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2 stroke vs 4 stroke trimmers - Which cuts better???
Original Message   Aug 20, 2007 7:29 pm

Ok....I'm aware of the advantages for each below.  One thing I have not been able to find any feedback or forums on is a simple question of which cuts better.  I recently bought a Troy-Built 2 stroke and after it warms up (which does take a few minutes) it does is great job.  I have the add on tools attachment and use an edger, blower and tiller (sometimes) attachment for lawn care around the house.  I have noticed the throttle control on the 2 stroke is difficult to control, even after a few minutes of warm up and getting full power.

Advantages

  • 2 Stroke:
    • Higher revving
    • No cam or vales to worry about
    • Lighter
    • No need to change oil
  • 4 Stroke:
    • More quiet
    • More torque
    • No mixing of fuel
    • Less pollution

Here are my specific questions:

1.       Would the lower revving / higher torque 4 stroke cut better for all attachments?

2.       Does the 4 stroke have the same warm up and challenge of throttle control as the 2 stroke?

Thanks in advance....Lance

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Joined: Mar 5, 2004
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Re: 2 stroke vs 4 stroke trimmers - Which cuts better???
Reply #5   Sep 26, 2007 8:45 am
I agree that its not rocket science but its amazing how ignorant a lot of people want to be. All of the local rentals will supply you with gas as part of renting a two stroke engine from them. The tanks all have the mix ratio  emblazoned on them and the rental person always explains how to mix fresh gas.They will even give you more gas if you use the first batch up. They still have people blowing engines because they thought you "just needed to put gas in".

2 stroke engines are mechanically simpler than 4 stroke and can be very reliable. However they, like any other machine, must be made with a proper design and good materials. They must also be maintained properly. If you do that they will work well for many years of normal, household use.

I tend to think that 4 stroke is a better way to go, particularly from the enviromental point of view. It does seem that the manufacturers are moving that way. Personally I use both and both work very well and have been quite reliable. I guess it depends on local conditions as well as personal experience.

Now, looking at the original topic it asks which cuts better. I think the answer from a cutting point of view is that they both cut the same ( little string goes round, grass falls over ). The other considerations have to do with reliability, enviromental damage, ease of maintenance, ease of fueling and personal preference and experience.
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