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Old 06-23-2014, 05:44 PM
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Echo vs Shindaiwa trimmer

I'm gonna buy another trimmer, and trying to decide between a shindaiwa t242, and an echo srm 225 or 230. I need help! Make this decision for me
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:02 PM
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I have always used Echo trimmers never been disappointed and put them through hell.

Now Shindaiwa should be excellent to it is Japanese and great quality.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:34 PM
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I have always used Echo trimmers never been disappointed and put them through hell.

Now Shindaiwa should be excellent to it is Japanese and great quality.

What model do yo like best? 225 or 230? Thanks!!!!
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:59 PM
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Not had a old one to tear up yet and force me into buying a new one, I been debating on switching to Sthil but Echo's are hardcore I had two SRM 210's 1-straight 1-curved just sold the curved and still using the straight with a new head on it from the PAS lower attachment.

Took over 8 years to burn the bearings out in head then just the other day the original starter rope broke, just went and bought a new starter recoil assembly. All I have ever had to do besides plugs and cleaning.

I had a thread about transitioning to Sthil lots of good replies but still unsure, staying with Echo have to make a hour trip now since I am done with old gravely dealer that carries them here. But if needed could always keep backup parts on hand.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:05 PM
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But if I do stay with Echo I will be buying a dedi 225 later on when the 210 goes down if it ever does lol and a 266 or 280 PAS head and attachments.

Either of them should work great just depends on if you want a little more power or stay lighter weight.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:28 PM
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But if I do stay with Echo I will be buying a dedi 225 later on when the 210 goes down if it ever does lol and a 266 or 280 PAS head and attachments.

Either of them should work great just depends on if you want a little more power or stay lighter weight.

Awesome! I've kinda been leanin toward the 225, and I think u have made my decision more clear! U da man!
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:41 PM
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Echo bought out shindawia a few years back. Both are good brands, however shindawia will never be the company it once was before echo bought the company for the sake of their 4cycle technology.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:30 PM
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I use Echo, I like them a little better than Stihl but I would use either. As much as Southern is going to hate me for this my dealer is about .8 miles exactly from my home, they offer both brands.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:11 PM
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i have an srm225 and t242 . there is no comparison. 242 is way more powerful. but prices are different also. 242 might be like 299,got mine for 250 when they did promo deal for 20 percent off. have had 225 for 2 and half yrs now needs carb work but is a good trimmer, especially bang for your buck. they are 199
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I like echo and shindaiwa products. I am very disappointed with both of my echo PB-250LN blowers, but have been extremely pleased with my echo PB-755ST backpack (which I may add that I like more than my shindy eb802rt. )
I just recently purchased a Shindy t242 and I love it. I wanted the 254, but they didn't have one in stock and I needed something as both of my frontline trimmers were down and my backup was having issues.
I like the shindy way more than my echo 230. I like the shindy more than my RedMax bcz2460t, although I think the RedMax has the shindy on power. All in all, the shindy t242 is the best trimmer I have purchased.
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