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    OT - weedeater advice

    So I'm looking for a new weedeater. I'm having troubles figuring out what I want. So I figured I would solicit advice here. Here are the current options, feel free to give others you may know of.
    1. 1.8 amp electric from menards, $13.88
    2. 3.6 amp electric by "weedeater", $25
    3. 12V cordless toro, $47
    4. traditional gas powered, $60-100

    What do you think? what do you use? Do you like it? Would you buy it again?



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    Traditional gas powered. The last thing you want is a PITA cord or weak/dead battery. The gas ones have so much more power and flexibility, there is no comparison. I have used all types, I used to mow lawns in my younger days.

    I currently have a cheapo Homelite 2-stroke, and it works good. It is easy to start, but sometimes gives a little grief (takes awhile) to warm up.

    If I were to do it all again, I would spend a little more and get one of the lower priced 4-cycle versions. My buddies that have them love them. They start easy, run better, and don't stink.

    Oh, a decent gas unit (any name brand) will outlast any electric type, even with little maintenance. My parents have had a weedeater brand (cheapest available at the time) that is now going on 15 years old and runs like new. Their old cordless Toro one lasted 2-3 years.


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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    I have the rechargeable kind. I used to have a gas powered one but after fighting it over and over and over to try and get the damn thing to start, I dropped it in the trash and got a rechargeable one. I noticed all the guys in my neighborhood have them now.


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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    I've found that buying the cheapest available anything usually results in lots of irritation down the road. I went gas powered also, as I never seem to remember to recharge things until I need them.



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    Don't waste your money on a cheap one get a stihl.



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    Quote Originally Posted by mramseyISU View Post
    Don't waste your money on a cheap one get a stihl.
    I second that. I've used a Stihl for 5 years...the same one. It's still running strong, no problems.



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I have the rechargeable kind. I used to have a gas powered one but after fighting it over and over and over to try and get the damn thing to start, I dropped it in the trash and got a rechargeable one. I noticed all the guys in my neighborhood have them now.
    Ditto. (I have a Sears Craftsman model). While not quite as powerful as the gas powered variety, it is a heck of a lot easier to use and doesn't put off the noxious fumes...

    Plus, the battery is big enough that I can get a solid 1/2 hour out of it before needing recharge.



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    For those running the battery powered ones, how long have you owned the trimmer, and what has the battery life done?
    If it is like most other Nicd batteries, they will only have a couple year life. I would like to be wrong here, so please tell me you have been using them for years now!



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    How large of a property do you have? If you have a large yard with a lot of items that need to be trimmed around (multiple trees, long fence line, patio etc) you would probably be better off with a gas model that will run all day if needed as long as you keep it gassed up. With an electric, notably the cheaper ones, you will be at the mercy of the battery. Nedrick noted that his electric will provide him with 1/2 hour of use. Depending on your yard that may not be enough.

    As for which brand, Our Stihl is 6 years old and runs like a champ and will cut down anything within reason.



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    Quote Originally Posted by mramseyISU View Post
    Don't waste your money on a cheap one get a stihl.
    I would agree with this. In fact, I work at a store that sells them, and they are some of the best yard machines you'll ever buy. They cost more right now, but if you get one of these, you'll be set for 10 years with heavy use.

    As long as you take care of them (poor out old gas, clean the air filter, and check ups every once in a while), then they can last for 15 years easy.


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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    Quote Originally Posted by C.John View Post

    As for which brand, Our Stihl is 6 years old and runs like a champ and will cut down anything within reason.
    Our Stihl has got to be at least 10+ years old and still runs really well. It works a little too well on flowers and such though.



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    Quote Originally Posted by herbicide View Post
    If I were to do it all again, I would spend a little more and get one of the lower priced 4-cycle versions. My buddies that have them love them. They start easy, run better, and don't stink.
    What 4-cycle brands are they using?


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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    Stihl, straight shaft.
    Don't skimp on the string head.



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    What kind of yard do you have?

    The battery Toro may wear down after 45 mins, but I don't own 45 mins worth of yard ... works good for me.

    Gas is great is you want to seem like a bad *** and not have the neighborhood yocal-locals scoff at you - but keeping up with the Jones's will just get you broke quicker.

    saw a guy down the street using old-school shears (manual-scissor type) to trim the edges - he looked hardcore, but that's just way to much work



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    Re: OT - weedeater advice

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    What kind of yard do you have?

    The battery Toro may wear down after 45 mins, but I don't own 45 mins worth of yard ... works good for me.

    Gas is great is you want to seem like a bad *** and not have the neighborhood yocal-locals scoff at you - but keeping up with the Jones's will just get you broke quicker.

    saw a guy down the street using old-school shears (manual-scissor type) to trim the edges - he looked hardcore, but that's just way to much work
    A good $130.00 trimmer now that lasts 15 years is a lot cheaper in the long run than a $50.00 trimmer every 3 years.

    Plus, yes, it does look Bad-"A"


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