A string trimmer that doesn't suck

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Wasser, May 28, 2014.

  1. Wasser

    Wasser Spilt my beer

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    Fellow garage mates, I need your help.

    I am looking for advise on a string trimmer (weed wackier) that doesn't suck.

    I have gone through three, 2 strokes. Craftsman, Echo & Homelight. They seem to last 2 years and then, are just about impossible to start and stay running once started. I use ethanol free gas and drain the tank every fall.

    Said screw that 2 stroke stuff and bought a 4 stroke Troy-Built last year. That POS will at least start but, won't stay running. Ethanol free gas and drained last fall. WTF!! That POS is going back to Lowes tomorrow morning.

    Does anyone make a good string trimmer that will start each spring and, manage to stay running? I have a small lot. Only about 10,000 sq. ft.

    I do NOT want a corded model.

    How about cordless electrics?

    Propane models?

    I do get some tall weeds in the spring on about 100 sq. ft. that need a good wack in the spring.

    What does the group recommend?
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  2. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Draining doesn't work... you MUST use Sta-Bil or the like. :deal I'm running a 25 year old McCulloch Pro-Scaper III brush saw, and a ten YO Husky string trimmer. Fuel lines replaced once. My 12YO Echo PB650 backpack blower starts second pull every spring, stored with ethanol gas and Sta-Bil.
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  3. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Quit shopping at Lowe's for low end shit. Get to a proper power equipment dealer, ask for the good stuff. I bought this one, about TWICE what the throw away shit costs, but worth every cent to me to go BRAAAAP whenever I want it to, quality feels GOOD! http://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/trimmers/326ls/
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  4. plains ranger

    plains ranger Been here awhile

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    I've had good luck with Sthil.
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  5. Wasser

    Wasser Spilt my beer

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    I'm leaning towards a Sthil.

    Yea, it costs about twice as much, or more but, with the money spent so far on HD, Lowes & Sears, probably would have paid for itself by now.

    Does Sthil make a decent residential model you guys recommend? Would really prefer a 4 stroke model.
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  6. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Bit the bullet and bought a Sthil a few years ago after running thru a half-dozen cheapies. Starts after sitting all Winter (with stabilizer). Have had no problems. Whacks weeds like a bulldozer.

    WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better than any of the others! and in the long run, cheaper than buying a new one every year.
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  7. leadthrower21

    leadthrower21 Adventurer

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    Husqvarna makes a 4 stroke unit with a Honda motor on it called the 324 (in both straight shaft and attachment system setups) or the 224 (same thing but without the solid driveshaft).

    Honda makes their own 4 stroke trimmers as well in a 25 and 35cc model.

    Any of the two stroke models from the big three (Echo, Husqvarna, Stihl) will be good units.

    In my experience, draining the fuel allows the carb diaphragms to dry out quicker. As soon as they dry out they begin to harden and lose the ability to do their job. If the diaphragms are hard (or click in the case of the float side) then it's probably time for a new set. All of the carburetors used nowadays will fall prey to this issue. Using ethanol free fuel is a big step in the right direction, but keeping it full of fuel and running it every couple weeks will help it as well.

    A carb kit costs roughly $10 and is pretty easy to install as long as you keep track of everything.
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  8. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    Just a thought on a string trimmer that won't start after a few years: Make sure the spark arrestor screen over the muffler outlet is not completely clogged with exhaust deposits. The motor can 'inhale', but it can't 'exhale'-so it won't run right.
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  9. Allucaneat

    Allucaneat Been here awhile

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    Red Max if you can find one. I've had a Red Max weedeater and backpack blower for about seven years now with zero trouble out of either one. I think they use Shindaiwa? engines.
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  10. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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    my next one will be a honda for sure

    hopefully they have a good string feed mechanism
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  11. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I use a Husqvarna. Head swaps out for a triangular blade for blackberry canes (which just chew the trimming line to shreds) or for small saplings.

    I also use Husqvarna chainsaws. More spent up front seems to pay off in lower long-term cost.
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  12. sterfry

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    I have had the Husky 224 for 3 years. When it's completely cold and has been sitting for a week you prime it, choke it and it starts on the 3rd pull. It starts on the first pull when warm. Since it's a 4 stroke it makes decent power at 1/2 throttle so I have to do very little trimming running it wide open. Hopefully this will make the trimmer last longer. I start using Sta-Bil in the fuel near the end of the season. What ever fuel is left in the trimmer after the last mow stays in until the next year.
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  13. nevermind

    nevermind Slower, then Molasses

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  14. kojack06

    kojack06 Long timer

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    Same here. I've never had an issue with any of their products. Buy from a good dealer.
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  15. showkey

    showkey Long timer

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    Does not matter.........they are all built to price point effecting quality and durability......so there are large compromises that a pro models do not have.
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  16. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    Got a Shindaiwa more than a decade ago. It started 3 times and has been in the shed since.

    Got a Stihl about a decade ago. It starts when I want it to and gets regular abuse. Haven't done a thing to it except feed it good fuel.

    Oh, and none of my engines see Stabil. Just good gas (that might be several months old).
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  17. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails

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    Battery powered has come a long way. With Home Depots return policy, it is worth a try. I like my 40v battery trimmer.
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  18. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    Pretty sure you can ONLY buy Stihl new from a good dealer...
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  19. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek adventurer

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    +1

    Dealer support matters...I spent the money for Stihl and the dealer takes good care of me if I ever have any questions or need maint parts...since I don't really need to have them repair my stuff. :evil

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  20. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek adventurer

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    Tractor Supply and Ace Hardware sell Stihl around here too...but they dont really have the same support you'd get from a dedicated dealer/shop.

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