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Need a good weed eater...

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by Arya Ebrahimi, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. Arya Ebrahimi

    Arya Ebrahimi

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    Looking for a good RELIABLE weed eater. This will be used for property maintenance and needs to be able to cut down thick grass, vegetation, and small brush. We will have the property mowed, but a bushhog isn't the most maneuverable implement for getting nooks and crannies.

    What brands and specs should I look for? This will probably be used hard for 2-3 weeks a year and sit for the majority of the rest of the time. Any tips on maintenance under these conditions?

    I'm also looking for a chainsaw, but I found that the overwhelming consensus is get Stihl or Husqarvana and you can't go wrong. Thinking probably a 16" bar.

    Thanks

    Ary
     
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    MJM SILVER Star

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    Stihl

    Go with a Stihl commercial grade they cost a little more but last a lot longer. We have 2 in the family and dam they are good. You need to get them from a lanscaper mower place not Home Depot or Lowes.
     
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    Round Up

    Figure how much $$$ you want to spend and go buy that much Round-Up!!!!

    It's alot less work.

    :cheers:

    J.R.
     
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    nudder vote for the Hus
     
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    I have a Sears Craftsman, been a whoop ass little machine...
     
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    at least 20-22cc, husq are nice but i have run the piss out of an echo and it keeps coming back. but I have only run the commercial stuff
     
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    Got 76 acres that gets mowed 2-3 times a year.....that's a LOT of roundup :D
     
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    You are making a joke right????

    Go stihl Ary.
     
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    Stihl FC 110 - 31CC

    Get bull horns while your at it.
     
  12. Arya Ebrahimi

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    My uncle bought a craftsman chainsaw and weed eater 10 years ago. Although they're not the most powerful, they've actually been fairly reliable to the surprise of many. With that said, he only uses his to trim his sidewalk about once a month during the summer. So....

    Ary
     
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    my vote is for a GOAT!

    maybe noah can loan you one ;)
     
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    Deep South Cruisers 1978 FJ40 ~ 283 V8

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    I bought a $300 Stihl weedeater thinking it would last longer, after the second $75 repair the guy that works on them told me to buy a cheap one and just throw it away at the end of the season :cool:
     
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    Echo straight shaft trimmers are SUPER reliable and excellent to use. They are also cheap to buy at Home Depot, compared to the Stihl (my other recommendation). The SRM-230 or larger is a better choice for big propertires. The SRM-210, the model I have, is just about adequate for an acre. Get the handle bar kit and a brush blade and you are good to go.

    http://www.echo-usa.com/prods_item.asp?Model=SRM-230&Category=TRIMMER

    For the use you describe you don't NEED a commercial grade machine, but one would be more reliable in the long run.

    The very best thing you can do for any power equipment is to religiously use fuel stabilizer, like Stabil. It will prevent the tarnish build up in the carb that causes so much woe.

    Repace the grease fill plug in the Echo head gearbox with a zerk fitting and give the thing a couple of shots of moly grease at the end of each season. You will get 10 years out of this machine, I promise.

    Go here for a bunch of lawn mower nuts who will be happy to make recommendations:

    http://www.abbysguide.com/ope/discussions/

    John
     
  17. Arya Ebrahimi

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    Just got back from the Stihl dealer in town. Damn this s*** is expensive! I had no idea a trimmer could cost $400 for a middle of the line unit(FS 80 brushcutter w/ handle bars)!

    I do like the MS280 Farm Boss Chain Saw. They're on special for $349.

    I'm looking at the FS 55(w/ handle bars) and MS280. I can get both w/ neccessary accessories, i.e. oil, line, chain cover, etc, for $600 out the door. Hmmm, decisions, decisions

    Ary
     
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    This thing has been great... and tough. I have a small lot, about half an acre that has that has frickin' white top on it (that can be a tough weed when thick) and this Craftsman has been great.... I cant figure out why spend $$ on some brand name when a lot of them use the same engines...
     
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    Honda - most reliable engines around! Love the Honda weedeater I got - just the base model. Bought this as my Honda mower has been going strong since 1984!
     
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    Another vote for Stihl. I used to mow lawns for extra cash, and invested in a nice Stihl. Never regretted it either.