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what wrong with ECHO hc1500 hedge shears

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GarPA, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    maybe it just my machine but the mechanic I go to said they are famous for wanting to rip your hand from your wrist when trying to start this machine. Anyone else find this thing is harder to start than your other 2 cycle stuff?? if so, any idea why?? this thing literally injured my wrist this morning...you pull it and then it grabs and jolts your wrist/fingers....ouch plus a few other 4 letter words
  2. lost mountain

    lost mountain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I have hc 1500 as a backup pair but when I used them more, I never noticed that kind of action
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    I have had mine kick back before but never like you describe.

    I bought mine as a return to home cheapo when I worked there and dollar for dollar, they are my most profitable piece of equipment.

  4. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    I remember the post here we had not long ago about all the people who hate ECHO stuff. Actually my ECHO equipment has been very good to me so I'm not an ECHO hater. I had this thing looked at by the dealer 2 years ago when I bought it and the mechanic there told me he frequently had them come back from commercial guys who had the same problem I;ve had. He said there was no cure for the problem as it seems to happen to certain ones and not to others....but its getting to the point where its not useable. Maybe someone else whos had the problem can shed some light on it.
  5. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    yes it is hard to start,but it works great
  6. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    Mine are the same way. Sometimes not too bad, other times i want to bust them all over the street. I won't buy another echo product. I have nothing but problem with dang near every piece I have.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    No problem here Gar...btw, what are you trimming this time of the year?
  8. Logan's Landscaping

    Logan's Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I just bought a pair and i have never had so many problems getting a piece of equipment started . When the get going they work great.
  9. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    Rod...gold flame spirea...my own

    ok you wrenchheads out there...since a number of us have this problem, why this machine?? cant imagine the engine is all that different than the others..something to do with the power transfer mechanism maybe?? I started a just about worn out trimmer and blower today that were cold and not run in 4 days(both Echo, and they started on the 2nd pull....and my fingers were still attached to my hand...they didnt fall off until I tried to start this beast
  10. Curtis

    Curtis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    I've got the same model hedge trimmer , and yes it does kick , I broke some white plastic piece in the recoil trying to start it when it was fairly new . I took the spark screen out to make it start sooner but still not easier . The compresion won't ease up until it's worn out.......

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