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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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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 188 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm ; 9 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 8 Kg
  • Item model number: TBC-240PF
  • ASIN: B001P3O24Q
  • Date first available at Feb. 20 2012
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,903 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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Product Description

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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f1dadbc) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2693b40) out of 5 stars Finally, a trimmer that works properly! May 26 2009
By Jeff4U - Published on
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UPDATE: April 28, 2012
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.

Cheers, Jeff

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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1da18c) out of 5 stars Well engineered March 25 2009
By RileyJ - Published on
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I'm a homeowner with a large yard, both hillside and level. What I wanted was a high end homeowner/entry level commercial trimmer and that's what I got. I am very satisfied with the Tanaka. I tried out Shindawa (T242 as a matter of fact), a number of Echo's, Husquevarnas, and Stihls. For my purposes the Tanaka balanced better, and felt as light or lighter, than the others. All of which are good.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef04558) out of 5 stars Best Trimmer I've Ever Owned May 29 2015
By praxeum - Published on
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I bought this a couple years ago, this will be my third summer with it. I live on 10 acres in NW Montana and have about 400 yards of driveway/road that I use this to trim the edges as well as walking through the property to take care of the noxious weeds. I got it out this evening after it sitting in the shed all winter and it started on the 4th pull - unbelievable. I have had many trimmers and none are perfect but this is as close as they come; it starts easy, runs smooth, cuts through the weeds, lasts a long time on a tank of gas - and starts easy even after sitting in a garden shed through a Montana winter.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea40954) out of 5 stars Best Grass Trimmer Sept. 11 2011
By Steve - Published on
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After using the Tanaka TBC-240PF Grass Trimmer for over 2 years, it starts like it did when it was new.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7d36ae0) out of 5 stars Good product May 13 2012
By Robert K. Harvey - Published on
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At last I've given up on a 4 year old Stihl string cutter. The Tanaka actually starts, whereas, I would spend as much time trying to get the Stihl to run as I did using it. The Tanaka starts with barely a yank and it seems to do a more effective job. (The dealer I bought it from claimed that I was doing it wrong.) Its also far superior in spooling out more string. My only issues with the Tanaka is that it is very difficult to open the string cartridge for reloading and its too easy to let the string run too short, thereby resulting in the string being entirely within that onerous cartridge. Otherwise I would rate it with 5 stars.