Hybrid 4 engine ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by action1, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. action1

    action1 LawnSite Member
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    Anyone using Shindiawa equipment with the hybrid 4 engine? What do you think? There is a graph On their web sight that said it is better but, they all say that.
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  2. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    run dont walk! mine lasted only one season. even when they ran the warm up wait was a pain
  3. BeachysLawn

    BeachysLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 271

    Never tried it, but my dealer has one hanging on the wall and told me it was a piece of junk
  4. arl250

    arl250 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    Are they that bad ive been wanting to try it out... I mean everyone says the stihl4-mix is junk too but I have yet to have a problem
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  5. stonny9

    stonny9 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    Reviving an old thread. Thinking about getting one for the upcoming season sale otherwise I am gonna stick with a regular two stroke. Deciding between these three because of the sale EB854RT, EB802RT, or EB633RT. Before sale gonna get an Echo cause dealer is a lot closer if I needed anything.

    EB633RT was my first choice but threw in the 802 after I considered the 854.
  6. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    I have 3 pieces of C4/H4 equipment and they all run. Oldest one is an 07 (I believe) trimmer that's used every day.

    If you want a good blower the 802 is the unit to have.
  7. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Posts: 555

    I have the 633 blower and the T254 trimmer. The 633 is the Echo 755, the trimmer does take a bit to warm up. It's good for all of the normal trimming and edging, bogs down almost as much as my Echo 230 in the tall grass.

    I have only owned my Shindaiwa since the beginning of the season. Also, Echo uses a different oil for the Shindaiwa products.

  8. stonny9

    stonny9 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    Just got the EB854RT Blower. You can barely hear it idle. Fuel tank is huge. Dealer said no break-in period but gonna stick to the eco throttle accept when needed and probably take off one tube extension accept when doing a big area.
  9. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    Keep in mind what you bought has a somewhat complicated engine.

    To elaborate, my EB8520 has:
    - a cam belt that needs to be checked for wear every now and then
    - valves to adjust
    - reed valves that need replacement every 1000 hrs or so (engine feels lazy)
    - an engine block that needs to seal 100% for the thing to work.

    You probably won't like the way it starts in the morning.

    That said I like the thing, blows like mad and 75 min on a tank of gas.
  10. stonny9

    stonny9 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    I have used the 854 three times so far. It has fired up on the first pull every time and runs great cold and warm.

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