My Tractor Forum banner

The new power equipment stinks!

1454 Views 6 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  FergusonTO35
I own a commercial mowing service, so granted I use this equipment all day everyday. But the last few years I have to say ALL of the blowers and trimmers etc just absolutely suck.

In the mid 1990's I bought a few Shindaiwa T-27s and 25s, they were absolutely incredible. Even then the 27s cost 425 bucks, but were unbeilievably reliable and tons of power, very very smooth.

I got many years use out of those units.

Fast forward to about 2003 and later. Shindaiwa went to **** in a handbasket, so i used some of the new 4 mix Stihl equipment. Blew up one blower and 2 trimmers, thankfully they were under warranty but I had had enough.

Early on with my business I did try Echo trimmers and blowers. Had lots of problems with them....bolts coming out, clutches, etc....then a friend introduced me to Shindaiwa. But that was then.

The past 3 years I have used Red Max, and I like their string trimmers, but the ones i bought this spring are really starting to give me problems. Today the gear box broke in one, it is less than a month old, and the other 2 new ones won't run at all.

All fo this new stuff is garbage imo.
1 - 1 of 7 Posts
Echo specifically, I used to rent out to people at Home Depot rentals for 5.5-8years and only once, had any problems with any of it that I'd attribute specifically to the machine/manufacture itself, I couldn't keep a piston in this particular chainsaw. Every piston you put in, it would destroy it.

Now, in rental terms, just too many people that don't know what they're doing, using the equipment. Running chainsaws with the brake on, destroying clutch springs. Slamming brush-cutter blades against trees and rocks. Just basically treating things like they stole it. etc. Anything else with this equipment comes down to regular maintenance. 20 seconds with a philips screwdriver at day per piece of equipment is enough to keep them from falling apart. Ain't ot 20 seconds to spare? Use locktite.

I can't speak for the other brands you mentioned, but most of this stuff, the only thing I can imagine going bad on a regular basis due to poor materials would be spark plugs and diapram pumps in carbuetors. verything else, if lubricated and proper fuel mix used, should run **** near for ever.

Sure, i'm not a profesional grounds-keeping, etc person, so maybe I don't understand.

A screw is a screw, so if there's a piece of equipment that has screws, etc loosen, it's prolly because it vibrates a little too much. Use loctite. Take it service and have them balance it under waranty.
See less See more
1 - 1 of 7 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.