hcr-150 vs hs 80 hedge trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kaufmaninc, Jun 13, 2003.

  1. kaufmaninc

    kaufmaninc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    I went to look at both of them yesterday. I liked the way the Echo felt but didn't like the exhaust being on the left side. Probably a bigger concern was the cutting blade. Maybe I'm crazy....but the Stihl looked much stronger, less flimsy & better. Much more substantial!

    I've read opinions on the units but would like your feedback on how you feel the 2 blades stack up/hold up to one another?

    I need to purchase by early next week.
  2. randosh4

    randosh4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    I just got the Echo today it is just GREAT
  3. kaufmaninc

    kaufmaninc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    Come on! I need some help with this. Can anyone help?
  4. Clay

    Clay LawnSite Member
    Messages: 236

    Go with the lightest...

    I like the left exhaust port... My Tanaka ports on the right and is always blowing in my face... :-(

    I saw that Red Max has a new one that ports to the front...
  5. CO.d 502nd

    CO.d 502nd Banned
    Messages: 288

    I have both ,the sthil is a heavy duty hedge trimmer probably would last forever and a day.

    The sthil is heavy ,useing it is like trimming bushes with a chain saw.

    The echo is much lighter ,the blades on the echo do dull pretty quick.

    I have a chain saw chain sharperner with a hedge trimmer blade atachment so i sharpen my own blades.

    The only drawback of the sthil is its weight ,if the weight dont bother you get the sthil,if you need something ligher get the echo.
  6. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    My stihl is tough and cuts almost anything, but it's freakin' heavy. I'm thinking of moving to a different set of trimmers.

  7. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just cut about 40+ bushes yesterday with my boss using my Stihl HS-45 and it gets a little heavy but it's still okay. When buying my trimmer, I held the HS-80 to compare and the HS-45 was much lighter. The slaesman at the dealer carries both Echo and Stihl lines and he pushed the Stihl over Echo because it is stronger and overall better durability and all. Never tried the Echo though so i can't judge it. Oh and I've used my trimmer on probably over 150 hedges in the last year and a half since I've bought it and they are still razor sharp. Might be something to consider.
  8. CO.d 502nd

    CO.d 502nd Banned
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    How has the hs45 held up,that engine on that trimmer is more a home owner type
  9. Grass Master

    Grass Master LawnSite Senior Member
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    Who is the dealer you are talking about in the Cleveland area?? I am just west of there and am always looking for a good dealer to work with.
  10. Pape's Landscape Maintenance

    Pape's Landscape Maintenance LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Grass Master, where west of cleveland are you?, there is either worcester in north ridgeville, or north royalton power equipment in n. royalton, there are others but those are the two that i deal with.

    Back to the original question, i have the echo 150 and am very satisfied with it.

    Steve :cool:

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