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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5115518 05/25/19 02:37 PM
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I've had the same Echo for at least 7 years with no problem. One thing I recently discovered is that Lowes sells pre-mixed 2-cycle oil that is 95 octane and contains no ethanol. It starts up much faster on this gas. It's not cheap, but it will probably extend the life of the tool.

Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5115529 05/25/19 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by SubLGT
. Single cylinder 2 cycle small engines don't require a break in procedure nowadays?


The "average" consumer would NEVER follow such a procedure


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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: demarpaint] #5115554 05/25/19 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by demarpaint
Thanks for the heads up. I was considering a chainsaw purchase, I'll go with a Husqvarna.

I run both saws both husky and stihl and pro saws 576xp auto tune and a 261c I would not give up the 261 sthil it is a awesome saw and hard to beat Husky is on same level. The 261 is the one I grab most of the time and can wheel it all day long.

Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: gman2304] #5115559 05/25/19 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by gman2304
Originally Posted by demarpaint
Thanks for the heads up. I was considering a chainsaw purchase, I'll go with a Husqvarna.
Have you considered Echo? I bought an Echo CS450 chainsaw a few years ago and I’m well pleased with it. Plus Echo has a 5 year warranty, if you use their Power blend oil.

Not really, but I have nothing against them either. My brother has a Husqvarna chainsaw that is a problem free beast. I bought one of their line trimmers last year and I am very pleased with it, so I'll most likely stick with the brand.


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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5115621 05/25/19 04:15 PM
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I've got the STIHL service manual and have no problem ordering parts from the dealer. The 4-cycle engine burns fuel super cleanly (no exhaust fumes) and I can easily adjust fuel mixture when needed with my special screwdriver. Happy owner. smile

Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5115699 05/25/19 05:30 PM
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I'm happy with my Stihl fs40 curved trimmer. I bought it 2 years old a year ago from a customer of mine that I mowed lawn for. I'm in Canada. Not cool that the parts are hard to get in the states. Sometimes it's the opposite.

I've just never had a 2 stroke that ran as nice as this. It doesn't seem to smoke at all and it starts so easy and idles perfectly seconds after a cold start. I have an old weed eater leaf blower that seems to start almost as easily but it smokes a bit (on the same mixed gas as the trimmer) and surges a bit. For a machine that I paid like $27 for at a yard sale in the country I'm impressed but nothing seems to beat the way the Stihl runs. As always there are good ones and bad ones but I never had luck with trimmers or any 2 stroke engines before the trimmer.

Also my dad has a Stihl chainsaw and an echo trimmer. The trimmer wouldn't start this spring. He assumed it wasn't the gas because the Stihl was running fine on the same gas. Finally he replaced the old gas with new and it sputtered to life and then ran better and better until it was perfect again. Maybe the gas was bad and the Stihl engine had higher compression ratio that made up for lack of volatility in the gas? Who knows.

Not saying I will stick with Stihl for future products, but my experience has been great. I'm using Stihl oil mixed with 91 octane that's supposed to be ethanol free. When I run out of the oil I will by the premixed synthetic gas/oil mixed.


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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5115706 05/25/19 05:36 PM
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Found that part on EBay. Okay it’s from the UK but some are free shipping cheers


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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5115719 05/25/19 05:52 PM
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my echo cs-590 "timber wolf"
Is very strong.
https://www.echo-usa.com/Products/Chain-Saws/CS-590-Timber-Wolf

If I was going to do it again I might go for the cs-490 to save the 3lb.

I just dont cut enough 18" diameter logs.. the cs-590 might not be a $1000 pro saw but its not consumer grade ryobi or homelite either.


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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5115725 05/25/19 06:05 PM
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I replaced the lower shaft bearing on my FS38 a few years ago - walked in to dealer in my small town, walked out with my part. No problem ever with Stihl in NZ.


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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5116015 05/26/19 06:03 AM
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I went the other and bought a Stihl since the SRM225 did not have an adjustable carb.


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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: BISCUT] #5116020 05/26/19 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by BISCUT
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I've had an SRM-225 for years. Works great, starts every time. Just changed the plug and filter about an hour ago.

Could be in my head, but I do think it runs better with an Autolite plug.



I believe this is the same model I have had for about 18 years. Homeowner use for me. Has been great.

I'll add another thumbs up for this trimmer. Mine has been great.


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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5116028 05/26/19 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by SubLGT


I then went to Home Depot and bought a Echo SRM-225 straight shaft trimmer for $199 (I paid $180 for the Stihl in 2006). Echo offers parts diagrams at their website, and also sells parts online. They are much more DIY repair friendly than Stihl.


You waited 13 years for Stihl parts to buy. Well, in 13 years, Echo may not have any parts to buy. Heck, may not have them for sale next year.
Wait, on 2nd thought, in 13 more years, that Echo may have been in a land dump for 4-5 years.


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Re: Thumbs Down to Stihl, Hello Echo [Re: SubLGT] #5116089 05/26/19 07:24 AM
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I use Echo exclusively for everything but the mower (have string trimmer, blower and chainsaw). All have performed very well.

My SRM-225 is on year 5, and it starts easily and runs strong.

The chainsaw is a CS-590. Runs rich so a bit tricky to start without flooding, but it’s a beast.

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These days any company can be bought or get stupid new management and poof. After 10 years parts are gone or dealer only. Look at what john deer is doing.

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Originally Posted by ragtoplvr
These days any company can be bought or get stupid new management and poof. After 10 years parts are gone or dealer only. Look at what john deer is doing.

Rod


My 1980's deere tractors still have parts available.. they might be overpriced highway robbery but .. still available.


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