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Old 06-22-2014, 10:26 PM
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I'd drive 2 hours if it meant not having to use Stihl.

I know a lot of guys swear by them, but I've never been impressed. Even brand new, I'm extremely unhappy. If you like Echo, then an hour isn't too far. Stock up on parts for simple fixes. My redmax dealer was over an hour away. Small price to pay for something that's going to make your day less miserable.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:16 PM
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Everyone will have their own preference but I think you'll notice if you look at the guys running more than one or two units they tend to favor Stihl. My guys have told me they will never run another trimmer other than a Stihl and my dealer that also sells Husquavarna says the Stihl's outsell the husky's 10:1. I know I would never even bother to try another trimmer, the FS-100RX all day, every day, for trimming. The FS-110R if you want to be able to switch heads once in a while or the KM-110 for all around everything versatility at a great price! (these all have the same motor, just difference in weight and configuration for attachments.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:36 AM
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Also depends on dealer support. I am lucky that my dealer sells both Stihl and Echo. I tried Echo, wasn't impressed and switched to Stihl.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:43 AM
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Also depends on dealer support. I am lucky that my dealer sells both Stihl and Echo. I tried Echo, wasn't impressed and switched to Stihl.
That's a big thing... our dealer sells both also and he is pretty neutral when it comes to his preference. They do rely on a lot of feedback from the end user when it comes to what's working best out in the field.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:54 AM
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I have known my dealers owner since I was young. He never will push me on something but will let me know what people have told him and his own personal experience. They haven't let me down yet.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:04 PM
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I'm one who buys the smallest of the more durable options, from a brand. I've been exclusively Stihl, as my dealer has been awesome. However, I bought a '14 FS55 trimmer, this year. It's been a nightmare, from day one. It will either idle or run WFO. There is no transition or it will die. Just trying to get it to WFO is sometimes trouble. I cleaned the carb, to no avail. He got me a much older carb that I cleaned and installed, to no avail. He got me a warranty carb, to no avail. My Kombi and HH blower are both 55 motors. They run perfect. Side-by-side, my Kombi with string trimmer head will hand the KM55 its rear. I have an excellent Toro dealer who carries Stihl and Echo. At the urging of another LCO, I bought an Echo 225. The Echo is lightyears ahead of the KM55 in smoothness, running, and power. These are very equal string trimmers. I'm not happy with my BR600 and its 4-mix, so that'll be getting replaced with a RM8500 or Husky 580. I'm done with Stihl, as they've internally changed something (port location or design, I'm thinking) that has drastically altered their running characteristics to meet new EPA regs. The only thing I'd suggest, regardless of brand, is to get the full shield over the head. Everyone is going to these slim and trim guards and the user gets a nice plastering of clippings up the right side. Installing the full-guard completely stopped that. I have them on my Kombi and Echo.

I know this doesn't help your situation, but, this is where I'm at with HHs.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:01 PM
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Between dad. b.i.l., and I we have had homelite, craftsman, eager beaver, etc, you name it built more than 15 years ago and we have tried it, but nothing has came close to Stihl and Stihl's quality.
We have not bought anything other than Stihl in the past 15 years, I have two units a FS85 and O29 farm boss that turned 14 years old last month and other than 1 spark plug each and a couple of air filters, string and chains, they still run like new.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:48 PM
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Stihl for trimmers, hands down. Husky for blowers, hands down.

I used to be the biggest die hard echo fan around....till I decided to diversify. Should have done it a long time ago. There is so much better out there than echo.

FYI my dealer says its so simple to adjust valves that they check and adjust every single stihl that comes in for no charge. Just something else to think about, if the valve thing has you on the fence.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:02 PM
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Stihl for trimmers, hands down. Husky for blowers, hands down.

I used to be the biggest die hard echo fan around....till I decided to diversify. Should have done it a long time ago. There is so much better out there than echo.

FYI my dealer says its so simple to adjust valves that they check and adjust every single stihl that comes in for no charge. Just something else to think about, if the valve thing has you on the fence.
Do you mean Husqvarna when you say Husky. I can't find anything Husky on my web search. I am having trouble finding a reliable blower. They get boggy on me in about a year. I have always been a echo guy. I did try sthil and Husqvarna. Sthil was did work good but the engine went after 3 years and went back to echo. now boggy again.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:21 PM
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Yes, husky=husqvarna

I bought a 580bts, couldnt be happier. My echo never got boggy, never did not start on the first pull...just one day would not start anymore. Tried changing all kinds of parts, nothing. Bought the husky, and of course one day I decided to randomly try the echo and it fired up first pull....anyways 580 bts has saved me so much time on my route its not even funny.
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