Echo trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by smallstripesnc, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im posting this for a friend who needs some advice. He's starting up in 2013 and wants an echo trimmer as his main trimmer and to do edging. He wants either the srm230,srm266, or the srm280. I see they make the "s" models with solid steel shafts. Any advice for him? Ive only owned one echo and havent used any newer ones. Is the solid steel shaft worth the cash?
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  2. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    266 will be a good one. I never buy the s models or the t. The 266 will have enough power for tall thick stiff but not be crazy heavy.
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  3. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    If he ends up getting one ill def have to try it. This will be his first season so im trying to point him the right direction with equipment.
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  4. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
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    Echo's website lists the same weight for the srm-266 and the srm-280.
     
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    The only reason behind having a steel shaft is to use attachments, while attractive it isn't required and since it's his first trimmer it likely won't be his last so either way he can go but I can tell you he should buy the most powerful one he can get.
     
  6. AmericanEagleLawncare

    AmericanEagleLawncare LawnSite Member
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    I ran 261 and 265t echos. I switch to the 230 models due to having the foam handles. I couldn't stand the plastic handle grips. The 230 is about 1 lb lighter plus having a 2 ounce bigger fuel tank than the 266. The 230 gets the jobs done, easy on the body while saving some money on the purchase price.
     
  7. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
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    I have one. Srm225 I believe is the model. Can't complain really. I want to upgrade to a Stihl for next season. I can use my echo as a backup!
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  8. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
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    I've talked to a couple of other LCO's in my area and from what they tell me, Echo doesn't have the same quality that they once had.
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  9. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ill be talking to him today. I currently have a redmax and a stihl fs90r and honestly im not happy with either.

    He also mentioned Kawasaki being in his area but echo is seen more on other rigs around town.
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  10. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yep. I have an older SRM 210, great trimmer and still runs great. I bought a new echo stick edger last year and am not very impressed. I own a stihl chain saw and a variety of echo and husqavarna handhelds, I maybe switching over to husky as my echo stuff needs replaced.
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