Shindaiwa or Echo?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by statman, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. statman

    statman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    Now that Echo owns Shindaiwa, whcih is the better value. I went to the dealer with every intenttion to buy a Shin T242, but he tried to talk me into an Echo SRM225. He says better value for the money, better warranty 5 yr vs 2 residential - commercial the same (1 year). I don't mind saving $75 but will I be sorry?
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,586

    Four mix versus 2 stroke go with the two stroke. The warranty on neither doesn't amount to much.
  3. Dave

    Dave LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 315

    If there are other dealers in your area , i would look at something else , the shindys are not what they were , and you can buy an echo in homedepot. I trully belive when things get mass marketed for the box stores there quality goes to crap, look at homelite and McCULLOCH once they mass marketed
  4. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,358

    I still bought a T242 given the choice this year. The grips have a different feel.
  5. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 753

    What they're slowly doing with the two brands is phasing out the weakest products of each line and replacing the model with whichever company has the best model for said tool. That is my understanding. We have all Echo handhelds, but Shindiawa blowers.

    We haven't had a problem with any of the stuff all year. Just make sure you buy the top of the line stuff. If you start buying the 225 trimmer or the lower end backpack blower, then you're not getting the best equipment money can buy...
  6. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    What dealer do you sometimes visit that fills you with wrong information?

    The Shindaiwa T242 is not a 4 mix, it is a regular 2 stroke.

    Also, if somebody is comparing the SRM225 to a T242 they are not comparing machines near enough, as the SRM225 is really not much more than a decent homeowner unit and a REAL commercial user buying it will probably be kicking himself later on for not spending the extra $40 or $50 on the SRM-230.

    And to Statman, better find a different dealer altogether if he doesn't even know what the warranty is on the stuff he is selling. Assuming you are going to be using this in a commercial environment, the SRM225 and T242 both have a 2 year commercial warranty. The SRM225 has a 5 year residential user warranty, but that does nothing for you in commercial use. The T242 is a 2 year warranty R or C.
  7. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,282

    Shindaiwa is junk, get the echo.
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  8. 8rickyj

    8rickyj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    We use Sthil FS110's I have never tried anything else
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,586

    I kinda know a little about warranty since we run a lot of equipment and I know the dealer well and the technical guy at the ditributor. Each year when we buy we joke around about the two year warranty with regard to what it might include. Lets....see coil limited and flex shaft life and carb 90 days and lets see that is about it. If you take it in and say it doesn't start I can guarantee you will be billed for a bunch of stuff like plug, air filter etc etc to the tune of $70. I am not upset but I also know that a lot of folks think that everything that breaks will be covered 100%. And the free coil and flex shaft under second year cost to install. Anyway just buy the Echo 2 stroke it is simply the best on the market now.
  10. DiSantolandscaping

    DiSantolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 345

    i have a stihl fs 90 r best machine that i have owned yet, has more then enough power to cut tall thick grass. I had a home owner troybuilt at the begining of the year and when that broke 20 min into a job i had just started i went out next morning and bought that great investment. only costs around 315.00

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