trying to find out if the echo230 is suitable for commercial and if so what is the difference in it and the 260. For now I can't find a 260 but found a 230 for 269.oo. is this a good price? thanks Bill
The Echo SRM230 is a good unit for commercial use but the SRM260 is better due to a more powerful engine, a steel shaft and lighter weight. If you are doing a lot of trimming and heavy cutting with the trimmer, I would go with the 260, otherwise the 230 should be fine. Here, in Canada, Home Depot is selling the SRM 230 for $400 Canadian, about $260 American. They have a special deal whereby you can get the trimmer and pay nothing for a year. Do they have the same deal in the U.S.? Good luck.
we bought two srm260's last season. both immediately went in the shop to have the carbs replaced. we have been using echos for more than a decade and loved them. that's why it pains me to say, after this experience, i would recommend looking at a different manufacturer. maybe redmax or huskqvarna, until i am %100 percent positive that echo has fixed their problems.