From: normanwisdom on
On 9 Jun, 13:43, "Mungo \"Two Sheds\" Toadfoot"
<eastREMOVEk...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I want one.
>
> I'm not terribly rich at the moment.
>
> Which one of these two do I want, or does anyone know of a better one for
> <=£70?
>
> <http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/7201228/Trail/C%24ci...>
>
> http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/7200195/Trail/C%24ci...
>
> Kin 'ell, sorry about the enormous URLs but they should work.
>
> Si

I'd go for a scythe - cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, faster, lasts
for life almost- you might need a new blade eventually but a blade
will outlive any strimmer or powered mower, keeps you fit, highly
effective. For fiddly bits you could try a sickle.

cheers
Jacob

From: Steve Firth on
Kaiser <no(a)spam.com> wrote:

> Just one word of advice, if it's put it away with the tank more than half
> full, mine tends to flood the carburetor (noticed a smell of petrol in the
> shed after a couple of days).

Thanks, I'll see what happens. It looks like there's one pwoer head to
fit a number of shaft/cutter types so this one will probably suffer the
same problem.
From: clot on
Jim Ford wrote:
> Mungo "Two Sheds" Toadfoot wrote:
>
>> I've been further north than
>> that! Once. To Nottingham
>
> To Nottingham!? Gosh, that's further north than Luton - I'd love to
> travel one day!

Ignorant sarfaners, the pair of you. Some of us Noorfarners travel and
are open to experience the difficulties of travel in other regions.
Parked regularly at Luton Parkway (fortunately not on those dates) and
travelled into the deep South to see St Pancras and sooo many peoople.
Give me north of ... well at least Northants! :)

From: A.Lee on
Andy Hall <andyh(a)hall.nospam> wrote:
> On 2007-06-09 19:55:40 +0100, "Tim.." <the.farm.no(a)spam.btinternet.com> said:

> > A good strimmer will last your lifetime. Stihl is still the best, and
> > Husquavana a close second. Aim for a 25-30cc machine.

> > My machine of choice for everyday use is the FS85 with the autocut head. I
> > buy a drum of the sqaure section jonsered 2.0mm cord, which has sharp edges
> > and makes most use of the 25cc. The stihl head will hold 2x 2m of cord which
> > lasts for ages.

> OK. This one seems to be in the 330-400 range.
> Is it basically that the FS38,45,55 (lightweight) are the basic
> machines and FS80 and above are professional?

> I'm also in the market for a hedge trimmer. Are Stihl products good
> here also?

Stihl have got a good reputation, and do some good kit, but IMO, they
are a little overpriced.
I was recently in the market for a strimmer and hedge cutter, I got the
brochures, surfed the web, then finally chose the Stihl multi-head combi
system. I had written down the part numbers I needed, and went down to
order them, but when I got to the dealer to try them, I found they were
not as well balanced as I expected, and just 'didnt feel right'.
The combi system was written off, so I looked at the individual tools,
then the dealer said have a look at these - Tanaka link here:
<http://www.casterbridgegardenmachinery.co.uk/tanakasearch.asp>.

I'd never heard of them, yet he said they were just as good as Stihl,
can be used all day without problems, and were �50+ cheaper per item
than Stihl.
Their strimmer felt the most balanced of all I'd tried - it can be
changed to a 3 sided blade type head, which, when used, is a revelation
- it is so easy to cut through things.
I was expecting to buy a long hedge trimmer, but eventually settled on a
short one by Tanaka, as again, it just felt right when I held it.
I've had them 3 weeks now, only being used on my own (large) garden, and
a bit of nettle and bramble cutting next door with no problems at all.
Alan.
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From: Andy Hall on
On 2007-06-10 06:50:16 +0100, alan(a)darkroom.+.com (A.Lee) said:

> Andy Hall <andyh(a)hall.nospam> wrote:
>> On 2007-06-09 19:55:40 +0100, "Tim.." <the.farm.no(a)spam.btinternet.com> said:
>
>>> A good strimmer will last your lifetime. Stihl is still the best, and
>>> Husquavana a close second. Aim for a 25-30cc machine.
>
>>> My machine of choice for everyday use is the FS85 with the autocut head. I
>>> buy a drum of the sqaure section jonsered 2.0mm cord, which has sharp edges
>>> and makes most use of the 25cc. The stihl head will hold 2x 2m of cord which
>>> lasts for ages.
>
>> OK. This one seems to be in the 330-400 range.
>> Is it basically that the FS38,45,55 (lightweight) are the basic
>> machines and FS80 and above are professional?
>
>> I'm also in the market for a hedge trimmer. Are Stihl products good
>> here also?
>
> Stihl have got a good reputation, and do some good kit, but IMO, they
> are a little overpriced.
> I was recently in the market for a strimmer and hedge cutter, I got the
> brochures, surfed the web, then finally chose the Stihl multi-head combi
> system. I had written down the part numbers I needed, and went down to
> order them, but when I got to the dealer to try them, I found they were
> not as well balanced as I expected, and just 'didnt feel right'.
> The combi system was written off, so I looked at the individual tools,
> then the dealer said have a look at these - Tanaka link here:
> <http://www.casterbridgegardenmachinery.co.uk/tanakasearch.asp>.
>
> I'd never heard of them, yet he said they were just as good as Stihl,
> can be used all day without problems, and were �50+ cheaper per item
> than Stihl.
> Their strimmer felt the most balanced of all I'd tried - it can be
> changed to a 3 sided blade type head, which, when used, is a revelation
> - it is so easy to cut through things.
> I was expecting to buy a long hedge trimmer, but eventually settled on a
> short one by Tanaka, as again, it just felt right when I held it.
> I've had them 3 weeks now, only being used on my own (large) garden, and
> a bit of nettle and bramble cutting next door with no problems at all.
> Alan.

Thanks for that. So which models did you choose?