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Tanaka - Brushcutters / Made in China or Japan?
Original Message   Apr 7, 2013 11:09 am
I see that Tanaka was picked up by Hitachi a few years back.  I'm thinking about picking up a TBC-430PF


Does anyone know if their higher end brushcutters are still made in Japan?

http://www.tanakapowerequipment.com/main-navigation/products/brushcutters




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Re: Tanaka - Brushcutters / Made in China or Japan?
Reply #4   May 15, 2013 12:10 pm
Bill_H wrote:
That's the good thing about Stihl. The few products that aren't made in USA were made at the home plant in Germany.

I like my Stihl BG86 leaf blower and KM90R power head with attachments.  I haven't looked at the label to see where they are made or assembled, but the products
themselves exudes quality and robustness.  It's not perfect, cold start on both Stihl models is finicky, throttle response on the KM90R is too abrupt at low RPM's 
Turbo lag comes into mind.  "wait for it...wait for it......bam!  then the RPM takes off like a banshee.  The Stihl BG86 leaf blower has great throttle response.  The engine
likes revs up and down.

Last year, I looked at getting myself Honda 4 stroke string trimmer.  I was looking for something quiet, low vibration, and smooth throttle response, an anti-thesis
to the playful brutal nature of the Stihl KM90R.  Don't know where the new Honda trimmers are made or assembled, and I didn't care either.  The overall quality of the machine
was a noticeable step back from a Honda trimmer I bought my father 10 years ago.  Sharp edges,excessive flash, poor surface finish, poor fit, cheap hardware.  It also lacked
vibration dampening overmolded material found in Echo and Stihl products. 

I like the Honda engine, but a better trimmer with the same engine was made by Husqvarna.  Unfortunately, I cannot buy one since this Husqvarna trimmer
with the Honda engine was very rare.
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