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Old 09-26-2013, 11:23 AM
Wizz Wizz is offline
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Question Need a pole saw: HT101, HT131, or PPT280 ?

I am looking for a pole saw for trimming 6-8" oak branches, medium duty use. I like the 5 year warranty of the Echo PTT280 but I do not like the loop handle, but I hear the shaft may be stronger on the Echo. From what I researched the HT101 seems like a reliable unit, I know the HT131 has more power but I've read more complaints about it when compared to the 101. My other equipment is Stihl so I am familiar w/doing valve adjustments.

Any experiences/suggestions?
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:39 AM
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I am looking for a pole saw for trimming 6-8" oak branches, medium duty use. I like the 5 year warranty of the Echo PTT280 but I do not like the loop handle, but I hear the shaft may be stronger on the Echo. From what I researched the HT101 seems like a reliable unit, I know the HT131 has more power but I've read more complaints about it when compared to the 101. My other equipment is Stihl so I am familiar w/doing valve adjustments.

Any experiences/suggestions?
Stihl has better power, but the telescoping shafts suck. I have a ht101, shaft broke last week. Not a cheap fix. Echo simply wins the polesaw reliability award.

If I had it to do over, I'd buy the Echo. Just don't hear about people breaking their telescoping shafts.
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:17 PM
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Stihl has better power, but the telescoping shafts suck. I have a ht101, shaft broke last week. Not a cheap fix. Echo simply wins the polesaw reliability award.

If I had it to do over, I'd buy the Echo. Just don't hear about people breaking their telescoping shafts.
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Thanks. How did the shaft break? From impact?
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:20 PM
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No compare, ECHO. It's hard to mess a Echo shaft up but on a Sthil it's hard not to mess it up.

Go look at them yourself side by side, the Echo is made much better.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:08 PM
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It was t from an impact. The shaft actually broke in use. On mine, it broke about a foot from the cutter end. Seems they break in quite a few ways.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:53 PM
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i hate a HT131 and have had no problems with it cant comment on echo
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