Whipper Snipper recommendations???

CoralCoast_Tropicals(z11 Qld, Aust)December 18, 2005

I need to buy a new whipper snipper/brush cutter as my old one is on it's last legs. I have a large garden of 1600m2 (mostly under garden) as well as being on a corner with roughly 1/4 acre footpath. I require a very reliable model.

Just wondering what everyone else is using and there thoughts on the models that they use. I am currently considering Stihl and Echo models but does anyone use the new Honda 4 stroke cutters? Their mowers are superb so maybe their brush cutters are just as good?


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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

g'day andrew,

reckon the straight shaft models between 22cc and 25cc range should do you, buy from a specialist shop as agaisnt buying cheapies from a discounter. and check to see that the motors on the machine is made in the country of origin of the brand ie.,. japanese machine, has japanese built motor, european machine has country of origin built motor.

my latest is a shindaiwa 27cc a bit hungry on juice but a strong motor, my last was a 22cc jonsered that went on forever. echo's are or where also very good (father in-law and brother had them they bought them from the shop i worked in).

check out the honda 4 stroke i little dearer than the others but will be good and quiet, not sure if they are full 4 stroke or still use a fuel/oil mix? if they do then you may as well stick with a 2 stroke.

i have always liked the kawasaki they feel good in the hands and are very well balanced most likely be my next purchase. stihl, husquvarna & solo are all good but tend to be pricey for the brand name.

i use the loop handles as they give me the flexability to use the machine in all attitudes just don't like those hi-riser handles too limiting. also i use a manual line feed head they don't suffer from break downs like the tap-n-go heads and because they don't make contact with the ground last a lot longer, this one i am using now is on its second machine. there is an art in using line efficiently and economically.

anyhow feel free to e/mail me as you check out models it you wish.

happy hunting

seasons greetings


mail len

lens garden page

    Bookmark   December 18, 2005 at 1:24PM
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Robert_NSW(NSW Aust)

I am with Len on the straight shaft models. What ever make you get, always lean on the side of getting the more gutsy model.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2005 at 4:03PM
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Sparaxis(Vic Aust)

Buy one with a silencer so your neighbours don't go insane trying to get a bit of R & R on weekends. Gutsy might be nice, but only if that doesn't mean more noisy.
I'm ready to kill the neighbour here - is it really necessary to brush cut and mow 3 times a week?

    Bookmark   December 18, 2005 at 6:12PM
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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

the 4 stroke honda runs quiet as i am told, not sure how quiet? but all power machinery is governed by noise pollution regulations that require they not be any louders than i think 95 decibals.

can't see that a trimmer needs using every week, also if people buy those cheepies from the discounters they tend to sound noisier don't know why.


    Bookmark   December 18, 2005 at 8:19PM
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Wouldn't the electric ones be a little quieter than the petrol ones, plus lighter? (Not as heavy duty, I know, but should be OK just to cut grass along pathways and fences on a suburban 1/8 acre block?) Lightness is a major factor for me.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2005 at 8:37PM
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CoralCoast_Tropicals(z11 Qld, Aust)

I don't care about the noise as I wear ear protection when using them. Electric is out of the question as my property is way too large (almost 1/2 acre with another 1/4 acre footpath).

I have looked at the Hondas, just not sure about 4 strokes that small. Checked some out today and am leaning towards a big 2 stroke Echo.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2005 at 6:07AM
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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

g'day andrew,

don't go too big you only get to carry extra weight for no real purpose reckon something in the 27cc to 30cc range would do you nicely. echo are a good brand go for it.

and talk to a sepcialist in a sepecialist store


    Bookmark   December 19, 2005 at 1:35PM
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I picked up a fantastic Husqvarna from Ebay 18mths old for $225, retail $500 and its fantastic. Straight shaft, really good performer, starts easy (although the body gets VERY hot, but I might go and get it serviced). My dad spent a fortune on a Stihl and has had nothing but trouble. I replaced a Ryobi 33cc cheapie which was FANTASTIC, however it was a little short for me since it was curved shaft and I get a sore back easily. I wouldn't hesitate getting the 33cc Ryobi again - they may not be known as the best brand, but it never missed a beat and its one of those things thats so cheap if it lasted 2yrs then its not a major hassle - my Ryobi was going strong after 4 years on a slightly larger than average suburban block.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2005 at 6:24AM
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I have a honda 4 stroke whipper snipper and would not recommend it if you have serious grass, It starts easy and is quite but the RPM is slow and this causes the grass to clump near the working end . I have since bought a shindaiwa B530 which is big for the normal yard but cuts like a steam train. the sthil and the kawasaki 2 stokes I have used are very good as well.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2011 at 9:12PM
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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

it's horses for courses andy,

the honda is for domestic use and there is a vast difference in capabilities from a 25cc domestic machine to a 53cc commercial machine. like all other domestic models the honda is a very good machine.


Here is a link that might be useful: lens garden page

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 1:25PM
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I only have a small suburban block with a few edges, so just purchased a Ryobi line trimmer with an 18V rechargeable battery. Used it for the first time today and it went flat after TWENTY MINUTES. Rang the distributor who told me that "yes it only runs for 20 minutes, then you have to recharge it which takes 45 minutes". Shame on Ryobi for producing such a useless tool and shame on Bunnings for recommending it to me and not telling me about the short run time. They will at least refund my money but I wouldn't purchase another Ryobi.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 11:00PM
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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

g'day michelle,

yep you've learnt a couple valuable lessons there, one you get what you pay for and the other never buy anything like this from a discounter, all garden power equipment should be bough from specialist shops who know what they are on about and only sell reliable quality machinery.


Here is a link that might be useful: lens garden page

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 12:57PM
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my wife bought an electric whipper-snipper for xmas, from a local hardware store, and was informed spare parts were readily available, the spool wore out quickly, tangling in the spool, and damaged it, no replacements available. The tool was made by a company that home hardware uses. do your own shopping via proffessionals not casual workers who do not know products

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 4:54AM
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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

g'day les,

yes valuable lesson there.

very rarely is their spare parts or service back up for bought in the box discounter machines, and how shop assistants in those discounter shops would have any idea is beyond me.


    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 1:19PM
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Most above suggest a straight shaft trimmer. I'd agree for straight forward trimming and edging but if you've got a lot of detailed work to do, I find I can be more precise with a curved shaft machine. For example getting under bushes or around pots is easier. I also like the Honda 4 stroke. It's actually pretty quiet for a petrol powered whipper snipper. I always lean towards models that come with attachments so that they can double up as blowers, cultivators, hedge trimmers etc. You'll need a gutsy motor though.

Here is a link that might be useful: Whipper Snipper Reviews

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 12:40PM
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funnelweb(NSW Aust)

Yeah, straight shaft model definitely, I've been using one for the past 9 years (Yardmaster, I think - Aussie made) and it hasn't failed once.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 3:59AM
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