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Matt Mow's
10-18-2011, 05:37 PM
Any guys out there using the smaller CC trimmers? Like the Echo SRM-225 or anything like that? I've been using the Echo for the past year and it seems to do well. Just curious about what you guys run.

BaxtersEssentialLawnCare
10-18-2011, 07:25 PM
I picked up a 225 about a month ago. I wanted a back up but I used it to see if I could use the trimmer to edge to and I got it to work. So now I use it as a primary but I got the 110 stilh if I need some extra power. For some reason I cant use the stilh to edge. Maybe its the extra lbs or maybe I'm just a little slow, but either way I got both when I need them. I wouldn't just have the 225 tho it should be just one tool to choose from.

billythekid
10-18-2011, 08:50 PM
bought a used fs55r in the spring used it all season without much struggle or complaint. if the line gets too long it really doesn't like it though lol

FoghornLeghorn
10-18-2011, 08:59 PM
I replaced our Echo 280 trimmers with 4 of these bad boys last week. Hell yea!

andyslawncare
10-18-2011, 11:21 PM
echo smr 311, I think is our model numbers... why not go big? I have plenty of power for whatever I need. Been running it 4 days a week for 5 years without a problem. I replace the bump head 2-3 times per year.

BrunoT
10-19-2011, 03:59 AM
I use SRM 260T/280T class trimmers now. Not that much heavier and more versatile when you need the extra power. I also seem to get more life out of the pricier ones than the cheap low end Echos I've tried.

With more torque I think you can run at lower rpm and that may lead to longer life as well as less noise and thrown objects perhaps.

I have had a 3100 model (?) and it was indeed too heavy. But they seem to have brought the weight down on the more powerful models in recent years. Or at least it seems so.

In the big picture the extra cost isn't worth worrying about so go with what feels best.

Exact Rototilling
10-20-2011, 10:02 PM
I run the Echo SRM 210 and 230. Fuel lasts much longer with the 230 and it has more power. My back up trimmer is the PAS 265 with trimmer attachment and has more power than the 230.

How does the 225 compare directly with the 210 in performance?

Darryl G
10-20-2011, 11:46 PM
I use a Shindaiwa M231 for routine trimming. I don't feel the need for anything bigger when mowing my regular accounts. I also have a Shindaiwa M2500 and a Stihl FS110 bike handlerbar unit for the tougher stuff. The M2500 is with me daily but the Stihl only comes out to play on special occasions.

madisonpressurewashing
10-21-2011, 01:08 AM
I love my Redmax 2350

luis@NJ
10-21-2011, 01:29 AM
I use two echo srm 210 and they still gun good almost 4 years old. But i would love a new redmax trimmer for the next season.

lawnkingforever
10-21-2011, 09:50 AM
SRM 210. Best trimmer for the money. Very light and plenty of power for weekly accounts. Little underpowered for overgrown properties though. If I would of known echo was discontinuing this trimmer for the 225 awhile back, I would of bought 2 or 3 of them.
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Exact Rototilling
10-21-2011, 11:27 AM
SRM 210. Best trimmer for the money. Very light and plenty of power for weekly accounts. Little underpowered for overgrown properties though. If I would of known echo was discontinuing this trimmer for the 225 awhile back, I would of bought 2 or 3 of them.
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What are the differences between the 210 and 225?
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Darryl G
10-21-2011, 11:28 AM
What are the differences between the 210 and 225?
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15, duh! :laugh:

clydebusa
10-21-2011, 11:58 AM
For the most part the 225 is all we use. Light and get the job done for normal resi work.

FlatBillynSC
10-21-2011, 12:49 PM
I have a Husqvarna 125L that I bought as a back-up and it is light and does good with regular trimming. It is very light as well.

Matt Mow's
10-21-2011, 05:00 PM
I'm not sure if there are any differences between the 210 and the 225. They are both 21.2 cc and weigh the same. My dad has the 210 and I have the 225 and I can't tell a difference between them. The 210 just has a different handle.

bobcat48
10-21-2011, 08:12 PM
I use two echo srm 210 and they still gun good almost 4 years old. But i would love a new redmax trimmer for the next season.

I have the 225 which is the newer model mine is two years old and it runs great,i love it..it's an awesome trimmer and i got a used 260 about a month..it's great too,Love Echos!!

Exact Rototilling
10-21-2011, 09:59 PM
I enjoy the lighter weight of the 210 over the 230 or my PAS 265 but the 230 goes through noticeably less fuel and has more gusto to do the vertical summer burn free edging [around sidewalks and driveways etc.] Iím famous for in this area. :)

Very, very few other companies edge like me. Most LCOís here tapper down to ZERO like a Marines haircut with a touch of moss or a unsightly transition to ugly brownish summer burn. :hammerhead:

KrayzKajun
10-21-2011, 10:29 PM
I have two srm-225s, a 210 and a 265. I love my echos
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2stroked
10-21-2011, 10:47 PM
I replaced our Echo 280 trimmers with 4 of these bad boys last week. Hell yea!

I have one of those, great trimmer! lol

WillsLandscape
01-29-2013, 08:52 PM
I replaced our Echo 280 trimmers with 4 of these bad boys last week. Hell yea!

LOL...I would be careful with those - Mine died several years ago :laugh:

LandFakers
01-29-2013, 08:54 PM
LOL...I would be careful with those - Mine died several years ago :laugh:
This thread is over a year old....

WillsLandscape
01-29-2013, 08:57 PM
I use SRM 260T/280T class trimmers now. Not that much heavier and more versatile when you need the extra power. I also seem to get more life out of the pricier ones than the cheap low end Echos I've tried.

With more torque I think you can run at lower rpm and that may lead to longer life as well as less noise and thrown objects perhaps.

I have had a 3100 model (?) and it was indeed too heavy. But they seem to have brought the weight down on the more powerful models in recent years. Or at least it seems so.

In the big picture the extra cost isn't worth worrying about so go with what feels best.

According to the Echo website, the SRM-3100 is 13.9, and the 3100S is 15.4 DRY. They seriously have come down in weight over the years.

But still, my 3100 looks like it has been to hell and back...but still started on the first pull even though I forgot push the primer when I started it :cool:

WillsLandscape
01-29-2013, 08:58 PM
This thread is over a year old....


And your point?

LandFakers
01-29-2013, 09:03 PM
And your point?
Just pointing it out bud, not really a current discussion

WillsLandscape
01-29-2013, 09:08 PM
All right, I appreciate that, and don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be snippy.

Thanks.

pseudosun
01-29-2013, 09:10 PM
Slightly off topic: I was thinking about what people did before trimmers:) I'm guessing mowers were around for a good while, before straight shaft gas trimmers came on the scene. Just a guess.

Darryl G
01-29-2013, 09:39 PM
Slightly off topic: I was thinking about what people did before trimmers:) I'm guessing mowers were around for a good while, before straight shaft gas trimmers came on the scene. Just a guess.
Sickles, hand shears and sythes. I have at least one of each and have used each of the extensively. I do need to fix the handle on the sythe though...it no longer tightens properly.

CowboysLawnCareDelaware
01-29-2013, 09:40 PM
I have a two year old Echo 235 and I am very pleased with it. I also started doing the vertical trimming this Summer and got very good at it.

I was planning on upgrading to a 266 or 280 to have that extra power.

-Michael

Darryl G
01-29-2013, 09:55 PM
I also have hand tools for "vertical trimming." We typically refer to that a edging.

lawnkingforever
01-30-2013, 08:35 AM
What are the differences between the 210 and 225?
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I think the older grey 210 is much better than the 225. The 210 starts easier and more balanced. I keep an out on craigs list looking for any 210s in decent shape. I would buy as many as I could but I cant find them. I have since started buying husqavarna as I have been replacing hand helds.
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Darryl G
01-30-2013, 08:53 AM
Husqvarna has some really nice small trimmers...the 223, 323 and 326. I bought a 323 last season and I love it. It's really light, has good power, starts easy and is ready to work right away. The weight and balance of the thing is really great.

smallstripesnc
01-30-2013, 03:04 PM
I use an Echo SRM230 and its very good on fuel and does a great job for weekly maintenance and I'm sure it could handle bi-weekly maintenance as well.

CowboysLawnCareDelaware
01-30-2013, 03:49 PM
What does your weekly maintenance consist of?

-Michael

ddixon7
01-30-2013, 04:35 PM
I really don't see the point of a monster trimmer for just your typical grass trimming and edging. I usually use a 22.5 and sometimes a 21.1 cc trimmer. I like light trimmers.

Now, when I got to trim a lot or something on my farm, I am gonna break out a t270 Shindaiwa or a Redmax with a high torque gearbox. That is about all the power I need.

Patriot Services
01-30-2013, 04:50 PM
Some guys just can't get past the mine is bigger than yours complex. Don't worry, when carpal tunnel sets in, ANY trimmer will feel too big.
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jrs.landscaping
01-30-2013, 05:50 PM
We run 230's. We have a 225 which never gets used because none of us like the balance.

WillsLandscape
01-30-2013, 06:49 PM
I really don't see the point of a monster trimmer for just your typical grass trimming and edging. I usually use a 22.5 and sometimes a 21.1 cc trimmer. I like light trimmers.

Now, when I got to trim a lot or something on my farm, I am gonna break out a t270 Shindaiwa or a Redmax with a high torque gearbox. That is about all the power I need.

I really only use my SRM-3100 on like cutting back 2 foot tall brush next to the fence and stuff like that, I have an Echo SRM-2601 (25.4 CC) for just the usual stuff. I also have a Stihl FS-90R that I really only bought to replace the 2601 because it was 28 cc but only $10 more than a 25.4 cc Echo, so I saw some good savings there.

kmzlawncare
01-30-2013, 07:32 PM
I like the Echo srm225 and I also like the Stihl fs70r but I don't like the Sthil heads the 225 has the u turn or the speed feed heads and is much better then the Stihl heads. All of our heavy trimmers never get used. Nobody wants to lugg around the big trimmers.

Exact Rototilling
01-30-2013, 10:05 PM
I think the older grey 210 is much better than the 225. The 210 starts easier and more balanced. I keep an out on craigs list looking for any 210s in decent shape. I would buy as many as I could but I cant find them. I have since started buying husqavarna as I have been replacing hand helds.
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Good to know. Had to break down and buy another SRM-230 last season. I almost bought a 225 but the fuel.economy of the 230 is notable over the 210 and torque curve is fatter.

I heard a bit of grousing about problems with the 225.

I edge vertically with my 230 and I find the balance to be near ideal.
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Tennesseepowerstroke
02-01-2013, 12:53 AM
Any guys out there using the smaller CC trimmers? Like the Echo SRM-225 or anything like that? I've been using the Echo for the past year and it seems to do well. Just curious about what you guys run.

I have a small Echo straight shaft from Home Depot that I use. It has a place among the more powerfull units.

lawnboy dan
02-01-2013, 08:09 AM
i have a ultra light robin that weighs about 8 lbs that i use when my back goes out. its like a toy but saves the day when i really need it