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Old 08-24-2009, 05:51 AM
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Stihl vs. Echo - Your Opinion

It's been awhile since I've done lawn maintenance and was wondering what you all think about Stihl vs. Echo equipment? I always liked the Stihl edgers, but liked the Echo brand for the light weight? How about in terms of longevity?
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:30 PM
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I like my Stihl BR 600 4-MIX backpack blower a lot. Very reliable, 2 years old, and still starts first pull every time. Tons of power. I also have a 30 year old Stihl 024 chainsaw that still runs great. Never used Echo, but they are ok too. I personally like Stihl.
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:38 PM
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I like stihl's power. But i like the lightweight echo trimmers. The next trimmer I would buy would most likely be a stihl. My 261 just lacks the power needed to blast through thicker weeds and grass as the stihl fs110 I used went trough it like it was nothing. As for blowers, I will never buy anything but Br600 for a blower. Light,powerful,dependable. Cant as for much more.
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:47 PM
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I used a friends FS 110R 4-MIX, and it was an absolute monster. Tons of torque, and not too terribly heavy. A good bit more power than my Kawasaki KGT27A. They have had it for 4 years of very hard use, and all they have done was replace the carburetor (once).
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:05 PM
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I couldn't be happier with my FS90. I thought about the Echo when I was looking, but decided since I already owned 2 other Stihl trimmers and a Stihl chainsaw, I'd just stick with Stihl.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:02 PM
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Whatever you select stick with the 2 stroke units if you want a unit
that will last. The field data in our market(hot temp) is showing the 4-mix blower just will not last. I see that stihl is coming out with some non-4-mix trimmers this year so they must be taking another look. And yes if the very most important thing is for the unit to start on the first pull the 4-mix is better. But that is the end of the advantages....the oil is very costly.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:27 PM
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All the guys in my city run nearly exclusively the 4-MIX engines, and they look like they are so beat up, yet they still run great here in the Arkansas 100 degree heat year after year. The 4-MIX is very reliable, and long lasting when run on Amsoil Saber. My friends have run their 110 for 4 years with Wal-Mart Super Tech (junk) oil, and it still runs great. No valve troubles, or even a single adjustment.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:27 PM
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All the guys in my city run nearly exclusively the 4-MIX engines, and they look like they are so beat up, yet they still run great here in the Arkansas 100 degree heat year after year. The 4-MIX is very reliable, and long lasting when run on Amsoil Saber. My friends have run their 110 for 4 years with Wal-Mart Super Tech (junk) oil, and it still runs great. No valve troubles, or even a single adjustment.
All the city guys in Austin buys them also.......the repair guy that used to work for them tells a much different story than what you are indicating. He says the 4-mix blowers are very very unreliable and he considers them junk. When these units are run peddle to metal they simply don't last. They started switching to the BR420.
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All I run is Echo because that's what my dealer has.

What I've noticed is that there's a lot of Stihl guys that rant and rave about how Stihl is the best. That's why I went with Echo, because there's not a fuss about their equipment. I've rarely read a post "you should have bought Echo."

Maybe Stihl is better, but I don't care. I avoid it like the plague, just like Deere. It's the whole aura of cockiness that turns me away...
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:19 PM
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All I run is Echo because that's what my dealer has.

What I've noticed is that there's a lot of Stihl guys that rant and rave about how Stihl is the best. That's why I went with Echo, because there's not a fuss about their equipment. I've rarely read a post "you should have bought Echo."

Maybe Stihl is better, but I don't care. I avoid it like the plague, just like Deere. It's the whole aura of cockiness that turns me away...
An individual's cockiness about a piece of equipment doesn't always reflect the product. JMO
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