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Old 20 August 2016, 17:05   #11
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I suppose if it doesn't start when you need it which is highly likely then you could use it as an anchor to stop you drifting into trouble
I rather buy a 20 or 30 year old 2.5 two stroke for more money than trust one of those
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How many people have had their cheap chinese strimmer engine crap out on them.
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I've never had more than 2-3 hours runtime out of a cheap strimmer/hedge trimmer before it's had a fault that's confined it to the scrap pile-usually because the build quality is so bad that it's impossible to dismantle without damaging it or the parts cost more than it's worth.
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Old 21 August 2016, 16:05   #13
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I've never had more than 2-3 hours runtime out of a cheap strimmer/hedge trimmer before it's had a fault that's confined it to the scrap pile-usually because the build quality is so bad that it's impossible to dismantle without damaging it or the parts cost more than it's worth.

I suppose that's why I asked the question. Never bought a cheap one myself. Sthil should start making these!!
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Old 25 August 2016, 06:54   #14
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Sorry Stihl is not still the same. I know of at least two recent Stihl whipper snappers that are both dead, their new design has made servicing near impossible. Don't get me wrong "a poor man pays twice" I prove it regularly. The proof is in the pudding, at least prove it where it's safe, they'd be great on a canoe. I own a Chinese post hole auger, blew the gear box bearings, new bearings $40 on site, new gear box $69 I think with a 6 week wait, on to my second carby their $30. It's been going for years done heaps of work, I run it rich as it it's under load, and it can still dislocate your elbow, arm and shoulder not a bad piece of cheap crap.
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My Stihl strimmer is a bugger to start 9 times out of 10 and I often give up and get out the hedge clippers instead... I'd not be trusting some cheap Chinese strimmer-cum-outboard for an "emergency"... ever...

My back-up (if I ever take one) is a 12v, 55lb trolling motor... but only because I already own one for my canoe otherwise as others have said, new 2-3hp branded OBM all the way!
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Yup, I entrust my auxiliary power plant - either a 2.5hp 4 stroke Suzuki or a slightly lighter 2.2hp Suzuki 2 stroke. Both very reliable - in fact 100% reliable neither failed to start when asked upon.
But neither has my main power source - a 2010 Tohatsu 20hp 4 stroke.
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