Discontinued 261-T? Now what?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tlvoskamp, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Tlvoskamp

    Tlvoskamp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Hey Guys,

    I have a trimmer question. I am currently using the 261-t and it has really fit the bill for me, and has been super reliable. I went to go and buy another one this week and the dealer told me it was discountinued. He told me it was being replaced by the 265. My first glance i thought this thing was Ugly. Anyone have any experience with the 265. I am tempted to just go with a Stihl FS 80R, so I can know I will have a unit around that will not be phased out. Any thoughts from you guys or a recommendation for a Comparable Stihl unit to the 261-T.


  2. tb8100

    tb8100 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from TX
    Messages: 1,625

    SRM265T. It's torquey-er than the 261T and gets a bit better fuel economy.

    Now if you're dead set against the looks, I guess that rules out alot of trimmers...
  3. Tlvoskamp

    Tlvoskamp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    So you have used the 265, do you like it.
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    where is this power curve and fuel consumption comparison info located?
  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    If the Stihl is the 4 cycle , you might want to stay away from it. Lots of problems with the exhaust port carbon
  6. Just Mow

    Just Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 367

    The Stihl FS80R's have been the most reliable trimmer around for years. More power than a 261T and the new 265 as well as being lighter.
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    stay away from the stihl 4 mix?.... ah..... NO

    MOWPART_SCOTT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Yes they are discontinued but I still have some in stock. They are not listed on mowpart.com because they are NLA and we only have about 3 left i think? I can sell these at $284.00 + Shipping. These are brand new and we file the warrenty for you. If you would like more info please call me and ask for Scott at 972-635-7225
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Don't get too used to the FS 80R. The word out is that it's days are numbered. Stihl is putting it's full weight into 4 stroke technology.
  10. tallimeca

    tallimeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,229

    all echo's 261 will be changed to 265. Biggest change is that it's orange and they are stream lining the plastic design.

    Not much of a difference between the two. This isn't a fashion show, so who cares what it looks like really.

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