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ECHO

Model SRM-280U

Internet #100663405

17 in. 28.1 cc Straight Shaft Gas Brush Cutter

$486.95 /each

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The ergonomically friendly ECHO brush cutter can be used with its bump-and-feed trimmer head or its blade to handle cutting applications. An offset U-handle and shoulder harness make the cutter easier and more comfortable to use. The stop switch, throttle and lockout are also conveniently located for safety.

  • 17 in. maximum cutting width helps to quickly and efficiently finish the job
  • 28.1 cc Power boost vortex engine is powerful and efficient
  • For use with 0.095 in. line
  • Offset U-handle is ergonomically friendly
  • Conveniently located stop switch and throttle lockout for safety
  • Shoulder harness balances the cutter when used for long periods of time
  • Anti-vibration design limits fatigue for extended use
  • Commercial-grade felt air filtration helps keep dirt and debris out of the engine
  • Centrifugal clutch for ease of use
  • Includes ECHOmatic Pro trimmer head and blade conversion kit (blade not included)

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17 in. 28.1 cc Straight Shaft Gas Brush Cutter
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Echo 280U 28 cc

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June 16, 2015
Can one purchase a saw blade attachment for this machine and a full harness?
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June 16, 2015
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The SRM-280U is designed for use with a metal blade. I have listed the available blades and part numbers below; 99944200047 - Three Cutter Metal Blade (20mm) - ECHO three-cutter blades are specially designed to cut brush, shrubs and grass. 69500108331 - 7" 80 Tooth Brush Blade (20mm Arbor) - Designed for cutting heavy weeds, brush, and saplings up to 1/2" in diameter. 69500120331 - 8" 80 Tooth Brush Read More
The SRM-280U is designed for use with a metal blade. I have listed the available blades and part numbers below; 99944200047 - Three Cutter Metal Blade (20mm) - ECHO three-cutter blades are specially designed to cut brush, shrubs and grass. 69500108331 - 7" 80 Tooth Brush Blade (20mm Arbor) - Designed for cutting heavy weeds, brush, and saplings up to 1/2" in diameter. 69500120331 - 8" 80 Tooth Brush Blade (20mm Arbor) - Designed for material up to 2.5" in diameter depending on the material being cut and the condition of the blade. 69600120331 - 8" 8 Tooth Grass and Weed Blade (20mm Arbor) - Designed for grass, garden debris and thick weeds. 99944200130 - 22 Tooth Clearing Saw Blade (20mm Arbor) - For use on thick saplings and dense thicket up to 2-1/2" in diameter. This model also has a shoulder harness available. The part number for the harness is, 99944200202. Read Less
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June 16, 2015
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Hi Peter,
I'm Travis from The Home Depot. Thanks for visiting our site.
Yes, Homedepot.com offers these accessories to you.
Copy and paste this address to compare these products:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/compare/?errorURL=ProductAttributeErrorView&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&prodComp_0=100675447&prodComp_1=100675438&prodComp_2=100328748&keyword=echo+brush+cutter+accessory
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Hi Peter,
I'm Travis from The Home Depot. Thanks for visiting our site.
Yes, Homedepot.com offers these accessories to you.
Copy and paste this address to compare these products:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/compare/?errorURL=ProductAttributeErrorView&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&prodComp_0=100675447&prodComp_1=100675438&prodComp_2=100328748&keyword=echo+brush+cutter+accessory
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Can this trimmer be fitted with the blade conversion kit that is available at my local Home Depot?

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July 16, 2015
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The SRM-280U comes standard with the Speed Feed High Capacity Trimmer Head. However, it may be used with a metal blade. This model will come equipped with all necessary hardware to add a blade and a metal shield. The only part needed would be a compatible metal blade.
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i have a lot brushes and small trees which is the best brush cutter the staight or the curve

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August 15, 2014
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Just my opinion, but I would think straight, if only because it'll wear less when cutting heavy stuff.
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March 21, 2014
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All Brushcutter models are straight shaft only. They are not offered with a curved shaft.
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I just purchased the sr230 echo string trimmer. I have 2 acres and some of it is tall weeds that are 3/8" thick. would this be a better choice.

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fallbrook ca
July 27, 2013
these trimmers say brush cutter. Does that mean they are more heavy duty? I bought a blade for my trimmer for an additional $50.00. Would I not need that if I bought one of these trimmers?
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While there are some trimmers / brush cutters that come with blades, even this one -- the Echo 28.1 cc straight shaft bush cutter -- comes with a blade conversion kit, but it does not include a blade. That cost me an extra twenty bucks here at the Depot for a three blade mower-style metal one. But I'm glad I did it -- string alone would not have gone through our weeds.
Plain fact is though, a string Read More
While there are some trimmers / brush cutters that come with blades, even this one -- the Echo 28.1 cc straight shaft bush cutter -- comes with a blade conversion kit, but it does not include a blade. That cost me an extra twenty bucks here at the Depot for a three blade mower-style metal one. But I'm glad I did it -- string alone would not have gone through our weeds.
Plain fact is though, a string trimmer will never be efficient at cutting down weeds that are that thick and you'd probably run through string like water trying to do so. The thing about the 28.1cc is it does have a bigger engine and it has bicycle-style handles for greater control while cutting. That's why it cost that much more, but I feel it was worth it. Read Less
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July 30, 2013
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Hi Bob,
The Echo SR 230 is a commercial grade, heavy duty trimmer that is quite capable of cutting whatever you need it to cut.
The Brush Cutter Kit that you purchased enables you to fit a steel blade to the trimmer in place of the string head that came with the unit. The brush blade will cut through woody stemmed plants and vines better than the string head will.
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Hi Bob,
The Echo SR 230 is a commercial grade, heavy duty trimmer that is quite capable of cutting whatever you need it to cut.
The Brush Cutter Kit that you purchased enables you to fit a steel blade to the trimmer in place of the string head that came with the unit. The brush blade will cut through woody stemmed plants and vines better than the string head will.
While the brush blade will cut woody plants better, the string head will cut through flimsy grass plants best. The whip action that only a string head achieves is most capable of cutting tall grass.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by A lot more power than expected! We use this trimmer to cut through dried vegetation, even thick thatch. June 30, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Plenty of power!! The best string trimmer I have ever owned. I have not tried it as a brush cutter ,but I am sure it will be a good tool for that too! May 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great Start We bought this Echo trimmer/brush cutter recently. My husband loved it before he got it out of the box because we have a lot of brush on the periphery of the yard that needs attending. i was skeptical as I do most of the yard upkeep and am very short, have arthritic knees and an old chest injury so, most yard tools don't fit me well or are difficult to manage. This machine is easy to start, if you follow the clear directions provided. I trimmed for about an hour the first time out and, while getting the machine balanced for the operator is a two man operation, once done, the harness really helps ease the physical stress on the operator. I am a 57 year old woman with physical limitations and i would recommend this to others. We will, however, buy the harness shown on-line as the one that came with it is difficult to adjust and not well made. July 5, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great product This is my second echo, these are a great powerful trimmer/brush cuter. I like the first one so much I bought a second one.(my first one has been trouble free after hard use) May 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by This cutter is great This brush cutter does a great job taking out anything in its path. It has cranked every time with minimum effort. The 4 point harness is a must with this beast. I like the fact it can be used with blades as well as string. The engine runs smooth with Echo oil and ethanol free gas. Its well balanced for the size and easy to maneuver. I wish I had bought one years ago. October 1, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Heavy cutter for heavy brush We needed a brush cutter that was a step up from the usual suburban-grade string trimmers most folks use. We're out in the country where, if it's been a good year for rain, the local wild flora goes nuts. Sweet clover over our heads, wild sunflower, vines, weeds -- you name it. And the occasional tree sapling growing where it shouldn't. The Echo straight shaft 28.1cc cutter was just what we needed, although right from the beginning, we bought a blade and put that on instead of the included string spool. (Fortunately, this particular model came with the blade kit, but you do have to buy the blade itself separately. We got the 3-blade mower-type blade, but are about to switch to a circular one.) Once properly set, it's easy to spend a couple hours just swinging it back and forth to take down the overgrowth. However, I do have to recommend getting the four point harness for this thing, as the shoulder strap is fine for about an hour of cutting, then it starts to bite. On the other hand, for someone as short as I am, I'm having a bit of trouble getting the trimmer to be positioned high enough on my hip. I might need to make some further adjustments. The other problem we had was the instructions for starting the first time seemed somewhat contradictory -- and led to me badly flooding the motor, so that it just wouldn't start. Just pump the carburetor bulb like 3 times max and pull with the choke wide open. If it doesn't start, what they say is to close the choke and keep pulling. But if that doesn't work, you're supposed to start over and reprime the carb. Anyway, luckily, once I figured out the trick, it usually does start now on the first 3-6 pulls, although often it's after I've switched to "closed choke" -- then when it kicks over, I have to re-open the choke for a few seconds to keep it going. My top reason for deducting those ratings on 'Ease of Use' is this: The motor is already somewhat problematic for starting, requiring a bit of coordination. Then they add the fact you have to hold down the handle throttle at the same time you're pulling the starter cord. And holding the whole thing down, but not kneeling on it too hard lest you damage the shaft. Well, that's one too many things to have to do. Anyway, I see this as a design flaw. Meantime, I'll probably find a way to rig up a large rubber band to hold the throttle while I'm starting the motor. However, that all said, once it's started (which, if you do it right, isn't that hard) and get it settled on the harness, be prepared to become a brush cutting machine. I cleared unbelievable amounts of overgrowth quickly and easily. Further advice: If you're cutting serious brush, a pair of safety goggles/glasses alone isn't enough. Get one of those full-on face guards like they sell for chainsawing. I also HIGHLY recommend serious ear protection because the motor is loud. August 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HAPPY ECHO SRM 280UC OWNER NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, I LOVE MY ECHO. HAD IT FOR 7 YEARS WITHOUT ANY PROBLRMS AT ALL. JUST KEEP IT CLEAN AND USE FRESH GAS. MY YARD IS 1 1/2 ACRE AND THE HARNESS LETS ME TRIM FOR HOURS WITHOUT DRAGGING ME DOWN. I'M 63 AND CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE LOW VIBRATION, LOW WEIGHT, AND LOW COST OF OWNERSHIP. ONE OF THE BEST INVESTMENTS I'VE MADE IN YEARS. April 29, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lightweight,easy start,good on fuel,lots of power! This machine should last a non commercial user 15 years or more! Very expensive ,but you will not have to buy 3 machines over the years. I buy machines that will get 'er done! November 1, 2011
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