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Difference between TK-840 and TK-880

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Dec 11, 2011
Hello all,

I have a small landscaping and snow plowing business, I am interested in easing communications between vechicles during the day. Cell phones are tough and are a pain sometimes. I feel like two ways will ease communications. A buddy of mine purchased used TK-880's from a local radio shop, the same place said they could get me used radios as well, but they werent able to track any down for me. I have come across some used TK-840's, What exactly is the difference? Will they serve the same purposes as the TK-880? I wasnt sure if the 880's were some type of newer technology and that the dealer wouldnt be able to program the tk 840's

Thanks for your help. New to the site.


Jun 29, 2011
Roswell, NM
The 840's are an older radio and DOS based. They're fairly easy to program but they are not normally narrow band capable. I wouldn't recommend them as you'll have to replace them in a year.
Out of curiosity are the 880's being used on a trunked system? If not, you could pick up some TK-8302's fairly cheap and they would have a warranty.
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