questionschallenge: weed eater

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If you intend to use it more than 2 seasons you should forget the 2 cycle and get a 4 stroke motor.

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Thanks for the feedback. Do the 2 cycles just wear out quicker ?

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@djbowman: "ask this old house" recently did an episode on weed eaters and the different kinds. There is even a propane style. I checked their website but there isn't any information on that episode.

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While they don't review that specific Poulan model, another one (the PPB330, 33cc versus 25cc in the PP125) was a weak performer in Consumer Reports testing. Their top pick is the Stihl FS 45, which at $150 is a bit more than your target price.

http://www.stihlusa.com/trimmers/FS45CE.html

If you're flexible on pricing then I highly recommend the Stihl based on my own experience with the corded electric model. It (along with a really long extension cord!) is a winner for my smallish yard. It's quite powerful, cutting through most woody-stemmed weeds easily, and very easy to reload with trimming line. The gas model should perform even better.