Ech srm-280t echo went downhill

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mwh350, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. mwh350

    mwh350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    Owned an ECHO SRM-280 not the T model prior to this new trimmer. Just bought the new one expecting the same quality. The old one is only about 3 years old BTW, but has lots of time on it. The New trimmer seems to be about the same, but the new PRO bump heads blow the big one compared to the older pro bump heads. The way that the string winds into it both strands take up the same chamber, and they have a tendancy to twist up, and get caught on each other. Then they don't feed. Also the head itself will not hold near as much string. For an almost $400 dollar trimmer I find that to be unacceptable. Called echo and told them That I think that it sucks that they would take what was a very well balanced nice piece of equipment and put a piece of crap barely home owner quality head on it so I can spend my time with my trimmer upside down untangling wire all day instead of trimming like I am suppossed to. Please send me an old head from your older model trimmers.
    The lady was very nice and is sending me an old head to replace it with. Anyone else had similar experiences.
  2. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    I just bought a new 265T two weeks ago, and the head was identical to those I've used for the past 10 years?
  3. fredmullegun

    fredmullegun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    I have the 280T also. I reloaded the head once before it was replaced with a SpeedFeed 450
  4. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    How are the echo's these days? Still cheap feeling, uneven weight, too much weigh versus power, does it still shock your elbow??
  5. mwh350

    mwh350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    I have only run the new Orange models and I would have to say that as far as balance and power goes I am way impressed. I am 6'4" and 260 so the weight of the trimmer doesn't really matter to me. Other than the fact that I spend half the time untangling the line I really like it. Also I am sure that it isn't because I wound it incorrectly as I have just finished the factory installed line.
  6. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    Change to the SpeedFeed head and you all be happy!!!:waving:
  7. mwh350

    mwh350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    I ordered a speed feed head today. If I like how it performs I will be buying the shindy the next time to begin with. Just don't see having a purchase that is that expensive not function right. However after watching the video on the speed feed head maybe I am glad that it didn't work out. The speed loading feature looks super nice to me.
  8. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    If you know the exact length and pre cut the string and put in your pocket, winding it on is like less than a minute job. Just align the arrow, put the string through, pull to equal length on each side and twist the head. AND you are done!!!!
  9. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    Yep, get the Shindaiwa speed feed universal 450 and your problem will be solved! BTW, how is the new T model as far as power compared to the old 280? Do you notice a difference in the head speed? Very curious as I have been looking at getting either a 280S or a 280T sometime in the future and wasn't sure which one to go with.
  10. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    the new orange echo trimmers( we use the 280T) are very balanced and powerful. no issues yet

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