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shindawida or echo

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hockeyman20, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. hockeyman20

    hockeyman20 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 120

    i went to my local dealer today. I have narroweed it down to 2 options. Either the shindawida T242 or the Echo SRM 230. Is there any opions or comments on these trimmers would be helpful.
  2. tjlco

    tjlco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    I will only use Shindaiwa...never had any luck with Echo hand equipment. I have never had the 242, however I have 5 t-260's that my guys can't kill
  3. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,732

    I have never used shindiawa, but echo SUCKS
  4. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 861

    No matter what Brand you get new these days, the EPA has choked them all off and are running leaner than ever. Echo has far more carb issues than Shindaiwa. Damn thing will run fine then take a crap on you.... Whatever you decide, I recommend 2 things -

    1) Always use a fuel preservative (like Stabil) in addition to your mix. Especially now, with Ethanol (read Alcohol) based fuels. Alcohol attracts water and (the sludge)will settle in the bottom of the fuel tank and get sucked up first via the filter and wash away all the oil in the mix. This is really bad for rings and cylinders, gaskets and fuel lines.

    Wanna know how can you help to prevent this? Shake your engines first thing in the morning or after sitting awhile, to mix the fuel back up. It's a really important habit to develop with all the humidity and heat of summer.

    2) Spend the extra money and upgrade to the next larger size in either Echo or Shindaiwa. Something in the 260/261/265 range. They're just built better for commercial use and offer more power for the tougher jobs. Spend your money right the first time and you won't have to put more good money behind bad. Good luck. BTW: I'm a fan of Shindaiwa but have mostly the older stuff - T270/T260 EB630 etc.
  5. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,231

    I owned a M242 for 2 years now and loved it. I just picked up a T242 this spring. The 242 engine runs well and has plenty of power for trimming.
  6. B.O.S.man

    B.O.S.man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    I own both of those trimmers, carry them both every day, but I always grab the shindy. Why? its lighter and b/c of the speedfeed head, it can be reloaded in less than thirty seconds.
  7. flyboy

    flyboy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    I have used both and would 100% go with the Shindaiwa. I would especially get the Shindi if you are going to use it alot. I have Stihl, but if I didn't I would roll with the Shindi:cool2:
  8. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 795

    The T242 is a much better unit. It will last for many years. The Echo is good too, but doesn't have the power of the Shindaiwa. Also, Echo's get harder and harder to start after a few years of use, so unless you plan somewhat short-term use, I would definitely take the Shindaiwa. I owned a Shindaiwa T260 and it was always so reliable, and had good power.
  9. J & D Greens

    J & D Greens LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 763

    I have a echo stick edger and both the 210 and the 230. But as they ware out I plan on going with either sthil or shindi for hand helds. But only when they are dead because they aren't that bad of units for the light use I give them.
  10. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,214

    Can't comment on the Shindaiwa, but I find the Echo 230 to be a bit gutless. Works when things are nice and easy, but a real time killer when it's wet/thick.

    Plus, I've never had an Echo survive even 2 full seasons...

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