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Merkava_4
02-26-2010, 06:23 PM
As an example: the model SRM-265 comes as a flex cable drive,
regular gearbox; then you have the SRM-265T as a flex cable drive,
high torque gearbox; then you have the model SRM-265S and a solid
shaft drive unit; regular gearbox.

Why not go all solid shaft drive with all their straight shaft trimmers like their competitors do? :confused:

grassman177
02-26-2010, 07:01 PM
price, some dont care and flex is cheaper. we used to buy only the solid, but then tryed the flex and have no issues at all so why not save money. the only reason i could think of

Merkava_4
02-26-2010, 08:38 PM
price, some dont care and flex is cheaper. we used to buy only the solid, but then tryed the flex and have no issues at all so why not save money. the only reason i could think of


Hmm... now you got me wondering what the price
difference is between an SRM-265 and an SRM265S.

newz7151
02-26-2010, 08:53 PM
hmm... Now you got me wondering what the price
difference is between an srm-265 and an srm265s.

$20...............................

Merkava_4
02-26-2010, 09:21 PM
$20...............................

That's it??? Heck, Echo says themselves that a solid drive shaft
provides more smoothness and quicker acceleration than a flex
cable. I can't figure out why they would go through the trouble
to make two separate drives just to save their customers $20. :confused:

demhustler
02-26-2010, 09:40 PM
weight?

eco even with flex shaft significantly heavier than kawi (something like 8 and11 lbs (25cc)

ed2hess
02-26-2010, 10:33 PM
That's it??? Heck, Echo says themselves that a solid drive shaft
provides more smoothness and quicker acceleration than a flex
cable. I can't figure out why they would go through the trouble
to make two separate drives just to save their customers $20. :confused:

And to make things more complicated don't they have a high torque model also? They have gone nuts with models.

Alan0354
02-26-2010, 10:44 PM
Anyone actually have a straight comparison on the longivity between the solid and the flex shaft? Honda big brush cutter use flex shaft and they are good trimmer.

topsites
02-26-2010, 11:08 PM
Have you tried asking your dealer this question?

brucec32
02-26-2010, 11:19 PM
Have you ever asked a dealership worker an arcane question like this? Typically you'll get a blank look.

freshcut419
02-26-2010, 11:43 PM
the soild shafts are stronger so you can use the saw blades to cut thick weeds

Alan0354
02-27-2010, 12:05 AM
the soild shafts are stronger so you can use the saw blades to cut thick weeds

But Honda has 35cc blade capable HHT35SUNBA

rwaters
02-27-2010, 12:16 AM
But Honda has 35cc blade capable HHT35SUNBA

It is blade capable but a solid shaft should last longer with a blade. Personally I would recomend a solid shaft if you are planning on doing a lot with a blade. But on that note I have not seen that many flex shafts break in the last few years.

If your salesman gives you a blank stair when you ask them something and at least does not try to find the answer I would find another salesman or deal with the owner. Thats poor service...

Merkava_4
02-27-2010, 12:18 AM
And to make things more complicated don't they have a high torque model also?

Yeah, that would be the SRM-265T and the SRM-280T,
but they've got the flex cable in them. I'm thinking it's
to bad they're not the solid shaft ... it would be nice to
have the solid shaft and gear reduction together in one unit.

Accu-cut Lawn Care
02-27-2010, 12:47 AM
Have you ever asked a dealership worker an arcane question like this? Typically you'll get a blank look.

Wow Bruce!!! Arcane! You sir win the accu-cut lawn care word of the day award!