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Question Gas Powered String Trimmer Recommendations

I have been looking at 22cc - 25cc gas powered trimmers.

I have zeroed in on Honda (4 stroke), Echo and Husqvarna. Prices/budget range from the mid $200 range to mid $300 range. I intend to use it around the yard for grass/weeds and on occasion to remove saplings etc, so I need a trimmer that I can attach a brush cutter blade to it.

What say THT gurus?
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Subbed. I've always thought the echos were very good. A buddy whose parents have a small engine repair shop has talked highly of the Husq chain saws for a consumer grade brand. I'm interested in all the responses here. Has Honda ever made bad engines? i've been buying ryobi crap. It usually last just past the warranty period. But I've gotten a LOT of life out of the attachments and the power heads can be really cheap.
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I was about sold on the Echo, but after reading a number of reviews on the Home Depot website (focusing on the negative ones), the common theme seemed to be fuel delivery issues ranging from needing to hold the motor upside down to start on warm up, to the engine will die when the fuel drops below a 1/2 tank.
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You want a good machine but you handycap yourself with budget?

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I have the Echo Pas powerhead and edger attachment, no issue for the past 2 years.
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They may suck now, but I have a weedeater featherlite that is 8 years old still going strong. I had to replace the fuel lines and primer bulb a few years ago but it still fires right up.
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Try going to a power equipment dealer and not the big box stores. You will find that there are differences in quality between the prograde and the consumer grade that will pay itself back in a few seasons. Not knocking the big box stores but the way they can afford to sell those units cheaper is to have them built with cheaper components. Just like plumbing supplies where you get things changes what you get.
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I used to buy a string trimmer every couple years. Then I bought a Stihl, this will be it's 14th season, still going strong.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
I have been looking at 22cc - 25cc gas powered trimmers.

I have zeroed in on Honda (4 stroke), Echo and Husqvarna. Prices/budget range from the mid $200 range to mid $300 range. I intend to use it around the yard for grass/weeds and on occasion to remove saplings etc, so I need a trimmer that I can attach a brush cutter blade to it.

What say THT gurus?
Where are you located? I have a Troy-bilt homeowner grade trimmer that uses the attachments new in box that I don't need.
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One who needs tree wacker has hard wood.
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My Echo has been excellent. I suspect you would be happy with a trimmer from any of the three companies you list.

The Honda would be a 4 stroke (I think), which would be nice but perhaps somewhat heavier than a 2 stroke trimmer, no?? Even a small amount of additional weight might be a consideration.

I bought mine at Home Depot. I have never seen any credible evidence that the Echo products sold at Home Depot are any different than those sold at lawn equipment stores.
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Originally Posted by ndb8fxe View Post
Where are you located? I have a Troy-bilt homeowner grade trimmer that uses the attachments new in box that I don't need.
Way North from you - MD
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My Echo has been excellent. I suspect you would be happy with a trimmer from any of the three companies you list.

The Honda would be a 4 stroke (I think), which would be nice but perhaps somewhat heavier than a 2 stroke trimmer, no?? Even a small amount of additional weight might be a consideration.

I bought mine at Home Depot. I have never seen any credible evidence that the Echo products sold at Home Depot are any different than those sold at lawn equipment stores.
Thanks. I suspect they are the same. Nice thing about HD is they take crap back/exchange it no questions asked if there is ever a problem.

Have you had any fuel delivery issues w/Echo e.g. when the fuel tank gets low?

The Echo I am looking at is around 22cc 2 stroke.

The Honda I am looking at is 25cc and is a 4 stroke, so it is suppose to be pretty quiet, that and it has the reliable Honda engine. It's a bit more than the Echo, but with a 10% discount puts it under $300. The only complaint I have read on it is the spool feeder is a problem, but I imagine I can put another brand spool on there to address that issue.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
I have been looking at 22cc - 25cc gas powered trimmers.

I have zeroed in on Honda (4 stroke), Echo and Husqvarna. Prices/budget range from the mid $200 range to mid $300 range. I intend to use it around the yard for grass/weeds and on occasion to remove saplings etc, so I need a trimmer that I can attach a brush cutter blade to it.

What say THT gurus?
Stihl 90 with bicycle handles. I have one and it does everything from lawn trimming to cutting down small trees up to 4" in diameter. Easy to change the string out and easy to put a blade on.

Had mine for 3 years and wouldn't get any other brand. I put a tune up kit on it every year and use Stihl synthetic two cycle oil mix.
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One who needs tree wacker has hard wood.

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Stihl 90 with bicycle handles. I have one and it does everything from lawn trimming to cutting down small trees up to 4" in diameter. Easy to change the string out and easy to put a blade on.

Had mine for 3 years and wouldn't get any other brand. I put a tune up kit on it every year and use Stihl synthetic two cycle oil mix.
Thanks - I originally started looking at Stihl. I read lots of good things about them. I think I stopped because I didn't have a dealer close by. I guess I could look to see if I could find one online.
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I have an Echo that is going on 15yrs. Believe the model # is SRM2100. Never had a problem out of it and it still has the original spark plug in it.
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Thanks. I suspect they are the same. Nice thing about HD is they take crap back/exchange it no questions asked if there is ever a problem.

Have you had any fuel delivery issues w/Echo e.g. when the fuel tank gets low?

The Echo I am looking at is around 22cc 2 stroke.
I have the Echo SRM210 (21.2 cc) that is 3-4 years old. I have had no fuel delivery issues at all and I don't do much in the way of maintenance other than always use fuel stabilizer (Sea Foam or Sta-Bil).
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Stihl, Husqvarna, and Echo in that order. We operate and maintain over 20 pieces of handheld equipment from blowers to trimmers to chainsaws and Stihl holds up the best. With that being said I have a Echo blower at home that works just fine. What ever brand you buy make sure the pull starter assembly is on the rear of the engine for easy removal to replace the starter rope. Some of the homeowner brands you have to disassemble the entire powerhead just to replace the starter roap.

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