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Old 04-09-2004, 01:02 PM
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Which gas trimmer TORO or ECHO

All right here I go again. I have a question on which gas trimmer to buy. First of all Let me say I'm starting off small and eventually working my way up. I know there are bigger and better trimmers out there but, this is my side job as of right now. OK here is the info

model 51930
1 HP motor
17 inch


model GT 200R
16 inch
9.3 lb
There is a Echo dealer near me about 2 miles or so
There is a Toro dealer about 5 or 6 miles away

What do you think would be the better trimmer for me???
any info would be gladly appreciated

KJ Landscaping
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Old 04-09-2004, 03:54 PM
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ECHO, it shouldnt even really be a question.
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Old 04-09-2004, 11:48 PM
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Do not buy either one if they are curved shafts! Im just assuming that for $149 that it is the curved shaft.
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Old 04-10-2004, 09:44 PM
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the only thing echo makes that is worth while buying is their top handled cs340 arbor saw. And thats only if your doing tree work and only because you can buy 2 for the price of a husqvarna or stihl. I just got a john deer xt170 for $399 CAD and I love it. Even if you are small you should only buy good equipment. Especially if you plan on growing when I first started out in tree care I bought a lot of cheap equipment based soley on price and ended up spending way more money on equipment (not to mention lost income from down time). No matter how much work you are doing or not doing ALWAYS buy the best piece of equipment for the job you are going to do. Otherwise you'll have nothing but head aches. Just my .02
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Old 04-11-2004, 11:22 AM
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Echo is fine to get started with but when you go full time go with Shindaiwa... the best on the market!
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:31 AM
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i would by a echo befor any thing
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:59 AM
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nothing but an echo and a 260 at that

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Old 01-22-2008, 02:07 AM
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Echo....all the way. But....don't get either of the trimmers that you mentioned. Curve shaft trimmers suck. I don't even understand why they are made. If you are looking for an inexpensive, good trimmer to start with I would go with the Echo 210. That being said I have the Echo is a bad mother.
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:01 PM
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Echo 210 would do just fine...
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:50 PM
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Toro no longer makes commercial trimmers and the one your looking at is a homeowner model and will not last long at all if your going to be using it much. Go with Echo but not the model your looking at since its a homeowner model as well. Echo's SRM260 is a commercial trimmer and would be a much better choice than the one you have mentioned.
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