Stihl vs. Echo - Your Opinion

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by jada86, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. jada86

    jada86 LawnSite Member
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    It's been awhile since I've done lawn maintenance and was wondering what you all think about Stihl vs. Echo equipment? I always liked the Stihl edgers, but liked the Echo brand for the light weight? How about in terms of longevity?
     
  2. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I like my Stihl BR 600 4-MIX backpack blower a lot. Very reliable, 2 years old, and still starts first pull every time. Tons of power. I also have a 30 year old Stihl 024 chainsaw that still runs great. Never used Echo, but they are ok too. I personally like Stihl.
     
  3. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    I like stihl's power. But i like the lightweight echo trimmers. The next trimmer I would buy would most likely be a stihl. My 261 just lacks the power needed to blast through thicker weeds and grass as the stihl fs110 I used went trough it like it was nothing. As for blowers, I will never buy anything but Br600 for a blower. Light,powerful,dependable. Cant as for much more.
     
  4. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used a friends FS 110R 4-MIX, and it was an absolute monster. Tons of torque, and not too terribly heavy. A good bit more power than my Kawasaki KGT27A. They have had it for 4 years of very hard use, and all they have done was replace the carburetor (once).
     
  5. tomwom

    tomwom LawnSite Member
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    I couldn't be happier with my FS90. I thought about the Echo when I was looking, but decided since I already owned 2 other Stihl trimmers and a Stihl chainsaw, I'd just stick with Stihl.
     
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Whatever you select stick with the 2 stroke units if you want a unit
    that will last. The field data in our market(hot temp) is showing the 4-mix blower just will not last. I see that stihl is coming out with some non-4-mix trimmers this year so they must be taking another look. And yes if the very most important thing is for the unit to start on the first pull the 4-mix is better. But that is the end of the advantages....the oil is very costly.
     
  7. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
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    All the guys in my city run nearly exclusively the 4-MIX engines, and they look like they are so beat up, yet they still run great here in the Arkansas 100 degree heat year after year. The 4-MIX is very reliable, and long lasting when run on Amsoil Saber. My friends have run their 110 for 4 years with Wal-Mart Super Tech (junk) oil, and it still runs great. No valve troubles, or even a single adjustment.
     
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    All the city guys in Austin buys them also.......the repair guy that used to work for them tells a much different story than what you are indicating. He says the 4-mix blowers are very very unreliable and he considers them junk. When these units are run peddle to metal they simply don't last. They started switching to the BR420.
     
  9. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    All I run is Echo because that's what my dealer has.

    What I've noticed is that there's a lot of Stihl guys that rant and rave about how Stihl is the best. That's why I went with Echo, because there's not a fuss about their equipment. I've rarely read a post "you should have bought Echo."

    Maybe Stihl is better, but I don't care. I avoid it like the plague, just like Deere. It's the whole aura of cockiness that turns me away...
     
  10. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    An individual's cockiness about a piece of equipment doesn't always reflect the product. JMO
     

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