View Full Version : Trimmer/Edger

09-09-2007, 04:47 PM
I have a couple questions about the two cycle industry. I am looking into buying a new trimmer. I have a SRM 210 Echo right now but its showing its age. Any advice on which i should get.... Echo, Stihl, Redmax

Also does having a edger save you guys a lot of time?

09-09-2007, 05:31 PM
100% hands down for Stihl - I like the FS80 and FS90 ....If you have a good Stihl dealer pretty close - go for it. Good luck bud.


Leaf Jockey
09-09-2007, 05:48 PM
Everybody has their favorites. If others will be using it then find something durable. Some units have loose cables that can snag on stuff. Some have flimsy throttle levers that can catch on, well, loose cables on other trimmers. Exposed plug wires, air filter covers that just "snap" on and small fuel tanks are things I try to avoid.
If you are the only one using it then these things matter less because you will treat it nice.
I also believe its best to find a good dealer first. Even the best trimmer is worthless if your dealer won't give you a loaner.


09-09-2007, 05:53 PM
I like ECHO....but try several and buy what you like and what your local dealer sells and services.

09-09-2007, 07:07 PM
There are very few straight two stroke engines left.....I would stick with Echo and buy before they go to the one ring design...new stuff has a high faiure rate for awhile.

09-09-2007, 08:00 PM
hey a guy told me that stihl is going to discontinue they fs 80

09-09-2007, 09:12 PM
shindaiwa 100% hands down !!!!!!!!!cant go wrong with shindy's!!!!!!!!

09-09-2007, 09:43 PM
shindaiwa 100% hands down !!!!!!!!!cant go wrong with shindy's!!!!!!!!

I must agree. My Sthils had trigger and carb issues constantly after half a season. I went with shindaiwa 261 models for my trimmer and edger and they have been perfect. Real strong and quick to start.

09-09-2007, 09:48 PM
shindiawa is the only way to go.

09-09-2007, 10:12 PM
hey a guy told me that stihl is going to discontinue they fs 80

I think that is the only one left that they have tinkered with........no good reports come out of our local dealer on Shindawaw--T270 was the last good unit they built.

09-09-2007, 10:20 PM
Echo seems good to me, I have the SRM-261T and i'm pretty pleased with it, but I like to switch up and try different brands.

09-10-2007, 12:20 AM
I have an srm-210 also and its not not powerful enough. I have been working with someone lately and using his srm-230. Very light and plenty of enough power.

09-10-2007, 01:23 AM
if you want to stay at a lower cost you might look at the Kawasaki krt27a I have had very good luck with it plenty of power. I will use it before my echo and it has held up well. no probs so far after a year (knock on wood) cost is low. guy on ebay sells them for $202 del. it is a little longer and a lighter than my echo to.