OT weed eaters

What brand/model weedeaters do you guys prefer? We're looking for lower end proffesional/higher end homeowner. I think gas would work best but the lady
with the rental units would prefer electric if there are any commercial grade ones. Less than a half acre total of land. Mainly weeds and ground cover. A personal note I hate those bump string extender mechanisms. They didn't work 25 years ago and the one BD one I just used was worse. Thanks for the info. Karl
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On Wed, 16 Nov 2005 11:11:14 GMT, "Karl Vorwerk"

Greetings Karl, I have posted before about my Ryobi string trimmer. It is a 4 stroke model and has been very reliable. After 4 years of hard use it did develop a problem. The screws that hold the carb to the engine came loose. I tightened them and they came loose again. I used loctite, the blue removable stuff, and they are now staying tight. The bump line feed mechanism looked weak to me when I took it apart the first time to clean out some mud. I bought another string head at that time because I expected it to fail. It is still on the shelf in the un-opened package. The head can be re-filled without taking the head apart, which is a feature I have not seen on any other string trimmer. The shaft splits in two so changing from string to the blade is super easy. Only one knob to twist. And there are other attachments available for the thing. A small rototiller and a blower for example. I feel that my Ryobi trimmer has these major positive points: Being a 4 stroke it doesn't smoke, there is no mixing of oil and gas to contend with, it is stingy with fuel, and is less noisy than a two stroke. The string head is remarkably durable and feeds line just like it's supposed to. It has good torque at low rpm so it can be bogged down without killing the engine. I modified the blade head to accept skilsaw blades. Carbide toothed blades can be had for 6 bucks around here. The ryobi will cut through a two inch alder even with a dull blade. Also, the engine always starts easily. When it is cold it is best to start it up and let it idle a couple minutes. It idles fine. But if it's above 70 degrees outside it's pretty much pull and play. Eric
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Eric R Snow wrote:

I have the same. The Ryobi 725r. It has been very good. I ditched the string right away and went with a gator head. It has good power, is quiet(for a string trimmer) and doesn't vibrate like a 2stroker does. It has pretty decent balance. One can use if for several hours and not get tired lugging it around.
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I use the 14 amp black and decker weedeater, the latest model, with automatic string feed. It isn't that noisy and even large weeds don't bog it down. Every year on our property I have to clear all dry brush within 30 feet from the house. We have had 2 of these units going simultaneously and can get the entire job done in a couple of hours.
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I second the praise for Ryobi, 2 or 4 cycle. Muscle, durability, and best of all, go to harbor fright and get a refurb one for about 70-80 bucks.
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On Wed, 16 Nov 2005 11:11:14 GMT, "Karl Vorwerk"
I go for 50/50 goats and sheep, clip and fertilize at the same time. A little hard on the roses tho :0) Makes for a great end of the summer barbacue party........ just don't name em, get the 45lb stockers in the spring and they usaually make 85lbs by labor day
Less than a half acre total of land. Mainly weeds and ground

Depending on rainfall, 4-5 head per acre..

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My brother-in-law has some of those weed eaters. Haven't gotten to taste one yet though. Not really an option here and she's a vegetarian. Thanks Karl
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Convinced her gas was best. Now I'm looking for the 4 stroke Ryobi. None at Home Depot so I'm going to check out the garden stores tomorrow. Thanks Karl
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On Fri, 18 Nov 2005 09:50:33 GMT, "Karl Vorwerk"

Good luck finding one. I'm pretty sure they don't make them anymore. The fact is that Ryobi sold the weedeater line and then bought it back so I'm not even sure who made the 4 stroke models since at one point there was two different companies selling under the Ryobi name. Looking on Ryobi power tools home page only shows 2 stroke models.
Wayne Cook Shamrock, TX http://members.dslextreme.com/users/waynecook/index.htm
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This is the parent company that manufactures Ryobi lawn and garden products, including weed eaters.
The pistons are made on my equipment..OmniTurn lathes, in Aridzona.
http://www.mtdproducts.com/home.jsp
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Yeah MTD owns most of the lawn and garden companies now days. However talking to my MTD distributer the other day and he told me the story of the Ryobi line being sold then they changed there minds and decided to get back into the weed eater business thus they bought back the rights to the name.
Ok. I just checked my MTD parts lookup and MTD made the Ryobi line from 2000-2004. All other years where made by Ryobi Technologies Inc.
I can tell you right now that when I see a Ryobi two stroke weed eater come in the door I cringe. They seem to be the hardest of any of the weed eater models to get to run right after they quit. Mostly due to there choice of carb design.
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Karl,
I seem to recall TroyBilt looking like the same thing at Lowe's last year. I'm pretty sure Anderson's General Store in central Ohio carries them, so they might still have some if they've been discontinued.
Looks like I should try to find an "extra" powerhead, too. I've been using the Ryobi 4-stroke for about four years now. After the carb-screw re-tightening, (sometime last year) it still runs like a champ. The reason it works well for me is that the engine is run year-round, so it never sits for 6 months and gums up. (Plus, I use StaBil during the winter, too.) Have the string trimmer, old-style hedge trimmer, blower, chain saw pruner, recip saw pruner (takes sawzall blades), blade style trimmer, roto tiller and snowblower attachments. (All made of metal, by the way...) Still looking for the margurita blender and the skateboard attachments, though...
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I was wondering if it was still made. That Ryobi site sucked. I talked to what's considered the best garden shop around here today and they only carry one brand. It's a Japanese brand, Shindaou or something don't remember exactly but they consider it to be the best brand and have in house warranty repair. Not cheap though. $200 and up. The most popular one was $350. Doesn't do attachments except blades. I like that rototiller attachment. Now she's talking about hiring a yard service. Thanks Karl

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My bets are that when MTD lost the Ryobi brand name they transferred the designs to the Troybilt name which they also own.
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"Karl Vorwerk" wrote:

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Shindaiwa. I bought a used T260 a few years ago and I don't see having to buy another one for a long time.
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That's it. Latest news she found a 13 yearold boy who did it for $10 per hour with his fathers weedeater. Thanks Karl

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On Sun, 20 Nov 2005 10:58:47 GMT, "Karl Vorwerk"

Kinky......
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