Echo PAS Series! Feedback wanted

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by southerntide, May 17, 2014.

  1. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
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    I went from quick change to speed feed cuts my time down about 25-30% love it sadly be going to sthil now since my gravely dealer I had issues with not doing business with him anymore, Echo was there as well so now I bought a Deere probably switch to Sthil's unless this other place about 20miles from me is a dealer, it was not clear just showed up on map.
     
  2. chachi1984

    chachi1984 LawnSite Member
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    Speed feed is good if you put the line through the hole then wind it up. If you reload by taking the head apart then it can be a pain and you spend more time screwing around with the head
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  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Only person to do this would be the one who threw the directions away.
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  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Why can't you have speed feeds on your Stihls? I buy the big Oregons with adaptors to fit most any brand.
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  5. stonny9

    stonny9 LawnSite Member
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    I have had the PAS 225 for about 2 years initially had the trimmer w/speed feed head and edger that I got in the package deal. A few months later I bought the hedge trimmer. A couple months ago I bought the chain saw attachment. I use it on 3 yards a week totaling about 2 acres. I have had to replace the primer bulb once and shortly after I got it I lost the big "T" nut and had to buy another one. It doesnt have a stopper to keep it from unthreading all of the way.

    Since I changed the original plug, air filter, and fuel filter a few months ago it doesnt want to rev up when cold. Bogs down when revving until warmed up.

    Only thing I dont like is I use one finger on the trigger and it is hard to pull. One of these days I am gonna see if a spring can be swapped out.
     
  6. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone use the stihl fs100rx? I held it the other day at the dealer and it seemed lighter than my srm-225. I bought a trimmer attachment for my PAS-266 and man that thing is a heavy *****. It's going to be my backup trimmer. My concern about the stihl is that it's a 4 stroke and has valves and all that crap to get messed up. Is the stihl reliable or will it be a pos after 2 years of everyday use?
     
  7. beaureguard

    beaureguard LawnSite Member
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    I bought 2 2 summers ago. My guys were using the PAS280 and complained they were too heavy. They noticed an immediate difference. They work very well. They start extremely easy. 1 is used mostly in cemeteries. The largest yard keeps it running for 8 hours in just 1 day.
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  8. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It think the weight was affecting my ability to keep it steady too. I guess i'll give the stihl a try why not? It's $50 bucks cheaper than the 280.
     
  9. KB Lawn Care

    KB Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    I have a dedicated string trimmer and I have the Pas 225. I use it as my edger most of the time. I got the brush cutting attachment in a box deal, thinking I'd rarely use it but it has been very handy. I have the pole saw as well. They both work great. It is nice because I rarely have someone working with me, but if I do I can set up a new trimmer in a couple minutes. I have used them for one season pretty heavily with no complaints.
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  10. TheNewbee

    TheNewbee LawnSite Member
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    So other than price and the line head, is Stihl about the same quality as Echo? I'm looking at Echo cause it's cheap and seems to be really good quality.
     

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