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Old 04-07-2015, 5:47pm   #1
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Default The best gas powered string trimmers (Weed eaters)-what says VB?

In my time honored fashion, I am doing this backwards- I went and bought one today- but I'm curious. What's the best bang for the buck?
In the past few years, I've had a Troybuilt- awesome for two seasons, then won't start- some other brand secondhand, and a couple of the disposable pieces of junk walmart sells, simply because I figured it'd last one season at least. The last one lasted about two uses.
My pastor has a Stihl- he loves it, has had it trouble free for several years, so after I used it Friday on the church yard, I decided I'd be better off to buy one like that- so I did. How badly did I screw up?
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Old 04-07-2015, 5:49pm   #2
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Echo SRM-225. Full commercial grade powerhead and gearbox, epa longevity rated class C (highest posdibke)...

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I've had my Toro for almost 25 years and it's still going.
It looks like hell but it keeps starting.
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I hate my Stihl like I hate CF. It almost refuses to start every time, and by the time it does start, I'm too tired to use the damned thing. Plus, it invariably cuts off the string inside the spool; I have to shut it down and fix the string, then go through the starting process again.

Every new season it refuses to start, even though I drained the tank the previous year and let it run until dry. That means another expensive trip to the dealer to get it to start. Stihl is a $200 weed whacker that I have >$500 in...so far. IMO. they're junk.
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I hate my Stihl like I hate CF. It almost refuses to start every time, and by the time it does start, I'm too tired to use the damned thing. Plus, it invariably cuts off the string inside the spool; I have to shut it down and fix the string, then go through the starting process again.

Every new season it refuses to start, even though I drained the tank the previous year and let it run until dry. That means another expensive trip to the dealer to get it to start. Stihl is a $200 weed whacker that I have >$500 in...so far. IMO. they're junk.
Lord I did not want to hear that...
Oh well. If this craps out after a year I'll go buy red's recommendation, if I can find a local dealer. I went with the Stihl based on pastor's experience and my brother in law has had one for a couple years....
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Old 04-07-2015, 6:10pm   #6
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Bought a McCollough 15-20 years ago. Still "gits 'er done".
No complaints.
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Troy? something red plastic....18 years here, electric, bad enough on the stupid noise.....those powered thing up/down the burb here need a 12 ga blast....but not to hurt the guys, just stop that damn NOISE!!!!!!


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Take care of it and it should go lots of years. If storing over winter try a fuel stabilizer and a full fuel tank so the soft parts of the carb don't dry out. If you can buy "boat gas" (no alcohol) locally, use that exclusively. If you wear the cutting head out to the point where it ruins the line just replace the head instead of fighting with it then bitching about it.
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I bought this one last year and it works fantastic so far. Straight shaft trimmers FTW.

I'm still running my Echo backpack blower from '04. It also still runs perfectly and starts every time with just a couple pulls.
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Bought my Echo in 2000, it still runs like new. If it died tomorrow, I'd buy another just like it.
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Another vote for Echo.
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Old 04-08-2015, 6:52am   #12
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Had a couple of troybilts as I have the pole saw attachment for trees but got tired of the dying after 2 years. Bought an echo 2 years ago, great trimmer
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Old 04-08-2015, 6:54am   #13
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I've found that if you only spend $60 on one, it'll last about three years; but if you go ahead and spend $150 on one, it'll last about three years.
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My Stihl straight shaft has been flawless for 6 or 7 years now. I use non-ethanol fuel and a stabilizer on all of the yard stuff.
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I've found that if you only spend $60 on one, it'll last about three years; but if you go ahead and spend $150 on one, it'll last about three years.
I see your point, but...

you can spend the 20bux per year to work with junk...or, spend the 50bux per year and work with a better quality piece of equipment.
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My Stihl straight shaft has been flawless for 6 or 7 years now. I use non-ethanol fuel and a stabilizer on all of the yard stuff.
Another vote for Stihl straight shaft. A stabilizer like Startron is key to keep any piece of equipment running for years.
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I had a McCulloch Eager Beaver II Series gas trimmer that was built so well, it outlived its service life. I couldn't get parts for it any more and had to chuck it. I had that thing every bit of 20 years and it never missed a bit.

Echo products are good, too.
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Old 04-08-2015, 9:34am   #18
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Another vote for Stihl straight shaft.
As long as they lubed the shaft before they's stuck it in the f'n hole.
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I know this will sound crazy, but I actually prefer my electric. The cord can be a pain, but I have had a gas trimmer for about 5 years and I just cannot get the technique down. The torque changes as the throttle position changes and it just gets a mind of its own. I end up gouging into the lawn all the time. I am not sure why I can't seem to get it right. I don't have that problem with the electric and I can get my edge too look like a slice of cake.

My dad swears by Stihl FWIW and he was a small engine/ small equipment repair guy for many many years.
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I know this will sound crazy, but I actually prefer my electric. The cord can be a pain, but I have had a gas trimmer for about 5 years and I just cannot get the technique down. The torque changes as the throttle position changes and it just gets a mind of its own. I end up gouging into the lawn all the time. I am not sure why I can't seem to get it right. I don't have that problem with the electric and I can get my edge too look like a slice of cake.

My dad swears by Stihl FWIW and he was a small engine/ small equipment repair guy for many many years.
Electric is not an option for me with a hair over an acre and tons of flowers,crepe myrtles,ect to be trimmed around...
So straight shaft Stihl it is....I shall make sure I will use nonethanol fuel exclusively.
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