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05-14-10, 12:58 PM   #1  
String trimmer recommendations?

Going to buy a string trimmer? Small property (1/2 acre) with sidewalk and bed trimming. Hate 2-cycles; any idea on 4-cycles? Straight shaft or curved? Thanks in advance.
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05-14-10, 03:26 PM   #2  
IMO a straight shaft is easier to use. Last year my wife bought a 4 cycle weed whacker from sears. It works fine although I'm not looking forward to the valve adjustments needed on regular intervals - about every oil change.


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05-14-10, 05:32 PM   #3  
I bought a 4 cycle craftsman weed whacker when they first came out 2004/2005 and it still running storng. I got the one with the split boom and I use the brush cutter, pole prunner and leaf blower attachments all the time.

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05-14-10, 05:39 PM   #4  
A simple observation is you never see a commercial landscape service use anything but straight shaft trimmers, one you don't have to bend over as much and can get under things and two there is less stress on the drive cable since it is in a straight line. Have a good one. Geo

 
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05-14-10, 06:21 PM   #5  
I'm leaning towards an Echo straight shaft from HD, #SRM225. Have to check it in the store.

 
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05-14-10, 06:57 PM   #6  
Straight shaft is the way to go.

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05-15-10, 11:29 AM   #7  
Posted By: bob22 I'm leaning towards an Echo straight shaft from HD, #SRM225. Have to check it in the store.
Since you stated you hate 2-cycles, I think the SRM225 is a 2-cycle. Have a good one. Geo

 
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05-16-10, 07:58 AM   #8  
Geogrubb,
Yes, you are right, it is a 2-cycle. I think I'm going to go with a 2-cycle after all and this one seems about right for quality and warranty.
Any ideas as to what to do with old 2-cycle gas/oil mix? Can it go in a car gas tank or will it foul plugs or converter?

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05-16-10, 10:31 AM   #9  
Posted By: bob22 Geogrubb,
Yes, you are right, it is a 2-cycle. I think I'm going to go with a 2-cycle after all and this one seems about right for quality and warranty.
Any ideas as to what to do with old 2-cycle gas/oil mix? Can it go in a car gas tank or will it foul plugs or converter?

Thanks,
Bob
Put it in the car. Have a good one. Geo

 
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