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post #1 of 36 Old 06-28-2009, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Echo vs Stihl trimmers

which brand has the better split shaft string trimmer? i have about 2 acres of rough land to maintain--grass, weeds ,saplings, etc. i am looking at these models: Echo PAS-230, PAS-265 Stihl KM90R, KM110R, KM130R
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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

You can't compare Echo(Skoda) to Stihl(BMW)

they are not even in the same league.....

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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

I, unfortunately, cannot help you answer your question. I haven't used any of the models you listed. The only Stihl trimmer that I have used was one week ago and it was an FS-95. That was a decent trimmer but that is the extent of my experience.

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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

I purchased a KM90R a few weeks ago with a few of the attachments (straight shaft trimmer, curved edger and pruning saw). Big improvement over the old Craftsman trimmer and Troy-Bilt edger I was using. No experiance with Echo, so I can't compare the two - but so far the Stihl has been outstanding. I plan on picking up the cultivator attachement this weekend.
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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

I currently have Stihl chainsaw, trimmer, and clippers. They are excellent and do a great job. I have never had a bit of trouble with any of them. Dont think you would ever be displeased with a Stihl. I have used an Echo trimmer ( have not owned one ) for a brief time and it simply did not compare with the Stihl.
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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

I am under the impression that echo is better than stihl for trimmers. A local campground goes to the echo dealer for trimmers and buys there chainsaws at the stihl dealer.

So I would assume there is a reason that they don't go all stihl!

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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

On our Christmas tree farm we only buy the best...stihl... We cant take a chance with the others...

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My Stihl works great. Starts each and every time I go to use it. slkpk

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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

Own both brands and have to say that the Echo's are more finicky whereas the Stihl's all run excellent every time I start them.
I do have a SRM2100 split shaft trimmer and have had it for 9 years with no issues other than having to clean the mufler and carb this year (was low on power). It runs VG now. I have an edger, pro-paddle and polesaw attachment.
When and if I need to replace it I will go with another Echo power head as i would not want to have an incompatable tool. I would go with the most powerful model if running many different attachments.

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I have a Stihl FS-80 that's 10-11 years old and still running good. My neighbor has a new Echo, but his previous Echo ran a looong time. Both are excellent. You can't go wrong with either one!
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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

Have an echo SRM2100 like munderhill and a stihl chainsaw. The echo trimmer is about 15 years old and the stihl 19. Both run very good. I had some issue with the echo running rough but ironically, once I changed to stihl 2 cycle oil, it runs better and idles good. Around here, the pro's use both so I don't think you can go wrong.


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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

I think the original poster has gotten some very good input here. Personally, I've always had better luck with Echo than Stihl (chainsaws and trimmers), but that just goes to show that different people can have different experiences.

One thing I have not seen mentioned is dealer support. The proximity of the dealer, and how reliable they are for repair work, or even just advice, should be factored in the decision as well.
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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

I've not personally run either brands trimmer but I've used lots of there other products. I find that echo 21.2cc products to be a touch louder than the stihls. The lawn crew at work runs stihl fs 80 & 90s. They make a very distinctive chugging chatter. Its not loud but its not exactly a mechanical symphony either. I much prefer the sound of my shindy.

I don't think either one is a bad choice. I would use whichever dealer offered the best service/amenities. I've started buying echo products because the dealer is 1/2 mile away and operated by fair honest people. I think the stihls will be slightly more expensive but give slightly longer service life. You'll be hard pressed to wear out either one in normal residential use.

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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

My dad had an Echo and loved it till he passed away. I currently have a Sthil FS90r 4mix 4 stroke and I love it. Fires right up even after winter and I never need to use max throttle. I also love the sound it makes.. totally unlike a 2 stroke, sounds like a mini hotrod the way it burbles away when idling.


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Re: Echo vs Stihl trimmers

Let me throw a crow bar in the fan blade. Im done with Stihl. We have three stihl products and 1 is excellent, another is half decent, and the last one is a total lemon. I will never buy another. We also own Echo and Shindiawa and both are better imo. The dealer has washed his hands also on the lemon. Im so mad about it I cant tell you.

Shindiawa is the best imo. Echo is also very good.

I know this is probably not representitve of the the entire brand but its my experience. I will never ever buy another Stihl product. If they had worked with me on my lemon blower it would have been different.
Its probably a fluke but the way things were handled have really made my opinion strong. I have friends that have had nothing but good luck with Stihl.
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