Echo trimmers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Cuttingedge2k3NY, Mar 29, 2003.

  1. Cuttingedge2k3NY

    Cuttingedge2k3NY LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    hey guys i am just starting out this year and am in the market for a trimmer. i have heard several people talk about echo trimmers and was wondering if the echo 210 is going to be good enough to start out with.any input or advice is apreciated greatly thanks Cuttingedge2k3NY
  2. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    I have 210,my son uses it,its light,but its underpowered.The next size up,230 is much better,also light,but more power about 40 bucks more but worth it.Lesco sells a kaw23 for 230.00,I like it better than both my echos. :)
  3. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,076

    What about vibration? Shaft drive or cable?
  4. EcoSystems

    EcoSystems LawnSite Member
    from Memphis
    Messages: 9

    We run all Echo line Trimmers and love them. We use the flex shaft and run the 260s. I would not recommend any lower model. Spend the extra money and get more power, it will pay off in the long run. Around here they run around $270. If can't aford that get the most you can.
  5. Hometown

    Hometown LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Going to buy a new Echo 260 on Tuesday, really like the extra power of the 310 but the added weight will not be worth the price and small increase in power not to mention extra fatigue at the end of the day. The 260 series has a dry weight similar to the 210's. One other thing to think about keep all your 2-cycle power units from the same company (sthil,echo,deer,scandavia etc.)
    so you can carry only one gas-oil mix container for all the units. You will need to use their oil to keep warranty valid for any service in the future.
  6. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    Highly recommend the 260 trimmers, lots of power, light weight, good balance, starts on second pull cold.. I have the PAS 260 and a few of the attachments only one problem so far and that was a drive cable which has a lifetime warrenty. You wont find the 260 at home cheepo or wally world you will need to find an authorized dealer .
  7. ed's lawn service

    ed's lawn service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    What about the SRM-230SP? It is availible at Home Depot for $249. It's a 23.6cc straight shaft trimmer? Just wondering on the quality of this machine due to the fact that there are no Echo dealers in the near vicinity.
  8. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    I like ECHO but then that is what my dealer sells, some guys like REDMAX or KAWASAKI or STIHL or SHINDAWA these are all great machines and the LCO'S get them from distributors / dealers in their area not from the homeowner discount stores. If you want a top notch machine shop where the professional go. The old saying "You Get What You Pay For" holds true in this instance.
  9. Give Stihl a try: I have an FS 55r I know its a homeowner model but ive put it through the toughest stuff this summer. i bought it half way through the summer because i coulnd`t stop blowing up those ryobi units:p I`ve cut foot tall wet grass with it and thickets the equivilent of raspberry bushes, it has 27.2 cc engine and i`ve never had to run it full throttle even cutting thickets, it light for all i`m concerend and withstood really good.
  10. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,076

    I agree, buy were you can get parts and service. But no one has said anything about Tanaka. Two of the dealers in my area sell them. I was thinking on getting the TBC 2501. Anyone owned one?

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