Shihl FS55R vs. Echo SRM 210

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by John_99_2007, May 31, 2007.

  1. John_99_2007

    John_99_2007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Looking for a primary trimmer for about 6 lawns per week. I know the Stihl is labeled "HomeScaper" and the Echo "Medium Commercial" so I would lean towards the Echo, but both are entry level, straight shaft, same price, and seem very similar. I have dealers close by for both brands. Any Opinions?
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,574

    The Echo 210 is a good solid trimmer...good entry level. I have our original unit and it still runs, and it is probably 15 years old. Echo is still straight 2 stroke and it is a proven product.
  3. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    I have the echo srm-230 and use it for about 30 lawns per day, works great
  4. Grass Kickin

    Grass Kickin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    I have an SRM 230 and a Stihl FS55R. The Echo is a good trimmer, it is reliable and fairly light but the Stihl is much more powerful. I can put a blade on it and cut some serious brush with it. No way the Echo will do that. I guess the 210 is a lower model.
  5. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I have the echo 210, I am currently having some problems getting it to stay started when its cold. I bought a new air filter, spark plug. We'll see if it the gas but when its warmed up and working, I really like the weight and feel of it. I don't see why you need any more in a trimmer, most of the time I'm not even close to maxing it out.

    When I trim around a small young tree, I trim very lightly so as to not ring it and I can control this echo's rpm very easy.

    If I buy another trimmer I think I might upgrade to the 230 but I'll definitely stick to Echo for trimmers.
  6. EMTDUCK1984

    EMTDUCK1984 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    srm 210 echo has 5 year homeowner warranty if you dont tell them your doing anything but your own yard

    MOWEMJEFF LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I have an SRM 210....wish I spent the extra money for RedMax BC250 or the BCZ601, talk about power. I've used Stihl, Echo and Redmax over the past 2 and have to say Redmax, for blowers Redmax and Stihl are a coin flip but with trimmers its more like 60/40 Redmax being 60.
  8. YukonG

    YukonG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I have the FS55R. I havent' had any problems; and it runs great.
  9. NittanyLawncare

    NittanyLawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    I did alot of research on this before I picked mine up, and have to say that the echo is the way to go. I was actually choosing between the same two models that you are. :drinkup: For as much as I saw on the stihl it is the homeowner model, thats why the engine is larger and the price is comperable to the smaller echo. When you start looking at the stihl fs90, which has an engine size that is smaller than the fs55, you'll find that the price is much higher. Engine quality is the difference, but your paying more for the stihl stuff that compares to the echo stuff (I do believe that stihl's commercial line is tough to beat). Echo makes only commerical stuff so their offerings are a bit easier to figure out. I bought the echo and am glad that I did, even if I don't use it to full commerical capacity, it will last and its resale value will stay high. The 5 year homeowner warrenty is nice, but if you read it you'll find that some of the parts are still only 2 years, some are 5 and the shaft and ignition are lifetime. Make sure to run at least 89 in it as well, if not you'll run into carberator problems in the not-so-distant future.
  10. John_99_2007

    John_99_2007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Thanks Nittany.

    I came to exactly the same conclusions and bought the Echo 210 today. It felt great and you can just feel the quality over the "homeowner" models. I agree the stihl commercial line looks great as well but I'm convinced now that the Echo 210 the best $200 trimmer on the market.

    The dealer was great, too. His mechanic also recommended 89 octane so I'm using that.

    If you have any other advice please pass it on. Thanks, John

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