ECHO SRM-230 Trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Vineyard_Inc, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. Vineyard_Inc

    Vineyard_Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    are these good reliable trimmers? I have read good reviews on them but still unsure. I use a Stihl FS90 and it seems to have more power than is needed for any trimming I have done so far. Would this be good as a commercial trimmer or should I fork over the 40.00 extra for a stihl?

    TREEGUARD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    There all the same you"ll lucky if you get 1 1/2 years that's it
  3. Vineyard_Inc

    Vineyard_Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    well it has 2yr commercial warranty so 1 1/2 sounds good
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,361

    If you take care of the unit and have a little mechanical smarts you can get a lot more than a couple years out of them. We got one that is 5 years old and is used daily by one of our crews. We use bigger units but keep this one around for the smaller guys because it it light. No real difference in the basic parts of this unit and the more powerful ones. These two cycle echo engine are almost bullet proof. And if you have problems they are EASY to work on.
  5. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,599

    I will agree, I LOVE ECHO! If you have a little knowledge & smarts, you will be fine with this unit. I have a couple units that are over 10 years old and still going VERY STRONG! The 230 will be fine for most everything you'll do with it. If you're like me, you'll probably only go to 1/2 throttle 80% of the time.
  6. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    I've got an SRM230 I've used everyday for 3 years now and 0, I mean zero problems. I just do normal service, keep carb clean, filter clean and keep the head lubed.
    I also, this year, bought a new Echo spool head for it. You just insert the line and dial it in. I like it because you don't have to disassemble the head to refill. The thing I don't like is you lose about a foot of line at the end.
  7. Is that the U-turn head you are referring to? I just bought one for my SRM-210 and it's not feeding as reliably as I would like and is a pain to remove the spool if one side of the string gets stuck.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2008
  8. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    That's the one. I found that I had to put a little less line in and I cut the line before spooling. It says to spool then cut but I found that the line twisted inside the head as you dial it in.
    My biggest gripe is that when you get close to the end of the load of line that the last foot to foot and a half come flying out. Also, if I am heavy duty cutting and one side breaks off, I have to remove the spool, remove all the line and start new, using the old line of course. No popping the line twist out and then just reinserting into the feed holes. No, you have to do a complete respool.
    I do like it because after I got used to it , I can respool a lot faster than with a conventional 2 line spool. Some pros, some cons. :rolleyes:
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    To answer the question yes it's reliable, most anything Echo or Stihl is going to be,
    thou a 230 is a bit underpowered in my opinion.

    I never had anything below a 260s which is about like an FS-80r,
    even that I outgrew but those are strong trimmers for starters.

    My 260s lasted 3 years, because I am not all right with spending a little bit less, twice :p
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,361

    Dump that head those are losers.....the standard Echo bump head is bullet proof. Shidawaa had one that worked pretty well but same problem couldn't peak in to see how much line was there so had to always carry line in pocket.

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