Stihl or Echo Trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Pat'sPerfectLawnService, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Totaly agree with you.

    It comes down to personal preference. I prefer my string trimmer a little on the wild side.

    The Stihl is too civilized for my taste.
     
  2. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Unlike most, Stihl will support the models that are out now for years and years to come. They will have parts to repair your equipment 20 years from now.

    Echo cannot say that. They change their lineup like we change under ware.
     
  3. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You expect to keep hand held for 20 years.......even 10 years?
     
  4. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Personally, no.

    There are many home owners that buy the commercial equipment and use it for 2 or 3 hours a year and in 10 or 20 years they want to "upgrade" and they will sell off the old piece of equipment.

    Most of the time the stuff is mint and they took care of it like it was gold but some obscure part broke years before and they never got it fixed. Well Stihl will have the part.
     
  5. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I so hope I had the choice to buy the FS80 those days when I was shopping for a trimmer.
     
  6. WREBELMACHINE

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I disagree! Echo may change a cover or a model number but the engine is basically the same! Example is the srm 225 same engine diffrent cover! Stihl changes constantly look at all the 4-mix stuff! Look at there saws! This is not a bad thing on either make but to say parts will be available 20yrs from now is a big statement to be made by any manufacture!
     
  7. WREBELMACHINE

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    by the way if I had to choose between these two brands it would today have to be the echo!
     
  8. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    ONe thing that bugs me is Echo go to all single ring on the big size engine. I know people say they last just as long. But still the question is if all else the same, why most of the other brands......All the other brands use two rings? A lot of them actually advertized that their two rings transfer heat better and last longer.

    Theoretically in the two ring piston. THe first ring push harder against the wall because the gas pressure from the top and create the seal. The second ring don't experience the pressure against the wall and just going along for the ride. When the first ring wear out and cannot make a seal, then the gas pressure push the second ring against the wall the create the seal. So the two ring work one after the other and the engine should last longer.
     
  9. Pat'sPerfectLawnService

    Pat'sPerfectLawnService LawnSite Senior Member
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    HEY i saw that all of stihls pro trimmers have more cc's. can u tell between 25cc with high torque and 31cc a difference?
     
  10. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I am sure. The high torque trimmer like the 265T have a high gear ratio to get the torque, but at the same time, the high gear ratio make the head turn slower. The 31cc engine have more torque by default and they don't have to play tricks with the gear ratio to fake high torque. 31cc engine should have more rpm on the head.
     

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