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Old 06-22-2013, 08:54 PM
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New Echo SRM-280S...will it last 21 years?

A couple weeks ago my 1992 Echo 2501 string trimmer started coughing and cutting in and out. I didn't have time to fuss with it. Rainy day. Went to buy a new one. This old trimmer was my ONLY trimmer since 1992. Never let me down. Replaced a few primer bulbs, maybe 8 or 10 sparkplugs, and one fuel line kit. Had the original head on it until last fall!

I decided on a new 280S. It has the new trigger throttle.

I went with the 280 over the 266 for two reasons...

Larger engine
Larger fuel capacity

LIKES:

HUGE decrease in Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH)
Decent power
Easy to wind head
Head only taps when you want it to
Head only advances a small amount of line per tap
Smaller guard is nice


DISLIKES:

Not all that much lighter than my 2501
Fuel fill is in rear instead of side
Engine is LARGE
Trigger
Small fuel tank!
Grabby higher RPM clutch


As far as weight goes...it is slightly lighter, and I could have easily gone with a smaller trimmer for weight. Not a big deal, just thought because everyone says how much lighter the newer trimmers are, when my 21 year old holds it own.

Fuel fill...I fuel up on my Trimmer Trap. I rotate them and pour in. With this rear and vertical cap, it makes things a little harder. As far as capacity...This is the highest capacity tank they make, and it literally feels like 1/2 the capacity that I'm used to on the older one.

You'll see it in the pics, and you'll catch it on branches...this engine is HUGE!

TRIGGER...I was on the fence about the new trigger. I'm often an underhanded holder and I used to actuate the throttle with my pinky finger. This trigger is VERY stiff and sensitive...I'll get used to it, but I never had an issue in 21 years with the old throttles.

This brings me to the clutch. I'll admit it. The clutch on my 2501 must have been permanently locked. I could feather the RPM's down and the head still spun. (was nice while wearing shorts!) This new one you need almost 1/2 throttle to engage the clutch. Then it jams on , but you have to keep the throttle up or it almost stops the head.

The front handle is like my suspension seat on my Lazer. You cant feel the vibrations and it's soft and pliable. Very nice improvement!


Overall, I guess I'm happy with it. I'm going to see about switching over to the older trigger, or see if it can be adjusted somehow to be easier to operate. The safety on the top of the throttle is a joke and a PITA as well. One more thing to worry about as I underhand it.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:24 PM
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WOW you have a trimmer older than I am...that's crazy. Hope everything works out for you man
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:28 PM
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That's awesome. I love old trimmers! I'm always looking for some killer old 2 strokes!!
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:06 PM
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WOW you have a trimmer older than I am...that's crazy. Hope everything works out for you man
Never thought about it that way! I have shirts older than you too!

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That's awesome. I love old trimmers! I'm always looking for some killer old 2 strokes!!
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It's killer alright! Don't know if I want to spend any money on it. For $20, they said they'd look it over and do some tests to see if it's worth it.

Might be nice to mount my articulated hedge trimmer on.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:46 PM
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I just bought one a few weeks ago. I love it except for the head. I had the dealer put the old style Veri head on it, like whats on your 1992 model. The head kept flying apart on me after a few hours use.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:53 AM
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I just bought one a few weeks ago. I love it except for the head. I had the dealer put the old style Veri head on it, like whats on your 1992 model. The head kept flying apart on me after a few hours use.
So far I like the head. Hasn't come apart yet. I was surprised at how little trimmer line Echo gives you when new! I swear when the dealer showed me all about this new head that it had like 5 feet of line in it!

I like it as the string eyelets are closer to the ground. With that and the large smooth head, I can "mow" large areas and not accidentally tap the head and let line out when not needed. I'm saving line like crazy. Old head lets out like 3" of line/tap. This one is like 1" or so.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:34 PM
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I have a Echo 230. The trigger is like a little brake lever. I somehow managed to catch it and break it off. I also had another broken Echo trimmer, but it had a good trigger.
I decided to put the good one on the good trimmer. When doing the swap, I just never put the top piece on that you have to squeeze before the trigger. Less frustrating at times now when trimming at weird angles.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:55 AM
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I have a Echo 230. The trigger is like a little brake lever. I somehow managed to catch it and break it off. I also had another broken Echo trimmer, but it had a good trigger.
I decided to put the good one on the good trimmer. When doing the swap, I just never put the top piece on that you have to squeeze before the trigger. Less frustrating at times now when trimming at weird angles.
I'll have to look into removing that top piece. That or ill have the dealer swap the whole thing over to an older trigger style. It's just so stiff and touchy. Hard to get RPM' just right.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:40 PM
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Great review and pics!
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Old 06-23-2013, 12:14 AM
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You left the guard on for 21 years.
I leave the guard on for 21 minutes.
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