2-cycle Lawn-Boy wacko
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Kernersville, NC
Re: Late model Echo trimmers
Thanks for the input, guys. Lily'sDad, if you don't mind my asking, what model did you buy and how often do you use it?
Mowerman, I've never been able to pinpoint the exact source of the leak, but it's somewhere around the carburetor. When I took it to the dealer after the leak first appeared, he said that the parts alone would cost $75. Since a new model similar to my old one would run about $200, and the leak was minor (at the time), the dealer said it would be best not to fix it. He said the leak wasn't dangerous (and at that time it wasn't), so I could just continue using the trimmer without putting money into it until the leak got worse. At that point, he said, it would be best to replace the trimmer because of the high cost of parts and labor to repair the leak.
Now, two years later, the leak has become worse. If I lay the trimmer on its side to put more line in the spool, it doesn't take long for fuel to start leaking around the carburetor (it starts leaking before I can finish reloading the spool). Needless to say, with a hot engine, that's dangerous. Consequently, it's time to replace the trimmer. I've been happy with it except for the leak. In fact, this leak is the only problem I've ever had with it, so that's why I'm considering Echo again. However, because I've heard that the new ones aren't as good as the old ones, I'm not sure if Echo is still a good choice. That's why I'm asking for input from anyone here on MTF who has a late model Echo trimmer.
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