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#4555326 - 10/26/17 04:41 PM Tanaka OPE
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Registered: 04/07/08
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I have been in the market for a gas hedge trimmer for several months. I normally buy new and love the Stihl lineup but my local Stihl dealer wanted around $400 for a new hedge trimmer.

I started watching CL and it seemed like everything was priced sky high or just flat worn out. Then I ran across an ad for a Tanaka. I have heard of them but I have never had one.

They seem to have a good reputation and I bought this one for $80 and it runs great but needs a new gas tank. I have already trimmed the foliage around our front porch! Any info or insights about what I have just acquired would be appreciated. Here are a few pics...




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#4555335 - 10/26/17 04:50 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Ausfahrt]
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Don't cut your thighs. I named a pair of shorts one time because it cut my shorts and not my leg. Lol
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#4555338 - 10/26/17 04:55 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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What did you name them? grin2
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#4555417 - 10/26/17 06:16 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Ausfahrt]
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My lucky pair of shorts. Haha.
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#4555517 - 10/26/17 07:14 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Ausfahrt]
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i have a Hitachi( Tanaka) leaf blower. I love it runs great, and seems to be very good quality.
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#4555566 - 10/26/17 07:57 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Ausfahrt]
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Does it have an air bag?

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#4555569 - 10/26/17 08:02 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Ausfahrt]
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Registered: 04/19/09
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Tanaka make excellent two cycle equipment. You've likely got a better used Tanaka than a new Stihl. If I had a choice, I'd take the used Tanaka any day over a Stihl.

Other excellent less well known two cycle engines are Zenoah Komatsu/Redmax and Shindaiwa. Anything made by them is a good bet used provided it's been taken care of.

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#4555673 - 10/26/17 09:40 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Ausfahrt]
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It's commonly known that all the Tanaka equipment manufactured prior to the Hitachi takeover is good stuff. After Hitachi took over, it's now home owner grade.

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#4555708 - 10/26/17 10:12 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Merkava_4]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
It's commonly known that all the Tanaka equipment manufactured prior to the Hitachi takeover is good stuff. After Hitachi took over, it's now home owner grade.


I wonder what date that occurred?!?

All of my experience with Tanaka is with chainsaws,
all more than 10 years old - -
They are VERY well made and will last 20-30 years with care, easily.
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#4555891 - 10/27/17 05:40 AM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Ausfahrt]
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I've got a small Tanaka top handled chain saw that's been great. I bought it around 2010 IIRC. I don't think I've ever heard a complaint in regards to Tanaka OPE. The only one I've ever worked on is mine. Basic maintenance stuff.
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#4556073 - 10/27/17 09:38 AM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: HerrStig]
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Registered: 04/30/14
Posts: 604
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: HerrStig
Does it have an air bag?


That's Takata, close but no soup for you

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#4556082 - 10/27/17 09:47 AM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: ironman_gq]
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Registered: 04/15/10
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Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
Originally Posted By: ironman_gq
Originally Posted By: HerrStig
Does it have an air bag?


That's Takata, close but no soup for you


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#4556383 - 10/27/17 03:22 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: JTK]
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Thanks for the feedback fellas. It sounds like it is a quality piece and it runs fine but I'm pretty sure that it's got some age on it.

As I mentioned, it needs a fuel tank as the original one is crazed and has hairline cracks but as far as I can tell the fuel tank is no longer available. You guys continue to surprise me so maybe one of you has a secret source for parts. shrug

The model number is THT-200 and the fuel tank part number is 5910639W201.
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#4557099 - 10/28/17 11:23 AM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Ausfahrt]
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Registered: 08/14/03
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Loc: Buffalo, NY
Maybe the fuel tank for the string trimmer version of that engine will fit and bolt up for you.
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#4557824 - 10/28/17 09:54 PM Re: Tanaka OPE [Re: Ausfahrt]
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I looked around, and could not find a tank for you, used or new. You may have to do some hack repair to your tank, or cobble some other tank to fit. If you find a broken unit, the THT-200, THT-212, and THT-230 use the same tank.


Edited by spasm3 (10/28/17 09:56 PM)
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