Stihl vs. Shindaiwa vs. Echo

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by smitty's lawncare, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    I'm looking for a new trimmer and blower...My old stuff needs to go into retirement in the worst way. I've done some research, but not too much. I want to keep both my trimmer/blower the same brand. these are the three set-ups that I've considered:

    1) Stihl FS100 RX and Stihl BR600 Magnum
    2) Shindaiwa T242 and Shindaiwa EB802RT
    3) Echo SRM-230 and Echo PB-770T

    I do not care about the price, I want equipment that will last! My dealer carries all three brands, so dealer service isn't an issue. This will be my all-around setup. (i have a big trimmer for big stuff already.)

    I'm looking for some advice from you guys who have had these products, or have other configurations that are the same brands as listed above. Thank you in advance!
  2. M&T

    M&T LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Stihl. Just my opinion.
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  3. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    Id get the Shindaiwa T282, the 242 has had some issues and is under powered.
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  4. scag2015

    scag2015 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,179

    I've been upgrading little bits at a time, if I was getting new equipment and did not care about price I would go stihl. Ian using echo right now and I love them and they are doing fantastic, stihl does have a little more power though for trimmers, but I just kind of like stihl overall:) but like I said I'm using echo and they are awesome, it's just what I got a deal on:) and I did start out with a echo trimmer my family's and it's always been awesome!:)
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  5. appalachianoutdoors

    appalachianoutdoors LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    I only use the Stihl Kombi 110 & 130Rs as my primary trimmers. I have all the attachments and use them frequently especially the pole saw and hedge trimmer. Some people say they are heavy as a trimmer, but they have tons of power, and can trim heavy grass very fast or edge walks without bogging down. I have never had a problem with the Kombis since I switched to them several years ago. Good luck!
  6. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,105

    Well since shindaiwa is now rebranded echo stuff i would go with stihl
  7. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Thanks for the replies everybody!
    What are the issues with the shindaiwa T242?
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  8. smitty's lawncare

    smitty's lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Stihl does seem like the industry's favorite anymore lol
    I've kinda been leaning toward stihl, I just want the pros and cons of all my options
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  9. chase Oshea

    chase Oshea LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I run all three of them. I will tell you echo and shindaiwa are the same company. echo recently bought shindaiwa. I really like how easy it is to change the line in the shindaiwa compared to the stihl and echo but I think out of the three the echo and shindaiwa are definitely the best weed eaters. As for the blowers I own a stihl and shindaiwa and the reason I bought the stihl was because it was on sale and the dealer knows me so he cut an even bigger deal. I recommend a shindaiwa blower but I have heard really good things about the echo's and I used to have an echo but its used very seldom but when I had it full time it did a really great job.
  10. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    Some of it is. But neither the T242 or the EB802 are any relation to Echo.

    Also someone mentioned the ease of loading the Shindaiwa heads...well newer Echo's get the same head from the Shindaiwa side of the merger.

    The EB212, EB508 and EB633 are all red Echo's. Some of the Shindaiwa trimmers are using the Echo gearbox with the triangular flange for mounting the guard. The guard is is a different shape than what Echo uses though. I am sure more merging is on the horizon...

    Unfortunately you just missed the "FLEET WEEK" deal Shindaiwa had going for the month of March(yah I know...week...month...) Basically you got fleet pricing when buying 1 unit. Hopefully they do it again in the fall.

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