Stihl vs Shindaiwa question


Old 07-27-08, 07:16 AM
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Stihl vs Shindaiwa question

I have always liked Stihl machines but I have heard Shindaiwa makes good ones also any input from the pros? I am looking for a home use situation not comercial use. The machine is a trimmer.
I like the self feeding line feature of the Shindaiwa but I would like to know what machine will give the most years of good service.
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Old 07-27-08, 04:51 PM
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Flip a coin

I have used, serviced and sold these brands of trimmers. Both are excellent units and it would be hard to choose one over the other. You need to look at units that have the features you are interested in, then see which one feels more comfortable to you and compare the prices and warranty. I really don't think you would be disappointed with either one. Either one will give you several years of dependable service.
Old 07-27-08, 06:23 PM
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I agree, both are great choices. The only downside is
with Shindaiwa, dealer support is spotty, and dist. support is
poor here in Ky. If you have a good local dealer that has been
handling them for years, you should be OK.

Old 07-27-08, 10:15 PM
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I agree. I've seen some really old shindaiwas still running like a champ...same with stihls. Both are great machines.
Old 07-29-08, 06:56 AM
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Thanks guys for the good input on the two machines. I never even thought about the support aspect but that is a very good point. I do see stihl dealers all over the place but have to travel a bit more to find a shindaiwa dealer.

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