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Old 08-08-2012, 03:57 AM   #16
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:44 AM   #17
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Ryobic?
It's the bionic, upper-end line of Ryobi. VERY spendy.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:43 AM   #18
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Still haven't returned my "Ryobi" as I can't get it back into the box. But will look at the battery ones.

I think all the gas ones will be too heavy for me. Even if the charge doesn't hold up I can do the trimming in stages like I do the mowing.
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What a pain.

Returned the first weed eater, the Ryobi that was too heavy for me. Then bought a gas one that was recommended by a cousin as it was light weight. Yes, but I couldn't start it after the first time and called the 800 number and was told to take it to a shop to have the carbureator reset. Returned that one as I didn't want to have to take an item in that was brand now. Now the stores aren't carrying as many this time of year.

Will look online.

I need to get my new fence painted but have to cut down the weeds next to it that the lawnmower doesn't reach.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:52 PM   #20
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We have a Ryobi 4-Cycle that doesn't mix gas and oil. You just put straight up gas in.

Previously we had 2 battery ones. Neither were up to my weed eating standards.

This ryobi though, it has a ton of power.

I have 400 ft of fence x 2 sides, 80 ft of garden boxes, 1 playset, trees, house, and a raised flower bed to trim around.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:31 PM   #21
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As opposed to the DrHicks theory, I bought a really nice Echo a while ago and it has been great. In fact, it is over 20 years old. I replaced the gas tank 2 years ago and have re-built the carb once. It is one of the last ones that had a solid drive shaft, not a twisted cable.

I was involved with the small engine business back then and have a few nice tools from those days. Some guys like to get a cheapie and run it 'til it drops, trying to get a season out of it. Others like a commercial machine, and will spend the extra cash required to purchase one. They will keep it a while and spend some money on repairs. Just a different point of view.

Go to a Stihl dealer(echo ain't what they used to be) and see what they have to offer.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:32 PM   #22
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I have a rechargable Black and Decker, works great! It hangs from the charger, so it's always ready to go. Had it 7 years, it is a little heavy though.

This replaced a gas powered one, dont remember brand, maybe Toro, that wouldnt start out of the box!

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What do you call "a little heavy". One that I returned was 11.8 pounds and way too heavy for me.

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It is about 10 pounds or so.

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Old 09-29-2012, 05:03 PM   #25
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I suppose if I can't use a 10# one I'd better give up yard work.

And, as with my mowing I can break the weedeating up into several days if it's too heavy.

thanks

Now with fall here the stores have limited choices. I'll look online.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:33 PM   #26
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Maybe I missed something, but, from what I understand of the thread, it sounds like you have purchased two weed wackers, have returned both of them because neither met your criteria, so the next step is to go online? Maybe I'm too old, but that does not make a lot of sense to me. Have you tried your local independent lawn equipment dealers? Just like the local hardware store, jewelry store, clothing store, or whatever, they are competing every day with big boxes and the internet, so how do they stay in business? Oh yeah, now I remember. CUSTOMER SERVICE! I know for a fact that at least two of them in our area would be more than happy to take whatever time might be required to make sure that you get what you want, and they even service them, unlike any of the big boxes in our area anyway, or the keyboard operator in India.
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Yes, it would be best to see how the weedeater feels before buying.

And even though I do recommend the battery powered models, you will have bigger forearms from using it! Batteries are heavy, no way around that. I dont mind because I dont feel as guilty if I can't make it to the gym!

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