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

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Merkava_4, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,441

    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:
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    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
  3. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,441

    Hmm... now you got me wondering what the price
    difference is between an SRM-265 and an SRM265S.
  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

  5. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,441

    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:
  6. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,322


    eco even with flex shaft significantly heavier than kawi (something like 8 and11 lbs (25cc)
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,292

    And to make things more complicated don't they have a high torque model also? They have gone nuts with models.
  8. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    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.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Have you tried asking your dealer this question?
  10. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    Have you ever asked a dealership worker an arcane question like this? Typically you'll get a blank look.

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