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    • hans 2
    • By hans 2 18th May 17, 12:05 PM
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    26cc Petrol Line Trimmer
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    • 18th May 17, 12:05 PM
    26cc Petrol Line Trimmer 18th May 17 at 12:05 PM
    Can anyone recommend a good reliable one..
    Reviews are so confusing.
    Prefer a loop handle.

    Thanks
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 19th May 17, 9:15 AM
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    • 19th May 17, 9:15 AM
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    • 19th May 17, 9:15 AM
    No one can recommed anything with conviction if you don't say exactly what it's for and what your budget is.

    A 26cc line trimmer isn't a heavy duty machine, but presumably you need to be away from the reach of a mains cable. This will mainly limit you to 2 stroke machines, which are notorious for not starting after a year or two, if they're cheap Chinese jobbies. Something made by Stihl or Kawasaki would be OK long term. Stihl dealers are easy to find.

    Or you could go for a Honda 25cc like this:

    https://www.radmoretucker.co.uk/product/Honda-UMK425LE-Petrol-Brushcutter?gclid=CLPDjfi_-9MCFaa17QodjVAE0w

    .....which is a 4 stroke. I have the 35cc version and it's still going after nearly 8 years of continual abuse. It only gave trouble once, when I put Tesco petrol in it!

    But....now there are battery operated machines which will prove more reliable for occasional users, and if they are made by a company which manufactures power tools, like Makita or DeWalt, then they can be bought bare and share the batteries of new models. Look at Screwfix for ideas here.

    So, lots to think about, but if you go cheap 2 stroke, you'll regret in the longer term.

    By the way, I have bike handles. Not so good for precise work, but on larger areas, much better.
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    • YellowVurt
    • By YellowVurt 19th May 17, 2:07 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 2:07 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 2:07 PM
    Another vote for the Honda 4 stroke here, though I have the cow horn version that includes the brushcutter star blade.


    http://www.gardenmachinerydirect.co.uk/strimmers-and-brushcutters/honda-strimmers-and-brushcutters-umk425ue.html
    • Justagardener
    • By Justagardener 19th May 17, 3:08 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:08 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:08 PM
    Hugely depends on what you want to use it for and for how long. I Use both Honda and Stihl, both reliable, prefer the cowhorn version myself.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 19th May 17, 5:32 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 5:32 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 5:32 PM
    I stuck one of these on my 35cc Honda and use it with a 3.5mm serrated flexiblade line:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/1b3/Jet-Fit-111110-Universal-Easy-Load-Trimmer-Straight-Flexiblade/B002X3EGK2/ref=pd_sim_60_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WEVZJM QRCM7114E0V2CW

    Although I think the Honda is a bit under-powered for this set-up, it's the best I've had yet in my situation, which is basically agricultural.

    The next one will have more "oomph," but I love the Honda for not being temperamental.
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    • hans 2
    • By hans 2 19th May 17, 6:15 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 6:15 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 6:15 PM


    Ordered a STIHL Grass Trimmers FS 50 C-E Petrol Small with ErgoStart technology.

    £169.00 (best price I found by far)

    No requirement for heavy duty strimmer so this should be fine..
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 19th May 17, 9:51 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 9:51 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 9:51 PM
    That was quick! I would take a week choosing, then probably another week just to make sure!

    The small Stihl will be fine. I was secretly hoping you might go battery, but I guess many still see that as something that belongs on drills, not garden machines.

    I went battery for my last chain saw. Early days, but I'm impressed.
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    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 19th May 17, 10:34 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 10:34 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 10:34 PM
    I hope you're not going to be using it much - the vibrations on that stihl are horrendous. It'll be fine for edge trimming, but it's not a clearing machine.

    I've used most of the main brands. Echo and Tanaka are the best and so much nicer to use than Stihl etc. But you've bought now, so no point in retrospective advice sorry!
    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 22nd May 17, 8:00 AM
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    • 22nd May 17, 8:00 AM
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    • 22nd May 17, 8:00 AM
    Word of advice. Empty petrol from tank after the last cut and run the engine till fuel used up. Old fuel is one of the main reasons for poor running and non starting in the spring.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
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