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Good value strimmer

afternoon everyone, looking for advice recommendations on a decent replacement petrol strimmer. 

Been through some mitox previously but as I’ve read on here they’ve proven not to be reliable or dependable over a period of time.

Theres always the usual stihl options but wondered if there were any other recommendations out there form your experience......

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  • I'd buy Stihl, husky or echo.  No point in buying cheap stuff its false economy!

  • I like the Echo and Husqvarna ones myself. I've always found these brands just as good as Stihl.

    • Thanks mate - how far up the range would you recommend I go? Don’t need top of the range but similarly don’t want something that’s not going to last 

      • I only do light strimming really, around domestic garden edges etc mostly so I've never used any of the ones with the big U shaped handles. I've found mid ranged ones with a D shaped loop handle plenty for that kind of work. So If I was getting a new one I'd be looking in the £200-£300 bracket. Weight and vibrations would be things i'd look out for too. But it all depends on what you want it for, if you've got plenty of heavy strimming to do then you may want to spend more. All the best

        • That’s exactly what I need it for and currently use a D handle with hook nose so probs looking in that price bracket - thanks 

  • Hi Dave

    I did comment yesterday (my comment didn't appear it needed to be varified by the admin, what every that means) and basically said the same as PGM.  I would keep clear of cheaper brands.  I use Stihl they are reliable, easy to fix and parts are easy to source.  I would get a minumim of a FS90, I have a FS360 but do alot of heavy work with it!   

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      in the £300 and under bracket i think the Husky 520RJX is the best value for money compared to power and low vibrations -- same power as the Sthil FS90 but half the vibrations and £100 less -- ignore th retail price -- most dealer will do for around £300 and online or a good dealer will do under £300 https://www.husqvarna.com/uk/products/brushcutters/525rjx/966777101/

      Husqvarna Brushcutters 525RJX
      Efficient and easy to use brushcutter with J handle that allows you to use both trimmer line and grass blade. Has the lowest vibration rates in its c…
      • The only thing with the husky and the echo is that the trigger looks like it could catch on something and snap off.  I notice that the latest stihl long reach hedge cutters have the same sort of arrangment.  It may just be me be pedantic.  

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      I use Stihl, an FS90. I'm on my 2nd now after 10 years and that's only because the first one was stolen! As ben says, they are easy to service and grease, there's not a lot to go wrong with them and they have none of the problems the larger 4 mix machines have.

      • FS94 ( I think) would be 2- mix, with no 4mix problems whatsoever.


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