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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 experience has always been that not only do you get what you pay for, but also you get back what you put into it in terms of care and maintenance. My two Poulan chainsaws and Poulan weedwacker were all purchased at Wally and cost very little. I have used (not abused) them alot. I am meticulous about cleaning/replacing filters and only using fresh fuel mixed at the proper ratio. I run all the fuel out of them at the end of each season. All of them start on the third pull consistently and work just as well as when new. They are all 9-14 years old.
I think your small engine guy wants you to buy new equipment. Try K&T Parts House in Somerset, KY. They're on the web at and can get anything you need. They ship fast and their prices are as low as anyone else's. I bought a new gas cap for my 20 year old McCulloch leaf blower from them, the package says it also fits Echo (allegedly McCulloch and Echo were in cahoots for a time).
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