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Opinions on new line trimmer please #5090584
04/29/19 01:04 PM
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Lubener Offline OP
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I am going to purchase a new weed trimmer (less than $150) for light to moderate duty work. I see these new "4 cycle" units and was wondering if thats the way to go or stick with a 2 cycle unit. I am sceptical of the 4 cycle units for a weed trimmer. I would appreciate any suggestions and experiences .

Last edited by wwillson; 04/29/19 09:18 PM. Reason: subject clarification

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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090589
04/29/19 01:08 PM
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My MIL bought a 4-cycle trimmer and I found it to be pretty heavy as compared to a regular 2-cycle.


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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090590
04/29/19 01:09 PM
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Stihl. They just work.


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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090597
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Stihl. All day long.


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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090605
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Me personally, I'd stick with 2 cycle, they just work. Husqvarna, Stihl, Echo, they all work really well.

Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090615
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I'd go 2 cycle. I grabbed a nice 2 cycle Husqvarna last year on Ebay in the price range you're looking to be in. It is a nice machine for the money.


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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090616
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I bought a 4 stroke Ryobi trimmer years ago and used it once. It was way too heavy so I took it back and bought an Echo. I’m still using the Echo and they now have a 5 year warranty. Your $150 budget might limit you to a brand other than Stihl or Echo IDK.

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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090640
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I wouldn't recommend any new 4-stroke string trimmer in the ~$150 price range. I'd stick with a 2-stroke and a good premix. If your usage is light and sporadic, go with battery power.


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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090713
04/29/19 03:07 PM
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If you happen to be tall, Stihl and Echo make a curved long shaft trimmer if you prefer curved shafts.

My first trimmer when I bought a house was a Cub Cadet 4-stroke. Pretty sure it had the Ryobi engine.
It was heavy but didn't bother me. The engine and starting it was very reliable. The clutch broke and I tossed it.

I also had a Makita 4-stroke leaf blower at one time. Light and would start on the first pull in any weather but is under powered.

I can see the appeal not needing to have two different gas cans around. My Stihl is waaaay better quality than my old trimmer.

Choose something that is easy when adding line.


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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090732
04/29/19 03:20 PM
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I snapped this at a Rural King yesterday.

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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090736
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If you're a big guy and/or don't mind using a shoulder strap, 4 cycle is an option but the higher power to weight ratio of 2 cycle is why they have persisted for so long despite EPA crackdowns on practically everything else.

For $150 you won't get a decent Stihl (new) nor a decent cordless unless you already have compatible battery packs and chargers but typically a decent battery unit is 36V/40V not 18V/20V. However everyone's idea of light to medium duty can vary. If it's just grass and soft vegetation you're trimming, you can go slower with a weak 18V electric and get a small lot done on an 18V battery charge, but also consider things like use of thinner line and a smaller spool so you may be changing the line at least twice as often, which may offset a price difference over the long run.

Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090752
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I'm gonna be looking at the Stihl electric models next purchase.


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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090760
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I have a E60 battery unit that works just great. Ed


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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090810
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I have a 4-stroke Troy-Bilt and a 2-stroke Echo. Both purchased a couple years ago. I prefer the Echo, has more power even with a smaller engine. The 4-stroke does fine, just doesn't have the grunt the other has.

As far as weight and ergonomics go, I prefer the Echo, but I believe that's due to being a higher priced, more premium trimmer.

I would save a few more pennies and try to get the affordable Echo model SRM-225 I think. Echo is by hands the best trimmer brand I've ever owned.


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Re: Opinions on new line trimmer please [Re: Lubener] #5090833
04/29/19 04:49 PM
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The blurry pic I took is of a 58 VOLT Poulan Pro trimmer for $89.98. 2.6AH battery and charger included.
They also have a leaf blower for the same price with an included battery and charger.

https://www.ruralking.com/poulan-pro-electric-trimmer-prst15i


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