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Who makes the best and most dependable for the money. I do know the Shindawa is about 30.00 more than the Echo at our local dealer. I have always used Redmax, but all the dealers in this area are dropping this line because of distribution problems. I am tired of trying to find parts. I had a mechanic tell me the new Echos are as good as Shindawa. I would like to hear what you all have to say. Thank you.
 

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When i was at the echo dealer last week hs was telling me that the echo engines are rated for 300 hrs by the epa while most are 100-150. I have never herd this but from the prices and because I liked him i will be buying a echo 260 power source and pb460 blower in the next month or so. I feel that this is the best bang for the buck. Good luck.
 

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I use echo for my blowers and edgers, but i do have one shindaiwa string trimmer. both have worked great for me, I think they are both great products, but i have to admit i am a little more fond to my shindaiwa

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I use almostly exclusively Echo hand tools. They are very dependable. I've owned Husky and Stheil and Redmax, Echo seems the most bang for the buck. My oldest Echo has about 1000 hours on it. I also like to mantain 1 brand line in order to simplfy spare parts handeling. There is also a great destributor network in N. GA
 

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My first choice is stihl, 2nd is echo, 3rd is anything but shindiawa. I owned 2 of those and were very weak and nothing but trouble. But, I think its a personal choice because obviously there are people here that swear by them.
 

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Thanks again for your imput. Redmax has made it so hard on the dealers in our area that none of good dealers want to carry their line anymore. They have gone through numerous distributors in our area and each time a change occurs, problems develope. The main problem is getting parts, but this has been on going. I feel they will be very lucky if they can get established in the Tulsa area again. I also feel for the salesman that has to work this area.

Concerning the weedeaters, the responses seem to be about 50/50 between Echo and Shindaiwa. I guess I will have to weigh the variable factors( cost vs power) in making my final decision. I only wish they had the Sthil head on them. I have tried the other three and they did not seem to hold up as well. Thanks again.
 

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All my shins have the stihl heads. Some I waited until the originals wore out, others I replaces right off the bat. Perfect match, shin with stihl head.
 

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All three have their strengths and weaknesses. I have owned all three brands. My findings are:
Stihl: great engines, a bit hard to start, easy cutting head
Echo: good prices, easy to start, engines are weaker than other brands.
Shindaiwa: great engine, easy to start, good cutting head system

Though all three are good, Shindaiwa is the best I have owned. The T230 is a terrific trimmer that is light weight, easy to start and powerful.

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I use only Shin sticks but I've used Echo when working for another company and found them to be good also, I just bought the Shin because I liked their blower the most and decided to stick with one brand to simplify getting my parts from one place
when and if I need them
 
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