Echo equipment is bad

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bassman, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I made the point the echo owns Shindaiwa I didn't say that because of that I expect their quality to go down hill now. So please do not make that connection. The truth is their quality went to hell about 7 years ago when they introduced the 4mixs and I am done with the brand. Now I am sure some of you have more or believe you have more experience with the brand then I do. But you might be surprised how many of their units iv owned or used.

    Ones iv owned

    2 t231s I liked these back in the day
    1 LE 260 edger total junk
    3 t2510s 4 mix over priced junk 400 a pop none lasted a season
    8 t261s nice power at first but that doesn't last long
    6 t282s better then the 261s but the stihl 100rx kicks its ass and they constantly go out of tune if they do not get constant use.
    2 of there sprayers they have the distinction of the worse ones we have ever owned.

    Ones iv use

    10 t231s
    1 t27


    So 30 something units and I will not buy another.
     
  2. noahb195

    noahb195 LawnSite Senior Member
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    You make excellent points. You have actual experience with them. Some people just say they like them and never used the damn thing.
     
  3. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Currently own and use.

    T260 -2 pulls cold, 1 pull hot (every time)
    T270
    PB270
    T27 pre EPA
    C27
    EB630 (bullet proof)
    EB8510 (better on fuel)
    Also T230B
    LE261
    Plenty of used Shindaiwa parts that I've collected and bought.

    These units get maintained and never see any Ethanol.
     
  4. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    the c4,s i had were dissapointing. every other shin i have has been outstanding
     
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    What problem did you have with the 2510?
     
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    Same here, haven't owned stihl (except 1 farmboss) for the last 3 years and my life has been better. But I know that can change any day. (gas caps):nono:
     
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,276

    They had carp issues that never ended we had them going back to the dealership every few weeks. By about month 4 or 5 we just gave up on them and gave them to and employee who was dump enough to take em. One of them snapped something in the motor and seized. Our dealer took it to try to get it covered under warranty but they never stepped up for the 3 month old trimmer I think it may still be on his wall. If I had to make a guess the ethanol in gas is the major issue but for some reason this brand has been unable to over come the problem the way other brands have. At this point in the game I don't want to hear them tell me its ethanol. Your a manufacture of lawn equipment solve the problem or get out of the industry but crying about the cause of the issues years after this has become the norm no longer carries weight. So I went back to 2 cycle equipment but 1-2 years per unit is still not much to brag about.
     
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    We bought 3 of them three years ago to get familiar with them. So far he engine is solid. I mastered the carb adjustment that is unusual but once you get it tuned in they are okay. I use cheap gas and echo oil. The only problem is the 4mix doesn't do well running at low rpm which is needed to edge sometime. So it has a flat spot. As my echo units wear out I am taking the high torge gearheads and putting them on these unit. I won't buy anymore 4 mix unless I have to. I guess I got lucky with these.
     
  9. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is my 9th year, I've owned most brands and by far Echo is the worst!
     
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    You haven't got any 265T echos?
     

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