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Jonathan27

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513 posts

86 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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We’ve just moved to a new house, with a bigger garden, so I’ve bought the petrol mower (www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/7305210/Trail/searchtext>MCCULLOCH.htm ) but now I need a petrol strimmer. Anybody have any decent recommendations, budget is up to £150, but I would happily spend less if I could find a decent one at a decent price. After a few recent eBay disasters, I would rather not use eBay.

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Rosscow

6,325 posts

85 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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I'd recommend the Honda that I have but at £400+ I think it's beyond your budget!

I don't think you'll get a particularly cracking example for under £150 though.

Might be better going to a local garden/landscaping machinery service place and seeing if they can sell you a second hand/refurbished one.

Roger645

1,603 posts

169 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Been using a Ryobi one for the last few years, just fill it with petrol and that's it. Been fine. It was 99 quid from a local garden centre.

Pickled Piper

6,093 posts

157 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Buy cheap, buy twice etc.

Save your pennies and buy a Stihl. You will thank me in years to come.

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markbigears

1,746 posts

191 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Have a Stihl and a ryobi. The stihl is better quality, in product materials and design, and just the reaction of the trigger for example is so much more responsive. I think you have been unlucky with eBay, I get all my petrol gear on there. I bought my stihl FS45 for £50 (and it's like new). You just have to be patient until the right one comes along. The best deals are the "buy it now" where the owner doesn't really know the second hand price, but you have to keep an eye out regular for those.
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Kneetrembler

1,939 posts

124 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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markbigears said:
Have a Stihl and a ryobi. The stihl is better quality, in product materials and design, and just the reaction of the trigger for example is so much more responsive. I think you have been unlucky with eBay, I get all my petrol gear on there. I bought my stihl FS45 for £50 (and it's like new). You just have to be patient until the right one comes along. The best deals are the "buy it now" where the owner doesn't really know the second hand price, but you have to keep an eye out regular for those.
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Bill

36,181 posts

177 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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I have a Ryobi and it's not great but it works... If you've been bitten by eBay and want new you could do worse.

magooagain

1,772 posts

92 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Stihl. I do thousands of square metres in a day. They just keep going. dont buy a tiddler. Think big and it wont let you down.

Malx

866 posts

126 months

Saturday 6th October 2012
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I had bad experiences with the Ryobi brand and the two local independants don't rate them.
I decided to spend £170 or so on a Sanli GTS-43 and while it's not the top of the range it fires first time, cuts grass and (as we found out yesterday) small trees without any issue.

It gets my vote, but stay away from the really cheap ones. As has been said, "Buy cheap, buy twice".