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4 cycle trimmer w/ pole saw attachment

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Chris J., Oct 18, 2004.

  1. Chris J.

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    Was in Lowes & saw a couple of Troy-Bilt 4 cycle trimmers. I'm thinking that they must be fairly new to Lowes. I know from a previous thread here, & my looking at a TB chainsaw, that TB is owned by MTD, & the general opinion here at AS was that MTD wasn't good quality. I handled both the curved shaft ($159) & straight shaft ($199) model. The engine was noticeably heavier, & overall they seemed fairly well built, but I'm hoping the pros here can provide some input.

    I was wondering if any of you have handled or used one, as a trimmer, or a pruning saw (attachment $89)? Other attachments include edger, blower, & tiller. I'm curious because my Echo trimmer has racked up some hours (worth every penny of $149), & I could use a pole saw for my two live oaks. Thanks!

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    The trimmers are made by Ryobi, which is also owned by MTD.
    The quality is low, and their 4 cycles are troublesome. Spend the
    extra bucks and get a good brand.
     
  3. Chris J.

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    Thanks, Fish.

    I had some reservations, & that's why I asked for the .02 from the pros here. Any 4 cycle or electric trimmers (harry homeowner use) that you (or anyone) would recomend? Thanks!

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    sedanman Just cut the piano!!

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    I have the Stihl 4-mix and am very happy with it. As with many Stihl products, it's a bit pricey but I feel it's a tough, powerful machine.
     
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    Honda makes good four stroke OPE, but as all 4 cycles its a little heavy and underpowered.
     
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    Thanks, Paul & Ben

    For use around my house, I leaning towards electric. Guess I'm a blasphemer.:rolleyes:

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