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Stilhl or Echo?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by MOWnGO Lawncare, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. MOWnGO Lawncare

    MOWnGO Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Went and priced equipment yesterday.

    The salesperson clearly favored the stihls, but that could be due to a commission advantage for him. I know both brands are good.

    I also want to go with the Honda commercial mower.

    The salesperson said standard business discount is 5%, but if I did a package deal and purchased multiple pieces of equipment then he could go 6%.

    What do you think?
  2. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    Me and my partner argue about this all the time. I am an echo fan. However I have not really had any direct experience with stihl. I like echo equipment alot and its also quite a bit cheaper around here and I seem to get the same quality.
    For example I just purchased a new 755 blower for $650 where a BR-600 is around $800. Not to mention stihl backpacks are the ugliest things I have ever seen (not that looks really matter but still). Dealer support would probably be my number one deciding factor and if your dealer supports both it would be price.

  3. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    I like STIHL ... but I know guys who like their Echo stuff equally as well. A lot of it is personal preference ... dealer ... and sometimes just because of good or bad experience in the past. I can remember I had a homeowners model STIHL trimmer probably 25 years ago ... and I loved that thing! Never ever had any problems at all, and it was actually pretty comfortable to use. It seemed like it lasted forever ... and never had a problem one. I take that back ... the gas cap broke on it probably after 10 years of use. Now I use STIHL commercial all the way and am 100% happy with them.

    Jeff ... I read your price of $800., and then I saw your are in Canada. Stuff is high up there, isn't it!

  4. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    Yea nothings cheap here. I see you guys paying 5-6000 for a zero turn and im paying 10-12000 easy lol.

  5. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    I like Echo. But it comes down to dealer support. If your dealer sells both then it is a price thing.
  6. MeadowsLawnCare

    MeadowsLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 192

    I like stihl, even though I don't own one my dad has one that he has had for years and I love it. I have never used echo but imo they are equally as good. I would go with price and dealer support.
  7. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    I perfer echo mainly because the dealer is awesome. Both brands make good products. I would chose a brand based on the dealer.
  8. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    Echo trimmer, edger, and blower's. Stihl's 4 cycle stuff blows. I bought a FS90 last year and I would love to throw that think out of the back of my truck doing about 90 down the interstate. Echo's 260 is far better!!!! But that is just my experience and my 2 cents....

    If your buying a chainsaw, then Stihl all the way.
  9. Midwest Lawn Services

    Midwest Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Posts: 211

    I own both, but prefer Stihl. Better customer service and better quality product.
  10. J&T Kiev

    J&T Kiev LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.W In.
    Posts: 416

    Both Echo, and Stihl make high quality equipment. Both have a substantial presence in my area, invariably, walk into any power equipment showroom around here the dealer sells both . I have some of both brands, but I'm in the process of going all Stihl(with the exception of backpack blowers, I'm going all Redmax backpacks) I like the fuel economy, and power of the Stihl four mix engine. The only problem's I've had with the four mix , an ignition coil on one of the FS110's I bought in 2005 . My Stihl trimmers, stick edgers, hedge trimmers have all performed flawlessly and bullet proof, as do the two cycle trimmers and chainsaw's I use.

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