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echo blows!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bligh61, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. bligh61

    bligh61 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Any opinions on echo weed wackers?
  2. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    They suck! Haven't had any of mine run well. I switched to Shindaiwa and will never go to anything else.
  3. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    I bought a echo SRM210 from home cheapo last season and I have been very impressed with it. It gets used more than anything else and hasnt give me a problem yet. It was only $199. Its paid for itself many times over.
    I probably won't buy another one. I just want a commercial grade trimmer. Im thinking of getting a Redmax.
  4. bligh61

    bligh61 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    does home depot carry the srm230 weed whip?
  5. LightningLawns

    LightningLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I bought my srm-230 from home depot last year and haven't had any problems with it. I think it was around 260.00
  6. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    You can get a new 260T for $299.00 at the dealer. I have all Echo and it never stops running. I've had my original SRM-2100 for ten years now and have never changed a plug on it or winterized it at the end of each year. It runs great and always has as all of my Echo equipment.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,465

    We have not had any major problems with Echo models including the 230 which I consider a light duty trimmer. I like them because they are easier to work on than other brands that I have used. I have used Shindawa and Stihl and they are good also but I think the balance is good and vibration is low.
  8. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    My 2100 is the worst of the two. I just got it back from getting a new carb and exhaust cleaned out again. Still doesn't idle or wind out. My other is the 260 and the exhaust keeps plugging up. I run it at full throttle as much as i can per the dealer. Maybe i just got 2 bad apples.
  9. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Messages: 1,053

    First, there are a couple of reasons for the carbon build up on the exhaust port.

    The first may be too much oil in the fuel. Second, trimmer line may be too long (that is what I do). Finally, not running full speed all the time.

    If you are in this business you need to know how to clean exhaust ports with out damaging the piston or cylinder. It is simple and takes about five minutes. Can save you $20 or more each time.

    Now as far as Echo go. I have several and like them all. Trimmers, hedge trimmers, BP blowers, and chainsaws. I have not been a fan of the redesign on the motor as far as protection from the sparkplug. I rest my forearm on the weedeater top so as to have more control. If I have to reach out with one arm it is easy to do for long periods of time. I wear a cut off sock on my forearm to protect it from burns.

    Out side of that I like them fine. Of course I think the best weedeater ever made was 18 years ago and it was a Steele FS65 if I remember correctly. Back then it only had one line. When they discontinued them and made a new model I purchased 10 and kept them in boxes for several years. Other than that I am Echo all the way. Just like all my mowers are Scag as I just feel they are the toughest mower on the market.
  10. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    I've used nothing but Echo trimmers for years now and have had great success with them. The 2100's I used in the past had a problem withthe exhaust clogging. Just clean them out once a month and remove the screen and they run for ever. I like the way they are balanced and they are lighter then other commercial brands.

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