend the extra money to have an extra motor that will actually pay for itself.)


I love the idea of the combo units.... FOR HOME OWNERS, or for equipment not used as often, maybe a pole saw/hedge trimmer would be good for a combo unit...


Pay the "Extra" money and get just a weedeater and an edger.... Youll be happy you did when that edger or weedeater craps out and you can still do one or the other and maybe make up the missed part next visit in the area.


Just my thoughts.... to each his own.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-22-2010, 11:20 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Home now. $375 vet bill sure doesn't help any with my trimmer buying decision.

I'm too tired to look up the models now, but the $199 Husqvarna is looking better based upon price alone. I'm going to cancel some work I had planned for tomorrow and stop at the Stihl dealer near me to see what kind of cash I'm looking at.
I know the Stihl FS 55/56 series isn't billed as "commercial", but I'm wondering if it would be better than the Husq and Echo from Lowes/Home Depot...

I hate rushing into purchases before researching.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-23-2010, 01:34 AM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

I use the 4 stroke troybilt strait shaft trimmer that takes attachments. I use the trimmer, tiller, brush cutter and pole saw attachment so far and I am very happy with it. Its going on its 2nd season of getting beat on not only in business but on my small farm as well as getting a little use on our ranch. No problems thuis far,
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-23-2010, 04:45 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

I would suggest the Stihl Kombi, we use them and haven't had any issues, in your case because you are buying from the dealer that is a big bonus in the event that you have an issue vs a big box store which has no service dept.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-23-2010, 07:41 AM
Chachi Chachi is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 52
Rep Power: 5
Chachi is on a distinguished road
Default

The echo combo from Home depot is a nice investment. Mine runs like a champ and I put it through hell and back. These guys are right about having separate equipment however I haven't had any trouble with the echo pas 225(combo unit). I also run a Toro that is pretty good as well.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-23-2010, 01:36 PM
SuperiorPower SuperiorPower is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 57
Rep Power: 5
SuperiorPower is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by picframer View Post
I would suggest the Stihl Kombi, we use them and haven't had any issues, in your case because you are buying from the dealer that is a big bonus in the event that you have an issue vs a big box store which has no service dept.
Andy makes a good point. Buy from a dealer. If you buy from Lowes, Home Depot, or the like you will find they do not have a service department you can depend on. If you choose to go with Husqvarna or Echo, at least but them from the local dealer. You may pay a few extra pennies but it will be worth it in the end.

ALWAYS buy from a business that has an "on-site" Service Department. You won't regret it. Lowes and Home Depot have a service department of sorts where they send your machine off to some unknown shop where they will "fix" things but you will never see the mechanic. Not recommended.
__________________
One of a dying breed; the servicing dealer.

"Servicing Dealer" definition: A dealer who not only sells new equipment but also services what he sells. This dealer will be factory certified to make these repairs. Find them. Support them.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-23-2010, 07:35 PM
DillonB92's Avatar
DillonB92 DillonB92 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 197
Rep Power: 5
DillonB92 is on a distinguished road
Default

I have the Husqvarna 128 LD. I have nothing bad to say about it. I was just starting out so i thought it would be good for a few years. This is still my first season with it but i haven't had any problems with it! It will cut through anything. It has more Torque and power than you can ask for. I haven't had any problems from it. I love it! How ever I was told by someone at lowes that the attachments they sell are only for the Troybuilt and bolens weed eaters. The dude said it wouldn't work with the husqvarna. Then i asked someone else and they said it would. So you may have to ask. The edger attachment that i am looking to buy is i believe $70. Seems high especially when you compare it to the ones at lowes. But hey if the one at lowes will work with the husqvarna then thats all that matters.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-23-2010, 07:59 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

I stopped by the Stihl dealer and after mentioning "attachments", I was pointed in the direction of the FS 90 R which has the same engine as the KM 90 R KombiMotor, but is a dedicated straight shaft trimmer that easily accepts attachments at the end. He showed me how easy it was to swap the trimmer head out, and while not quite as convenient as the KombiSystem, it was a very simple process.

The FS 90 R is $299

The comparable KombiMotor is $289 with a $100 for the trimmer attachment.
$389 is out of the question at the moment, so I'm now weighing the benefits/drawbacks and trying to decide between the $299 Stilhl FS 90 R dedicated trimmer, that I can add rather pricey attachments to, or the $299 Echo Split shaft... that seems to have attachments that are equally pricey. Sigh.

The Stihl is 28.4 cc
The Echo is 21.2 cc

I don't know if that will make a world of difference, but let's say I have a small yard with "grass" that's 3' high... would the Echo "cut it", or would the Stihl be the better choice?

My only real concern with the Stihl is the 4Mix engine. I know nothing of these new 4 stroke gas/oil gadgets, and maintenance has me a little concerned.

Anyway, enough of my rambling... I'll need to get something in the next day or two, and when I sat down to type this I was leaning toward the Echo, as it's at a lower price (vs the Stihl Kombi), but considering the above mentioned models are both $299, and either way, the attachments will be expensive, I'm wondering if I should just go for the Stihl?

I could complicate things by asking my dealer for a price on his Echo split shaft... I forgot to, but he said they sell the models with the larger engine than Home Depot sells...

You think THIS is bad, you should have seen me try to decide what truck to buy. LOL

Thanks again for all the input thus far - it really is helpful!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-24-2010, 05:22 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

21 cc is light if you get into heavy/tall grass. brush etc.

I guess the question is based on your past what is this unit to be used for? If you only trim current lawns the 21cc would be fine, if you are getting into clean up's my experience is the bigger the better as we use a host of clearing attachments and I like 36 to 41.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New trimmer workdog Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 3 08-11-2010 07:22 PM
Hedge Trimmer advice? Basilhayden General Talk 2 11-09-2009 12:22 PM
Trimmer Rack Saddlewood Starting a lawn care business. 6 04-16-2009 08:38 PM
NEW TRIMMER! LGYardService Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 9 06-02-2008 09:00 PM
New Trimmer makbootzy Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 10 03-07-2008 07:59 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 01:23 PM
Yesterday 08:06 PM
by Matther777
7 293
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 04:14 PM
Yesterday 08:02 PM
by Matther777
4 174
Business Cards
crieg122
Yesterday 12:03 PM
Yesterday 07:55 PM
by Matther777
2 84
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Yesterday 12:09 PM
by biglee
10 358
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Yesterday 11:46 AM
by crieg122
6 355
Gie-review / What's new...
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 09:19 AM
Yesterday 09:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
0 66
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Yesterday 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
10 412
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
10-23-2014 05:50 PM
Yesterday 05:06 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 194
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
10-24-2014 11:07 PM
by robert8509
7 279
new to the forum
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 02:52 PM
10-24-2014 02:52 PM
by madmedic8575
0 103
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
10-24-2014 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 953
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 08:07 AM
10-23-2014 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 196
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
10-23-2014 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 511
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
10-23-2014 11:29 AM
10-23-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 166
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
10-23-2014 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 620
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
10-23-2014 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 443
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 516
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 488
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 263
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,630
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,464
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 768
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 619
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,573
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 364
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,937
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,424
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 332
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 398
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 855
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,331
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 592
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 437
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 772
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,080
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,460
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 793
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,508
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 520
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,621
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,624
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,732
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 649
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 808
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 654
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 1,004
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,658
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 970
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,792
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,196
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bob villa bush charge christmas commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to hydraulic labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business book lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mowing mulch mulch price new business patio install podcast property management company push versus ride savannah scag scag v-ride seo shell snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business stihl sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree truck new used landscape walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:44 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:44 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy