Buying a house, putting up a fence shortly thereafter, and that'll
complicate things for the two adjoining neighbors whose lawns meet mine.
It's now a seamless property line, easy to mow, and I'm gonna throw a stick
in the gears. I promised the neighbors I'd manage the extra work. Time to
buy a gas powered string trimmer. Looking for recommendations or warnings
from those of you who are either VERY pleased with, or disgusted with your
I have an Echo SRM-2200 that I bought many years ago. I might should
have bought the SRM-2500 to get a little more power for the same weight,
but the 2200 handles everything I need it for (it didn't do too well
cutting mesquite saplings, but I'm not sure anything would) It is still
going strong, although I did have to replace the carburetor about 5
years ago after I gummed it up good using Homelite oil.
Just get something with a straight shaft (vastly increases the chance
that you get a clutch and a solid driveshaft, not a flex shaft) that can
take both metal blades and a bump-feed head with .095 string. Make sure
it's comfortable to hold and not too heavy. My father bought a huge
Echo trimmer and it's too heavy and awkward for any of us to use.
BTW, a metal "weed blade" is great for keeping the lawn under control
during long rainy spells when it's too muddy to use the lawnmower.
I have a Robi gas trimmer and after spending more time trying to start
it, especially the first time each year) I both a 18V B&D trimmer (came with
a blower hand hedge clippers in a kit). It does not have the power the gas
one had, but I will never try to start that gas thing again.
This thing has plenty of power and capacity. It came with three
batteries and I can trim, and use the blower to clean up and even do some
hedge trimming all on the same battery and so no sign of slowdown.
No more mixing gas, fighting with a motor that does not want to start.
The new tools are lighter and much easier to use than the ones they are
Frankly I was very pleasantly surprised. I did not expect them to be
nearly as good as they have been, rather I hoped I could get buy with them.
they seem to work long enough these days, you can get an honest 1/2 our out
of them, but they are heavy. about as heavy as a 25cc gas powered one. and
i suspect they wont last as long even if you take care of them.
I got a Homelite for free at one of the big box stores that is now out of
busness (Builder Square? No, some other blue one I think). Free if you spent
like $300 on other stuff that I needed anyway.
Anyway, its a gas model. Curved shaft. If I were shopping for one I would
have gone Echo, Stihl or Husqvarna (Do they make em?), or Red-Max.
I keep waiting for this one to die so I can buy a real one. It always
starts, cuts well and has served my purposes with regular use for 8 years. I
never store it over winter with gas in it. The only thing I have replace is
string and new knob on the head that wore out (About $5). No new plug, no
tune-up, no carb work, not even a fuel or air filter.
I have used a nicely built Echo but now cannot get it started. Its not mine
and hasn't been used much and has been stored over winter with gas in it. It
will not start now.
So, my point is. Get one with the features you want and take reasonable care
of it it should last a long time. If you get an expensive one and don't care
for it it will become a boat anchor in a year or two.
My feature list for the one I will get when this one finally dies:
- .09 or better string size
- Brush blade option
- Uses same gas/oil mix as Husqvarna chain saw
- Fair availability of replacement heads since thats what wears out first
It kills what you spray and doesnt affect other plants through the soil
It kills grass and weeds, in 2 weeks they are brown and burn nicely.
I have 70 trees and alot of gardens I cover plants with buckets and
spray what i dont want weeds and all. Around trees i spray. After 2
weeks or so I use a propane cane- torch and burn everything dead. Its
saved me 2 hrs of waisted work a week and looks better as a black edge.
Before planting plants I spray then burn, easy and quick. Ive not
regretted dumping my weed wacker, since its broke I dont care. Before
roundup chemical soil migration was a problem , you could kill anything
down slope. Its also rainsafe in 1 hr. If you want to try it
concentrate sprayed through a garden sprayer is best. I use a slightly
higher concentration , and big weeds need more than grass. But it can
kill a tree if sprayed directly on it. Use when calm.
That answers my question. The stuff's not appropriate. What I (and my
neighbors) want to see is trimmed green, not dead brown. Chemicals don't
have much of a chance in my bag of tricks anyway, since it's impossible to
test them to prove their safety.
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