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02-29-16, 07:27 AM   #1  
String trimmer recommendations

I need to purchase a new string trimmer for home use. My preferences in order of importance are:

Gas Powered
Straight shaft
Clock-wise string rotation
Light weight
Good Price

What are your recommendations?

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02-29-16, 08:04 AM   #2  
Stihl would be my brand of choice.
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02-29-16, 08:59 AM   #3  
I have two trimmers that I like. One is a Honda HHT35 and the other is Stihl FS130. They are both very good but each is better for certain tasks. For home use I'd pick the Honda.

The Honda is a four stroke and oh what a joy it is. One little flick of your wrist and it's quietly idling. The throttle control is very good which makes it perfect for residential lawn work where the grass gets trimmed regularly. You can easily trim grass at 1/4 or 1/2 throttle so you don't throw rock or beat up trees and wood work and at that throttle setting it's relatively quiet. If you have some heavy grass you still have full throttle available and while louder it's tone is not a high pitch whine like 2 strokes.

The Stihl is a power monster. It's the one for heavy grass & weeds and even small trees. It starts easy enough but nowhere as easy as the Honda. It's throttle control is not great and it's happiest at idle or full throttle. It is great for taming heavy growth like a vacant lot or the banks of ponds & ditches that only get trimmed once or twice a year but it's difficult to throttle down and control for finer work around the home.

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03-01-16, 05:43 AM   #4  

Thanks, guys, for the replies.

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03-02-16, 12:19 AM   #5  
There are a lot of good ones. Stihl and honda are both good recommendations. Echo is also a favorite.

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