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Old 07-16-2017, 06:31 PM   #1
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Today I said goodbye to the gas powered Stihl that's gave me so much grief and cost me money over the years. It's been a booger to start but did run good once started. Seems that I've had to work on it almost every time I got ready to use it. I've got an Echo chainsaw and an Echo backpack leaf blower that will start every time within no more than 5 pulls no matter how long they've set.

So today I went to buy a new gas Echo but thought I'd try this battery powered trimmer first. I came home, charged the battery and went to work. This thing will cut like a boss and I weedeated for a good 45 minutes and still had 3 out of 4 lights left on the battery. 5 year warranty, no gas, no oil, no more pulling on the thing. Pop the battery in, pull the trigger and get to work. So far, I'm very impressed.



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Old 07-16-2017, 06:46 PM   #2
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Been running mine fairly hard going on my second year and really like it. I also got the edger attachment and really like it also..
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:13 PM   #3
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I've got an Echo mini tiller, weed eater and a leaf blower. I also had an edger and hedge trimmer when I was mowing yards on the side. Ive put all of them through the ringer and have never had any issues. Ive been thinking when it is time to replace them, I may go the battery powered route as well. It just seems like less maintenance and possibility of problems!
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:10 PM   #4
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When they get that hard to start, eBay is your friend. Try a $10-$15 replacement carb. Issues after that??? Time to go....
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:22 PM   #5
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I went with a battery powered hedge trimmers.
Black and Decker. 20v. They have been great...
My weed eater, is next..
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:28 PM   #6
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I have the 58V Echo Chainsaw. It was just what I needed out of a chainsaw. I would never go back to gas unless I really needed something big
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Old 07-16-2017, 09:39 PM   #7
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I've thought about buying that blower for my Tree Service and keeping a charger in the truck. good to hear some good reviews!
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:06 PM   #8
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Good to hear. I've been debating buying a battery blower.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:06 PM   #9
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Got my battery powered echo weedeater back in the spring and I love it. Like you said, tons of power and battery life is good. You will love no gas, no pulling string, no ear plugs.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:26 PM   #10
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I got one of the EGo 56 volt trimmers on sale for $150, and it has more power than my gas trimmer. Got the extended warranty at Home Depot, so I don't have to worry about batteries going bad for 5 years.
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Old 07-17-2017, 08:25 AM   #11
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I have both as there are advantages and disadvantages. The BIG thing I learned about gas-powered is use the pre-mix fuel ! TOO much Ethanol in gas from a gas station and it will work for the 1st couple of times but after that GUM-Up the carburetor .. and then it's repair time. Unless you can find Ethanol free gas .. Go with the pre-mix..
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:05 AM   #12
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I got one of the EGo 56 volt trimmers on sale for $150, and it has more power than my gas trimmer. Got the extended warranty at Home Depot, so I don't have to worry about batteries going bad for 5 years.
I have had two of the EGo blowers for about a year (one for the lake and one for the house). On Saturday I bought the hedge trimmer and my wife told me to go ahead and get the weed eater. I put both to the test on Sunday and was really surprised by how well they worked. Especially the hedge trimmer. I will keep my Stihl weed eater for the tough jobs but, I really like the convenience of the battery power. Just grab and go.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:08 AM   #13
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I am really considering going this way after all the problems I have had with my Craftsman 4 stroke weed eater. It has been in the shop longer than I have had time to use it! I would probably go with the DeWalt brand since I already have all their products, chargers, and batteries.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:16 AM   #14
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I have a Ryobi Li trimmer and it has been great. It is only 18v but I picked it because it's light weight in case my wife has to use it. We only trim around the house, backyard fence, and shed. Not our full 2 acres. So the small size works great for our situation. I only use my push mower for our small fenced in 30x40 back yard, so I may even go battery on that as well. I have a riding mower for the rest of the yard.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:54 AM   #15
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I have a Ryobi Li trimmer and it has been great. It is only 18v but I picked it because it's light weight in case my wife has to use it. We only trim around the house, backyard fence, and shed. Not our full 2 acres. So the small size works great for our situation. I only use my push mower for our small fenced in 30x40 back yard, so I may even go battery on that as well. I have a riding mower for the rest of the yard.


I initially bought the 18 volt Ryobi since I have other Ryobi power tools but I took it back. IMO, that thing wouldn't cut diddly squat and even though it was light, it was very awkward to handle which hurt my back. Battery wouldn't stay charged very long and the job took 3 x's longer than it should. This 58 volt Echo is the real deal.


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Old 07-17-2017, 10:53 AM   #16
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Does the head swivel for edging?


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Old 07-17-2017, 11:21 AM   #17
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No, not on the Echo. You have to buy an attachment but the Ryobi did but just didn't have enough power to do much.


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Old 07-17-2017, 11:43 AM   #18
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I've got the same one. It's the sh*t!
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:02 PM   #19
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Battery powered tools have come a long way over the last few years. I bought the Kobalt 80V a year ago and haven't looked back. I had the same issues you are having with my Stihl gas powered trimmer. Too much hassle to get it started.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:12 PM   #20
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I'm with you guys, bout stroked out last week with my Stihl trying to start it. Once its out of the shop I'm selling it and buying a electric 56 volt
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:28 PM   #21
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I initially bought the 18 volt Ryobi since I have other Ryobi power tools but I took it back. IMO, that thing wouldn't cut diddly squat and even though it was light, it was very awkward to handle which hurt my back. Battery wouldn't stay charged very long and the job took 3 x's longer than it should. This 58 volt Echo is the real deal.


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I have the 40 volt Ryobi and so far it has been great. Lost of power for my needs.
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:54 PM   #22
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I'm with you guys, bout stroked out last week with my Stihl trying to start it. Once its out of the shop I'm selling it and buying a electric 56 volt


I hear ya! I was right on the verge of stroking out but saved just enough energy to give the Stihl the powerbomb on the concrete so it was no more fixing and I had to buy a new one. That was the only way I could turn loose of the money bc I was always like, I will work on it and maybe it will straightened out.


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