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I thought I heard they were bought by John Deer?

"Greg O" wrote in message

"Robert11" wrote in message

Was thinking of getting a gift for a friend of a Homelite gas string

Home Depot seems to sell them in the price range I'm in ($ 100 or so)

I have a 5 year old one, and it's worked pretty well.

But, i've heard that Homelite is (essentially) no longer in business, or
viable, and that
parts and repair are no longer available.

How true is this, and how concerned should I be about buying one ?


They are in business, pretty much in name only. They are owned by the same
Chinese conglomerate that owns Ryobi and others. Parts and service will
suck down the road. I would consider them to be a throw away trimmer, once
it breaks, toss it. Most any piece of lawn equipment sold at large chain
stores will have poor parts and service availability, there are some

Why not break out some more cash and buy something you can get parts for,
and also help out a local retailer? Stihl for example makes great
trimmers. A low end Stihl can be bought for around $150, and parts are
easy to find.