Shindaiwa String Trimmer (T242) Review

The Shindaiwa string trimmer was compared to other top brands in the following categories...

Brand Weight to Comfort Durability Ease of Value for
  Power Ratio     Start Money
Echo 230 & 260 B B+ B B- B
Kawasaki KGT27A A+ A B- B- A
Maruyama 22-26cc A B+ B B+ A
Redmax 22-26cc A A B+ A B+
Shindaiwa T231&261 B+ B+ B+ A B
Shindaiwa T242 B B+ A- B+ B+
Stihl FS80 B+ B B B+ B
Stihl FS100RX A B+ B B+ B
Stihl FS90R B+ B+ B+ B+ A

The T242 Model trimmer falls in between the 231 and 261 models. It seems like a nice blend of the two.

Weight to Power: B

The T242 weighs about 11.5lbs and sports a 24cc engine. Definitely a boost from the 231. There is a little throttle lag, as well as, a 30 second or so warm up time. Not the most powerful, but a solid and smooth trimmer.

Comfort: B+

Low vibration, decent weight, and well-balanced make this unit very user friendly.

Durability: A-

So far seems very tough. A simple two-cycle design and well thought out.

Ease of Start: B+

While the 242 fires right up, I’m not crazy about the 30 second warm up time.

Value for Money: B+

The 242’s are a good value at around $280. Shindaiwa, like Stihl and Redmax, hold their value well, so they can always be sold on Ebay if you want to make a change.

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