Trimmers...2 stroke vs 4 stroke

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by poncho62, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. docmac86

    docmac86 LawnSite Member
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    I have the Echo SRM-230 and love it. I am a homeowner and care for two 1/2 acre yards. The current Echo replaced an Echo SRM-2400 that lasted over 20 years. A commercial quality two stroke is simpler than a four stroke with fewer parts and will last you many years with proper care and maintenance. A cheap trimmer can drive you crazy with problems. As mentioned above don't go to a big box. I purchased my Echo from a large dealer. It was started prior to leaving the store and came with a tank of premix. It was even $10 cheaper than at a local big box.
     
  2. shiplemw

    shiplemw LawnSite Member
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    I purchased an Echo SRM225 from a big box. 30-40 hrs on it thus far, no issues working on my 3.5 acre property. I typically use it to trim around 30 or so trees, 5 buildings, and the ditch / road area where I can't mow with my tractor.
     
  3. poncho62

    poncho62 LawnSite Member
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    I ended up getting the Dolmar MS246.4c....I cut along the ditch today. Did a good job. I find it quite a bit quieter than the 2 strokes, doesnt seem to rev as high and it doesnt need to. Like it so far.

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  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,204

    That's the same as mine without the emissions stuff. This should last 15-20 years no problem. In case the dealer didn't give you the run through run full synthetic oil and chage it 25 or so hrs. Also the air filters and do not oil the foam one. I'd change it twice a year in your case. Mine runs at least 400 hrs a summer. It getd atleast 20-30 hrs of run time a week and after year 3 this is what I had to do with it this spring. I rebuilt the carb, cost of $8 in parts. I also had to replace the clutch. $8 for the shoes, $20 for the drum, $3 for the spring that holds the shoes plus shipping. Then I adjusted the valves for the first time, never adjusted valves before on anything (so no experence and no gages), just opened the cover and turned 3/4 of a turn clockwise on each and way she went. In the future ill replace the clutch shoes ever year for $8 and 30min of time to keep it cutting like new and the drum every 2 to 3. I also cut with no guard so it harder on the clutch. Its a torque monster forsure for a 24.5 cc engine.
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  5. poncho62

    poncho62 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks JC...will keep all that in mind...Was wondering whether to use synthetic. Can you order those parts online or do you go through the dealer. My dealer is just a small place, so wont have stuff in stock I am sure
     
  6. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    Parts take 5 days or less. They use the same suppliers and B&S. So anywhere they sell B&S parts you can get dolmar parts from what my dealer said. Now my dealer also happens to be a walbro dealer and that's why I got a rebuild kit for $8. It was a rebild kit for all walbro carbs and you just had to figure out what parts were yours, it was easy really. I'm sure you can order online somewhere, I haven't done it yet.
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