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Old 05-29-2013, 06:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Echo, Stihl, Husqvarna, Shindaiwa, Redmax...?

I need a new string trimmer after my 1992 Craftsman finally quit.

I've narrowed it down to the Stihl FS90R, Echo SRM-266S, or Kawasaki KBL27.

I'm leaning towards the Stihl because it's made at a plant in Virginia.

Like any tool, I believe you get what you pay for.
I'll gladly spend the money for quality vs. being unhappy with a cheap one.

Any opinions?

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Old 05-29-2013, 07:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I bet either one is going to be great. I have an Echo trimmer, love it. Prime the bulb, choke, thing starts every time...but so does my Stihl chainsaw.

I forgot what my old brand of trimmer was, but when I took it to the shop when it stopped running, they just laughed and said that was the disposable kind...only good for a couple of seasons...it was on its 7th season at the time. But I know my Echo has been worry free so far, I've had it for 4 seasons so far.
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I have a Stihl FS 130- Mom has a FS90. Both are easy start and are about 3 y/o. I would recommend
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Echo, definitely.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Just bought a FS90R this weekend. Nice trimmer. Stihl is easy to to get parts for if you ever need to. If you buy the Stihl oil when you buy the trimmer, they extend the warranty from 2 to 4 years.
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We had a stihl fs90 or similar that lasted 20 years with about 10 of those commercially mowing. I've got a 56 now and it's been great too.
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I have a Red Max trimmer absolutely love it..
Can say same for my Stihl chain saw and hedge clipper..
Use to have a Husqvarna chain saw..Did not have the same affection towards it that I had towards the others..
One more thing I always spend a few more bucks and get commercial grade equipment from power tool dealer rather than a home depot etc.... There is a difference...
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When I lived in Oklahoma, everyone cut their own firewood. I saw a lot of chainsaws in action. And nothing beat a Stihl chainsaw. My dad bought a McCulough and it was bright yellow junk.

Therefore, if I was buying a trimmer, I would buy a Stihl.
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Stihl is best. Husq a distant second for me.
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Can't go wrong with either Stihl or Echo - I'd recommend buying from an equipment dealer rather than a big box store though.
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I bought a Stihl trimmer ~10 years ago and had nothing but problems with it. Over those 10 years I replaced 3 coil packs, 1 carburetor, and 2 muflers and it was always hard to start.
I Bought an Echo trimmer 3 years ago and it starts on the second or third pull, and has run flawlessly since I bought it.
I am now looking to buy a new chainsaw and it will be a Echo.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Stihl. I think they have a cpl coupons and sales going on right now. I just rec'd some stuff in mail from them.
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Thanks for all your input.
The mom & pop power equip store has a Kawasaki KGT27 on the shelf
that sounds interesting, as it will take attachments.
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I avoid Lowes and HD like the plague.
There's an Ace hardware near me where I'm greeted like Norm from Cheers. Can't get that at the big box stores.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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stihl or shindaiwa..

most landscapers use one or the other-- i have shindaiwa 2 strokes-- ones 20 years + works great-- but i can tell its lost some power compared to the new one i got 2 years ago.. now i leave the trimmer head on the new one and the blade on the old..

whatever you do get the "speed feed" trimmer head -- theyre 30 on ebay-- shindaiwas come with them-- all you do is line up the hole and pull 10feet of line thru-- done.. they can hold massive thick line--


pick the one that you can find parts for if needed-- the local shops here most carry both brands..
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:21 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Stihl I have one never had a problem with it. Buy their oil though. The new emissions has done a number on the carbs.
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