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Looking for a new string trimmer #4432651
06/15/17 07:10 PM
06/15/17 07:10 PM
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Waco, Tx.
Syntheticuser Offline OP
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Waco, Tx.
I'm looking for a new string trimmer. I was set on a 4 cycle for the low rpm, low noise, reduced vibration and potential for longer life. I was looking at a Craftsman 30cc, which I think has a Briggs motor. These trimmers get mixed reviews.

I was told by a friend to look at the Echo or Stihl 2 cycle units.
I would use it weekly and it would be used 30-45 minutes a time. I'm not sensitive to weight within reason.
I want it to LAST! budget less than $300, unless I can be convinced that a higher price one is worth the money.

Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: Syntheticuser] #4432669
06/15/17 07:22 PM
06/15/17 07:22 PM
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Sav ga
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I like the still I recently purchased about $279 with a 4 year warranty


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Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: Syntheticuser] #4432689
06/15/17 07:39 PM
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Huntsville, AL
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When my wife and I first bought our house...there was more weeds than lawn...and since we were new homeowners...funds were limited. I bought a Bolens string trimmer...the cheapest that Home Depot had. Fast forward three years later...and the Bolens had ticked me off for the last time...refusing to start. I took my anger out on it...committing second degree OPE homicide that I shall not repeat lest I scare those with weak stomachs. The wife saw this display of raw aggression, and suggested I buy a quality machine. So I bought a Husqvarna. Took it home, and it was like heaven...it started easy, ran great, had lots of power. Trimming weeds was enjoyable. Ten years later, she cranks on the second pull and eats weeds like there is no tomorrow. With the Husqvarna...I look forward to weed eating...even now...ten years later.

As you can tell...I'm partial to Husqvarna. I'd give them a close look. You'll pay a little more...but they are worth it, IMHO.

thanks,
ben

Last edited by kd5byb; 06/15/17 07:39 PM. Reason: silly typos

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Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: Syntheticuser] #4432709
06/15/17 07:58 PM
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CA
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For home use, is there any reason not to get a battery powered trimmer?


It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that ain't so.

- mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain
Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: CharlieBauer] #4432731
06/15/17 08:31 PM
06/15/17 08:31 PM
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Hill Country TX
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I have a Stihl FS 56. Its a little over a year old and have really enjoyed using it. Less than $200 and made in the USA.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/trimmers-and-brushcutters/homeowner-trimmers/fs56rce/

Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: Syntheticuser] #4432734
06/15/17 08:37 PM
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Waco, Tx.
Syntheticuser Offline OP
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Waco, Tx.
I have a hate relationship with the battery units. When you need them they die quickly and every few years they change battery design so the unit becomes obsolete. I tend to buy heavy duty and commercial grade tools and equipment to get longer service life and they tend to be easier to service and have better parts network. I would rather buy a $300 machine and get 20 years out of it and be able to buy parts along the way than a $150 machine that is built cheaper, will be worn out in 5 years and has spotty parts availability after a few years. This is how I have always been.

Last edited by Syntheticuser; 06/15/17 08:39 PM.
Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: daddi] #4432763
06/15/17 09:04 PM
06/15/17 09:04 PM
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Posts: 276
Michigan
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Michigan
Originally Posted By: daddi
I have a Stihl FS 56. Its a little over a year old and have really enjoyed using it. Less than $200 and made in the USA.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/trimmers-and-brushcutters/homeowner-trimmers/fs56rce/


Get the Stihl FS 56ce with the bicycle handles. A little more than the FS 56rce, but you won't believe the comfort level. I look forward to using it each week.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/trimmers-and-brushcutters/homeowner-trimmers/fs56ce/


Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: Syntheticuser] #4432783
06/15/17 09:23 PM
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USA
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USA
I like my Hitachi (rebranded Tanaka) 2 stroke.

Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: Syntheticuser] #4432797
06/15/17 09:38 PM
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South Eastern, CT
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I am happy with my Echo SRM-225. I also have a husqvarna 128LD but I like the Echo much better.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/ECHO-2-Cycle-21-2cc-Straight-Shaft-Gas-Trimmer-SRM-225/100675439


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Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: Syntheticuser] #4432802
06/15/17 09:45 PM
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Columbus Nebraska
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I am a big fan of Echo myself. IF I ever wear out the one I am using now (and for the last 7or 8 years) I will buy another. As I said mine which I am still using, I rescued from a commercial users junk. It had about 3 or 4 years of tough commercial use, when it needed some minor repair, and the owner just chucked it, and bought another new Echo. If the new ones are like the ones from several years back, they seem to last forever.


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Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: Syntheticuser] #4432812
06/15/17 10:11 PM
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Somewhere
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Originally Posted By: Syntheticuser
I have a hate relationship with the battery units. When you need them they die quickly and every few years they change battery design so the unit becomes obsolete.


You may want to see if your cordless power tool manufacturer makes garden equipment. I believe DeWalt, Milwaukee, and Makita make lawn and garden stuff now. I know Milwaukee just came out with M18 trimmers, hedge clippers, and blowers. With those batteries you know the platform isn't going to suddenly disappear as they all have lots invested in their respective 18v platforms.

As far as trimmers I have the Stihl KM-130R 4Mix KombiMotor based string trimmer and I love it. Lots of power, has plenty of attachments and has worked well.

Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: AMC] #4432815
06/15/17 10:16 PM
06/15/17 10:16 PM
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St. Louis
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St. Louis
Originally Posted By: AMC
I am happy with my Echo SRM-225. I also have a husqvarna 128LD but I like the Echo much better.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/ECHO-2-Cycle-21-2cc-Straight-Shaft-Gas-Trimmer-SRM-225/100675439


That is the Echo I bought at Home Depot 15 years ago half price since it was a end of season return. It served me well. Used on rural property of about 3 acres and sometimes I would trim an embankment hours at a time. It was light and well balanced. It was one of the best pieces of power equipment I ever used.


Truth alone triumphs, not untruth.

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Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: Syntheticuser] #4432854
06/15/17 10:59 PM
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Maryland USA
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My wife picked up a Husqvarna 228L - starts on first pull. It had a sticker on it that says "engine certified for 125 hours emissions", which I found funny considering it was a 2 stroke. Who is concerned about emissions on a 2 stroke ? Come on, they are dirty by design. My Yamaha Waverunner is 2 stroke and has a cat converter, but I digress.

Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: MONKEYMAN] #4432894
06/16/17 12:06 AM
06/16/17 12:06 AM
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South Eastern, CT
AMC Offline
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Originally Posted By: MONKEYMAN
Originally Posted By: AMC
I am happy with my Echo SRM-225. I also have a husqvarna 128LD but I like the Echo much better.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/ECHO-2-Cycle-21-2cc-Straight-Shaft-Gas-Trimmer-SRM-225/100675439


That is the Echo I bought at Home Depot 15 years ago half price since it was a end of season return. It served me well. Used on rural property of about 3 acres and sometimes I would trim an embankment hours at a time. It was light and well balanced. It was one of the best pieces of power equipment I ever used.


Impressive. The reviews on the home depot website speak for themselves as far as the new ones are concerned. There are over 3,400 reviews on the SRM-225, 2700 hundred of them are 5 star and another 515 are 4 star.... That alone says a lot.


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Re: Looking for a new string trimmer [Re: AMC] #4432992
06/16/17 06:19 AM
06/16/17 06:19 AM
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High Country of Western NC
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High Country of Western NC
I own a Stihl FS56 that is probably fifteen years old. Still performs like new with use every week. When my father passed away a couple years back I got his Echo SRM-2100. He bought it a few years back to replace an Echo that he had used since the early 80's. Either will serve your purposes for years to come. Between the two the Echo seems to have slightly better performance and seems to be a little more comfortable for me to use as it is slightly longer than my Stihl. Between the two, I would not hesitate to buy either and would make my decision based on price.


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