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switching from Echo to Stihl

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RLS24, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    Alright, I'm just THINKING about this, not gonna pull the trigger right now, prob wouldnt do this until mid-summer next year, but I'm thinking about replacing my Echo stuff with Stihl. Right now I have an SRM-210 trimmer, PB-200 blower, PE-230 edger and a really old hedge trimmer (which is irrelevant cuz I'll run it til it dies). I'm honestly really happy with my Echo stuff, it always starts, never lets me down, that sort of thing. It's got enough power for what I need, although this time of year I wish the blower had some more balls but in the summer I love it cuz its fine for blowing grass and its light. HOWEVER, I really am not too crazy about Echo's newer models, and as the stuff I have gets older its inevitable that its gonna break, need servicing, and parts, and my closest Echo dealer is an a-hole and I refuse to do business there, and the second closest one is really great and have done a lot for me in the past but they are a good 20+ minute (depending on traffic) ride from my house. My closest Stihl dealer is about a half mile away from home.

    Guess I'm just looking for some opinion from people who have used both, or switched to Stihl from another brand and why.
  2. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    I still see SRM210 and SRM231 in Home Depot and OSH, they are the old grey color ones. People tend to buy the new SRM225 thinking the newer model got to be better!!! I still see the HC151 in store too. Edger, good luck!!! You might want to stock up the trimmers.

    You have a tiny blower!!! What is the size of the engine? I saw the Husky 125Bt in OSH for $149 and is a 28cc engine, should be bigger than yours....I guess.

    If you are happy with the tiny equipments, this would be the economic way to go.
  3. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    Best decision I ever made was to switch to Stihl from Echo. The combination of their cheaply made inferior products with their ever shrinking small dealer network has runied Echo. Stihl is the #1 in the nation for a reason.
  4. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    I also have all echo equipment and some of it needs replacing. I too don't like the new echo stuff but there are only two dealers in my area. One sells echo and the other that sells stihl if I were to go in his store there is a real good chance of police involvement.:)

    From what I saw on the stihl website I was wanting to try their equipment but don't have a choice. It sux when you don't have a lot of dealers to choose from. I envy you guys that have your pick of any dealer within 10 miles of your shop.
  5. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    Its not that I'm happy with smaller stuff, I just bought it a couple years ago when I was first starting out and I needed good reliable stuff at a decent price. And to be honest, the number of times I could use a more powerful trimmer are few, dont need a huge trimmer to keep up with stuff that is trimmed weekly. Like I said, I'd like a more powerful blower, but for most of the year the PB-200 is more than enough for blowing grass clippings off sidewalks.

    Ideally, I'd like to have (and keep in mind this is all Stilh equivalent to Echo) something thats a step up in power to my trimmer (FS90 maybe?), a step or 2 up in a handheld blower (a friend of mine has a BG86, and I really like that), and as far as an edger goes, I have a walk behind one I use for bed edges and establishing new edges, so maintaining them with what I have now (power wise) isn't bad, more power would be ok, but I do fine with what I have now.
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I doubt I'll ever own another Echo trimmer, they're so damn reliable. I just bought a new 210 just to get one before they are gone. The one I currently use is going on 11 years old and starts and runs great every time and have never changed the plug or air filter! I'll use that and save the new, if I'll ever need it. It's had Amsoil Saber since new. I do own both brands. I prefer Echo on trimmers but the BR600 blower is awesome. It will start without using the primer usually on the first pull when cold with the choke on, after that it's first pull every time. I'm not biased really, as long as it's reliable I'll buy it. I also use a Echo 230 handheld blower daily that was bought at the same time I got the 210 trimmer. The 600 was mainly bought for leave clean ups. I like the design they used to isolate any vibration from the engine to the person using it. No hand numbing vibrations from it at all.

    I think you should just keep them, get another 210 trimmer and maybe a bigger back pack blower.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2009
  7. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    echo has treated us well, but you are using homeowner grade in comparison to the upper models. you should switch to more powerful models and dont be afraid of the newer stuff, we have plenty of it and it has not given any issues at all.
  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I have to disagree. The 210 trimmer is one of the lightest trimmers out there and has enough power to do any trimming you would ever need on a maintained property. More power isn't always good. Weight and expense go up as well as the hit you'll take buying them. More power seems to equal more money in small equipment or any equipment for that matter.
  9. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I don't mind traveling 20+ minutes to go to a dealer, as my stihl/deere dealer is about 35 minutes away. Even the closest stihl dealer to me is about 20-25 minutes away, but they carry both echo and stihl, so I have a choice when I go there. I have always used stihl so I am partial to their products.
  10. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    I travel a little over 11 miles to go to my Stihl dealer and it's worth it.

    I switched to Stihl from Echo because of the POS PB650 that I had. Take a look at an FS 90 R for a trimmer, a BR600 Magnum for a blower and an FC110 for an edger. Trust me You'll never go back to using a wb edger after using an FC110. If you want to switch attachments around look into the Kombi system from Stihl.

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