Compare,shindaiwa T230 And Echo 261t

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NORTHMAN, May 6, 2007.


    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 313

    I'm in the market for a new trimmer,how does the T231 and the 261T compare?
  2. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    I don't know about the Shindy, but I have that Echo, and it is awesome. Light weight, good balance, tons of power/torque. LOVE IT!
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    do NOT but a shin 231! its underpowered and over weight
  4. jeremy067390

    jeremy067390 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    i think shins r too pricey when you got still and echo, almost everywhere you turn
  5. trent515

    trent515 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I think the T231 is an AWESOME TRIMMER. Granted, it ISN'T the most powerful one out there, but it has good balance, a good cutting head, and will last a heck of a long time. I picked up a new one last year on sale for $230, and haven't had any problems with it. The hospital that I work for part-time in the summer uses Shindaiwa EXCLUSIVELY, and I mean they get beat to nothing, thrown around in the back of trucks and trailers, dropped, never get maintenance like they should, yet they ALWAYS run. I don't think you could find a better trimmer for the price. Of course, if you want to cut down brush that's over your head, a step up in size would be warranted, but for your average lawn, you can't go wrong.
  6. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    i use t230,t260 series of the shin and i love them. t230 is not good for jobs that are really overgrown
  7. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    I dont have an echo, but I own a husq 125L trimmer stihl fs55 trimmer and a Shin T230.. The T230 is the trimmer I pick everytime. KleanKuts Ive cut down many of overgrown grass/weeds with my T230 and never had a problem. My next trimmer will be a Shin as well..
  8. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    any one who buys the 231 and likes it..... dosnt or hasnt owned a 230!
  9. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 761

    I just bought an Echo 261T and so far love it! It seems a little heavier than my other Echo trimmers, but the awsome ballance more than makes up for it. Excellent power for a $300 trimmer!

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