Stihl trimmers Vs Echo trimmers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. vanncann

    vanncann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    Had bad service with Echo... Have not used Stihl so can't comment... So I'd choose Shihl...
  2. jonniebud

    jonniebud LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    love stihl never let me down no need to try anything else
  3. WillsLandscape

    WillsLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    You're right. My bad, didn't remember that part. 2 years for commercial.
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I wanna see you pull a 7x20 with a bobcat and attachments with your TOY ota, you better get a REAL truck!
  5. sticklelm

    sticklelm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    i took my stihl 90r to my mechanic to get the speed feeds put on and he told me he tried it before and spent 3 hours trying to put them on. he ended up throwing the heads in the trash...

    Now im trying to figure out if i should stick with my crappy bump heads...or switch trimmer brands to an echo or redmax
  6. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    I used an echo SRM-225 last year, first one the trigger broke, took it back, the second barely made the season, carb problems. :dizzy: Which is a total shame because the thing was light and held its own as a trimmer, until it didn't. I'd stay away.

    Haven't liked the Stihls I've used as much, they've always seemed heavier but that might just be me. Had to replace a carb on my hedgetrimmers this year, and they've been used no more than two seasons. I've got a few stihl handhelds and I'm not so much a fan.

    Just purchased a Dolmar 330 C and it seems like a solid machine but only time will tell. The only brand string trimmer I've ever been impressed with after tons of use and abuse is Shindaiwa, but I hear they're being made by Echo now. Go figure. Husqvarna might be a good brand to look into. Love their saws! Whatever you get, have a backup!
  7. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Messages: 589

    I've used Echo since I was eight years old when I would trim and edge with the Echo my father bought for our yard, 300' of sidewalk. That machine lasted 14 seasons running strong with a tune-up every other season, after the 14th season I had it tuned up by a local shop and they screwed up the carb and it never worked the same. I sold it for $90 and I went out and bought and Echo SRM-230 trimmer and I used a Husqvarna 130BT blower for my first season. After talking a few times with my new local dealer we decided that I am going to switch of to Shindaiwa.

    I will be buying the Shindaiwa EB633RT blower and the T254 trimmer at the Mower Expo they have every Spring. This years expo will be the first week of March so I will put up a review at the end of March.

  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i don't need to. i'm solo. all i have to pull is 1 ztr on a 5x10 trailer. everything else fits in the bed of the truck. no need for a bigger truck that drinks more gas. if i did need a bigger truck i'd get a tundra though. it pulled the space shuttle. :weightlifter:
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Yea and it got up to a whole 2 MPH! LOL
  10. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,743

    nothing pulls a space shuttle any faster. they always go slow.

    chevy, ford, and dodge are ok if you are buying a diesel since toyota doesn't sale diesel trucks in the usa.

    as far as gas powered it's not even close. the toyota will last twice as long without breaking down.

    i'm not just talking out of my butt. i know from experience. i had a friend that had a chevy s-10 back in the day and i had a toyota 4x4 truck which is called the tacoma now. once he got to 100k miles his truck kept breaking down. he'd get it fixed and something else would break. so on and so on. it didn't last 150k miles. my truck on the other hand ran perfectly when i sold it with 300k miles on it. the proof is in the pudding.

    my first car was a camaro. i bought it used with 100k miles on it. the engine blew up in 6 months. after that i'll never buy a chevy again.

    bought my toyota with 100k and drove it for 200k more with zero problems. it doesn't take a genius to see which one is better.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013

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