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Echo SRM-265 or Shindaiwa T-242

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by OFF-DUTY MOWING, Apr 2, 2008.


    OFF-DUTY MOWING LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I've basically narrowed my new trimmer choices down to the new Echo SRM-265 or the Shindaiwa T-242. I'm doing only residential and not a TON of yards (already have another job). It's no secret that a lot of fireman cut grass on their days off. I've asked as many guys on the job as I could, but they all seem to have their "brand loyalty", which I understand, I just don't prefer one over another yet. The Echo is 25.4cc and the Shindaiwa is 23.9cc. Both $300. Am I going to notice the slight difference in power if I'm not in foot tall grass and weeds? Or do I just quit whining about it and pick one already because it doesn't really matter and either is fine?
  2. Happy Frog

    Happy Frog LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,224

    I like Echo.
    You may have trouble finding parts and support for Shindi...
  3. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    Shindy is great. It's all I own or run now. Parts. .. .they are pretty strong in this area so there shouldn't be any issues there.

    OFF-DUTY MOWING LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Went ahead and got the Shindaiwa. I have a small amount of exposure to them from mowing previously with a buddy from work. He had 2 Shindy trimmers and an edger. Never had a problem all season and they were a few years old and beat up. Plus the customer service from the dealer was fantastic. The guy at the place I got my mower and blower from wasn't nearly as helpful and I spent close to a grand at his shop. Customer service is huge to me. Thanks for the posts.
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Best of luck with the new unit!
  6. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    Have had no problems with the 242 shindy
  7. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    That would of been my choice.

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