I run an echo pas266 and have no complaints. It takes under a min for it warm up and run balls out. But I usually pull the cord, and squeeze the throttle wide open right away. Some times it wil idle as im walking to the area I am gonna use it. Its no more better or worse than any other piece of 2 stroke equipment I have from varying manufacturers.
Get the PAS266, you wont be dissapointed. One thing better I would recommend is lookingmfor a shindaiwa dealer. Their attachments system is the same as echo, and the power heads are the same design, same company, etc. But the grip in the shindaiwa is many times nicer.
Just like everyone else on here, I have stuff that cuts, whacks, mows and blows. And way to haul it around.