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Posted: 8/22/2017 6:58:44 AM EST
I have a worx cordless which has been ok but recently moved into much larger home with much more property

I also installed a fence recently which means I have even more to trim around

Im looking for a quality gas string trimmer that I can also edge with
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 6:59:27 AM EST
Second battery.
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[Last Edit: 8/22/2017 7:01:36 AM EST by phatmax]
Stihl Kombi with attachments. Serious but once, cry once and have a plethora of tools at your disposal.

ETA:. I have the Milwaukee string trimmer now, but for my Kombi I have the articulated hedge trimmer, saw blade, limbing saw, edger and extension bar. One motor to run all of them.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:02:29 AM EST
Stihl
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Echo

Best warranty 5 years. Worth every penny. Fires up on two pulls and cuts like nothing else.
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Originally Posted By trails-end:
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Pick which model is best for you. I've used Stihl in both professional and homeowner capacity, no complaints.
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Originally Posted By htusa:
Thank me later.

Best warranty 5 years. Worth every penny. Fires up on two pulls and cuts like nothing else.
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Same here just gas and go. 
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:10:13 AM EST
Echo
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:10:23 AM EST
Picked up a Stihl FS70 recently and that thing makes trimming a joy.
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FS 91r
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:12:02 AM EST
Stihl, any flavor.

When my husky went tits up I bought the cheapest Stihl at my dealer (Fs45 maybe). I beat the shit out of it. 7 years, no maintenance, no winterizing, still going strong.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:15:25 AM EST
I'm lazy and got a walk behind trimmer.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:18:37 AM EST
I live in Florida.

That means that I use mine more than 10 months per year.

I bought a Ryobi powerhead that does triple duty as edger, trimmer, and blower.

It cost me $89, is 5 years old now, and is about to finish another season.

If you know how to maintain a 2 stroke motor, they will last forever.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:19:18 AM EST
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Originally Posted By phatmax:
Stihl Kombi with attachments. Serious but once, cry once and have a plethora of tools at your disposal.

ETA:. I have the Milwaukee string trimmer now, but for my Kombi I have the articulated hedge trimmer, saw blade, limbing saw, edger and extension bar. One motor to run all of them.
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kinda overkill if all he needs is a trimmer.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:21:18 AM EST
STIHL
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Originally Posted By htusa:
Echo

Best warranty 5 years. Worth every penny. Fires up on two pulls and cuts like nothing else.
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This. My Echo straight shaft trimmer has been nothing short of phenomenal.
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+1. I have the SRM225, it's been great. Just make sure you go straight shaft with whichever one you you with
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:24:36 AM EST
Echo 225.

Powerhouse of a motor / speedfeed for the string is very easy to load -takes about 2 minutes is all. Great trimmer.
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There are brands other than Stihl?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:29:34 AM EST
The Ego 56v trimmer gets me just under 1.5 acres of residential trimming (fence lines etc) per charge. The other battery powered units just don't seem to compare
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the new flex volt Dewalt
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Originally Posted By offctr:
Same here just gas and go. 
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Originally Posted By htusa:
Thank me later.

Best warranty 5 years. Worth every penny. Fires up on two pulls and cuts like nothing else.
Same here just gas and go. 
I have an Echo I bought in 2006. It's up to 3 pulls now.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:36:11 AM EST
I have an Echo and I have a Stihl.

I prefer the Echo.  Both are great.  I think the Echo is better but the Stihl is still hands down better than anything else you will find.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:37:45 AM EST
They're all made in China and are disposable.

Spend $55 at Lowes.com and get a Remington Rustler delivered. It will work as well and last as long as a $200+ "brand name" one.

They have a version that accepts attachments too, for a few bucks more.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:37:50 AM EST
Stihl, Echo, or Husky. Pick the one you can get parts/service for the easiest in your area.
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Echo
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Originally Posted By MI_FZ6:


+1. I have the SRM225, it's been great. Just make sure you go straight shaft with whichever one you you with
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Straight vs Curved is nothing but personal preference. In entry level trimmers both use a cable drive so neither is superior to the other.

Now if you step up to a trimmer with a solid drive shaft that is a different story and those only come in straight shaft.
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Originally Posted By MI_FZ6:


+1. I have the SRM225, it's been great. Just make sure you go straight shaft with whichever one you you with
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Totally agree. I have the same one. Before that I was using a borrowed Echo from a neighbor that was older than the hills, but was still working. That one was a curved shaft though. Going straight shaft was a huge improvement.
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Originally Posted By phatmax:
Stihl Kombi with attachments. Serious but once, cry once and have a plethora of tools at your disposal.

ETA:. I have the Milwaukee string trimmer now, but for my Kombi I have the articulated hedge trimmer, saw blade, limbing saw, edger and extension bar. One motor to run all of them.
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bought one of these 6 years ago.....  still starts 1st pull every spring.   best weedwhacker/edger/brush cutter I have ever owned.     
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 8:33:56 AM EST
Echo powerhead

I bought this a month ago, to go with the smallest powerhead echo made 20+ years ago. The old one runs great and fires right up. It struggled a bit with the big weeds and vines, but did great with the chainsaw on a stick attachment. I have been using the new powerhead now for weeds, and holy crap! This thing makes me laugh at times, nothing slows it down. I think it is going to take out my 20+ year old trimmer head though, that thing gets a bit warm now!
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Originally Posted By CPT_CAVEMAN:

kinda overkill if all he needs is a trimmer.
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True, I am making the assumption that a larger property will likely have more / bigger hedges, trees, etc. , requiring the additional tool options.
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Echo.
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Originally Posted By gohuskers:
Echo 225.

Powerhouse of a motor / speedfeed for the string is very easy to load -takes about 2 minutes is all. Great trimmer.
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This. I have the same and it's been great. I have the bruch cutting and edging attatchments as well. A bit of a pain to change attatchments but not terrible.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:22:38 AM EST
I have a lot of trimming to do. My deWalt 20 volt brushless has been excellent. No gas, very quiet.
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if you get a gas-operated trimmer, use ethanol-free gas. Your trimmer engine will last longer. If there aren't any ethanol-free gas stations nearby, get a 5-gallon jug and go buy some to last you for a while.

ETA: here is the list of stations in IN: Pure-gas.org
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Originally Posted By htusa:
Echo

Best warranty 5 years. Worth every penny. Fires up on two pulls and cuts like nothing else.
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I bought this ECHO last year at HD after an ARFCOM recommendation and it's been great!

It has the easiest line replacement system I've seen.

Cheers!

ILB
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:57:15 AM EST
My Stihl FS-56 is a very good trimmer.  By far the best I've ever had over the last thirty years or so of home ownership.  Would it hold up to commercial use?  I don't know for sure but I'm betting it would give a Hell of a run at it.  Mine sees about two hours of run time every weekend during the growing season.  It's easy to start and the line is never an issue.  I wouldn't mind if it had a bit larger spool but that's really a minor complaint.  
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:00:55 AM EST
I have a few I recommend.  My old Echo SRM210 straight shaft has done double duty as a trimmer and brushcutter over the near 20 years I've owned it, and it never misses.   This is a pre-Shindaiwa merger unit so it didn't come with the Speed Feed, but since Shindaiwa sold the rights to that to Oregon years ago I just retrofitted an Oregon Speed Feed head and it works great.   Any Echo would work great.

I also have the Stihl Kombi, fantastic unit including a good trimmer, but the Stihl spooling system sucks after you get used to the Shindaiwa/Echo system so again, I retrofitted the straight shaft trimmer head with an Oregon Speed Feed and the unit just rocks.   I also use the hedge trimmer and the pole saw with the extension, they work great.

For trimming my folks place I use the Stihl FSA 56 battery unit (not much property), uses the AK battery.  I did upgrade it to the larger AK battery  (stock one doesnt' last long) and the spool is only rated for .080 line and they don't last, but I just preload extra spools and carry them in my pocket, takes seconds to swap out and keep going, if necessary.   Decent unit but I wouldn't recommend it for over an acre.
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Originally Posted By gohuskers:
Echo 225.

Powerhouse of a motor / speedfeed for the string is very easy to load -takes about 2 minutes is all. Great trimmer.
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This is what I have used for two years on my fenced 2 acres.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:06:15 AM EST
I've been very happy with my Echo PAS set-up. Trimmer, edger, and recently got the tree trimming attachment. Haven't had any problems with it in the 5+ years I've been beating it up.
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[Last Edit: 8/22/2017 12:18:44 PM EST by AcidGambit]
Stihl.

Mine (and the edger) sat for 2yrs with fuel/oil mix in them... Drained them, poured some seafoam in them and primed, let sit over night. Poured the left over seafoam in the tank out, filled with new fuel/oil, fired up on the second pull. Only problem I've ever had was the cord breaking on the trimmer (older).

I like the combo tool they make, but I already have a trimmer and edger, so...

I get the attraction of batteries and the negatives of fuel/oil, but I'd rather stick to the old school. Those batteries are pricey.

eta: I have the FS5x trimmer, I've put the blade on it and actually cut limbs with it.
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Originally Posted By Burley:
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Nope
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:11:52 AM EST
Echo. I've had my string trimmer and backpack blower for five years. Both are great.
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Originally Posted By htusa:
Echo

Best warranty 5 years. Worth every penny. Fires up on two pulls and cuts like nothing else.
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that's some funny shit there.  

Nothing outcuts a pre 2010 shindiawa 242. But they are hard to find will prob need cleaned up some. 

You said bigger house OP but didn't say how big. For cheap consumer grade I have had good luck with the Troy built 2stroke model. Used it in the burbs for the past three years. 

If you need comercial I would look into husky, Stihl or even a newer shindiawa. Can't go wrong with either. They just don't make them like they used to with the new emissions BS
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Originally Posted By spartacus2002:
if you get a gas-operated trimmer, use ethanol-free gas. Your trimmer engine will last longer. If there aren't any ethanol-free gas stations nearby, get a 5-gallon jug and go buy some to last you for a while.

ETA: here is the list of stations in IN: Pure-gas.org
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If you can't find regular pure gas, Avgas from the airport works and is a lot cheaper than TruFuel.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 11:57:47 AM EST
Stihl FS94R or Husqvarna 525LS and install an Echo SpeedFeed 400 head.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 6:42:39 AM EST
Anyone have/use the echo pas?

Looks like home depot has the echo pas with trimmer and edger attachments for $300. Seems like a pretty good deal considering what you get
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Originally Posted By phatmax:
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this is the answer you seek.

look on CL for a "used" (read stolen) one and take it to an ACE hardware store to have it looked over.

it's hands down the best. I've had mine for over 15 years and it still cranks on the 2nd-3rd pull..
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 7:20:43 AM EST
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Originally Posted By MI_FZ6:


Just make sure you go straight shaft with whichever one you you with
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I'm looking for one as well. Why straight vs curved? 
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 7:23:44 AM EST
Stihl Kombi. You won't be sorry
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