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Old 04-06-2018, 09:53 PM   #1
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So I sold off all my lawn equipment back in 2015 when I moved to the desert in Albuquerque so I'm starting from scratch now that I'm back in Dallas where rain falls and things are green. I picked up a nice Aluminum deck Toro walk behind mower last weekend on Craigslist that needed a tune-up for cheap and it works great now....but I still need a weedeater and probably a chainsaw for the trees at the place I'm moving into that's been neglected for a while. Based on my previous experience with Homelite, Poulan and similar cheap junk 2 stroke weedeaters and chainsaws that last about 2 years at best....that I want something a little more durable. Without breaking the bank...who makes the better...long lasting equipment? I'm thinking Stihl and Echo...anything else I should look at? I'll probably try to find something on Craigslist that's cheaper than the stores. I haven't heard much good about the 4 stroke models..and I want gas powered.....most likely 2 stroke...thoughts?
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:30 PM   #2
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stihl fs40 and echo timberwolf here.

weedeater handed down when bro starting paying for service. I had a new carb put in but that's gotta be the only service it's had/needed in about a decade.

As far as the chainsaw goes I wanted something not too big and not too small. Timberwolf seemed like the perfect fit. Took down one tree in the front yard this past summer and have one more to go that's coming down hopefully in the next few weeks. No complaints. I feed it the name brand juice and turn it on every 3 months and she still starts up on the first try. Overall very happy with it
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:54 AM   #3
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You can usually pick up a used Stihl weed eater off craigslist for $100 or so. FS90R is what I have.

As far as chainsaws, its hard to go wrong with Stihl, Echo, Husqvarna. My dad is still using a 20 year old FarmBoss Stihl. I bought a smaller arborist tree saw I really like.
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Old 04-07-2018, 10:32 AM   #4
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Iíve had the most luck with Echo. I use echo at the house. Iíve bought every brand you can think of at work and echo seems to hold up the best on weed eaters and chain saws.

I agree on the small arborist chainsaw. You wonít need much bigger very often. And itís easier to carry/maneuver.
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Old 04-07-2018, 12:14 PM   #5
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Stihl- chainsaw
Echo-everything else
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Old 04-07-2018, 05:34 PM   #6
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I have a Stihl chainsaw. Forget which model but I can look. It's the standard 16" one, but I got it with an 18" bar. I already had an old Homelite in a 14" that works for pruning.

I have the Sithl Kombi system for weedeater. I won it in a raffle over a decade ago, and it runs great. I have the string trimmer attachment, the edger, the metal blade weed eater still for heavier cutting, and the blower too. All work great. During the time I've owned it, I have swapped the carb once and replaced the diaphraghm a few times (thank you ethanol). Not that I use sta-bil, I don't have any trouble. When it dies, I'll be replacing it with the newer model.
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I have an echo srm-225 Iíve had for 3 years with easily over 200 hours on it and Iíve only had to do very minimal work to it (new throttle lever, a new speed feed head, and a new carb.
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I have an echo srm-225 Iíve had for 3 years with easily over 200 hours on it and Iíve only had to do very minimal work to it (new throttle lever, a new speed feed head, and a new carb.
After seeing the garbage SRM-225 and SRM-330's I've found on Craigslist and Facebook market I've pretty much decided I'm going to buy a new one at Home Depot rather than deal with the beat down leaking, oil covered, smoking used ones I've seen that people are asking NEW prices for.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:51 AM   #9
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Echo's line at Home Depot comes with a 5 year consumer warranty. Just be sure to save your receipt. I have a Echo leaf blower and it quit on me last year. It looks like it may be the ignition module or whatever provides spark to the plug. I was reading the booklet and it showed a list of parts where they just send the part as part of the warranty. Unfortunately I didn't have my receipt but I thought that was a decent warranty.
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I won't buy anything but Stihl. I've got an FS56 weedeater, a farm boss chainsaw, a smaller stihl saw (can't remember model), and one of their big backpack blowers with the tank for spraying liquid and granules. All start on the first pull, time and time again.
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:01 PM   #11
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After a week of browsing a few pawn shops and Craigslist ads with the equipment being beat to shit, missing parts, leaking everything and just nasty...I stumbled on a Stihl FS70RC at a pawn shop like 1 mile from the house...in excellent condition and talked them down to $90 out the door AFTER testing it...cranked on the 1st pull and runs flawless.
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It should serve you well. Nice find!
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Stihl all the way! Do yourself a favor and run trufuel in all your small engines if you dont have Efree gas around you. 90 percent of the stuff you see on Craigslist that is extremely cheap because it doesn't run is either fuel lines have been ate up or they need a carb kit due to white death from ethanol setting up in the carb.
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I have this one.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-40...210B/203763425
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I broke down and bought a nice echo a few years ago, I always run nonethanol gas in it and hasn't let me down yet. I also really like the sting head that it came with, much easier to fill than previous ones I've had.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/ECHO-25-...-266/202827984
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Stihl all the way! Do yourself a favor and run trufuel in all your small engines if you dont have Efree gas around you. 90 percent of the stuff you see on Craigslist that is extremely cheap because it doesn't run is either fuel lines have been ate up or they need a carb kit due to white death from ethanol setting up in the carb.
That shouldn't be an issue during the summer months where it's getting used every week, should it? I've been using TruFuel for the convenience factor but I have about 4-5 of those 1oz oil mixes that I've been meaning to use, plus it's probably a little cheaper than TruFuel. I thought about using the oil/gas mix during the summer and as we approach Winter, then start using TruFuel.
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:36 AM   #18
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My Echo weedeater, made in 2013 has a label on the motor says do not use more than 10% ethanol. so far I have not winterized it or used ethanol free gas, and it always starts up easily. Hopefully this means the manufactures are building them to hold up to the crappy gas we are forced to use.
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:11 AM   #19
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Where is ethanol free gas sold in the metroplex?
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Old 04-18-2018, 10:37 AM   #20
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Where is ethanol free gas sold in the metroplex?
Its not, other than a place in Gainesville if I remember.


You can buy the Trufuel premix at most hardware stores.
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