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Is anyone else having SRM-261T carb problems?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn Enforcement FM, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. Lawn Enforcement FM

    Lawn Enforcement FM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    I have a 2006 SRM-261-t. It worked flawlessly till August. It wouldn't start,so I do the basic checks, then take it to the dealer. He calls a week later and I get it back with a brand knew Carb. He said the new design of the carbs make them where they can't be fixed, They must must be replaced. A week later, the same trimmer bogs down when I pull the trigger. Drop it off and guess what, the carb if messed up again. When I pick it up he tells me echo gave him a tough time covering the repair. Ironically, my old SRM 210 works great, not a problem.
    Is anyone else having simular problems with echos?
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    We are running several with high usage and no problem. I haven't been inside the newer carb but they sure look exactly like the ones used for the last couple years. I understand dealer not wanting to repair a carb especially in warranty but I doubt if that means they can't be repaired. Two bad carbs in a row..??
  3. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I had one with about 8 hours on it that would only run on choke. They adjusted it to have it do the same thing. They adjusted it again and imediately it would not run without choke. They then replaced the carb. I am not impressed by Echo anymore.
  4. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    This is the very problem that caused me to go from Echo to Sthil. It seemed like every Echo I owned had carb trouble and I work too hard to deal with that crap.
  5. Howard Roark

    Howard Roark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 806

    Having problems with ours as well. I thought we were good to go with it, but now I'm very doubtfull.
  6. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,828

    Carb trouble is why we don't run Echo's.
  7. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    no carb problem here ,i only use echo oil and 89 octane gas
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    We use Echo oil and 89 also...
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    Howard.....I am always looking for used Echo units if you give up on them!
  10. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 384

    I have both models as well, the 210 and 261

    The cabs on ALL new hand held lawn maint. equip. has to conform to Californicate's emission laws new, that's why you can no longer adjust the air fuel mixture.. the screws aren't there! They adjust them at the factory and that's what you get.

    Echo did have a carb problem a while back. I thought it was fixed, but I could be wrong.
    If you take the carb apart, you will find a fuel inlet filter. It's a little round screen tucked in a hole and it usually fills with dirt, get the dirt out and the problem usually goes away. The reason it runs with the choke on is because it's fuel starved. By cutting off its air supply, you are evening out the fuel/air ratio and it runs...soon as you turn the choke off, it dies because it's getting way too much air for the amount of fuel it's getting.

    Same thing at idle, the butterfly is closed and when you give it throttle all this air get's in, but not enough fuel.

    Keep the OUTSIDE of the carb clean (w/ brake wash or carb cleaner), a clean air filter and use a better gas and this wont be such a problem.

    p.s. If you haven't removed the screen from the exhaust port, you might want to do that first... that'll bog the engine bigtime if it clogs with carbon!

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