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Old 05-26-2015, 11:51 AM
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Echo GT-225; possible to swap curved shaft for straight?

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I acquired some parts trimmers recently, all straight shaft, older Echo models. I got one running well but I still have a relatively new GT-225 residential trimmer with the curved shaft and I was wondering if it was possible to interchange it with one of the straight shaft assemblies? I haven't taken the 225 apart yet so I guess I need to ask if those curved shaft units are run by the same type of cable drive as the straight? Let me know if anyone has done it or if it can be done.
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:21 PM
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I don't see why it couldn't be done. You should be able to take an srm210 or srm225 and throw it on the gt225 motor. They are pretty much identical motors.

The gt225 and srm225 will have the same type of flex cable drive. The shaft will be longer for an srm225 so take the drive shaft also

The handle might need to be swapped as well. Not sure though.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:02 PM
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I probably should have mentioned that the older units I have are an SRM-230, SRM-2100 (the one that works), and I think the 3rd is a 2100 also or very similar; the model numbers have long since been peeled off.

So I guess then if they use the same drive shaft then I'll pop it apart and see. I just didn't want to waste time if the GT-225 turned out to be a completely different drive mechanism. Thanks! I'll give it a try.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:21 PM
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The shaft on the GT225 is smaller than the straight shaft. I've already been down this road! If you had a trashed SRM225 (straight shaft) you could swap out the clutch cover (where the shaft slides into motor) and you would be good to go with any Echo straight shaft, or you could order the clutch cover but it's a little pricey!
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:13 PM
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Thanks, appreciate the help. Maybe it would be smart to leave it alone then.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:38 PM
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