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The new power equipment stinks!

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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.
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My small engine guy won't talk to me anymore.
I brought my Echo weedwacker to him to get a replacement gas cap. The unit was 15 years old, never been into his shop, never failed to start (even with old gas.....(using 2 year old mixed right now), never needed other parts, until now.
Same with the Echo chain saw. Same vintage. Needed bar adjustment screw thinghie.
The Toro brush cutter needed a gas cap, too. They don't make that size anymore, he said. Not available.
The newer stuff is all plastic and won't stand up to use, even by a homeowner. Older stuff is beefier, and will run with proper maintenance, as long as you have a parts supplier. Haven't run into problems with the 'new' gas, yet.
We have a couple Huskvarna (spelling?) chain saws over at the local state park. Junk! The handle broke on one when the supervisor pulled the starting rope. Have to replace the entire 'plastic' shell. It's unsafe to operate as it is. The other, won't run consistantly. We're trying to get new replacements.
I've seen the Tanaka name before in the shop, but abit out of my price range.
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