Better than ever expected
Recommended to me by a Mate who originally was from a Small motors Mechanical background and eventually owned his own Small Motors & Gardening Equipment sales. I had never even heard of Shindaiwa until the day I dropped in to see him in his new shop. Being of a Heavy Industrial Mechanical Background myself I fully understand the difference between quality and Junk when it comes to all things mechanical and was nervous about buying a Brand that I hadn't even heard of. That was 15-16 years ago now. I asked what he recommended as I was not far off...looking at getting a new Weed Eater given my old one starting to play games, his answer was straight out Stihl or Shindaiwa. In his Mechanical experience the best value for money compared to most others and with his mechanical knowledge gained over many years on the tools said these 2 manufacturers are in his opinion among the best. All manufacturers have a couple of bad models along the way, no exceptions, but some more than most and all also have bad individual items given human error upon assembly or faulty parts that are missed during the manufacturing process and eventually give out, but these 2 manufacturers in his opinion have less than most others. Some time later, maybe 12 months later my Trusty old McCullock eventually died after 8-10 years of moderate use, and so off to a local Stihl sales outlet I head. 1 hr later remembering what Wayne had told me a year or two before, I headed home with a brand new 22T Shindaiwa, not a new Stihl as I had planned - the price difference from memory was the reason. To this day this would have to rank as the number 1 best purchase I have ever made with anything. It has had literally hundreds of hours of use, even abuse at times given my own 1200 square yard and 2 other vacant blocks surrounding me that the owners rarely maintained. From memory 2 spark plug changes and 2 x speed feed chord heads and 14 years later it was only several weeks ago that it faltered for the very first time. The Silicon Fuel primer bulb leaked and wouldn't pump fuel up as it had perished given its old age. I decided to look in good old Ebay for a kit for the carby but found instead that for under 30 dollars I could buy a whole new aftermarket Carby. Sold! It arrives a week later, I fitted it in 20 minutes, a quick tune up and away it goes second Pull yet again. I cant kill it, its been absolutely unbelievable. Its not that noisy even now given an old muffler, always hits on choke first pull but then stops, turn Choke off and second pull away it goes. Rarely do I ever pull it more than twice. How long has it left in it, how long is a piece off string? I have to say good fuel, good air and good Quality oil will see 2 strokes go for a very long time in this day and age and my old girl gets all 3 without question, so I can honestly say given the compression which seems to still be very much ok, I would honestly say another 14 years is quite feasible. I am now 100% Brand loyal for ever more, however I did buy 18 months ago a Battery powered Stihl Lawn Mower and that's another success story as well. Love it!
Purchased in January 2006 at Rimrock Agencies.
Needs far better dealership back up and spare parts support
Purchased in Jan 2017 the T226 ran flawlessly for 18 months until May of 2018. It was taken to a local Shindaiwa dealer from whom it was purchased, where a kit of parts was fitted and allegedly tested. It was received back on May 29th.
I did not use for a day or two after it was "repaired".When I did try to start it the unit would not rev, only idle.
I returned it to the dealer to get them to complete the job they were paid to do. I heard nothing for a week and when I went there they said they had claimed warranty on a part-I understand it w...
Purchased in January 2017 for $399.00.
Shindaiwa 22t whipper snipper.
Purchased a shindaiwaiwa 22t line trimmer approx 14 yrs ago. Best damn thing I've ever purchased for the garden tool collection. Ever reliable, starts with ease, cuts hard, goes hard. On my second quick release head. Bit fiddly to feed line on but I've got 8 fingers and 2 thumbs, no problem. 1 x service. 1x spark arrestor pulled out of exhaust about 7 yrs ago. 3 x spark plugs and yes i bought it for a large suburban block but has done some heavy, long hours on bigger jobs and has been a tried and tested machine to be a true performer for me. Pay the extra, look after it. Well done SHINDAIWA for an excellent machine.
Ok when it works
Mine has gone in the bin after 5 years.
The first 4 years of service was great and the Shindaiwa spool feed system is the best I've seen.
The problem was the reliability of the petrol engine after 4 years. The final year was terrible...it would only start on occasion.
I striped down the carb, new plug, fresh fuel...nothing...took it to the shop and it stated first time for him.
And that summed up the machine, it started sometimes, and to get it professionally pulled to pieces for a thorough diagnostic check was going to cost to much.
Basically a great machine with some flaws
The auto feed spool like any other is prone to damage. The instruction book is poor on information such as length of cable on the spool and even the diameter required. Auto feeding spools ail sooner than later and are costly to replace.
I had a aftermarket aluminium bolt on unit - from an old line trimmer-that takes heavy duty cut to length line.
This suits me far better than farting around trying to load the auto spool in terms of time and fiddling around, plus the fact that the alloy spool is nearly indestructible.
The 22T unit is q...uiet, powerful and with little vibration. Maintenance is -let it cool and remove loose grass with the hose and a brush and let dry. Filter cleaning is easy-undo a thumbscrew - no tool required. I saw a few pro lawn cutters sporting this brand and asked one of them about them.The guy highly recommended them- so that was worth noting.
Owner's manual is short on information, eg how much line spool takes, what thickness, how to remove head, how to replace head.
Tearing hair out trying to get head off then again on. Wasting hours of time trying to sort it out.
small spool capacity
Not recommended for the average back yard gardener.
Possibly the best power tool I've ever used in my life
I've done extensive research before buying this. I bought this over Makita DUR181Z due to concerns that cordless trimmer may not have enough power and I don't regret it one bit. This is so easy to start, cuts through thick long grass like it's nothing. It's not overly heavy either so I didn't feel uncomfortable after using it for 2 hours straight.
Forget other cheap trimmers. This is the real deal and with 5 year warranty, you can't go wrong. The only criticism I can make is the instruction manual which is very lacking. It doesn't even explain how to replace the lines.
Very capabable line trimmer
Don't be fooled by the small engine capacity. I have had entry level line trimers with larger engines and they did not stack up against this machine. The 22cc 2-stroke engine has ample power for home use & even the engine note has a lovely 2-stroke crackle to it that sounds like a high performance engine.
Very easy to start. Reasonably light weight. Line head is easy to refill. Value for money machine.
I have a large block and in my opinion this would suitable for large urban blocks up to an acre.
In thick 2 foot high lush grass it can strugg...
Purchased in February 2014.
Well worth the money
Great trimmer,starts on the second pull every time even after being stored for a couple of months,the speed feed for the line is also a god send so easy and fast to fill it up,no more taking the head apart and messing around with springs that fly off and get lost.
The speed feed and build quality Japanese built,need I say more
It is pricey for a home unit but that said,I've spent more on cheap ones over the years,you will appreciate the quality long after the price is forgotten
Got this from my old man as he doesn't have much of a garden any more so didn't need it.
Before that I had a homelite and ryobi but they had rotted away rubbers but that's something I could compare it too when they were running.
The Shindaiwa isn't as loud as them for sure and does a very good job, easier to start and better control.
It's long though, which is a plus for tall guys, but also that adds a lot of weight.
It seems my old man never used it at all though, because I quickly ran out of line and no attempt to feed would help. Seems ...
Questions & Answers
Fuel mix fit 5 litres of unleaded petroleum
What you have written is not a question but I'll take it as a question to ask about oil /fuel ratio.
If that is the question, the answer is 50:1
Normally a great unit,but it can suffer fuel troubles. Not a good idea to premix 5 litres of 2 stroke just for the trimmer alone..In my area the humidity gets to the fuel if stored too long.
The Shindaiwa tank is about .5 litre and the carby can be affected by silt in the fuel-It has be kept very clean.
Try fresh fuel and mix ups in 1 litre increments 20 cc. 2 stroke oil to 1 litre (1000cc) of unleaded fuel.
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