I bet either one is going to be great. I have an Echo trimmer, love it. Prime the bulb, choke, thing starts every time...but so does my Stihl chainsaw.
I forgot what my old brand of trimmer was, but when I took it to the shop when it stopped running, they just laughed and said that was the disposable kind...only good for a couple of seasons...it was on its 7th season at the time. But I know my Echo has been worry free so far, I've had it for 4 seasons so far.
1968 Fastback: 331 stroker, FTI cam, N351 Heads with a few upgrades, 4r70w w/3600 stall, 9" locker w/3.70 gears
I have a Red Max trimmer absolutely love it..
Can say same for my Stihl chain saw and hedge clipper..
Use to have a Husqvarna chain saw..Did not have the same affection towards it that I had towards the others..
One more thing I always spend a few more bucks and get commercial grade equipment from power tool dealer rather than a home depot etc.... There is a difference...
I bought a Stihl trimmer ~10 years ago and had nothing but problems with it. Over those 10 years I replaced 3 coil packs, 1 carburetor, and 2 muflers and it was always hard to start.
I Bought an Echo trimmer 3 years ago and it starts on the second or third pull, and has run flawlessly since I bought it.
I am now looking to buy a new chainsaw and it will be a Echo.
most landscapers use one or the other-- i have shindaiwa 2 strokes-- ones 20 years + works great-- but i can tell its lost some power compared to the new one i got 2 years ago.. now i leave the trimmer head on the new one and the blade on the old..
whatever you do get the "speed feed" trimmer head -- theyre 30 on ebay-- shindaiwas come with them-- all you do is line up the hole and pull 10feet of line thru-- done.. they can hold massive thick line--
pick the one that you can find parts for if needed-- the local shops here most carry both brands..
64.5 vert rust free survivor :
Stacked EFI- Ford strokers 347
4 link rear w/17 x 9's
13" custom brakes
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