Stihl Edger and Trimmer vs. Echo Edger and Trimmer

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Watwood, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Watwood

    Watwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Getting new equipment.

    At store one we have:

    Stihl FC55 Edger at $250
    Stihl FS55 Trimmer at $200

    At store two:

    Echo PE200 Edger at $200
    Echo SRM210 Trimmer at $200

    What do y'all recommend, or is it 6 in one, half dozen another?

    Echos have 5 year warranty, Stihls have 2.
  2. cpa4t9r

    cpa4t9r LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    No complaints from my Echo - does what I need it to.

    Never had any maintenance problems.

    Could have more power but it gets the job done depending on if your just trimming/manicuring vs. any heavy clearing. Its a little on the weak side if you use a brush cutter blade. I like the str8-bar trimmer vs. curved shaft but looks like the Stihl has more cc's.

    My $0.02.

    Got a Mantis for my edging/light cultivating - in hindsight should have gotten a combo unit (edger, hedge/grass trimmer w/1 power unit), but when I was in the market, most of the interchangeable units were curved shaft models.

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,169

    Our ECHO equipment has been flawless ...
  4. dago52

    dago52 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I just bought the SRM-230 and love it. Starts on second pull and has plenty of torque.

    Good Luck
  5. nmurph

    nmurph LawnSite Senior Member
    from ga
    Messages: 668

    i'm a Stihl diehard. fs 85, bg 85, ms 310, 020 hedgetrimmer. i needed an edger to maintain about 600' of drive. i had almost enough in HD gift cards to purchase the PE 200, which i did about 2 months ago.
    my impression of it is that it probably is satisfactory for the avg HO. it is underpowered for the initial clean-up, but it seems to do ok now that i have the edging under control.
    i think powerwise, there is not much difference bw the two. the 5 yr warranty is something to consider, but if i were to do it again and i was paying out of pocket for the unit, i would probably go orange. then again, that might just be my bias showing.
  6. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    I can vouch for the SRM-210. I love it, I wish I would have bought it sooner. I am not crazy about my blower though. I have the Echo 413, It does the job and runs good, just something I don't like about it.
  7. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Both are very good quality. Which dealer is going to give you the best service? If you need parts or a repair, which dealer will be the quickest and most helpful. You won't go wrong with either brand, so make your decision based on service.

  8. Den69RS96

    Den69RS96 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    have you looked at the Stihl kombi? Instead of two different engines to maintain, you just have one and can switch the attachments. I think the kombi 55 is $189 and the trimmer attachment is $89 and the edger is either $89 for the curved one or around $150for the straight.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    my STIHLs have a lot of power and dont give me problems

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