Which is better the Stihl FS 55 R or the Echo SRM-225

polecat009August 16, 2010

I am debating purchasing a new gas trimmer for my home here on the eastern shore of maryland. I have gotten it down to two choices of either the Stihl FS 55 R or the Echo SRM-225. They both seem to have smiliar features to them. Which do i chose now for my yard. What are your thoughts on my decison process.

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canguy(British Columbia)

The FS-55 wins on price but that is all. The Echo is smoother, quieter and will last you for years with a little care.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 12:26AM
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ewalk

Well your comparing a 27 cc Swede manufacturer or a 21 cc Japan origin both proven quality . Even though small in displacement , I like the Design of the Echo on these Models. Actually the Pricing locally for the Echo is better here . Shows you have to shop around perhaps. I will agree with CG on long term performance , since I have a neighbour who has a 225 unit almost 10 yrs old that he has me service (cleaning) every few yrs . Almost maintenance free .

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 5:32AM
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ladylake(minnesota)

The Echo, built way better. Steve

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 7:13AM
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slipshoddon

I have the Stihl FS55 R and it's been a great tool for me. I've never owned an Echo, but all the Commercial Crews around here seem to be converting to Stihl products. That caught my eye before I made a purchase.

Of course the Echo is sold at the big box retailer or the local independent dealer, but Stihl is only available through an independent dealer. The dealer recommended Stihl over Echo with a slightly higher rating, but indicated that both are top-notch trimmers.

The feature I really like on the Stihl is the cutting head. It's very stable and balances the power unit nicely. I think with either choice, it will last for years and years.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 8:53PM
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evdpgh

"all the Commercial Crews around here seem to be converting to Stihl products"

The Stihl homeowner and commercial units are a world apart in quality and price. The 225 is hard to beat for the money.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2010 at 4:45PM
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popcornhill

I bought the Stihl 55 this summer after using the walmart weedeaters for several years. I have never used the Echo. I don't know how much the Echo weighs but if I were you I would test or at least pickup both before making a decision. The Stihl is pretty heavy. But as far as a good weedeater it is way better than anything I have had. You do have to keep the rpm's up or the head will stop spinning.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 8:00PM
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