Hitachi TBC-240PF Tanaka 23-cc 1-1/2-HP 2-Stroke Engine Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer, Carb Compliant
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- 23cc 1.2 HP PureFire two-stroke engine
- 60-Inch Solid Steel Drive Shaft
- 5-Inch Semi-Automatic Cutting Head
- Two-year commercial use warranty/Three-year consumer use warranty
- Weighs 12-1/2-Pound (5.6 kg) with cutting head
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23 cc, Commercial Grade, Gas Trimmer, 1.2 HP, 2 Cycle, Low Emissions, Full Crank, 4 Bolt Cylinder, 2 Piston Rings, Chrome Plated, Stress Relieved Cylinder, Heavy Duty Clutch, Wapoundro Diaphragm Carburetor With Primer, Pull Force Reduction System, 17.5 OZ Fuel Tank Capacity, Heavy Duty Anti-Vibration System, Soft Rubber Rear Handle, 60-Feet Solid Steel Drive Shaft, 5-Feet Semi-Automatic Cutting Head, 19-Feet Cutting Swath, .095-Feet Cutting Line Diameter, Holds 25-Feet Of .095-Feet Cutting Line, 12.5 LB, With Cutting Head, 50:1 Gas/Oil Ratio, Blade, Attachment Capable, Lifetime Drive Shaft Warranty, 7 Year Consumer Use Warranty, 2 Year Commercial Use Warranty, 1 Year Rental Use Warranty.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Ok folks, it's been 3 years since my original review and I just want to say ... my Tanaka still works like brand new!
I feel very lucky that I found this excellent trimmer. I'm sure you'll love it too.
FINALLY, a trimmer that I'm very happy with ... my Tanaka 240PF!
I tried several different brand trimmers, Sears Craftsman professional model ($300), a Ryobi from Home Depot ($167), Echo, Stihl, and a few others. I usually buy Husqvarna products, but not this time.
This Tanaka trimmer is amazing. It trims weeds as if they are made of butter with it barely running above idle! So far, I haven't needed to run it past 50% throttle! This is also the quietest trimmer I've ever used. You can actually carry on a normal conversation without raising your voice, while it's running. (if needed)
The bumper feed works so silky smooth that I wasn't sure it was feeding string at all - but it was! Because I never saw the string get shorter, I assumed there was a problem. No problem at all! I had bought the "no brainer" optional spooler, but I see no reason to use it because the standard spool is flawless.
I suppose that after experiencing past trimmers, including all the headaches, I wasn't used to a trimmer that actually works properly. This Tanaka is certainly in a different class, a commercial grade without a doubt.
Before I bought this Tanaka, I did read the other reviews regarding a few problems and complaints of it being made in China instead of Japan. Personally, I'm glad I ignored these comments.
The only criticism I have is - the gas cap leaks slowly if the trimmer is not level, whether you stand/hang it vertically or if you lay it down. It simply cannot be set down or hung tilted to one side. I can deal with this minor oversight.
As a summary and in my opinion, this trimmer is the best. I felt obligated to leave a review because there were only 2 reviews present. I hope mine has helped you make a decision.
ADDED INFO regarding the "No-Brainer" quick spool:
To be brief, the No-Brainer has lousy instructions which would baffle anyone of higher intelligence. It skips what to do if the included arbors do not fit the shaft of your trimmer.
For my Tanaka trimmer:
1. remove the black trimmer spool and set it aside. Examine closely what is now exposed. Do you see the metal threads and a thin nut?
2. remove these threads by using a wrench on that thin nut. Unscrew this in the same direction as the black spool. Set it aside. Now you can see an even smaller threaded shaft! These threads are what fits the No-Brainer spool, at least in my case.
3. BUT hold on a sec ... remove that brass washer and trade it for the included THICKER washer in the package. This washer protects the spine grooves of the shaft from getting damaged.
4. now you're ready to install the No-Brainer on the shaft by spinning it on tightly. You're all done .. enjoy!
NOTE: I didn't need the extra arbors. The one already mounted within the No-Brainer fit my Tanaka trimmer perfectly.
A commercial dealer told me the Tanaka's don't break down and that Tanaka has trouble making money since they don't sell that many parts. You judge.
First chance I got I put it together (btw, no shipping damage from Amazon--of course they'd cover it anyway) and took it into the yard to test on 2-3 ft grass (foxtails, wild oat, alfalfa, others) mixed with woody weeds, 1/2" average diameter. Don't know the name, but tough stuff. Leaf shaped like a geranium. The Tanaka just took them out, didn't bog down at all. When I when into some really thick stuff I had to slow down a bit. But it took it all out. Including some dead birch branches, maybe 1/4 to 1/2", I hadn't cleaned up yet.
Oh yeah. It has a 2 year commercial use warranty. 3 yr home use.
So far so good. If I have problems I'll report back.
Even in all its greatness, it is still a handheld trimmer. I think I am using it to its limits, I usually run it full throttle to cut through the thick, tall weeds and still it occasionally bogs down so I have to take it a little slow in those parts. As long as I don't get ahead of myself it works just fine.
The string that came in it was terrible, broke easy, wouldn't feed, got tangled inside the spool. I was really regretting my purchase until I ran out and put in fresh stuff, then it was like a whole new trimmer. The one thing I don't like is the way the string is wound in the spool, you have to cut off the entire piece before you wind it, which means I usually don't get enough or I get too much and end up cutting some off. Having said that, it feeds very easily and never seems to get tangled (as long as you have good string - I have not had any issues since replacing the original string).
All in all you can't beat this thing for the price, every trimmer I've had has caused some sort of headaches, but not this one - no headaches here.