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Troy-Bilt XP 18" Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer EXPIRED

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Lowe's has Troy-Bilt XP 18" Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer w/ Attachment Capability (TB2044 XP) on sale for $84.50. Shipping is free. Thanks hollwya

Features:
  • 18-in Cutting Swath
  • 2-Cycle Engine
  • 27-cc Engine Displacement
  • Dual Line Feed
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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I was looking for a trimmer and found the Lowes has all the Troy-Bilt Gas trimmer for 50% off until 5/1/2019.

Here are some of the ones on sale:

Troy-Bilt XP XP 27-cc 2-cycle 18-in Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer $85
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Troy-Bil...y/50053351

Troy-Bilt 30-cc 4-cycle 17-in Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer $99
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Troy-Bil...y/50329493

I bought the $85 one to replace my 25 yrs old trimmer. Shipping is free. Local stores do not have them in stock.
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I have a similar 2 cycle Troybilt trimmer. It's 5 years old. It does fine.

The biggest issue with all small engine trimmers is the carb typically needs to be adjusted and takes a specialty screw driver. This is especially true when you buy from box stores since they don't typically have the ability to try the engine. I would bet it's also true for the Echo's from Homedepot.

Also - DON'T LEAVE GAS IN THEM OVER WINTER!!!

I'd avoid the 4 cycle at this point. They are more difficult to start and heavier. I like the idea of getting more use from a tank of gas, but currently it's not worth the additional effort IMO.
As someone who switched from a 2 cycle to a 4 cycle last year, it's worth the switch 100 times out of a 100. Not having to worry about separate gas/oil mixture is nice. I went from a 2 cycle Craftsman (pretty much the same as a Troybilt) and it was ridiculously hard to start. The 4 cycle is a tad bit heavier but nothing I really notice most days. The power and quietness of the 4 cycle is also a huge difference. The time to trim my yard was cut in half with the switch. I wish I had done it 5 years ago!
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As someone who switched from a 2 cycle to a 4 cycle last year, it's worth the switch 100 times out of a 100. Not having to worry about separate gas/oil mixture is nice. I went from a 2 cycle Craftsman (pretty much the same as a Troybilt) and it was ridiculously hard to start. The 4 cycle is a tad bit heavier but nothing I really notice most days. The power and quietness of the 4 cycle is also a huge difference. The time to trim my yard was cut in half with the switch. I wish I had done it 5 years ago!
This... definitely worth the investment
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As someone who switched from a 2 cycle to a 4 cycle last year, it's worth the switch 100 times out of a 100. Not having to worry about separate gas/oil mixture is nice. I went from a 2 cycle Craftsman (pretty much the same as a Troybilt) and it was ridiculously hard to start. The 4 cycle is a tad bit heavier but nothing I really notice most days. The power and quietness of the 4 cycle is also a huge difference. The time to trim my yard was cut in half with the switch. I wish I had done it 5 years ago!
2 stroke will be easier to start almost always. You don't really have a say in the matter until you've owned the tool 5+ years. But really it's going to come down to maintenance. I always run my trimmers/ blowers a couple minutes a month in the winter to keep the carb loaded with fresh gas.
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Echo is the way to go. I've had 2 Troy's and they always wore me out trying to start them. Unless they have gotten better over the years which who knows maybe. But some things as I get older are worth paying more for. And having a weed eater that starts in 2 pulls in the Louisiana humidity and heat is one lol.

That's my 2 cents. For the nothing it's worth lol.
They've been good. I like the model because of the different attachments available. I bought the 4cycle because the I didn't store the 2 cycle properly after 5 years of use. Otherwise it's a great model
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Hanging on an end cap was this odd looking device built specifically (it seems) for these trimmers. It attaches to a drill and has a bit on the end that plugs into the power head of the trimmer. It lets you start the trimmer by running the drill.

How bad does your starter have to be for you to offer a special add-on product so you can start your power tool with another power tool?
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Hanging on an end cap was this odd looking device built specifically (it seems) for these trimmers. It attaches to a drill and has a bit on the end that plugs into the power head of the trimmer. It lets you start the trimmer by running the drill.

How bad does your starter have to be for you to offer a special add-on product so you can start your power tool with another power tool?
Bad back or shoulder.
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I have a similar 2 cycle Troybilt trimmer. It's 5 years old. It does fine.

The biggest issue with all small engine trimmers is the carb typically needs to be adjusted and takes a specialty screw driver. This is especially true when you buy from box stores since they don't typically have the ability to try the engine. I would bet it's also true for the Echo's from Homedepot.

Also - DON'T LEAVE GAS IN THEM OVER WINTER!!!

I'd avoid the 4 cycle at this point. They are more difficult to start and heavier. I like the idea of getting more use from a tank of gas, but currently it's not worth the additional effort IMO.
A tip I picked up somewhere: remove the carb screws, take a dremel with a cutting disc, cut two slots in the screw heads. Bam. Adjsutable with a flathead screwdriver
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2 stroke will be easier to start almost always. You don't really have a say in the matter until you've owned the tool 5+ years. But really it's going to come down to maintenance. I always run my trimmers/ blowers a couple minutes a month in the winter to keep the carb loaded with fresh gas.
Just pour gas into the carbs directly through the air intake. Give it a shake, flip it over, and dump it out. Good as new. Do not is carb cleaner! It will damage the carb. In my line of business, when the carb goes bad, throw away the trimmer, and get a new one.
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Just pour gas into the carbs directly through the air intake. Give it a shake, flip it over, and dump it out. Good as new. Do not is carb cleaner! It will damage the carb. In my line of business, when the carb goes bad, throw away the trimmer, and get a new one.
I've had a poulan weed eater for 5 years..it's getting where it cuts off a lot....cranks right back up..almost like trouble sucking fuel..I wonder if replacing fuel lines..bubble..spark plug..would fix?..or just get a new one lol..I've done nothing to it in 5 years..besides abuse it
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2 stroke will be easier to start almost always. You don't really have a say in the matter until you've owned the tool 5+ years. But really it's going to come down to maintenance. I always run my trimmers/ blowers a couple minutes a month in the winter to keep the carb loaded with fresh gas.
Wrong. The 2 stroke was difficult to start from the beginning. It doesnt take 5 years to figure that out. Nor does maintenance have anything to do with it when it's brand new. So I would say I have plenty of say in the matter Wink
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2 stroke will be easier to start almost always. You don't really have a say in the matter until you've owned the tool 5+ years. But really it's going to come down to maintenance. I always run my trimmers/ blowers a couple minutes a month in the winter to keep the carb loaded with fresh gas.
No always run the carb dry if it is not going to be used.
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Piece of shit brand!! Within 1 year I had to replace it twice!! A Murray from Walmart out this pos brand!
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Here is a comparison for 2-cycle vs 4-cycle if anyone interested:

https://www.protoolreviews.com/ne...ines/3713/
Just to add to this, some small cheaper 4-cycle motors have plastic camshafts to reduce weigh/reduce costs/planned obsolescence. Ryobi was using them (I don't know if they still are) and if Ryobi uses them then almost every other small displacement 4 cycle motor has them as well.
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I've had mine for 15 years and the only issue I've had was the bulb wearing out (cracked) after 13 years. Once that was replaced (took 10 mins) it worked fine again. No maintenance done, left fuel in it. Of course I live in Texas so no harsh winter temps. Still starts on the 2nd pull every time. Just my 2 cents.
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Not a deal, these exact trimmers are the same price all year long. At least at the two Lowe's I frequent in SW Missouri.
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