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Old 11-18-2008, 11:02 AM   post #16 of 24
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Saw your YT video on the Stihl FS 36 trimmer. I know that Im kinda down on Stihl but Ive got a FS 44 for free brought home from the shop 2yrs. ago that someone never came back for.That thing has sure been a good one never any trouble but it is very heavy.I do think the older Stihl equipment is the best. A lot of the new stuff use cheap China parts.
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:23 AM   post #17 of 24
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The guy in the video is me and I may have made made a mistake when I said Japan. I thought I saw a stamp on it that said "made in Japan" (on the block anyway) I'll check again but I was thinking Dolmar was a German company at one time or another. You know how companys sell off nowdays...

As for the Stihl, I have that old FS36 Its been a great trimmer for years and years for me with very few issues. I retired it for the Echo SRM 210.

I use the Stihl at my inlaws for light trim jobs around the house there.

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Old 11-18-2008, 11:30 AM   post #18 of 24
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O.K went out to the shop and looked at the Dolmar trimmer. It is stamped on the engine block "Made in Japan" Thats why I said that in the video. Its probably assembled in Germany from Japanese made engines. Japanese engines are good engines most of the time.

Sorry folks, way off topic from the Echo trimmer.

Either way if you take care of the Echo you should get good service from it.

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Old 11-18-2008, 11:45 AM   post #19 of 24
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O.K went out to the shop and looked at the Dolmar trimmer. It is stamped on the engine block "Made in Japan" Thats why I said that in the video. Its probably assembled in Germany from Japanese made engines. Japanese engines are good engines most of the time.

Sorry folks, way off topic from the Echo trimmer.

Either way if you take care of the Echo you should get good service from it.

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Thanks Neal. Lots of companies make their own mainline stuff and then buy their smaller items from other manufacturers to supplement their product line. I didn't know that Dolmar was doing that but it's not unusual. The Japanese make some very good stuff, Shindiawa and Redmax for instance.
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:31 PM   post #20 of 24
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get a shindawia 22t home pro-better than a echo and same $. i am tru with most sthil products too-unreliable -no excuse for such a hyped comm product. if you must have an echo-fine for home use. but shindawia is the best there is. ask us pros
I agree with you on the lawn care stuff they make but for pro chainsaws they're not up to what Stihl and Johnsered/Husky offer. I've never seen a tree service, logger or forester using one yet. At least around the NE.

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Old 11-18-2008, 02:24 PM   post #21 of 24
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A little off track on the lawnboy talk but i have my eye on a echo SRM 210 trimmer. i know alot of you guys have one. Im thinking of buying one in the spring but i want peoples reviews on them. all im really asking is are they any good?
I have an Echo SRM 230 trimmer I use around the house.
I have no complaints. It works great.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:30 PM   post #22 of 24
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I gotta few myself. Almost everyone in business round here run Echo blowers and trimmers, Stihl on the saws. Just incase anyone out there needs points and condensors for older Echos, give me a shout. I've got some in stock-many are obsolete.
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:48 PM   post #23 of 24
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I bought a 210 this spring - I wanted light weight for my back. Echo is all I see around here. It's great having a trimmer that starts good.
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I've had two shindiawa trimmers. Currently running a t260. Its heavy(11.2lbs), stout, and reliable. We use it to edge and trim. We have almost as much sidewalk as grass. I got it used and seriously molested by 3 previous "mechanics". A carb rebuild and 10 minutes at the dealer and its been golden ever since. My only complaint is the trimmer heads don't last very long. We spend a lot of time around gravel and concrete and get 2 seasons out of them.

The first was a $20 t20 from a flea market. It was very quiet, light, and smooth. However it got tired after 4 seasons so I retired it. It would still start on 1 pull. Just not enough power for quick work.


I just bought my dad a Redmax 20cc trimmer over the summer for $240. The power head is very compact. Overall weight was around 8.5lbs. Its not as powerful as the t260 but its adequate for all but the heaviest trimming.

I feel shindiawa and redmax often sell the same products. I prefer the shindaiwa blowers, but for trimmers its a toss up. I couldn't find a stihl trimmer that compared in size/ergonomics favorably to the redmax.
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