The IDC 520 gas trimmer I bought 10 years ago died. Over its life
I've used it about 2 to three times a year only, some years even less.
It is probably a simple problem like the iginition or something. But
there is deep recessed machine screw with a stripped torx/flat
combination head I cannot remove. So I guess I have to junk it. I'd
say 10 year life span is acceptable for a gas trimmer.
With such infrequent use a trimmer is still needed in an American home
and I hate an electric one with its long umbilical cord. My question
is what do you guys recommend for a gas trimmer. I have a 1/3 acre
yard. But it is irrelevant. Isn't it? It is how much one has to
trim. I'd say about 150 ft or so. Maybe less.
Am I so far behind in the knowledge of cordless technology? I would
never consider such a thang. Cordless trimmer? You're joking. Are
you not? Having had a couple of cordless drills, my first question is
not whether it does the job (that's my second question), but how much
does the replacement battery cost when it dies in a year and a half.
I still trust an internal combution engine.
why did you post for help? are you just lonely? or just needing
confirmation before you can act? you clearly arent taking any suggestions..
but to answer your question. yes you are that far out of the loop.
I was soliciting ideas for a GAS trimmer. Not an electric one.
Certainly not a CORDLESS. I am sorry your suggestion was not being
considered and your feeling was hurt.
Still my question stands. How much will the battery cost when it dies
in a year and a half? I get 10 years out of a run-of-the-mill gas
trimmer, no maintenance what-so-ever. When will a cordless battery
last even five? The year 2025?
you trashed on the other two people who had suggestions about gas trimmers
too. basically you posted, and trashed every answer you got. which is what
brought us to this point.
if 18 months is all you are getting out of cordless tools that you plan to
use " 2 to three times a year only" (your words) then im afraid it is you
that is doing something wrong and not the tool. or maybe YOU are a tool and
YOUR battery needs replacing.
I'd have to agree with ya there. I don't want anything to do with a
piece of outdoor power equiptment unless it's gas powered.
My sister in-law has one of those cordless trimmers... I wasn't
impressed at all. When it dies, you have to charge it up for a couple
hours. When my gas trimmer dies, it takes 10 seconds to refill the
gas tank ;-)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Yaofeng) wrote in message
You should ask yourself how much you want to spend. With such infrequent
use, even the cheapest of trimmers will last longer periods of time. They
break because of use. If you keep some stabilizing in the tank with the
gas/oil or if you just empty it, then you won't be putting bad mixture
through the trimmer, which would be all you'd have to worry about with it
being used so infrequently.
For the cost o a high quality trimmer such as a Stihl or a Shindawa you
could buy 2 or 3 of the cheaper HomeLite/Ryobi/Troy Bilt trimmers and
probably get just as much lifetime out of the 1 Stihl/Shindawa as you would
2 or 3 of the cheap brands.
I must have 500ft of fence to trim against, and then around trees and such,
so I spend $250 for a quality Shindawa professional multi-tool, that cost
included the trimmer head. For $100 I added an edger head. I'm a fan of
multi-tools because they save me a lot of money since i have professional
equipment and i only need to edge every other time, so I'm not changing
heads every time I use the unit.
You can get similar multi-tools from Ryobi for $250 including both heads, if
not less. They just will not last as long.
Let me see...
I already have a gas air compressor, gas chain saw, gas blower in
addition to an electric blower and electric hedge trimmer. Not to
mention the gas trimmer just died and gas lawn mower. No I am
definitely not a fan of multi-tool anything and I am stubborn and
IMO: The most important thing about a trimmer is how i'ts
made to hold it, and whether it will become uncomfortable
before I'm done. I've got a cheapie right now with a
snoulder strap that's very comfortable because it's balanced
when you put the strap over your shoulder. Irritated the
folks in the store when I kept playing with the display
model and then wouldn't take a "better" one 'cause the one I
was playing with was the last one they had. Long story
short, I made them sell it to me but only got a 5% discount.
So, POing the staff has its disadvantages. <g>
I've got a older Stihl FS76 that has done a terrific job of keeping my
1/2 acre relatively tamed. It's built like a tank -- though certainly
not as heavy -- and has been trouble-free. As long as I keep gas-
conditioner in the stored gas, it starts every time.
It may be over-kill for the amount of trimming you have to do. But I've
been very happy with the quality of the brand. BTW, I bought the Stihl
after I wrapped my problematic Sears Weed Wacker around a tree when it
failed to start for the last time. ;-)
I have a "Weed Eater" with a Poulan engine. Used it for 14 years and
it still works great. I have a half acre lot with a lot of trimming,
including curb trimming. I hold the string vertically and walk
Bought a Stihl trimmer this week.
Dealer says premium gas only, and just mix what you need.
Said bad gas is their biggest problem by far.
Got a Stihl chain saw, never had a problem with it. Old gas
or new. 2 or 3 pulls usually all it takes to start.
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