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Hedge Trimmer ?
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:14:12 pm »
Dad is wanting to get a gas hedge trimmer for his homeowner uses. Corded is out as can be 300' away. 

So what is out there for $300 under or ones you have good feedback on.  He looked at echo $298, poulan $179, craftsman $199.

I know nothing on these.
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Re: Hedge Trimmer ?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 10:22:27 pm »
Saving some to look up later. http://www.jerryslittleenginerepair.com/Dolmar_Comparisons.pdf

 DOLMAR
HT-2249D

STIHL
HS-45

Husqvarna
226HD60S

RedMax
CHT 2250

Echo
HC-155

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Re: Hedge Trimmer ?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014, 10:26:58 pm »
I have the Echo that is double action in that both the top and bottom blades move in opposite directions. HC1500-2E 21cc. It is a older gray one.

I have a Stihl HS-80-R-20 27cc that has more power with a brake and turnable handle. It is also dual action and just a little more limb capacity & power than the Echo. Not made anymore.

I have a Weed Eater 21 but it is single action - only the top blade moves. Big performance drop down from the Echo and Stihl.

Then I have a Homelite 16 single action from late 80's which is not as good as the Weed Eater / Poulan
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Re: Hedge Trimmer ?
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2014, 11:41:58 pm »
The 28cc poulan he is talking about has dual cutting it says.   http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/poulan-proreg%3B-pp2822-hedge-trimmer-with-22-in-dual-action-blade

Dont know which echo yet.

Craftsman is the poulan in red.
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Re: Hedge Trimmer ?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2014, 12:21:43 am »
That Poulan looks pretty good. I would bet that there is also a Husqvarna version that is the same thing?

The Echo 155 is probably identical to my Echo 1500 except it is red instead of light gray?

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Re: Hedge Trimmer ?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2014, 11:15:49 am »
He was looking at the echo 152, not the 155 like I was thinking.

http://www.echo-usa.com/products/hedge-trimmers
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Re: Hedge Trimmer ?
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2014, 11:23:50 am »
After doing alot of reading. I told him for $90 more Gooooo Echo. Plus our friends are the echo dealer down there.   

I keep reading about the poulan and people breaking cutters on stuff half the size it is rated for. Could be operator error who knows. But never read anything on the echo doing this.
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Re: Hedge Trimmer ?
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2014, 12:26:45 pm »
My Echo is a 20" but it is the deluxe 20 as it has a Zerk on the gearbox instead of disassembly of the cover to add grease. I only occasionally use it like three times a year so I've never put any grease in the gear box. It is not greasy around the gearbox. It has a double sided opposing cam on the output shaft of the clutch bell and each of those blades has a hinged loop cam follower on them that fits around the cam. Nothing complicated.

One blade is going out while the other is coming in and they both cut in both directions. I bought this Echo used from CL and it was out in the country down SW of Lucus about 2 yrs ago. It had very little use but is probably from right around 2000. It was originally from the Massillon area.

I'm thinking my Stihl has a gear reduction between the output of the engine and the cam? What ever, it has slightly more umpf than the Echo but is is heavier too. The Stihl came from Crestline, Ohio CL. I've had it some 4 years.

The echo and I get along very well.

The Weedeater/Poulan I have is from the mid 90's and while the 21cc engine has always run good and the blades not needing resharpening - it is actually a single action cutter in that only the top blade moves though it cuts in both directions. The bottom blade is stationary. I would be willing to say that the Weedeater variety is a step cheaper than a Poulan Pro.
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Re: Hedge Trimmer ?
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2014, 01:07:42 pm »
We sell alot of HS45 trimmers to commercial guys. They stand up well here. They should be around $250 down your way. Only downside is that they come with 18" cut.

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Re: Hedge Trimmer ?
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2014, 01:50:27 pm »
Kev, if he has a Stihl weed eater, the hedger heads work great on those.  Keeps yer fingers out of reach too. Lol

 

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