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Old 05-20-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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What Makes A Good Weed Wacker?


Hoping to find a used one off craigslist. Dont want a cheezy plastic ryoibi but also dont need the newest model out. Gas power is fine.

Been searching around. I thought there would be more options besides the string. I saw the "weed beater" or whatever its called. Its got 3 metal blades. Those work well or gimmic?

This is on desert type of dirt. Lots of little rocks to fling around. The weeds grow fast and strong. There is a good amount of area to cover so the radius might matter...not sure. That metal 3 blade guy looks small and slow.

Can anyone recommend what would work best for us? Its for home use. Thank you.
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I have owned a Honda 4 stroke straight shaft trimmer for the last 5 years and it's been the best one I've ever owned. I live on a lake and the weeds grow like well.....weeds. The four stroke seems to have a lot more torque than a two stroke and doesn't bog down in the thick stuff

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I agree with Bergstrom, Honda and you can't go wrong or any Japanese name. Shindiawa, Husqvarna,,,......
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I like Stihl. Straight shaft are way better then curved. Go with square string or plastic knives if you are doing heavy grass. Brush, go with circular saw style blade. The steel three blade is pretty useless

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Be careful with the stihls as some are not made in the US and I browsed numerous forums a year back trying to figure out what models to get. I ended up with a straight shaft model and it's about middle of the road in their range and i took down a whole yard of milk weeds with it and it ate it up with just the thicker plastic string that comes with them. The milk weeds were over an inch thick at the bases and didn't think it would have the muscle to do it but if you kept the revs high it went through them like butter.
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I agree with Bergstrom, Honda and you can't go wrong or any Japanese name. Shindiawa, Husqvarna,,,......
Husqvarna is made in Sweden.
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I Had a four stroke Craftsman but after wearing it out got a two stroke Echo and was surprised at how much lighter it was than the 4 stroke and also how much longer it runs on a tank of gas.

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echo straight shaft,you can't kill em
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X2 on Echo. They're built like tanks.
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Husqvarna is made in Sweden.
Thank You Very Much I knew that and knew somebody would call me on it Although not sure if they are still made in Sweden or elsewhere
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The key is the straight shaft. "He said shaft!"
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This is the one I have had for about 6 years.
http://www.stihlusa.com/trimmers/FS130R.html

My yard is almost an acre, my parents use it as well on their yard across the street which is a little over an acre. Never had any trouble with it.
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Echo. I weedeat 2 acres at the shop and 29 trees and a fence encompassing one acre at my house. Its 9 years old and never been worked on. My dads is older and the primer bubble is broken, have to spray WD 40 in it to start, but starts right up.
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I have a toro pro line. It has been a good wacker.
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I have an Echo string trimmer, blower and several chain saws. I have a Husqvarna stick edger. All are two cycle and have had them for several years. The only issues I've had are a result of the ethanol in the gas nowadays. The Husqvarna seems to require less warmup and seems to have slightly better quality than the Echo products, but not by much.

If you've got lots of curb to edge, it's hard to beat a stick edger.
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I run the stihl pre mixed fuel in my gear. It's def worth it. They all start first pull with this fuel even when left all winter.
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Gotta agree with echo, picked up mine sometime last season after stihls bit it and wacked about 2,200 lawns.. started it up this season turned over first pull....stihls days are over (IMO there carbs suck a**).. Husqs are to heavy for my liking same with stihls (both regarding lower end ones).. 199 home depot echo, just be careful I do not recommend or like there new quick change string trimmer head (logistical nightmare)..
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If you've got lots of curb to edge, it's hard to beat a stick edger.

Seems like it would be very time consuming. Ive never actually seen that used in the field of "mowing" except for completely overgrown edges (almost redos) or lawn edge installs "In both scenarios of course would be extra charges".. No Upside down weedwhacking?

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The weeds grow fast and strong.
Groundclear concentrate? If your dealing with large stolons where it kinda looks like grass is growing from a green baseball in all directions and not just vertical.. you may need to look into brush cutting/ers type stuff, blades etc..

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Stihl or Echo both great....

or a 6' guy with a sharp Misery Whip....
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Red Max/Shindaiwa...

Straight shaft has a gear-head assembly that is more prone to fail then a curved shaft.

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