Echo equipment is bad

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bassman, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,739

    It's all i've used, so i can't compare them to anything. When it gets low on power, i just scrape out the exhaust port. I take off the spark arrester. I cut away the plastic so i can have easy access to removing muffler. It's much easier than taking that shell off. I get lots of trouble free use out of them. Also, thumbs up to my husqvarna hedge trimmers.
  2. Bassman

    Bassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Get back to me in 1 year and tell me what you think of it. Maybe I'm getting particular in my old age but I think for $250-$350 bucks a supposed commercial line trimmer should last a long time. Man they don't make them like they used to and it's not just the ethanol gumming up the carbs either.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,593

    I agree with you totally. The problem is these guys can't do any maintenance beyond replacing filter and spark plugs. And they don't ever figure out how to find the adjustment needles. Our guys runs our orange units until the exhaust ports are practically closed then i clean em out and good to go. Sadly we lose more to the thieve than wear out.
  4. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,284

    I don't believe Husqvarna owns Echo they own Redmax.
  5. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    Just bought a srm 266t and hope it serves me good like my srm210 did.
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  6. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,284

    I agree with both of you totally.I've got 9 piece of Echo gear and only needed one carb adjusted......I'll KEEP BUYING ECHO.
  7. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    Echo for me too. I have a classic srm210 going on 15 years old. It needed a carb last year. Runs great all day long.
  8. Antiskell

    Antiskell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    So i had to swing by the office/shop to grab some paperwork to get done done after dinner and family time......i have a parts area, which includes complete units that are just only, a back up for the back up area that get worked on and mproved when i get time.....a back up area and a front line area. I grabbed a parts blower, an old echo, like cant figure out the model and it has more duct tape than a roll throughout......i replaced the plug and boot, played with the carb.....ripped out the spark arrest.......a little ether here and there.....a carb adjustment.......8 prime pushes.....two pulls at full choke and then one off......running. That blower hasnt been run in three thinking pb 755 or 770, cant tell it got ran over by trailer and pounded on for a while......everything is worn off, goooooo echo!
  9. Bassman

    Bassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Why should I have to do that when I run Shindaiwas for years with just replacing the air filter and spark plugs? For my money I want a damn well running implement that doesn't need cleaning the carbon out.
  10. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I have one echo trimmer and a echo handheld blower. I have a stihl bp blower, stihl trimmer (fs80r) and a swisher 3000 trimmer (rebranded shidiwia even says it on the grip around the throttle. The stihls start by the third pull and in 4 to 6 years ive had it never have given me any troubles. The shidi is also good, can be a pain to start but tons of power (it has the c4 engine). the echo trimmer imo is the most comfotable of them all, however it can be a ***** to start and the choke lever and primer bulb broke. Small items however its only a year or so old. THe stihl still has the original primer bulb and choke lever. the echo blower has been ok the primer bulb, pull starter, and throttle cable all broke. I paid and fixed them myself becasue I wasnt gonna let them sit at a dealer for 2 weeks for a simple repair. I tried to get him to order the parts and let me install but he wouldnt do it. I wont be buying any more echo products unless I have to, while my products havent been bad per say, they have required more work than other brands I have. The most reliable is stihl and believe it or not cub cadet commercial hedge trimmers I got 6 years ago are also extremely reliable...

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