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Old 06-18-2012, 06:49 PM
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Troy Built 4 stroke weedeater vs Echo 2 stroke weedeater

Okay, I am thinking about these two weedeaters:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_372989-65481...3606322&rpp=24

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...d=10053&MERCH=

I know Echo is one of the best weedeaters made, but I like the 4 stroke that Troy Built offers. My main question is, would the Troy Built hold up as good, or at least almost as good, as the Echo? Which one would you recommend?

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:14 PM
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Echo, Troy Bilt is now made by MTD.


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Old 06-18-2012, 08:26 PM
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Okay, I am thinking about these two weedeaters:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_372989-65481...3606322&rpp=24

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...d=10053&MERCH=

I know Echo is one of the best weedeaters made, but I like the 4 stroke that Troy Built offers. My main question is, would the Troy Built hold up as good, or at least almost as good, as the Echo? Which one would you recommend?

Thanks!
Unless something has changed, I believe that the Troybilt is still made by Ryobi for MTD. They used to be when the first 4 stroke TB's came out. I have a Ryobi 4 stroke trimmer that is identical to the early TB's, and it went 10 hard years of trimming without anything other than oil changes, and cleaning the air filter being done to it. I also used it with the tiller attachment to roto-til my fairly large garden after the plants got to tall to do any other way.

Still, I think you'd be happier with the lighter Echo.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:38 PM
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I have no dog in this hunt as I run all RedMax trimmers. You should get the Echo.The old Troy Bilt company is gone. What you see now is made by MTD.
Echo is a quality product,MTD not so much.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:02 PM
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Thanks for the advice guys!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:03 PM
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Unless something has changed, I believe that the Troybilt is still made by Ryobi for MTD. They used to be when the first 4 stroke TB's came out. I have a Ryobi 4 stroke trimmer that is identical to the early TB's, and it went 10 hard years of trimming without anything other than oil changes, and cleaning the air filter being done to it. I also used it with the tiller attachment to roto-til my fairly large garden after the plants got to tall to do any other way.

Still, I think you'd be happier with the lighter Echo.
Was there any advantage to having a four stroke over a two stroke?
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:00 AM
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neither get a honda or a husqvarna with a honda engine.

4 strokes have more torque and use about half as much gas as 2 strokes. they are also quieter. they do weight a little more than 2 strokes but it's not a big deal.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:13 AM
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[QUOTE=Ridin' Green;4446606]Unless something has changed, I believe that the Troybilt is still made by Ryobi for MTD. /QUOTE]

Ryobi is a rebranded Homelite. MTD, who actually had the Ryobi brand for a while, no longer produces the Ryobi units and parts.. well.. the common ones are still out there as far as filters and fuel line kits, but much more than that and.. ppfftt.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:14 AM
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What is a "weed eater" exactly??????
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:18 AM
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Was there any advantage to having a four stroke over a two stroke?
Back when I bought it, I needed one quick, and I didn't have near the amount of 2 stroke stuff that I do today, so I wanted to try a 4 stroke which would mean I wouldn't have to have so much mixed fuel sitting around going stale. While it is quieter, it is heavier, and also while Stihl 4 mixer's are very torquey, the one you are looking at isn't nearly so much. Mine was designed for using normal use with .095" line but it would have been much better off running .080" instead power wise- if you run any other type of line besides round that is.

Overall, it was a great little trimmer for part time use, but if you need one for all day type trimming, of the two you are looking at get the Echo. No valves to adjust, lighter, revs faster, less moving parts in the engine to wear and/or cause trouble, and responds faster to a load being put on it.
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