Which Trimmer? EchoSRM 211I or Stihl FS55

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by oldsaw, Aug 26, 2006.

  1. oldsaw

    oldsaw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Hello! Everyone
    I'm a retired small Ranchette owner and this is my first post here so be gentle :help: :laugh: I picked these two models because of dealer Support,I've done the Box store thing one too many times and won't do that again. I don't want to spend more then $250 so if any of you have other suggestions on different Echo or Stihl models in this price range it would be appreciated.
    Oh. I will be doing mostly grass trimming and a little brush,or actually some tall overgrown green weed cutting, and Yes weight is an issue for me as I have neck and shoulder problems, thats another reason I picked these two brands The lightest I could find with dealer support and both will have EZ start systems.
    That and there's no Husky dealers in my area. Nuff Said :dizzy: :laugh:

  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    I have a Shihl 55 with the strait shaft and have never had any problems. I often pick it up intead of a larger trimmer because of the weight. I think you can get it with the solid shaft ( someone correct me if I'm wrong). I would get the solid shaft and they have the regular trimmer head, nylong blades, and metal blades that will fit. It should do fine for the home owner since I use mine comercially and have no problems. I'm not familiar with the echo's.
  3. oldsaw

    oldsaw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Thanks! tacoma200
    I'm going to check out both next week and I'll let Ya'll know which one
    I Choose! More replies Please!

  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,372

    I think this model of Echo is their proven 2 stroke engine with a carb on it that has two jet adjustment. Can't go wrong with this unit it has been around a long time. Don't know about that easy start feature?
  5. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    i love my echo equipment, easy start great power and long, long lasting. my grandfather uses his echo's hard, at least 6 hours every week, and they are all at least 15 years old.

    i have used stihl before, and never again, it gets too hot too quickly, is hard to start, and it's harder to just pull the starter cord. they smoke a bit and hesitate when entering thick stuff.

    my advice, go with the echo, it's more ergonomically comfortable and will last longer.
  6. ThirdDay

    ThirdDay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    I'd go with the Echo with the I-start.

    It is a light duty commercial trimmer where the Stihl is a homeowner model by their own admission. (The Echo has a 300 hour durability engine and the Stihl has a 50 hour durability engine) You can confirm this by looking at each unit and looking for the "important engine information" sticker.

    Echo's are easy starting (you might not even need the I-start), lightweight and last a long time!
  7. oldsaw

    oldsaw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    ed2hess & mike thanks for the reply,I'm kinda leaning toward the Echo myself but not decided yet.
    ed2hess - The EZ Start on the Echo is called the I-start system and reduces
    starting effort by 75% or so they. We'll see next week!

  8. oldsaw

    oldsaw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    ThirdDay Thank Alot

    I wouldn't have even thought Stihl would Make a 50hour ECP trimmer for the prices they charge. :confused:
    Do you know anything about the FS90r,I found a brand new one here
    for $250.00- from a dealer.

  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Yeah, I have one of those engines and I hope it finishes it's 4th season.

    BUT isn't the 211 the CARB version?

    The easy start models are nice if you haven't checked them out. They have 2 types... the i-30 and the i-start models. The recoil pull on them is sooooo easy. You'll feel out of place funny the first time you try one.

    The 210-i would be a nice little trimmer. But I can't find one without that stupid fixed line head.
  10. Just Mow

    Just Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 367

    If you get the ECHO you will be doing the box store thing. They are also sold at Home Depot.
    The FS 55 R is a nice unit with over 1hp and that particular echo is less than a horsepower.
    As far as the 50 hr clarification. It is a number that means nothing to me and you, just a number for the epa and echo uses it to market their products.

    The FS90R trimmer is a solid drive shaft unit that has 1.2 hp and can run all of their gearbox attachments. Good unit that sells for 299 in Texas so I would say that is a good deal.
    As far as the I start compared to the ez start the I start does start easier than the ez start.
    Good luck with your decision.

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