FOCUS ON: String Trimmers

No matter how good your mower is, there are some places it just can't reach. So to achieve that really manicured look for your clients' lawns, or to clean up overgrown weeds and brush, you'll need a string trimmer. Lots of styles are available ranging in weight and horsepower, and many even offer different blade attachments. If you need more information, use the circle numbers provided at the end of each product description.

Ariens Company's ST622 string trimmer is available with a 6-hp Tecumseh Centura engine with a head that pivots right and left 15 degrees. This feature makes it easy to trim under fences and bushes. With 0.155 diameter cutting cord, the trimmer goes to work clearing the tallest, toughest grass and weeds. The 22-inch cutting diameter clears a wide area so you can get the job done fast. The 14-gauge stamped-steel deck and 7-gauge steel frame make the trimmer durable. Optional engine shield kit is available for extra debris protection.
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Cub Cadet Commercial's ST26 string trimmer is specifically engineered for commercial landscapers. The 26-cc trimmer offers a Tap-n-Go head that allows instant release of string trimmer line for continuous operation, an anti-winding head that eliminates grass build-up around trimmer head and high power-to-weight ratio that offers improved performance to handle a variety of tough edging jobs. Other features include a two-piece commercial-grade filtration system for increased engine protection and long engine life, enclosed throttle and wiring for safe operation and a standard poly debris shield.
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Echo's SRM-260 is a professional-grade, straight-shaft trimmer. Light and powerful, the 11.9-pound unit is powered by Echo's 25.4-cc engine. The SRM-260 also features the best in heavy-duty anti-vibration systems, with a rubber engine mount and padded handles. The trimmer also comes with a 59-inch, 4-layer flex-cable driveshaft; 19.6-fluid-ounce see-through fuel tank with fuel cap retainer; a commercial-grade air filtration system and a throttle lock-out.
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Husqvarna's 325LX is a lightweight trimmer designed to provide professional quality and high performance. The E-Tech engine combines reduced exhaust emissions with a superior power-to-weight ratio. Soft, rubber-coated handles provide superior comfort. The ergonomically designed handle can be adjusted without tools and its loop shape makes it easy to turn and use the trimmer at different angles. The trimmer can also be fitted with a J-handle for use with a blade. Hard chromium-plated parts provide increased durability and extended product life. Whisper trimmer line is standard, reducing noise levels by 50 percent.
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John Deere's XT170 line trimmer offers high levels of performance and reliability coupled with comfortable operation. Powered by a 2-cycle John Deere M-Series engine, the XT170 has high power-to-weight ratios that provide the power and torque needed to finish big jobs fast. The 1.7-hp heavy-duty engine is designed to run cooler with less vibration and lower sound levels for increased operator comfort and safety. Solid-state ignition and primer bulb assure fast, easy starting. A patented, low-tone muffler uses a glass-wool lining to reduce sound levels and is made of aluminum to resist rust for a long life. Intake silencers and lined clutches reduce sound levels for quieter operation.
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Kawasaki trimmers are powered by Kawasaki 2-cycle engines that include a spherical combustion chamber designed to deliver more than enough power to get the job done, plus long run times on a single tank of gas. Sleek styling keeps them compact and professional, while a low-tone muffler and protective, plastic engine shroud noise levels to an all-time low. The handle — available in standard large size or a new optional smaller size — is placed on the lightweight, large-diameter main tube, providing a full range of motion as well as superior comfort thanks to the special elastomer nylon grip material.
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Landscapers Supply's 24.1 trimmer is powered by a Kawasaki engine with electronic ignition for easier starting. It also features an automatic centrifugal clutch with solid-steel shaft designed for rugged professional use, and is designed with a comfortable “D”-style handle. The unit comes with a dual line pro-style head. The carrying weight of the trimmer is 11 pounds.
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Maruyama's BC4200H Brushcutter features electronic ignition and a Walbro carburetor for easy starts at idle, rugged chrome-impregnated cylinders, chrome-moly crankshafts and a quick-remove engine cover for easy serviceability. Maruyama's AE 420, 41.5-cc engine is both lightweight and powerful. The driveshafts are precision-manufactured of solid steel and polished for optimal performance. The trimmer is also available with blades.
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RedMax introduces the HEZ225F curved-shaft edger. The 22.5-cc, 2-cycle engine provides power while the curved shaft lets you edge most hard-to-reach places. It has an aluminum die-cast shield with patented anti-clog system; dual-purpose, extra-large steel protector that's designed to protect the shield and gear box; and a patented, synchronized flap to keep the heavy-duty, smooth operating wheel (with bearing) at the correct height and ideally positioned. The nylon throttle is soft and flexible to prevent breakage.
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Shindaiwa's T2500 grass trimmer features proprietary technology and meets the Environmental Protection Agency's 2005 exhaust emissions standards. Its high-torque engine delivers 1.1 hp at 8,000 rpm. Standard features include a heavy-duty gearcase with helical gears that smooth power transfer and provide long life, high-visibility debris shield with line cutter and one-piece solid-steel main shaft with splined ends. Its outer tube is constructed of super-strong aircraft-grade aluminum and offers an interlocked throttle control the helps prevent accidental activation of the attachment.
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STIHL's FS 250R grass trimmer is powered by a 40.2-cc engine and offers 2.15 bhp. It has a Quad Power engine for better distribution of fuel mix, resulting in a more efficient expulsion of exhaust gases and fuel efficiency. It also includes STIHL's Easystart system; the IntelliCarb compensating carburetor for longer running times; and a high power-to-weight ratio for rugged performance at the lightest weight possible. It can be fitted with a variety of cutting attachments.
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Tanaka Power Equipment's grass trimmer features a 24-cc, 1.2-hp PureFire 2-cycle engine that meets and exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency's 2005 emission regulations and C.A.R.B.'s Tier III standards. The new engine requires no additional maintenance and adds no weight to the grass trimmer.
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The Efco 8725LAV is a 25.4-cc commercial-duty trimmer that has a solid-steel drive shaft with tempered steel splines. Engine construction includes a chrome cylinder, aluminum alloy piston and a drop-forged 3-piece crankshaft with a forged copper connecting rod. The 8725 comes standard with three cutting attachments, and carries a one-year commercial warranty and lifetime drive shaft and ignition module warranties.
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Vandermolen Corp.'s Windmill trimmers are all commercial units powered by Kawasaki engines. The line consists of five models, from the 18.4-cc trimmer with a curved shaft to the new straight-shaft models that range from 25.4 cc to 43.2 cc and feature an integral loop handle and body protection bar for use with monofilament heads or other non-metal cutting heads. These trimmers are offered with a choice of 10 different cutting heads, five thicknesses of line and other related accessories.
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There are four types of spin-trimmer heads:

  • Automatic heads automatically feed the string when the throttle reaches a certain speed.

  • Semi-automatic heads advance the string when you tap the spindle head on the ground while engaging the throttle.

  • Manual heads require you to turn the trimmer off before manually pulling or unwinding the string to advance it.

  • Fixed-line heads do not offer any type of string advancement. Instead, you use pre-cut lengths of string for replacements.

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