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    Thread: Which do you prefer gas or electric weed wacker?

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      04-24-2012 05:38 PM #1
      I myself prefer electric my lot is 40x120 and everytime I try to start a gas weed wacker it is at least 20 pulls to get this to go

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      04-24-2012 05:48 PM #2
      I have a Husqvarna electric that works really well for a small lawn where things never get out of control. Looking on their web site, they no longer seem to offer any electric string trimmers.

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      04-24-2012 07:19 PM #3
      Gas, no question. Mine is about 10 years old and starts on the 4-5 pull. I live on .63 acres and electric wouldn't be an option even if I liked them.

      I do prefer an electric blower. My neighbor has a gas one and it is absolutely ridiculous. You can hear that thing 6 blocks over.

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      04-25-2012 09:58 AM #4
      Electric, I have a rechargeable that is pretty quiet
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      04-25-2012 10:26 AM #5
      I vote gas. Seems like it has extra power.

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      I do prefer an electric blower. My neighbor has a gas one and it is absolutely ridiculous. You can hear that thing 6 blocks over.
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      04-25-2012 10:31 AM #6
      Tell me you didn't really post that. Unless you are working for a lawn care company, there should never be a need for a monstrosity like that.

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      04-25-2012 10:47 AM #7
      I just picked up a Troy Bilt gas trimmer, simply love it.

      And forget string, I went with a solid blade head. String can just get frustrating.

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      04-25-2012 10:49 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Papa Dras View Post
      Tell me you didn't really post that. Unless you are working for a lawn care company, there should never be a need for a monstrosity like that.
      I guess... if you only have like one or two trees in your yard.
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      04-25-2012 11:29 AM #9
      Don't like electrics. The rechargeable ones I have used don't have the power, and I don't want to drag a cord around (that I would eventually trip over or cut).

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      04-25-2012 11:51 AM #10
      I love my Stihl KM55 Kombi. I only have the trimmer, edger, and tiller but there's a ton of other attachments.

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      04-25-2012 12:38 PM #11
      I agree, I just recently picked this up.. Used it a few times and it's great!


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    12. 04-25-2012 01:06 PM #12
      Gas all the way Id rather go out there and trim with a pair of scissors then use an electric

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      04-25-2012 01:07 PM #13
      Anything Stihl. Love their stuff.

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      04-25-2012 01:08 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by TBANKS83 View Post
      Gas all the way Id rather go out there and trim with a pair of scissors then use an electric
      OMG that sounds kinda gay almost like driving a wolf lol

    15. 04-25-2012 01:15 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by mert mert View Post
      OMG that sounds kinda gay almost like driving a wolf lol
      Id rather drive a wolf then a Free ugly 2.0l any day but at least that 2.0l would blow the doors of your old audi that you put 10 Gs into

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      04-25-2012 01:16 PM #16
      plus i don't think I have enough beer in my fridge to try and start a gas weed wacker

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      04-25-2012 01:29 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by mert mert View Post
      plus i don't think I have enough arm strength in my limp wrists to try and start a gas weed wacker
      Use both arms and set it on the ground.

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      04-25-2012 01:37 PM #18
      omg so cool good idea thanks pal

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      04-25-2012 01:50 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by 89VWdieselGolf View Post
      I agree, I just recently picked this up.. Used it a few times and it's great!



      Have the same and starts always 2-3 pulls for the last 5 years

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      04-25-2012 03:01 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by crazysimi View Post
      Have the same and starts always 2-3 pulls for the last 5 years
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      04-25-2012 04:21 PM #21
      Aren't a lot of these gas brands coming out with electric jump starters? That way you don't HAVE to keep pulling the cord?

      The Troy Bilt I mentioned earlier has an accessory I can go buy that starts the motor for me. Seems like a great idea to blend the ease of electric and power/mobility of the gas.

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      04-25-2012 05:17 PM #22
      Gas is also twice the price than electric as well

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      04-25-2012 05:47 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by HookedOn16v View Post
      Aren't a lot of these gas brands coming out with electric jump starters? That way you don't HAVE to keep pulling the cord?

      The Troy Bilt I mentioned earlier has an accessory I can go buy that starts the motor for me. Seems like a great idea to blend the ease of electric and power/mobility of the gas.
      That seems silly. A decent weed eater from a decent brand will start reliably with decent gas.

      Also - you fellas out there yanking the cord, you do know the easiest way to "pull start" small gas-equipment is to "drop" the tool while holding the cord in roughly the same place, right?

      This works for blowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, chopsaws, hedge trimmers, etc. Let gravity do most of the work for you.

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      04-25-2012 10:30 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Tornado2dr View Post
      That seems silly. A decent weed eater from a decent brand will start reliably with decent gas.

      Also - you fellas out there yanking the cord, you do know the easiest way to "pull start" small gas-equipment is to "drop" the tool while holding the cord in roughly the same place, right?

      This works for blowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, chopsaws, hedge trimmers, etc. Let gravity do most of the work for you.

      I agree with you.

      Just tossing it out there for all the rip cord haters

      You are right, mine is 3-4 pulls, and those are spring assisted on the TB.

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      04-26-2012 12:12 AM #25
      Gas.

      Stihl is good, so is Echo and RedMax. I'm actually a Husqvarna fan. Oh, and if you're going to buy one, get one w/ a straight shaft. MUCH easier to get in under things w/ a straight shaft vs. a curved shaft.
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    26. 04-26-2012 01:53 AM #26
      Electric is fine for a small lot, but for 1.5 acres I need a gas model. I have the Stihl combi and it's great but heavy, also I don't like that the head freewheels to a stop unless throttle is applied. I used to be able to cut through a lot of stuff while on idle on the old cheapy craftsman model.

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      04-26-2012 11:33 AM #27
      Gas here, too.

      Just put the blade on it yesterday to knock down some brush in the woods towards the pond. Do electric have the power to handle a blade?

      It's just a 4-stroke Ryobi I bought at Home depot in 1995. Still runs great. Pnly replaces the primer bulb and fiel line.

      Wish it would crap out because I want to buy the Stihl Kombi posted above.

      I thought it was finally going last year and it was just a cracked fuel line letting air in. There went my reason to get the Stihl.

    28. 04-26-2012 12:43 PM #28
      It's worth noting that not all 2 cycle gas engines are created equally. For instance, my Troy-Built weed wacker is a total PITA to startup. It takes up to 20 pulls to get the thing going. The gravity technique would never work. On the other hand, my Husqvarna blower starts up with 3 pulls.

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      04-27-2012 09:05 PM #29
      used to have an echo gas trimmer, gas tank cracked, fuel lines went to ****, priming bulb broke.

      quoted like 80 bucks in parts, it was getting old so i threw it away and bought a $20 corded timmer lol, makes big power lol. makes your hands numb from vibration.

      for a small yard electric is less headache but I love gas

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      04-28-2012 02:09 AM #30
      I don't mind mixing gas/oil at all but have you seen the models that came out a year or two ago that use the screw on disposable propane tanks? Seems like a good choice for those who don't like to mix gas/oil and don't want to have an electric.
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      04-28-2012 02:25 PM #31
      they make 4 stroke ones too

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      04-29-2012 02:10 AM #32
      I have an Echo and it's an ass kicker.

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      05-01-2012 12:44 PM #33
      Even given the convenience advantage, gas (especially 2-stroke) trimmers/blowers/etc. are just too 'dirty' for me. My old Black & Decker corded electric will do anything I need it to do. Gas power equipment emissions are much worse than car emissions.

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    34. 05-01-2012 02:00 PM #34
      anybody have a blade they reccomend? i'm getting pretty sick of string.

      and gas all the way, my cheapo craftsman runs like a champ 6yrs later.

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      05-01-2012 04:28 PM #35
      I've got two acres (about 1.5 of lawn/yard), and my rechargable has more than enough power for anything I try to tackle. I can usually make it through the whole yard on one charge, but if I can't, my Black & Decker comes with tweo batteries, so swapping them takes five seconds.

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