problems with echo trimmers. next move redmax or Sthil?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Sharps_lawn&landscaping, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Sharps_lawn&landscaping

    Sharps_lawn&landscaping LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 84

    Like to hear from any one who has used redmax and Sthil trimmers . I know all the specs on them. Just wondering do they last at least a year before running into small issues. And ease of starting ? My echo 280ts are junk. I'm ready to set them on fire
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,255

    I'm going into my 3rd season on a fs100rx a great daily use trimmer. I have yet to do anything other than add fuel and air filter. Don't buy into all the hype of valve adjustments. I have very little run time on redmax but they do make a nice lightweight machine, I'm just not sure how well they stand up to daily use.
  3. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    On the last 35 years we have tried most of the commercial trimmer we choose red max that is my opinion :waving:
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    Good machine I just think the cutting head was a little annoying :waving:
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,255

    I did too, tossed it at the dealership and installed a speedfeed while talking to the salesman.
  6. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    Echo all they way. And no problems with anything.
  7. Sharps_lawn&landscaping

    Sharps_lawn&landscaping LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 84

    Just looking at doing fleet but I don't think Sthil offers that option. Just ran into a lot if problems with our echos . Just don't seem reliable. The place I bought them at sells shindaiwa . I have a pair of hedge trimmers and they work very good. I'm just torn between which way to go. Was thinking if I did redmax fleet I could also get the big blowers they have out.
  8. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    Got rid of all of my Echo handhelds...switched totally to Redmax. I Bought my first Redmax trimmer 6 years ago and it still starts on th 2nd pull everytime. JMO Echo's quality has gone down in the last few years, the older Echo equipment seems to be out lasting the more recently made equipment......JMO
  9. beano

    beano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Im starting to agree. Im a dye hard echo fan and it seems like all my old srm210 trimmers and all my old stuff that is grey in color is still running great and wont die. The newer stuff ive bought that is orage in color and more plastic just seems harder and harder to start. Im in the same position of staying loyal to Echo or making the switch to sthil.
  10. biodale

    biodale LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    I have 14 stihl hand helds working without a problem and always starting on 1st or 2nd pull. I have a garbage can with 2 echo trimmers and 1 echo blower. The echos were fine when I (owner) was operating them. I am in office more and they just won't hold up to the abuse my morons, I mean employees, dish out to the equipment. Nothing stands up to my moron's, I mean employees, abuse except Stihls. If you treat them decent I expect they are all reasonable good. I have the echo PT-770 blower. It cost me $97 dollars for tune-up and repair after 1st year. They did replace the harness under warrantee.
    I think this kind of gives you an idea.


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