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Which string trimmer #5442406 05/30/20 10:26 AM
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Hi Everyone,

I am planning to buy a string trimmer. I have about 1 acre in the back that is not mowed lawn so I need a powerful one. I also do not want to buy a trimmer that I have to repair/replace from time to time.

I have a Lowes, and a Home Depot here so I plan to pick something from what they have. I have narrowed down the choices to either an Echo SRM-266 (2 stroke) or a Husqvarna 324L (4 stroke).

The prices of the trimmers are within $30 or so of each other. Of interest in the Echo... 5 year warranty and appears to be commercial grade. Of interest in the Husqvarna... the 4 stroke engine is a Honda. Whereas other 4 strokes have periodic valve adjustments, adjustments are not even in the maintenance schedule.

Any suggestions? I am kind of done with home owner grade equipment that needs attention. I just want something now that I just winterize when done, and dig it out and start it and use it each season, year after year.

Thanks for your time,

Brad


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Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442411 05/30/20 10:32 AM
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I'd recommend the Echo.
I have been pleased with the SRT-225 I have.
Great warranty and have never needed it.
When comparing it to the couple of Stihl pieces I have, there is no comparison.
Echo all the way.


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Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442418 05/30/20 10:39 AM
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+1 on the Echo.

For big jobs, I am partial to the 4 stroke engines however.

Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442420 05/30/20 10:40 AM
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Echo all the way. I have an old string trimmer that was owned by a commercial user for a couple years, then I got it, and has only had one minor repair in the 10 years I have been using it, and still works like new.


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Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442421 05/30/20 10:41 AM
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I have an echo 225i no issues at all (so far).


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Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442429 05/30/20 10:52 AM
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I own and operate the echo 266 on my property.

Fantastic machine.

Engine has a lot of character, sounds like a little dirt bike.

Great for edge of the grass that transitions into the woods.

Almost out powers my Husky wheeled string trimmer with a 6.5hp Briggs

A little clumsy if your left handed other than that highly recommended.


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Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442432 05/30/20 10:57 AM
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My Echo has served me well.

I run gas stabilizer year round in non-ethanol gas. There is no winterization for me.

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Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442433 05/30/20 10:57 AM
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My echo srm 225 is great. Easy to load and always starts. It is very powerfull. It will throw gravel 50ft.


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Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442441 05/30/20 11:03 AM
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I have had an Echo for 9 years and have had no problems with it, that said I had a McCulloch trimmer for the 20 years previous and only had to replace the fuel lines and filter. I have found the key to keeping 2 stroke engines running is either use them every week and use 90 octane gas or higher or drain all the gas and pull start till they dont kick before putting them away even if its only going to be 2 or 3 weeks. Even home owner models will last if you get a straight shaft and one designed to swing .095 line and use fresh high octane gas.

Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442445 05/30/20 11:11 AM
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I have a 2 stroke Husqvarana that my kids used for their summer yard service when they were in college.. It stood up to teenager op/maintenance in commercial use and is still going strong for me 10 years later use so I can vouch for Husqvarna.

After numerous failed attempts over the years at finding a good weedeater I have concluded that the 3 crucial characteristics are correct length so you can use it standing normally, - no bending over; balanced weight so that neither hand is holding up excess weight, and weightwise, the lighter the better. Aluminum shafts are a real plus.

Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442449 05/30/20 11:18 AM
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+8 on the Echo

Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442456 05/30/20 11:24 AM
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One more thing I like about the Echo.

Super easy to replace the line.

Don't have to pull off the head.

Takes longer to measure and cut the 18' of line than to install it.


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Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442481 05/30/20 12:13 PM
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I have a new Echo PAS 2620 and a 17 year old PAS 210. Both are the "pro attach series" that allow the use of things like hedge trimmer and roto-tiller attachments.

The 21cc 210 is a very, very good unit and has been quite reliable. The 26cc 2620 is absolutely and utterly fantastic. It's lightweight but an absolute beast, with gobs of power, runs smooth and starts on the 2nd pull every time.

By the way, there is no comparison in power between the two. The 26cc engine will allow you to run the trimmer line WAY out for heavy jobs. I don't use a line cutter and the bigger engine will cut like crazy this way. Maybe more interestingly, the bigger engine also works better than the smaller one at low RPM power settings, for careful trimming near the screen porch or fruit tree trunks for example. As it still has torque to blaze through everything. It's simply more controllable.

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Re: Which string trimmer [Re: DeafBrad] #5442503 05/30/20 12:47 PM
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I have the Echo and highly recommend it. Well built machine and starts reliably every time and it is very easy to replace the trimmer line. I also have a tiller, leaf blower, and chainsaw from them and all have been 100% reliable. With the exception of my riding lawnmower, all of my OPE is either Echo or Honda and I’ve been very impressed with the quality from both makes.


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+12 on the Echo! Mine is 20 years old, looks like he!!, starts within a couple of pulls, bump feed still works like new, and runs like a top!

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