New Echo line

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnprosteveo, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    Just looking at the new stuff Echo has out...Ive ran Shindaiwa T231's for the last 5 yrs...not exactly trouble free but ok..

    I will seriously be looking at these this spring. The 280 and 265 will be heavier but the extra power would be nice.

    That new chain saw (cs400) looks good too.:cool2:
  2. tallimeca

    tallimeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,229

    265 is basically a 260 with a newer power head.

    280 is a newer model. Power output is compared to the 310, but noticably lighter.

    the cs-400 is a replacement for the 440. Just a beafed up cs370.

    Not all these models are shipped out to dealers yet. They will gradually work their way into the dealerships.
  3. Happy Frog

    Happy Frog LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,224

    I use the new PAS-265 powerhead with attachments.
    A little heavy but lots of power...

    TOOLSHACK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    It should be an exciting year. There are many new items coming out this spring from ECHO. Many of them aren't shown on the website yet. We will have most of them in our showroom within the next 2 weeks!!

    The new 265 models have increased power and fuel efficiency over the 260 series.

    The new SRM-280 is as powerful as the older 311 series, but more fuel efficient and much lighter weight.

    There are also "T" variants of both models available. They will have 2:1 gear reduction... that means amazing cutting lighter weights than other brands. I've got one that can be demo'd (for anyone in my area)

    HAPPYFROG.... come see me.
  5. Happy Frog

    Happy Frog LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,224

    I've meant to come see you for a while and never had time to stop by before closing time....
    Will try to stop over tomorrow. :waving:
  6. equip4u

    equip4u LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Messages: 39

    For commercial use make sure you buy the "t" models. The amount of torque they have is awesome compared to the same model without the better gear reduction. This is especially important especially in areas where trimming thicker growth. WIth the gear reduction the "t" models have your engine rpm's are higher - hence longer engine life
  7. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    So.. why only a single ring on the piston now?

    The SRM-260 design has a double ring piston, why would Echo be touting these new orange models as better when they are single ring?
  8. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    I agree with this. I am currently running the 261-T Trimmer, I love it. I bought all my Echo equipment from the Tool Shack in Gulf Breeze. Best dealer I have dealt with. They will take care of you before, during and after the sell. Highly recommended.
  9. steve m

    steve m LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    I have used echo's for years you can't go wrong with them 260's
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,369

    They say less friction and hence less heat and more horsepower. Their testing for reliability has been very good---per the Echo rep.

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