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Old 01-29-2015, 10:48 AM
andretis andretis is offline
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Echo or Stihl trimmers

I've always stuck with Echo trimmers, mine have all served me faithfully for the past years. However I see A LOT of guys in my area with the Stihl Professional ones. What's the general consensus on Stihl trimmers? Thinking about making an investment in one.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:55 AM
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We use stihls FS 90, FS 100 for trimming and FS 130 for edging, bush trimming , and trimming grass. That's my go to brand.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:58 AM
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Many of the companies around my town use stihl equipment. I've looked at it in the past but I just can't justify paying the large amount money for one string trimmer. Not much of a fan of the 4 mix engines either. Extra maintenance that I can prevent with running pure 2 strokes.

I've never had an issue with any echo equipment I've owned. I would recommend continuing echo.

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Old 01-29-2015, 12:18 PM
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I've used Stihl trimmers for years because of the head attachments. They were the first with that flexibility in my area. Seems all the attachments are brand specific (duh), so having Stihl heads means I'll have Stihl trimmers for the foreseeable future. My dad uses a commercial Echo. I've also used Shindiawa in the past but dealer network wasn't good locally, but it was one AWESOME machine. None has been a problem. I was sad that I only got 14 yrs out of the Shindiawa though. ;-) I wouldn't be afraid to try a Stihl. I would NOT advise on ANY 4 STROKE technology at this point though.
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:23 PM
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I run stihls more for the reason is only trimmer that is offer in my town and only one offer the poly cut heads I use
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:21 PM
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We now use Stihl for all handhelds. Stihl has its quirks just like any other brand. We have almost zero downtime with any of our Stihl equipment. I have owned quite a few Echo pieces over the years. The older stuff was great. Anything Echo we have had since they changed over to the orange housings has been garbage. if you decide to give Stihl a try, I doubt you will go back to Echo.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:27 PM
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We like our Echo 230s for daily use. Pas 280 systems for heavy work and everything else. I can get minor parts at HD. Nothing against Stihl, our local dealer is a Richard so that weighs heavily too.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:43 PM
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I run all Echos. I have had 0 issues with any of them. My only gripe and I am going to start a new thread soon about it is I just bought a PB 770, and the handle that I carry it by/hang it on the trailer is brittle plastic and is snapping and chipping away.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:59 PM
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I say Stihl but I avoid anything 4mix like the plague....give me the pure and simple 2T motor and we are golden
That leaves the FS94 or FS240 or 250
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:38 PM
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I use still. Have 34 different hand helds that are used hard by crews that can destroy almost anything. All have broken cases, handles, etc. and yet keep running. The 4 mix stihls are workhorses and never break down. To be fair sometimes carbs must be replaced. Nothing else would even be running with my crew of misfits. If you take care of your equipment than I am sure echos would work for you. All of the echos are long gone except on 770 backpack blower which last only because they don't want to use it.

When I was using them personally they all lasted and did fine. But a different story when running multiple crews.
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