Posted 05-23-2001 at 18:07:23
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I'll probably get hammered for this, but...
DR's are GROSSLY overpriced. They are the Harley Davidson of lawn care. You're paying for a name. If they spent half as much on engineering as they do on advertising, maybe they'd be worth it. I've worked on every DR trimmer in a 5 mile radius, and I own a Craftsman. I paid $250 for a machine that works all the time, DR owners paid $800 plus for a machine that's broke all the time.
If you are looking for a hand-held trimmer, the same folks that make good chainsaws make good trimmers. Stihl and Husky.
My opinion, of course, your mileage may vary...
Posted 05-23-2001 at 10:44:58
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DR also makes an attachment for their 'Front Mounted Mow-Ball' string type trimmer that they call a 'Beaver Blade'. It looks like a chainsaw chain wrapped around a 12" skil-saw blade. My Dad has one and with the beaver blade I can cut trees up to 5" diameter almost as fast as a chainsaw.
I also have a Ryobi shoulder mount 'string trimmer' that has a brush blade attachment. We call it The Wing Wing because when the RPMs are maxed out and you swing it at 1" brush that is the sound it makes as it contacts wood.
I cleared about an acre of Alder and Honeysuckle.
Not easy but it works.
I have since smartened up and use Bonnie 8N and a 5 foot King Kutter 'brush-hog'. Paid $500 brand new last summer and love it.
For the $2000 that you will pay for a DR walk behind, I would get an old tractor that comes with a cutter. The tractor will come in handy for other things that you haven't even thought up yet. Never knew I needed one till I got one and now cannot immagine being without it.
Used to spend $300 a year on having the fields cut, and that was only one cutting per year. Now I keep them mowed 4-5 times a year and the neighbors want to hire me to do theirs...