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Username Post: Weed-eaters        (Topic#347328)
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Loc: Whitewater, CO
Reg: 05-25-01
09-25-17 12:12 PM - Post#2708793    

I am just starting to think about this, but soon I am gonna need a weed-eater.

What are the brands to avoid?

I am thinking either 2 stroke or cordless. Will a cord-less cut it (pun intended)?

I live on 5 acres, but I am just worried about the area around the shop, house and out-buildings...and the jungle over the sepic tank.


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Posts: 4031

Reg: 12-29-02
09-26-17 09:46 AM - Post#2708898    
    In response to Stinky

Stihl is the brand for gas trimmers. I wouldn't go battery when you have that much trimming to do.

Andy J 
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Age: 66
Loc: east central Mississippi
Reg: 10-29-15
09-26-17 06:00 PM - Post#2708964    
    In response to 65_Impala

I second that.I have a Stihl weedeater that has a circular saw blade and a weedeater head.It has a shoulder strap and wide handle bars that are very comfortable.That thing will cut down a tree 4-6" in diameter.It's probably 20 years old but it still works great.

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Reg: 04-07-04
09-26-17 06:36 PM - Post#2708971    
    In response to Stinky

This question is right up my alley. I live in the country and do a lot of weed-whacking. I have a shop, several trees, light posts, etc. I also have a thousand foot chain link fence that I trim both inside and outside.

I use a Black and Decker 20v string trimmer with the Automatic Feed Spool (AFS) system. It is 99.9% flawless! It is the only weed trimmer I've ever used that didn't have string-feed problems. Seriously, in all the time I've used it, I've only had a string problem twice. The thing advances the line itself and I just keep going.

I've never had a gas trimmer, but with six batteries at my disposal (I have other B&D 20v tools) I can go for about 1.5 hours before the batteries are used up. After 1.5 hours, my back is used up too, so noooooooo issue with the battery time limit. I throw the batteries on the charger and do more the next day if I need to.

These batteries charge slow though... overnight is required. I think B&D has a fast charger but I don't have it.

With six batteries I have no desire to switch to gas. Smelly, messy, loud, expensive, hmmmmm. I carry extra batteries and a line spool in a skeet bag on my hip and only take a break when I need to.

My 2 cents.


Bruces 57 
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09-27-17 01:22 PM - Post#2709033    
    In response to 56chev66must

Well, My wonderful wifie bought a Works weed wacker a few years back for fathers day! Darn thing just keeps on ticking!
Used it in Florida and now in Calif. Like it so much, we bought the up graded version of weed wacker with new more powerful batteries and a blower too!!
Works like advertized!!!!!


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Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
09-29-17 03:29 PM - Post#2709233    
    In response to Bruces 57

Stay away from Ryobi, gas or electric. I have a 40 volt Ryobi and it does not auto feed the way it should and I had to replace the motor after only a season and a half. It does have a tilt head and I use it strictly as an edger now.

I have a Troy-Bilt 4 cycle and I like it well enough. Only the second season with it, but it starts fairly easily and runs well despite not having a choke. Nice to just put in straight gas and not have to mix in oil. It has interchangeable tools too. I bought the leaf blower attachment this year. The only thing I don't like is the spool design when it has to be refilled. But that doesn't have to be done too often. I agree that Stihl does make professional quality equipment though.

Some days it's not worth chewing through the restraints.

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09-29-17 08:01 PM - Post#2709257    
    In response to Stinky

I've been using my dad's FS86 Stihl recently. It's older but bicycle handles, shoulder strap, 2 stroke and very light weight. I was trying to trim around my pole barn with some heavier weeds and I finally bought him a polycut head. It has 3 nylon teeth instead of cord. What a joy. I was spending more time re-threading cord than trimming but I did the entire perimeter of about 180 feet without needing to do anything to the polycut teeth. There were even some small scrub bushes springing up and as long as you approach them gradually the polycut head will chip away at them until it finally cuts them off without any drama.

I also saw a tip which reminded me of something I was aware of but hadn't connected it to trimmers and that is nylon should be exposed to some water/moisture to stay strongest. The replacement package of Stihl polycut teeth even has a symbol on the bag indicating they should be exposed to water.

Stihl seems to change their trimmer head numbers frequently and the FS86 was not listed in any of their charts. Their tech support was even wrong as to which one it takes. So just in case somebody has an FS86 it takes a 20-3 Polycut head and not the 41-3.

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Loc: Houston, Texas
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11-09-17 12:13 PM - Post#2713785    
    In response to toro455

I just bought a Troy-Built straight shaft 2 cycle gas trimmer in September. We live on 1-1/2 acres in North Texas. I've only had it for a few months, it has performed perfectly - easy start, lightweight and easily adjustable for lefties (daughter). It came with a traditional dual-line cutting head, as well as a bonus Aero-flex fixed line head which I switched over to right out of the box. There are a variety of cutter fittings available for the Aero-flex head.

For about $140 after fuel mix, a few cutter blades and taxes it was well worth the money.

-The Hilander.
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11-12-17 01:34 PM - Post#2714168    
    In response to hilandr451

Echo 210 bought brand new. 9 years and still going strong. Modified the exhaust though. I use high octane fuel or bottle 4 stroke gas. The bottle last longer than expected. It's every efficient. The down side, the bump style feed needs to be replaced due to use.

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Loc: Richmond, Va.
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11-13-17 09:52 AM - Post#2714238    
    In response to gchemist

I also purchased an Echo (2-stroke) after receiving several recommendations on this forum.

Have owned it and run it hard for several years now. Bulletproof and 100% reliable.


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11-27-17 01:49 PM - Post#2715943    
    In response to Johnny468

I have the GT-225 21.2cc Gas Powered Curved Shaft String Trimmer.

I like that it uses 8" pre cut string instead of auto feed. Once they wear down, I just push new string in.

I cut the string myself from a roll of 100' instead of buying the pre cut (much cheaper)

I'll be Frank, this hobby isn't getting any easier.
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