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Cheapo' Echo Hedgetimmer replacement blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Carolina Cuts, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    I had bought one of the Home Depot Echo Hedge Trimmers beginning of last season to do a few small shrub jobs. Ended up doing ALOT of shrubs, blades are chewed up pretty bad. Although the engine itself still runs strong. Before I go buy a new commercial trimmer, I'm much rather just get new blades... Anyone ever order or know where to find replacement blades?
  2. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    Any Echo dealer other than Home Depot should have replacement blades.
  3. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    you can order them from echo have them shipped to your door
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,281

    What do you mean chewed up? I have units that are used almost daily and are many years old. Sharpen them and go on....I assume this is an HC1500?
  5. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    chewed up as in dull, beat up, not sharp, butter knife.... if I knicked myself with em'... I might giggle a little. They were cheap, therefore I neglected them... I'd cut anything and everything with em'...1/2 inch branches and sometimes force almost inch size branches.

    Sharpen them?? Ugh! I'm not good at that... I'd buy a whole new unit before sharpening these blades.

    What unit?? hmmm... not sure... don't remember. They were about $259.00 at the depot.
  6. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    Sharpen them?? Ugh! I'm not good at that... I'd buy a whole new unit before sharpening these blades.

    I think once you see how much they want for those blades you'll "LEARN" real quick how to sharpen them. I've never priced them but a friend told me they run around $80 per set. They are not that difficult to sharpen if you just take your time. Or, you could have your dealer sharpen them.
  7. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 601

    look at j-thomas.com they sell them for $28 a blade catalog says requires 2 blades
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    They are time consuming to sharpen, but it can be done! Best tool for it is a Dremel tool with just a chainsaw sharpening stone. I think that the "blades" on the Echos are top notch. Insanely sharp when new and looked to be of very good quality. I bought the Echo for good stuff and have an older Tanaka that I use where I should probably be using a chainsaw, lol.
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,281

    The blades take less than five minutes to sharpen.....use an angle grinder with a sanding pad. Unloosen the gear box and remove the plate so you can rotate the gears by hand to get the blades in position to sharpen. I sharpen ours just about monthly.....I hear the new models don't need to be sharpen near as much. It really is very easy....one reason I have alway recommended the angle grinder for blades is because it can be used for these hedge trimmers.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    A straight air powered die grinder with a flat disk makes SHORT time of sharpening these thing.

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