Advice on purchasing new gas string trimmer


Old 07-10-08, 03:31 AM
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Advice on purchasing new gas string trimmer

I am planning on purchasing a gas string trimmer straight shaft. I know I can purchase a stihl or husqvarna but is there any other reliable brands that are not as expensive. The trimmer will be used for normal lawn care, probably will get used twice a month. Any advice/recommendations on what brand to purchase would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-10-08, 04:44 AM
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I replaced my dead Craftsman with a Troy-bilt a few months back and so far have been pleased with it.

Here's the Consumer Reports recommended models:

Gas curved-shaft models:

Stihl HomeScaper Series FS 45 , $140, CR Best Buy
Stihl FS 45 C Easy2Start , $170
Echo GT-200R , $150
Homelite MightyLite UT21566 , $100

Gas straight-shaft models:

John Deere LT105SLE , $220
Weed Eater Featherlite SST25 , $100
Old 07-10-08, 09:54 PM
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Generally, the good trimmers have the pull rope behind the engine and the cheap ones have the pull rope in between the boom and the engine. You can pretty much place your bets based on that alone. I'd pick the cheapest echo over the most expensive troybilt, craftsman, or weedeater brand.
Old 07-13-08, 09:10 PM
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I agree with Cheese, get the rope behind the motor.
The 2 you are considering are the cheapest I'd want to go.
I'd get the Husky 125L if you want a straight shaft. Their residential stuff is better than alot of other brands commercial stuff.

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