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Yesterday I attended a Green Energy Convention in Frederick, MD and Thompson Gas had a propane weed eater on display.

Has anyone ever seen one of these before? Ever used one?

They are pretty neat, and quieter than their gas/oil counterparts.
 

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You can run a 4 cycle lawnmower engine on propane fairly easy without many adjustments, but the weedeater you are talking about, is it one of the new 4 cycle ones? I think it would have to be because I don't see a 2 cycle running on just propane without seizing up in more then 5 minutes.
 

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Sears sells them and we at the Athens GA store have them on hand!
 

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I think the one I saw was branded Echo, but I didn't look closely. It does resemble the picture from Jesemd.

Aside from a price tag of just over 200 bucks, it looks like a serious competitor to the 2cycle and 4cycle models. Kinda cool how a cylinder of propane will last several hours compared to a tank usually lasting perhaps an hour? Also burns A LOT cleaner than their fossil fuel (ironic name) counterparts.

To my knowledge, what I saw ONLY runs on propane.
 

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You buy a new cylinder and throw the old one away. How good is that for the environment? If propane was a good alternative, it would be much more widely used as a transportation fuel.
 

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The single string head should be up graded to a duel string head with a heaver string. Ok for light stuff, but for it's weight you'd think it would be a little more heavy duty. Expensive for what you get. JMHO. PJ
 

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They should make the tank refillable from a 20lb bbq tank that would make more sense. A buddy of mine has an adapter for filling the small torch tanks from a 20lb bbq tank, not legal but works like a charm and saves big money!!
And I also like 2 strokes, for small stuff like a trimmer most people would never change the oil or nevr refill the crank case and blow them up any way, so they might as well be 2 stroke and keep more of them out of the land fills.
 

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The small tanks ARE refillable. I picked up a 6 pack of empty mini tanks at Wal-Mart. I got a Propane bottle refiller kit from Harbor Freight (see link below) to refill mine from a grill propane tank. I have mini tanks for propane lanterns, propane bug sprayer and an Echo Propane Weed Whacker from Sears. I've been refilling mine for years.

www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=45989
 

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the big orange has Ryobi propane trimmers, but they are a bit heavier than the regular 4 stroke ones and alot heavier than any 2 stroke trimmers...ok if you have little trimming to do, but it would get awful heavy hauling around all day.
 

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Keep the 2-cycle's going, what harm could a little exaust do?:hide: Its not like your using a 10hp weed wacker.:trink40:
Besides a little smoke halps keep the masquitos away.To me it makes no since to reduce a little smoke and fill up the land fills with the empty tanks.
 

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They should make the tank refillable from a 20lb bbq tank that would make more sense. A buddy of mine has an adapter for filling the small torch tanks from a 20lb bbq tank, not legal but works like a charm and saves big money!!
And I also like 2 strokes, for small stuff like a trimmer most people would never change the oil or nevr refill the crank case and blow them up any way, so they might as well be 2 stroke and keep more of them out of the land fills.
Buy a Stihl 4-Mix and you won't have to worry about oil changes or oil checking.
 

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I saw the Craftsman propane the other day and thought it was kinda cool. If I was looking for a new weed eater I would consider buying a propane. The Harbor Freight refill kit would be a must though.
 

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Everytime I hear PROPANE weed eater...I think of one of these gizmos...:D
 

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Thats the BEST kind!..no ropes to pull,or lugging a heavy unbalanced whirring noisy POS around that gives your hands carpal tunnel!..works great on bees and hornets nests too!..:D

I wasted an afternoon trying to get a "free" Weedeater A friend gave up on running..looks brand new,and probably IS,becaue NO one was able to keep it running more than 3 minutes..its fuel lines simply shove into holes in the gas tank,they kept leaking and even popping out while it was running (nice thing to have ,with the tank mounted right above the MUFFLER!)..I ended up heating peices of steel tubing up and shoving then in the tank to make nipples to put the hoses onto,and even then I couldn't get the thing to run on anything but 3/4 "choked",despite the carb looking like new and the diaphrams are perfect..its by far the worst hunk of crap I've seen as far as a weedwhacker goes..too bad,its a straight shaft one too,capeable of using a blade..but the spool FLEW across my yard when I had it running at 4K briefly,so even if I'd gotten it to run good,I could see it was going to be a real PITA to use,so I tossed it in the scrap pile..

Propane would be big an improvement over gas/oil mix,its no more dangerous than having a gasoline tank with two hoses shoved into the bottom, that could pop out and turn YOU into a screaming ball of flaming napalm!..bet it would run good and no oil/gas stinky smell too..
 

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You buy a new cylinder and throw the old one away. How good is that for the environment? If propane was a good alternative, it would be much more widely used as a transportation fuel.
There is always recycling.

Seems like a great idea. May have to get one just to try it out.
 
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