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In the market for a string trimmer...

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05-16-05, 09:21 PM   #1  
In the market for a string trimmer...

...and I am hoping for some recommendations. I have a small yard and will use the trimmer at most once a week. I want something that will last, but don't need the bells and whistles. Here is what I've started focusing on:

Troy-Built - TB70SS - $124 at Lowe's (plus $70 for add-on edger)
Craftsman - CM79188 - $130 at Sears (plus $63 for add-on edger)

What do you think?

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05-16-05, 10:13 PM   #2  
Hello marcusben!

The trimmer question can get confusing when it comes to brands and quality. In general, you get what you pay for. The ones you're looking at are basically what I'd call disposable. You buy one, use it a few years until it quits, toss it and get another. They're cheap enough, and do a good enough job for long enough to pay for themselves and sometimes then some. By then, they're usually worn out enough to make them not economical to fix when you compare repair prices to a new unit.

The upper end trimmers, some of which are made by Stihl, Husquvarna, Echo, Robin, Shindaiwa, etc..., are longer lasting and higher quality...at a price. Either way you go, you probably won't be much better off money wise. Personally, I don't like the time, effort, and aggravation associated with the low end trimmers. I like for my stuff to work when I am ready to use it, so I use a higher end unit. (after many years of fighting the lower end stuff).

It's your call either way. The lower end units generally fall into the $150 and under price range. The better ones start at around $200. The ones in between are usually low end units with lots of gizmos, or the lowest lines of the higher end brands.

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05-17-05, 06:12 PM   #3  
I bought a Troy Bilt trimmer from Lowes, used it one day and had to take it back, the thing just literaly fell apart on me. But now the good news, Lowes also has the Cub Cadet brand trimmer, and this one works GREAT! always easy to start, plenty of power, and worth every penny, best trimmer I have ever had, and it was less money than Troy bilt!

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