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echo hedge trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AuburnGuy, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. AuburnGuy

    AuburnGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 279

    Does anyone use echo HC150 hedge trimmers? I could probably get these under $200. Do i need more powerful trimmers, or will this be fine for a solo part timer?
  2. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    I've got one.Works just fine for me.
  3. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    I got one and a Stihl. Use Echo more often as its much lighter = less fatuige. Does good job, no compliants exept it lost power one day due to screen in muffler clogged. New Echos have too many carb problems though. I dont know if I would choose a new one. Mine is 4 years old
  4. greensideup

    greensideup LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    I have some HC1600 echo hedge trimmers I've owned for 8 years. Very few problems. I think the HC1500 is just a lighter duty model. SCOTT
  5. workaholic

    workaholic LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    total junk, wouldnt use them if they gave em to me. buy sthil or shindowa you will be glad you did...
  6. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    I've had mine for 3 years and it has paid for itself many times over. Never had any problems with it at all, but I take very good care of my equipment and service all of it myself. The thing about hedge trimmers is that they will pay for themselves quickly since hedge and shrub trimming can generate a lot of revenue. There are not a lot of LCO's doing hedge and shrub work where I'm at so I can charge $60 or more per hour.

    TXLAWNBOY LawnSite Member
    Posts: 220

    Do you just not like echo or did you have a bad experiance w/a HC-1500?
  8. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
    Posts: 0

    Every echo machine I ever owned has given me problems, check out Redmax, or Stihl.
  9. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    i am one of the few here who will swear by echo. it really is a matter of preference i guess...but some others here just wont touch the stuff.

    i like echo hedge trimmers, my dads company has a pair-they are the lowest model, very light, only used 2-3 times per season. he likes them and i have used them a few times. they start well and do the job right.

    no complaints here.
  10. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    Gave up my echo for a new stihl HS45, and glad I did. Got so hard to start, like their trimmers, that I threw it against the wall of the garage. Junk. I can go two months without using the stihl and it cranks on the first pull.

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