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    Slightly different topic...for years had a Black and Decker strimmer which worked great, it was a reflex one so no fiddling about with reels. However it finally died so popped down to Focus and bought a new Black and Decker one which was useless, it used an entire reel every time?! So we complainted and got a Bosch one but it seems useless as well, the reel seems to be shortening all the time and it needs manually wound out.

    There must be something decent out there?

    Thanks,
    John

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    Cheap strimmers are a pain, I leave the reel off now and buy thicker nylon, then I cut a piece and tie it to the reel holder on the strimmer itself. It works for me. Like you I used to go through a reel in about 10 minutes.

    Banned

    They dont make them like they used to.

    I always borrow my parents strimmer, like you they had an old one that lastest years and years. They have now had three in the last couple of years and I agree, I seem to have to keep unwinding the reel all the time.

    I have a Petrol Strimmer with a very thick cord, I even trim Rose Bushes with it.

    dinosteveus

    I have a Petrol Strimmer with a very thick cord, I even trim Rose Bushes … I have a Petrol Strimmer with a very thick cord, I even trim Rose Bushes with it.


    I have een lookig at getting a petrol one, Bookers do them at around £60 on the JCB brand.

    With extra power and much thicker cable I'd probably end up with a wasteland and not a garden though.

    davelfc

    I have een lookig at getting a petrol one, Bookers do them at around £60 … I have een lookig at getting a petrol one, Bookers do them at around £60 on the JCB brand.With extra power and much thicker cable I'd probably end up with a wasteland and not a garden though.


    Once you get the hang on it, you will wonder how you managed without one.
    I've cut my whole lawn with mine when my Petrol Lawnmower was in for a service, it was easy and very fast. I have a very big garden as well.

    Original Poster

    I'm still stuck for a strimmer, the Bosch one is completely hopeless - I just can't understand why the old electric strimmer worked perfectly while brand new ones are so hopeless.

    Seriously looking at a petrol strimmer now as trying to trim the edge of the garden with hand shears is not much fun. Where is the best place to start looking for a petrol strimmer and how much maintenance do they need? I've only ever seen the large ones they use for trimming parks and similar, wouldn't want something quite so large or noisy for a garden though.

    John

    If you're just after a good basic workhorse of a petrol strimmer/brushcutter go for something like a Stihl FS 55. It's a 2 stroke engine and will last for ages. If you want something with a bit more oomph then a 4 stroke Honda or a 4 mix Stihl is a good bet. Personally I like to use the ones with the cowhorn handles as I think they are easier to control than the loop handle ones.

    Banned

    God knows, I borrowed a flymo one offf my mum like I do every couple of weeks. Spend half my time getting more cord out. Good results, just annoying.
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