I want to buy a string trimmer (gas) for my husband for Christmas. I
don't really know much about them. My dad has an Echo SRM 260S and
loves it, but he has 20 acres to trim. We have a small suburban yard,
but plan to have more land eventually. I want to get him something
good that will last for a long time, but I'd like to keep it as close
to $200 as possible. I need recommendations on brands and features!
I've been told that Echo and Stihl are the best, but they both have so
many options! How many cc's? 2 or 4 cylinder? straight shaft or
curved? Please help!
If you have just a small suburban yard, you may just want to pick up an
electric weed whip.
Go to your local library and look up "string trimmers", in the back
issues of the latest issue of Consumer Reports.
I bought a Troy-Bilt straight line, 2 cycle trimmer for my son for
Christmas as he likes mine. Cost about $130 at Lowes. We both have
~3/4 acre. I still use a small electric one for my front lawn, around
my wife's solar lights, as the Troy-Bilt wacks them out of the ground
If you have 20 acres to trim, suggest you consider a high-wheeled trimmer
rather than one you have to tote. Sears sells one that I've used that has
held up well for 7 years so far, and I've seen advertisements for the DR
brand, about which I know nothing. The wheeled trimmers are light-weight
and easy to use. I bought mine because I had too much trimming to do to
have to carry the trimmer everywhere. The wheeled trimmer is a great
labor-saver since I just have to push it, not carry it. For 20 acres I'd
buy nothing less -- Regards --
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