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String Trimmer


Well, it's time to go buy a new weed whacker and I'm probably gonna end up going to Wally World and getting the cheapest straight shaft 2 cycle that they have.  It will probably be a WeedEater brand and run around $80 to $90.  I've had 2 and they last about 3 to 4 years before chunking into the trash.

BUT BEFORE I DO, I wanted to get Y'alls "onions" on this one I saw at Northern Tools Site.  The thing that grabbed my attention was the 4 cycle.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200633785_200633785

The price is tolerable but I've never seen a 4 cycle trimmer and wondered what Y'all thought.

Thanks,

Em



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Been googling for more data and I noticed (temp brain phart) that it has a bump string release that I'm not a fan of. The WeedEater has the individual strings that you just replace when the old one is too short - - - very quick and easy procedure and that's more my style so that, in itself, may just determine my purchase unless I discover something that changes my mind "again".



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I'm still hesitant to 'invest' in a 4 cycle gadget like this but they do seem to be the up and comer. It still needs oil so why not just put it in the gas and be done with it. HD, Lowe's and Wally World to me are better places then a 'net buy for small gas tools - especially after having two brand new ones (leaf blowers, but same kinda thing)quit, one on its first tank of gas, the other on the second. A trip to the Big Box store had them replaced in an hour

The bump string gadget is all I've ever had and all have worked well. There are conversion 'kits' for most of them bor the kind you mentioned, but at more bucks, of courseconfuse



-- Edited by Dave W on Saturday 28th of March 2015 12:05:29 PM

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The Stihl 4 cycle trimmers still need an oil/gas mix......I bought a Dolmar trimmer 2 years ago...it is a true 4 cycle which takes straight gas. It has a tiny oil tank built into has oil in the crankcase no matter what angle you hold it at. Not sure how that works. Using it last year, it doesnt seem to have used any oil.

It was quite expensive, about $400 Cdn......


http://www.dolmarpowerproducts.com/productcatalog/string_trimmers_brushcutters/index.html

 

 



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Sounds like the cheaper model might not be the way to go on the 4 cycle (aka new comer) and as Dave mentioned, Wally World might be the best "All things considered" - - - I do however want one like I've had in the past with the fixed pieces of string and not the bump feed - - - just my preference and I probably don't put in a new piece of twine but ?maybe? once a season.

I just hate the fact that mixed 2 cycle fuel will sour and varnish if you don't crank them regularly - - - which I do "if I remember to" biggrin  Another thing is my Farm Boss Saw uses 50:1 and the WeedEaters use 40:1 so I've been using 40:1 in both and haven't had fouled plug problems in the Saw "YET" but it does smoke a little when running biggrin

Wouldn't take much convincing to get me to purchase a rechargeable 12V trimmer.  My contractor friend down the street has a 12V leaf blower that is "slicker than owl poo on a sycamore limb"

thanks for the input, Y'all

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I use 40:1 gas-oil in everything 2 cycle. My puny way of thinking tells me that the US EPA is screwing up engines and causing a fair personal economic wallet distress with their unrealistic regulations so I just do my 'thing' with oil to ensure better lubrication at 12,000 rpm. I recall a couple of my Merc and Johnson outboards that were 25:1 and did put out a smoke screen when first startedwink



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I'd take a 4 stroke over a 2 stroke any and every day. What I wouldn't get is cheap crap from the box stores. I've ran Stihl yard stuff for over 10 years without failure. Personal preferences.....

Just a note about 2 stroke mixes. Mixing to one ratio for everything works great if everything is the same ratio, if they call for different ratios, you're taking a risk. If you put 50 to 1 in a 25 to 1 engine, you have a lack of lubrication, while creating a rich mixture. Reverse it, and you'll have lots of lubrication, but will be running lean, and risk overheating the engine anyway. But, if that's the way you like to play, and you've gotten away with, cool! But I'd never recommend it to others, you might wind up with some pissed off friends with seized engines.

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OK, whether I got rid of all my string trimmer problems or not, I no longer need Weed Eater Gas. I don't know if this decision was because of my contractor buddy's recommendation down the street, the absence of more carbon footprints or the sales lady was so danged good looking.

Actually it was a late Valentine gift from the Wiffy and I thought what the heck let's try Lithium instead of Ethanol. I know that time will tell but I'm hoping for good results. Compared to my old ones, they weigh almost nothing so I will enjoy that when cleaning out the rain gutters and edge trimming.

IF THEY WORX (pun intended) that is



-- Edited by Mello Yello on Tuesday 31st of March 2015 04:14:39 PM

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Well Emm...I guess your hotrodder status is revoked..........lol

Actually, I got sick of tugging on my gas chainsaw pull ropes...have 3, none run anymore....I bought an electric chainsaw for $10 at a garage sale a few years ago....plug in and go.

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LMAO - - maybe I should join the Remote Control Car Club now???

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From what I read, the newer lithium stuff, anything under an acre that is landscaped with mostly mowable lawn can be handled pretty well with a battery powered trimmer.  I read up on them before I got so busted that I had to hire someone to do my yard, and I was waffling between the Ryobi 40 volt devices and the WORX line of equipment.  However, if I had something like our place in the Sierras, seven acres of mountainside, I'd definitely have gasoline powered stuff; my "trimmer" up there was a 36cc two stroke straight shaft, with handlebars and a harness to hang it on your body, that I could put different "blades" on depending on what sort of work I was doing - I seldom had the string head on it.



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Mello Yello wrote:

LMAO - - maybe I should join the Remote Control Car Club now???


 Heck yeah! They run on NITRO!!!!!!



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Welps, You All, I used the Lithium Trimmer and Blower (aka Sweeper) today and "except for the handle on the trimmer not extending out long enuff for my 6'1" frame, it does a nice job - - - - the blower works well also and is soooooo freaking light weight that I want to sleep with it. NOT

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I've switched from fuel to sparks on a few tools. I have a corded string trimmer from Sears, a corded chainsaw with a 7 foot reach and 4" capacity from Worx, and a corded reciprocating saw with 12" long pruning blades. And my aching back is so gratefull for not having to pull the starter rope on balky 2 cycle tools. I have always had a terrible time with 2 cy stuff, and I freely admit it's my fault vs. the tools' fault. I have only just recently gotten a lithium battery tool, a drill from Black & Decker. I liked it so much that I went out and bought a circular saw and a flashlight that use the same battery. They are light, strong and start every time.

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and they are environmental friendly HAHAHAHA

Hey Joe, good to see you dropping by - - - don't be a stranger, OK?

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Mello Yello wrote:

and they are environmental friendly HAHAHAHA

Hey Joe, good to see you dropping by - - - don't be a stranger, OK?

meller


 Lithium batteries are far from being good for the environment but that is what sells nowadays. Then of course there is the power plants needed to charge all those battery pack - and of course, most still need coal or another fossil fuel. O that ore to manufacturing spiral Algoreski and his econuts forget



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eco-posi or not I sure do like my Worx Strang Weed Beater and Leaf Scatterer - - - beats hellouta yank'n on that 2 cycle

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