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    New Weedwhacker (weed eater)

    I'd like any input you all have about recommendations for a new weed eater. I had a craftsman 4 stroke that never ran right from the day it was unboxed, I finally got fed up with it and tossed it. (and I mean that in the most literal way possible). Im looking to go for something commercial this time around.

    The two front runners currently are the Husqvarna 525 lk or the Echo srm-2620t.

    Looking to spend less than 450 or so. Would be nice if the head is detachable to switch out for edger, brush cutter, etc but not a must. Must be gas, and can be either 2 stroke or 4 stroke.

    What do you all have or recommend?

    I appreciate all the help, Id really like to avoid getting another dud like the last one
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    Echo used to be top of the line until they started selling them in big box stores. Not just my opinion but of many of the lawn professionals Ive spoken with as to why they no longer use that brand.

    I cant speak for Husqvarna as they are not sold around where I live unless you go out searching for them.

    Having said that, you will not find many lawn people around here that arent outfitted with Stihls as their go-to weed whacker.....myself included. Ive had mine for 5+ years and still starts on the 2nd or 3rd pull even if I absentmindedly forget to prep it off season.
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    I have a big gas Stihl with handle bars. It has been awesome, I typically keep an 18 inch sickle bar on it which does a great job keeping small branches and bryers back from the drive.

    I also have a Stihl battery FSA85 with the 300APH battery. It runs a little over an hour on a charge and does an outstanding job. I am going to buy a small chainsaw That uses the same battery pack.
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    We had a couple big Stihl at work with handlebars. This was PennDOT and nobody wanted to use it. So it go abused big time - and still ran and ran.
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    $450, go for the fs131r.
    Any of the Stihl FSR series will be good work horses
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    I went with a Stihl Kombi and it's a workhorse and far more than just a trimmer. The 4 mix engine starts easy and has great power. I sometimes like a curved shaft trimmer, for other jobs I prefer a straight shaft trimmer, I can easily have and use both on the Kombi. Also have a leaf blower, a pole saw attachment and the powersweep. The rubber paddles on the powersweep are great for getting gravel back out of the grass after a winter of plowing, and the bristle broom heads work great for sweeping large areas. The pole saw attachment is awesome for trimming jobs and I love to use it for trimming trees out of a fence row or when I fall a tree to cut all the small branches off, saves a LOT of bending over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamrfixit View Post
    I went with a Stihl Kombi and it's a workhorse and far more than just a trimmer. The 4 mix engine starts easy and has great power. I sometimes like a curved shaft trimmer, for other jobs I prefer a straight shaft trimmer, I can easily have and use both on the Kombi. Also have a leaf blower, a pole saw attachment and the powersweep. The rubber paddles on the powersweep are great for getting gravel back out of the grass after a winter of plowing, and the bristle broom heads work great for sweeping large areas. The pole saw attachment is awesome for trimming jobs and I love to use it for trimming trees out of a fence row or when I fall a tree to cut all the small branches off, saves a LOT of bending over.
    FUNNY YOU ASK NOW I just got a used stihl KM110r and used it today and it is much nicer then my echo that I have had for 20 years . after buying and rebuilding a br600 blower and seeing how well its made I looked for this KM 110 and so far I like it .
    I hope this helps
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    I have the Sthl FS111R. Great weedeater. Wish I would have went with the 131. It’s the one step up in power that doesn’t come with a great weight increase. Either way, mine seems to have plenty of power, starts right off the bat, feeds line great. Great all around weed killer.
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