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Post  BladeRunner on Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:01 am

You guys have any?

I've got an acreage so I need a decent one.

I've got it down to Stihl and Husqvarna.

The reading I've done online is that Stihl used to be the best, but in recent years their quality has taken a dive.

I'm talking about something that can handle weeds and tall grass, not a lawn grass trimmer.
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Post  Darth Cheney on Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:15 am

BladeRunner wrote:You guys have any?

I've got an acreage so I need a decent one.

I've got it down to Stihl and Husqvarna.

The reading I've done online is that Stihl used to be the best, but in recent years their quality has taken a dive.

I'm talking about something that can handle weeds and tall grass, not a lawn grass trimmer.

 Stihl used to be the best and I would still stick with them as long as the money was reasonable.  Get plastic cutters not string as tall grass will shred that in no time and plenty of horsepower. 12 Gauge shotgun works the best but ammo is kind of hard to find. Sad

Not that I follow this but:

Always use a quality gasoline preservative to your fuel.
Run carb dry after use or before storing.
Never, ever, ever, use ethanol.
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Post  Darth Cheney on Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:17 am

BladeRunner wrote:You guys have any?

I've got an acreage so I need a decent one.

I've got it down to Stihl and Husqvarna.

The reading I've done online is that Stihl used to be the best, but in recent years their quality has taken a dive.

I'm talking about something that can handle weeds and tall grass, not a lawn grass trimmer.

 Stihl used to be the best and I would still stick with them as long as the money was reasonable.  Get plastic cutters not string as tall grass will shred that in no time and plenty of horsepower. 12 Gauge shotgun works the best but ammo is kind of hard to find. Sad

Not that I follow this but:

Always use a quality gasoline preservative to your fuel.
Run carb dry after use or before storing.
Never, ever, ever, use ethanol.

I use an electric one around the house but have to drag a cord around. The electrics are cheap, powerful, always run, but are a pain dragging a cord.
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Post  BladeRunner on Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:27 am

An electric one is not an option for me.

I didn't plant much a of garden this year. And with all of this rain I came back from a 10 day vacation to weeds chest high in the garden area. Too tall to till.

I've had a Ryobi for years. It's OK, but need something bigger and better. I use those Grass Gators on it, but for some reason I'm getting a lot of clogging around it and it's a pain in the rear. The Grass Gator plastic cutters work great for weeds but not for tall grass. The grass gets wound up in the shaft between the hub for the Grass Gator and the head.

And I hear you about the no ethanol and gas issues. I've had a couple of pieces of equipment give me headaches because I had old gas. This never used to be a problem for me years ago. Sometimes a piece of equipment could sit all winter with the same gas in it and start up in the spring no problem.

I wonder if gasoline quality has gone down.
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Post  Twinkies on Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:35 pm

Get a Stihl! I love mine.
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Post  BladeRunner on Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:00 pm

Twinkies wrote:Get a Stihl! I love mine.

I know they're good, but it sounds like they aren't as good as they used to be.

I think Husqvarna can come in a 4 stroke which is tempting as well.
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Post  sodaknomad on Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:21 pm

I favor Stihl. Replace the string with a metal brush trimmer, and have lots of time and gas on you. Those kinds weeds will grow back before before you can finish. Take the land in sections. Maybe a couple of hours with an eater, then roto till, then rake out the roots before they get reestablished.
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Post  Twinkies on Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:03 am

BladeRunner wrote:
Twinkies wrote:Get a Stihl! I love mine.

I know they're good, but it sounds like they aren't as good as they used to be.

I think Husqvarna can come in a 4 stroke which is tempting as well.
They still are good. I bought a second house a year ago and bought a new Stihl for that house. Its not quite as good as my old one, but still better than everything else out there.
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Post  BladeRunner on Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:32 pm

Bought the 36cc Kombi system model.

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Post  Darth Cheney on Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:16 pm

BladeRunner wrote:An electric one is not an option for me.

I didn't plant much a of garden this year. And with all of this rain I came back from a 10 day vacation to weeds chest high in the garden area. Too tall to till.

I've had a Ryobi for years. It's OK, but need something bigger and better. I use those Grass Gators on it, but for some reason I'm getting a lot of clogging around it and it's a pain in the rear. The Grass Gator plastic cutters work great for weeds but not for tall grass. The grass gets wound up in the shaft between the hub for the Grass Gator and the head.

And I hear you about the no ethanol and gas issues. I've had a couple of pieces of equipment give me headaches because I had old gas. This never used to be a problem for me years ago. Sometimes a piece of equipment could sit all winter with the same gas in it and start up in the spring no problem.

I wonder if gasoline quality has gone down.

 I use round-up in and around my garden...beats mowing and weed eating.
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