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OT: Weed Eater

tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
edited 8:45PM in EggHead Forum
My long over due replacement for a weed eater. Ok now
I'm looking for a dependable, straight shaft, gas model. I have seen Kawasaki, Troy Built, Husqvarna. Heavy brush/ weeds, no blade system only string. Used for weed abatement in SoCal forest. I have had 3 Ryobi's all did not fair too well.

What do you have and would buy again. Were looking around $200 give or take a few $$



  • Fire WalkerFire Walker Posts: 241
    I have and would buy again A Stihl their strong well designed and start every time and the new ones have a cool line winding head that make reloading a snap.
  • fieroguyfieroguy Posts: 777
    I'll second that.
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    A lot of this will be personal perception. I too have had a lot of different models.

    My son got a Stihl and it is really nice.

  • trublondtrublond Posts: 1
    Last year I bought a 4-stroke cub cadet and am very happy with it so far. It is a little heavier then a 2-stroke but I don't have to mix oil and gas.
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Didn't see these posts but it looks like I third'ed it.

  • popagar0popagar0 Posts: 136
    i have a 4- stroke cub. it gets used hard. no mixing oil&gas.
  • luis70458luis70458 Posts: 48
    Red Max
  • roosterrooster Posts: 252
    nothing better than a stihl.
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,293
    I have the Husqvarna 125L (straight shaft)
    I think it was $199 at the time (Lowe's)
    Starts easily every time and is a workhorse.

    I was using it today and took a blanket to cover the egg on the patio to prevent chipping. I was crackin' up that the egg was covered, but the 3 window unit behind it wasn't :huh:
    Priorities ya know ;)
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

    I have a Husqvarna 235R. I've owned it for at least 10 years. I have 2 ditches that run around my yard that I cut every other week. Between that and around other objects I use it for 2 to 3 hours at a clip. It has never failed me. I don't know how mush you are going to use it but here is why I like it. First, it has an AWESOME HARNESS! I clip on the harness and all the weight is just hanging there! I can cut for hours with out a problem. I would never buy one without this. Second, the string advance works flawless. 1 tap and out it comes! I replaced the string head once and I found it at Lowe's. Third the head is REAL easy to reload! 2 latches, the spool comes out, wrap the string, snap it back together. Super simple! Fourth it came with a brush blade and a heavier blade. I used the brush blade a few times to remove some berry bushes and it worked like a champ! Stihl is good stuff too. My father-in-law has a bent shaft one. I am sure it does not live up to their straight shaft models but my Husqvarna beats the snot out of it.
  • I didn't know there was another brand other than a Stihl Pro model. :ermm: :laugh:
  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    I've got a Toro that I've been very happy with for going on 8-9 years...maybe more.

    A couple decades ago I used to do the weed eater thing for 6-7 hours a day at a summer job.

    I used some string that was probably 4-5x the diameter of regular string. Used to cut the shore and woodline at a cemetery as well as a couple steep sided ditches. It also did better/lasted longer edging the curbing.
  • HamiltonHamilton Posts: 115
    I've had Echo and Kawasaki, but now have a Stihl - I like it best.
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