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Echo equipment.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by jaybow, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 1,083

    No more Echo equipment for me! Om sick of the carb issues. Stihl makes a more reliable tool then echo. The carburetors on the newer echo stuff is junk. I thinlk their 2 cycle oil is second rate also. It may lubricate ok, but ypur more likely to have gumming issues with it. At least I know the Stihl oil is better.
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  2. KODAKMOWING99

    KODAKMOWING99 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 124

    junk,i threw 2 6 month old echo trimmers in the trash,ive have stihl since
     
  3. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 1,083

    I have the 770T Backpack blower. When it runs good, it performs very well, but it gums up very easy, last winter, and this winter now. I never had a Stihl gum up on me.
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  4. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 622

    Junk... Had a lower hour 266 trimmer burn up on me and the wouldn't warranty it...
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  5. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 613

    Yes the new carbs SUCK! But if you are using the 89 or 91 octane, they will run forever.
    I prefer the 91 premium for back packs and trimmers..
     
  6. watatrp

    watatrp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 487

    I'm not sure why people complain about Echo so much. I've always used 87 octane gas, Amsoil oil. My newest trimmer is 8 years old. Still carry around the 15 year old one as a back up. Sold my 20 year old hand held blower a few years ago for $25 in a garage sale. Still running my 18 year old backpack blower. There may be better equipment out there but I don't know about because my Echo stuff never quits.
     
  7. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 1,083

    The new orange stuff is different. They changed the carbs.
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  8. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 613

    Yes we know it is different. Clearly in the echo manual it is now telling you to, actually HIGHLY recommending you use 89 octane or higher. Plus I only use ECHO oil and have no problems. Plus (yes another plus...lol) all of the ECHO equipment is from the HOME DEPOT.
     
  9. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    1) Echo's power blend Oil is Fd rated. Highest rating there is.

    2) Stihl's 4-mix are notorious for carboning up. Stihl ultra was designed to reduce/eliminate the problem.

    3) The carbs on most Echo's (the cheap ones) are Zama. Parent company, Stihl.

    4) the Stihl Ultra oil, isn't Fd rated.

    I absolutely agree that the new (mostly unadjustable) carbs are junk.
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  10. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 1,083

    I have the 770T Backpack, that was Echos top notch, and I ran premium fuel all summer in it, and it started to gum up towards fall anyways. Its a light comfortable blower, but like I say, I think the Stihl is more of a commercial product in my opinion, And I have been running Stihl for 7 years now and only two issues ever, one coil burned out, and had to adjust valves once on one of the newer 4-Mix stick edgers. The coil burnt out on a weed whip I bought used on Ebay, my first commercial whip. It still runs perfect today. that thing is probably 15 years old.
     

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