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Old 08-10-2017, 10:41 AM   #1
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My Echo SRM-210 I think is done. It barely starts and will only run a minute or two if it does start. It is now ~20 years old and I have rebuilt the carb 3x, , replaced the three fuel lines multiple times, as well as replaced many other parts over the years. I just think it's time to move on.

So looking at new ones, and would like to stick with Echo (after all, I have had 20 years with the one), or a Stihl. I have it narrowed down to two. I want straight shaft also.

The Echo SRM-225 (which is pretty much an updated version of my old 210, just with a slightly smaller tank);
ECHO SRM-225 Trimmer, Weed trimmer, Fuel Efficient, Straight Shaft Weed Trimmer - ECHO USA | ECHO USA

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https://martinimplement.stihldealer....mmers/fs56rce

Both are the same ballpark price. The Stihl has a bigger engine (meaning more power), but also has a much smaller tank than the Echo. That is kinda important as I spend a long time with it running as I do both trimming and edging with it at two homes. So it's not uncommon for it to run for an hour or more each use at each home and I don't want to be refilling in the middle of work.

Thoughts? Again, I've had a pretty good experience with the Echo, so it's not like I'm unhappy with the product.
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I have that Stihl model or very similar model now for close to 10 years. I've not done anything but fuel it up, feed it more line and tear shit up. Not a single problem.
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Man, I had a homelite for 20 years. Running a weedeater now.
When that dies Im getting electric!
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Both are pretty much commercial grade, so you can't go wrong with either.

Electric as in corded (which is a hassle)? Or battery? Which wouldn't last long enough and I would need 3 or 4 batteries in constant rotation to get what I need done, done.
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Cordless and brushless.
Plug and go.

In time I'll be done with two stroke yard tools.
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I just bought a Stihl FS-40CE. Nice little trimmer so far. Also bought a chainsaw from them as well, I'm definitely a Stihl fan now.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/tr...immers/fs40ce
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I'm reading the reviews on the FS 56 I posted above.

Two things I am reading consistently that people don't like about it. 1) String feeding issues. It seems you have to run it WOT then tap it to get line to advance. That's silly. 2) Small fuel capacity which was one of my main concerns from the get go.

My SRM-210 has a 15.2 ounce tank
The SRM-225 has a 14.2 ounce tank
The Stihl has an 11.5 ounce tank
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The company I work uses only Stihl's. They don't come in for repair to often. I'll try to find out what model they are.
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Keep in mind, the two I am looking at are $200 (which is about what my 210 was back in the day). The next level of trimmers for both brands seems to be $300, and then up. I don't want to spend that much. $200 is my point.
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Stihl ftw. My fs45c is prolly 12 years old, runs like a top. I run the premixed gas you get in the metal cans, it's worth it for no ethanol.
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It seems as though the older models like your 45 and the preceding 55 were great machines and like all things, Stihl went and tried to make it better, but actually fucked it up. The biggest complaint, and it's in the bulk of some 40 3-star or less reviews on Stihl's website is around the stringing system. The second major complaint is that it's thirsty and coupled with the smaller tank... On the flip it has slightly more power than the Echo. However in those 20 years with mine, I never had a power issue. That thing was a hand-held bulldozer. The second thing better than the Echo is the shield down at the cutter head. It's bigger on the Stihl. The Echo one might as well not be there.

With that said, After reading these, I'm probably going to stick with the Echo. I know it, I've had excellent experience with it, it doesn't have the line feed issues, is slightly longer and has a bigger tank. I'm also a creature of habit... My two main lawnmowers are identical Snapper's, just 20 years apart.
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My regular yard doesn't use a full battery at all. Love my electric
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My next weed eater will be a DeWalt 60v Max.....

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Man.... Tempting to buy one now and give the op my two stroke!!!
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I just started changing over to their 60v stuff when money allows.... Only have the cordless table saw right now but it's a really nice tool. Saving for the 120v (two batteries) sliding compound miter saw next....
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Stihl makes great equipment. Can't go wrong with them. Another solid option is Shindaiwa
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I think Shindaiwa is a sister company of Echo.
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I have a Stihl 91R and its amazing.
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I gotz the Echo tonight.
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I bought a DeWalt electric weed Wacker recently. It's pretty awesome. Love not having to start the thing!
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I have a black and decker 40v that works awesome. Same thing for the hedge trimmer. Electric is the way to go now that the battery technology is so good and cost effective
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I have a black and decker 40v that works awesome. Same thing for the hedge trimmer. Electric is the way to go now that the battery technology is so good and cost effective


Have the same and love it, my old 2 stroke was a PITA to get running and stay running choke never worked right and I rebuilt the carb a few times to attempt to fix it. Now I just slap a fresh battery the B&D and go to town.
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