Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 119
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hubb Adjust the carb
I bought mine "reconditioned" from HD. When it got it home it would not run over half throttle without bogging out, maybe a bit faster with some choke (this is probably why the first owner returned it).
Under the primer bulb is a little black plastic cap, remove it with a tiny screwdriver (get a precision set for a few dollars), warm up engine, and hold trigger full while slowly turning the slotted screw (my 2011 has this screw, not tamper-proof one) until the unit runs at full throttle smoothly. As you turn it you will hear a bog, then a sweet-spot, then bog if turned too much.
These machines are adjusted from the factory for the EPA (not Echo's fault), not for performance. Adjustment after break-in, or even sooner is usually needed in most all equiptment. BTW, I searched a bit, older ones have primer bulb on the bottom, mine is on the front, along with the fuel lines on the front.
Use only fresh fuel!!!!!!
August 1, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JVJ24601 Great value and exceeded expectations
This has ample power and is probably the best $ per blowing power. It is fairly light and it takes a little bit of effort to start. Since it is light it is a little tricky to get the pull action while hold the machine. But I have no regrets on having bought this.
May 9, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Returned 4 of them
Had an older ECHO version that lasted me over 7 years. I have returned 4 of these newer models due to not starting or running so badly that they are unusable. I have added fuel stabilizers etc. and never made it to the second tank of gas. There is something wrong with the carb design.
July 13, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dangull Echo Blower Great........
This blower is Great ..Had a name brand before... but it took 10-20 pulls to start..I was spent just starting the thing before blowing...This Echo takes 1-2 pulls, Quiet, Smooth, Way more power than the other brand...Echo all the way for me..I have their gas edger too, same thing, great...
March 24, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by crash Echo pb250 Handheld Blower
I have 2 of these echo blowers and each one you have to wait a little while for the blowers to warm up but once they're warmed up they run great. If it's cold out side they may take a bit longer to warm up , but I would think is common with any leaf blower.These units are light weight which is a big plus. I take care of 7 to 8 yards in the summer and I really like these echo blowers. I have echo chainsaws, and trimmers and I think the quality of echo products is very good. I can't believe all the bad reviews these blowers are getting. I have even sold a few of these blowers to other people which I would not have done if I didn't think the quality of these blowers were good.
January 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JoeThePlumber Lightweight and Powerful
I love this blower! After a recommendation from my neighbor who had one for about one year now, I took the plunge and bought one even after seeing some poor reviews. I could not be happier. This blower is light and has lots of power. It is a night and day difference on how easy it is to start compared to my old Homlite. I recommend this blower and based on my experience I don't understand how anyone could have a complaint about it.
November 15, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by doctordon Works great, when it works
I have had this blower a total of 8 months, it has been in repairs for 2 months of that. There is an issue with the carburetor that can't be adjusted by a homeowner (not typically) and it is denied as warranty coverage by ECHO. The whole reason I got this one was for the warranty. The ECHO certified repair center told me it was common with this model.
June 23, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bassfearmee Wow!
I brought unit home today to replace my trusty old Homelite 200mph blower that went bad. I was initially concerned about the rated airspeed of this model until I started it up. This Echo 250 outperforms my Homelite. My Homelite had a vacuum on it that I really liked, but with this blower you don't need a vacuum because it's so powerful. The blower is well balanced, easy to start, and puts out a lot of volume. It will blow everything from wet leaves to gravel. It will also move things you don't want moved so you have to be careful around your porch/patio. I'm very happy with this blower.
As far as starting, make sure the power switch is forward in the ON position, prime the bulb three to four times, flip the choke to full and pull the cord. If it starts to turn over but dies, turn the choke off and it will start on the next pull. The fuel mix is very important, this engine will not tolerate a richer mix than 50:1.
I love this blower and highly recommend it.
November 2, 2010