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Why does Echo have BOTH flex cable and solid shaft drives?

Merkava_4

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Clovis CA
As an example: the model SRM-265 comes as a flex cable drive,
regular gearbox; then you have the SRM-265T as a flex cable drive,
high torque gearbox; then you have the model SRM-265S and a solid
shaft drive unit; regular gearbox.

Why not go all solid shaft drive with all their straight shaft trimmers like their competitors do? :confused:
 

grassman177

LawnSite Fanatic
price, some dont care and flex is cheaper. we used to buy only the solid, but then tryed the flex and have no issues at all so why not save money. the only reason i could think of
 
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Merkava_4

Merkava_4

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Clovis CA
price, some dont care and flex is cheaper. we used to buy only the solid, but then tryed the flex and have no issues at all so why not save money. the only reason i could think of

Hmm... now you got me wondering what the price
difference is between an SRM-265 and an SRM265S.
 
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Merkava_4

Merkava_4

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Clovis CA
$20...............................
That's it??? Heck, Echo says themselves that a solid drive shaft
provides more smoothness and quicker acceleration than a flex
cable. I can't figure out why they would go through the trouble
to make two separate drives just to save their customers $20. :confused:
 

ed2hess

LawnSite Fanatic
That's it??? Heck, Echo says themselves that a solid drive shaft
provides more smoothness and quicker acceleration than a flex
cable. I can't figure out why they would go through the trouble
to make two separate drives just to save their customers $20. :confused:
And to make things more complicated don't they have a high torque model also? They have gone nuts with models.
 

Alan0354

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
San Jose, Ca.
Anyone actually have a straight comparison on the longivity between the solid and the flex shaft? Honda big brush cutter use flex shaft and they are good trimmer.
 

brucec32

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Atlanta, GA
Have you ever asked a dealership worker an arcane question like this? Typically you'll get a blank look.
 
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