View Full Version : Shihl FS55R vs. Echo SRM 210

05-31-2007, 02:39 PM
Looking for a primary trimmer for about 6 lawns per week. I know the Stihl is labeled "HomeScaper" and the Echo "Medium Commercial" so I would lean towards the Echo, but both are entry level, straight shaft, same price, and seem very similar. I have dealers close by for both brands. Any Opinions?

05-31-2007, 05:49 PM
The Echo 210 is a good solid trimmer...good entry level. I have our original unit and it still runs, and it is probably 15 years old. Echo is still straight 2 stroke and it is a proven product.

05-31-2007, 07:08 PM
I have the echo srm-230 and use it for about 30 lawns per day, works great

Grass Kickin
05-31-2007, 10:56 PM
I have an SRM 230 and a Stihl FS55R. The Echo is a good trimmer, it is reliable and fairly light but the Stihl is much more powerful. I can put a blade on it and cut some serious brush with it. No way the Echo will do that. I guess the 210 is a lower model.

05-31-2007, 11:03 PM
I have the echo 210, I am currently having some problems getting it to stay started when its cold. I bought a new air filter, spark plug. We'll see if it the gas but when its warmed up and working, I really like the weight and feel of it. I don't see why you need any more in a trimmer, most of the time I'm not even close to maxing it out.

When I trim around a small young tree, I trim very lightly so as to not ring it and I can control this echo's rpm very easy.

If I buy another trimmer I think I might upgrade to the 230 but I'll definitely stick to Echo for trimmers.

06-01-2007, 12:43 AM
srm 210 echo has 5 year homeowner warranty if you dont tell them your doing anything but your own yard

06-01-2007, 11:18 AM
I have an SRM 210....wish I spent the extra money for RedMax BC250 or the BCZ601, talk about power. I've used Stihl, Echo and Redmax over the past 2 and have to say Redmax, for blowers Redmax and Stihl are a coin flip but with trimmers its more like 60/40 Redmax being 60.

06-01-2007, 11:22 AM
I have the FS55R. I havent' had any problems; and it runs great.

06-01-2007, 01:52 PM
I did alot of research on this before I picked mine up, and have to say that the echo is the way to go. I was actually choosing between the same two models that you are. :drinkup: For as much as I saw on the stihl it is the homeowner model, thats why the engine is larger and the price is comperable to the smaller echo. When you start looking at the stihl fs90, which has an engine size that is smaller than the fs55, you'll find that the price is much higher. Engine quality is the difference, but your paying more for the stihl stuff that compares to the echo stuff (I do believe that stihl's commercial line is tough to beat). Echo makes only commerical stuff so their offerings are a bit easier to figure out. I bought the echo and am glad that I did, even if I don't use it to full commerical capacity, it will last and its resale value will stay high. The 5 year homeowner warrenty is nice, but if you read it you'll find that some of the parts are still only 2 years, some are 5 and the shaft and ignition are lifetime. Make sure to run at least 89 in it as well, if not you'll run into carberator problems in the not-so-distant future.

06-01-2007, 06:00 PM
Thanks Nittany.

I came to exactly the same conclusions and bought the Echo 210 today. It felt great and you can just feel the quality over the "homeowner" models. I agree the stihl commercial line looks great as well but I'm convinced now that the Echo 210 the best $200 trimmer on the market.

The dealer was great, too. His mechanic also recommended 89 octane so I'm using that.

If you have any other advice please pass it on. Thanks, John

06-01-2007, 10:20 PM
No reason to use 89 unless you're hearing knock or ping. You actually lose power the higher octane you go if the compression ratio does not also rise to take advantage of it.

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
06-01-2007, 11:02 PM
for $20 you could have got the 251 echo trimmer. I have both models and I use the 251 everyday. Much stronger then the 210 but it actually weighs about the same. The 210 is a good model though.

06-01-2007, 11:17 PM
Yeah the 251 looks nice, too. I Just thought I'd go with the base model since it has such a proven record. Maybe a little more power when it's time for another.

How do you like the Echo edger?

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
06-02-2007, 05:46 PM
The pe200 is great. I actually like it better then the 260 unit they make.

06-02-2007, 06:50 PM
Srm 210. I have two that have been abused for 5 years and don't miss a beat. As far as power goes, most of the time it's overkill, unless you are hacking down brush. Even then they can walk through it with a blade on it. I HAVE tried many others but I still like the echos feel. Couldn't say enough about them, and my dealer is excellent.