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Old 01-23-2010, 07:44 PM
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I am planning to purchase the following two pieces of equipment for my lawn care business. I would like to get equipment that performs well and then get most for my money. Please advise.

1) Core Aerator

2) Trimmer (Looking at Echo, Any Thoughts?)
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Welcome to our forum!

I think a lot of members use echo trimmers, but as far as the aerator. Why are you looking to buy one now?

Do you have the customers lined up to use it? If you are just getting started offering aeration, many tend to try and get a whole bunch of customers together and rent one for a day or two to complete all the jobs. Would doing something like this help you?
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Steve,

Thank you for your reply. I do have a few customers that have requested to have their lawn aerated. I am looking to purchase a pull behind aerator and need some advise as to what to look for and the best brand. What size Echo trimmer do you recommend to get good performance and be economical?
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I would recommend a trimmer that is in the 18-20 cc size and make sure to get a straight shaft trimmer vs a curve shaft trimmer. With that in mind, go to the dealer and look at the models available and talk to them about them. They may have other suggestions as well. Sure, they are there to sell you a machine, but they are also there to sell you a machine that works best for you.

As far as aerating, check out Aerify which several of the users here absolutely love. I am seriously considering getting into spraying purely for this reason. I understand it is far more affective than core aerating and is better for your soil for several reasons. Check it out...


I hope this helps.
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make sure to get a straight shaft trimmer vs a curve shaft trimmer.
What is your view why one style is better than the other?
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What is your view why one style is better than the other?
The curve shaft is typically less expensive to manufacture and thus is cheaper to buy. For example, typically the straight shaft option of the exact same trimmer is about $40-$50 higher than the curve shaft model. The curve shaft tends to be slightly shorter from end to end but otherwise is bigger (requires less length but more height to store).

The reason I recommend a straight shaft trimmer vs the curve shaft model:
  1. Curve shaft trimmers have a flexible shaft that can become unraveled (seldom), out of balance, etc.
  2. Curve shaft trimmers tend to have a lighter duty bearing at the trimmer head end.
  3. By design, the curve shafts tend to wear out the liner or bushings that hold the shaft in place.
  4. Many straight shaft trimmers have a solid machined steel shaft.
  5. Straight shaft trimmers tend to have a lifetime warranty on their shaft (check with manufacturer).

Another advantage to straight shaft trimmers is that they can reach underneath decks and other structures/obstructions much better than curve shaft trimmers.

The bottom line is, a straight shaft trimmer is much more durable. They also tend to have less vibration, especially once the curve shaft trimmer gets some age and wear on it. Simply put, curve shaft trimmers are designed cheaper and lighter than a straight shaft trimmer. Curve shaft trimmers are always considered consumer grade or at best pro-sumer. Straight shaft trimmers are typically considered professional grade.
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Oh that is very interesting!

What would you say are your top 3 favorite models right now when it comes to trimmers?
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Steve,

Thats a good question. I am still partial to the Shindaiwa models but am really liking what I see out of some of the Kawasaki models as well.

If you were to ask about top 3 brands I would probably go with Shindaiwa, Echo and Redmax, though not necessarily in that order. Like said, I like what I am seeing out of the Kawasaki trimmers but I am not excited about Stihl or Husqvarna trimmers what so ever.

I think you have to look at what you will do with the trimmer and then decide what size you need. Armed with this info, you would then be able to go and narrow down further. Example, if you are only trimming grass, then there is no need for a 27cc trimmer. But if you are trimming larger weeds and using it as an occasional brushcutter then you probably don't want a 18-23 cc and need to look at the 27cc or bigger.
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What about the Kawasaki models are standing out for you now?

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What is it about these manufacturers that you are not liking?
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Steve & SuperiorPower,

Thank you for your advice. I will probably go with an Echo with a straight shaft. You say a dealer is the better option. Are dealers able to offer a competitive price or is it just more convenient when you need your trimmer repaired. Thank you for your help.
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