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Homelite VS. Echo

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mitchell, Oct 7, 2000.

  1. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Scag48, how many hours do you put on your Homelite a year? You mentioned on one post that you only trim once a month and how many lawns do you do? When you use them every day all week long, they don't hold up well. They don't even hold up for a homeowner very well if he has a big lawn.
     
  2. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    Homelites are just throwaways, I use for a while a toss in the garbage. Their is no comparison between homelite an Echo, Redmax, or Stihl. But if you only have a $100 go for it until you can get something better. I use the 2601 Echo with the EDGIT, this is great if you do a lot of edging or if you have a lot flat trimming. When you add the Edgit you can let out about 6" more string and still control it with out the backlash. Check out the Edgit at http://www.edgit.com They have a video on their website. You can also buy them for Homelite, Redmax, Stihl.
     
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    mitchell--there are a bunch of trimmers out there to choose from. I prefer one that suits my needs and that's the homelite ST-275. I do mostly residential and light commercial accounts. for 109 bucks, it'll last at least a season then throw it away and buy another. or just run it 'till it quits then buy another. that's what I do.

    a big time dealer once told me that the difference in the homlite and an expensive trimmer is that when the expensive trimmer breaks down you don't mind spending the money to fix it. with the HOMIE you just toss it.

    I bought the echo that you are talking about (used to work at home depot). HATED IT! it ran good, smooth and was the stupidest designed machine that I ever got ahold of. the guard and the bump head were designed by people that never cut grass in their life! I took it back!

    mitchell--there comes a time in every man's life where he has to take the seldom traveled path. this is it. go to home depot and plunk down your hard earned dinero an buy that HOMELITE! you'll feel better about yourself knowing you did the right thing;)

    e-mail for more details, I'm gonna get flamed for what I've said already.

    GEO

    ps--how 'bout those VOL's? ouch.

    (edited to correct a typo--GEO)

    [Edited by geogunn on 10-08-2000 at 04:33 AM]
     
  4. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    Last year I tried to be cheap bought 2 Homelites brand new. After 2 weeks I bought a Redmax because the Homelites would not start unless you pulled them about 20 times. We do a lot of trimming and they get hot and don't start. My employees were ready to string me up so we went back to what they were happy and productive with in the past Echo and Redmax. The more trimming you do the more you want a powerful but light well balanced Echo 2601 11 lbs 25 cc.

    So if you want some cheap homelites? lol You'll have to talk to my garbage man. :)
     
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Homelite vs. Echo. Datsun truck vs. Chevrolet. Encore vs. Exmark. V.W. vs Ferrari, Huffy vs. GT. Get the picture?
     
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    geogunn wrote:

    <b><i>I do mostly residential and light commercial accounts. for 109 bucks, it'll last at least a season then throw it away and buy another. or just run it 'till it quits then buy another.</b></i>

    Why would you do that when you can buy one good trimmer and get 3 or 4, possibly more years out of it. At 109 for a Homelite and 190 for the Echo it doesn't make sense. It costs more and is more aggrevation to buy the Homelite over the long run.

    <b><i>a big time dealer once told me that the difference in the homlite and an expensive trimmer is that when the expensive trimmer breaks down you don't mind spending the money to fix it. with the HOMIE you just toss it.</b></i>

    If you believe this I have some Florida swamp land to sell you. I bought the "Big" Homelite 25cc straight shaft trimmer when I first started out. It lasted about 1 year. I replaced it with a Shindaiwa T-230 that lasted 3 years on the job until someone swiped it. There must be something different besides just the price?
     
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I "had" the Homelite stright shaft that you are referring to and would recommend anything but. I currently use the smaller curved shaft dual line trimmers that I consider disposables for 65 bucks. The stright shaft lasted a season and a half and I junked it. Good Luck.
     
  8. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    Buy a Shindaiwa T230 for about 30 bucks more than the Echo. You will thank bob and me.
     
  9. Dave

    Dave LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Posts: 315

     
  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,826

    Echo all the way. Our local hardware store quit selling homelight blowers because they are junk. Been there done that when I first started. Bought the homelite 180 windspeed handheld blower. Within 5 min the carb lossen up just enough to cut the power. I went through 3 of these. Same thing happened. Thats why they quit selling them. Couldnt keep the carbs on or tight even with locktight. The whole engine would vibe apart eventually Most all echo stuff will last for years if you take care of them. I think the 2400 echo has plenty of power. But of course the more power the better lol. Homelite is just trouble and will waste your time going back and forth to the shop
     

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