Tanaka Commercial Grade Gas Powered Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer / Brush Cutter 32cc 1.6 HP 2-Stroke TBC-340PF
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- 32 cc, 1.6 h.p.. PureFire low emission, commercial grade two-stroke engine
- 5" semi-automatic trimmer head
- Solid steel drive shaft
- Walbro carburetor with primer
- 13.2 lbs. (5.9 kg) with cutting head
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|Manufacturer Part Number||TBC-340PF|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Two-year commercial use warranty / Three-year consumer use warranty|
|Shipping Weight||20.6 pounds|
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TBC-340PF Features: -Commercial Grade Trimmer/Brush Cutter. -Commercial grade engine. -PureFire low emission two-stroke engine technology. -Bearing, supported, 59'' solid steel drive shaft provides smooth and efficient power transfer from the engine to the cutting head. Use: -String Trimmers. Product Type: -Hand Held. Power: -Gas. Generic Specifications: -Output: 1.6HP. Dimensions: Overall Product Weight: -13.2 Pounds.
The Tanaka TBC-340PF commercial grade trimmer is powerful, fuel efficient, and clean burning. Lifetime drive shaft warranty, blade and attachment capable, Walbro carburetor with primer for fast and reliable starts.
On March 1, 1998, Tanaka became the first two-stroke manufacturer to certify to the stringent C.A.R.B. Tier II emissions regulations. While most other manufacturers tried to fight the standard and say that it could not be done with two-stroke, Tanaka did it. Today, all Tanaka products comply with EPA phase 2 regulations and all Tanaka product groups are C.A.R.B Tier II compliant.
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1. The Starter cord is located just a little too close to the carburetor. If you are not careful you can skin your knuckles as you start up. I have pretty big hands - so maybe this is not a problem for others. The solution is to remember to pull the cord at a very very slight angle.
2. The on/off switch moves in the opposite direction than intuition would suggest. That is, you pull the slide switch up to start and push it down to turn off. This is probably a safety feature, but it took some getting used to.
3. The grips are too thin. Again, I have big hands, so this might just be me. I'd like a little thicker grip.
The trimmer came with a full head of string that I used. I was not very happy with the machine while I was using the string and I almost returned it. Anyway, the string eventually ran out and I reloaded with Stihl green square line. What a difference! It is like a different machine. So, dump the string that comes with the machine and get some Stihl. The Stihl line is relatively new, so you might have to look a little for it. The lousey line is the reason I didn't give five stars.
The balance of the machine is at least as good as any other trimmer that I have used. Which is to say that it is not great. What are you going to do when one end of a bar has an engine and one a light spool? Once you get into that sort of swaying rhythm it is fine and better than many.
The machine is tough. It has been banged around in the pick-up bed and has not suffered. I particularly appreciate that Tanaka placed the choke in such a way that it will not be busted off.
The engine starts right away even on cold days. The gas tank is the right size. By the time you need to fill up you will be ready for a break. Well, at least I am always ready for a break when the tank runs dry.
Like most gas trimmers this one is a little loud. I wear hearing protection ALWAYS so this is not such an issue. Vibration on this machine is very low compared with other machines.
I was a bit wary about buying the Tanaka because I had never used their equipment before; I was going to get an Echo. The owner of the saw shop, however, recommended this machine. He was right. Thanks, Brad!
The trimmer head that came with mine was a metal head that takes a small amount of line. It was nice and light but not really practical given you can't bump and feed and have to stop and unwind a bit more line. I replaced mine with a speed feed head which wasn't that expensive and is a great head for nylon line. I also use an Airecut 450 blade which I'd recommend. Check what your Tanaka gets sold with locally to see if you need to budget on a head too.
The brushcutter hasn't been perfect but the downsides have been pretty minor. Firstly the off switch stopped working after a while, but that turned out to be just a poor cable connector and not the switch. Also it sometimes doesn't return to idle properly and stays at a high idle - that's a problem with the throttle cable getting a bit out of position. Finally, the petrol (gas) cap position is too low for clean filling, so you need to prop the tank on your shoe during filling, but that's a minor problem. In terms of all of the important things, like power, reliability, noise and vibration it's been absolutely fine.
If I lived somewhere like the USA where Stihl pricing for equivalent models is comparable or a little higher, than Tanaka I'd go for a Stihl, but where the Tanaka is a fair bit cheaper I'd recommend that.
My big 400 .00 mistake.