Since we're talking about weed wackers, which is the best one out there?

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  1. Dr. Tweedbucket

    Dr. Tweedbucket Deluxe model available !!!11

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    I don't want to hear anything about electric or battery powered either :red

    This is a 2 and 4 stroke thread. I'm thinking of grabbing a new Stihl or something like that..... :dunno

    What cha running ?
     
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    Now back to the weed wacker thread.
     
  3. FFTT

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    Blow torch!
     
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    I've always used Stihls and never had a reason to try anything else. I think mine is the FS70, which is the lower end of the professional models. It blasts through everything up to small shrubs if you use a blade. If I were to do it again, I would buy an even beefier model that can run the leaf-blowing attachment (actually "sweeper" attachment that works great as a leaf blower) with the rubber paddles.
     
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    I heard some folks 'round here went and got themselves a Goat.

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    Jokes aside I have a Honda 2-stroke wacker and that the best thing since sliced bread. It was an upgrade from a battery powered Ryobi thing. Definitely avoid mains or battery powered weed wackers - mains powered wackers have no torque, and battery wackers get good power for 10 minutes then the power seems to slowly taper off. My Honda wacker I use staino wire as the cutting filament, it tears through fast growing foliage like a boss and it doesn't slow for anything.

    Gotta keep foliage low where I live or snakes will take up residence and be a threat to my dogs.
     
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    Honda powered has made a big difference in all things small engine for me.
     
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    I have a Stihl FS-80 that's 10+ years old. It works great.
     
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    Most of the pros that I've seen seem to use Stihl. Personally, I have a 4-stroke Husqvarna that I've been very happy with.
     
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    I'll have to check Honda out ... I was kind of stuck on Stihl for some reason :huh thanks!
     
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    Not sure which brands are using Honda motors these days, I just know everything I own that's Honda powered has been the least trouble, most reliable.

    I'd look at Stihl and Husqvarna too, sure!

    I tried to rebuild my Rhyobi and still couldn't get it going.
     
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    I'm sure most are just fine. I have a 12 year old Pro Stihl 110 with bicycle bars that has close to a zillion hours on it and it runs great.
     
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  13. mango

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    My last Echo whacker lasted over 20 years,so I bought another .
     
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    Even the best of them, you have to change fuel lines before they deteriorate so bad that chunks break loose into the fuel system.
     
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    Another vote for stihl.
    The fs90R is the industry standard for string trimmers. They are powerful and easy to work on.
    But for homeowner use, i always suggest buying from whatver local dealer also has a service department. Whether it be stihl/echo/honda, they are all quality, so buy from a store that will stand behind what they sell, and understand the proper maintenance of the product.
     
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    I used to co-own a small lawncare company and had all honda/echo equipment... change the oil and keep clean gas... no big deal! Worked better than expected for 6? years.
     
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    For reliability and parts availability, I'd go with Stihl. We use trimmers a LOT where I work, and we've settled on Stihl for all of our trimmers (and chain saws) for the reasons that I mentioned.

    Echo and Honda both make a great product, but service and parts are kind of scarce where I live.

    Tom
     
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    My Tanaka 2510 is 18 years old and runs perfect. Starts right up first time every year, and for the first 8 years was used every day regularly when I had my lawn cutting business
     
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    I think Aynirar has it right.

    Lots of good companies out there. Especially with today's gas, maintenance is vital to longevity of small engines.
     
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    Shindawa T30. Done
     
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