Rated 4.0 out of 5Â by 342
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by rpward51 Good Machine, replace the head
I bought this trimmer about 2-1/2 years ago. It was lightly used up until yesterday. More about that later.
During my first or second use I figured out that the Echo head had to go. I replaced it with a Rino Tuff head which has easily changed plastic blades. Buy and install the Rino Tuff head, buy a replacement pack of blades, and the Echo GT225 becomes a light weight work horse of a trimmer.
Keep in mind that I add Stabil to all my gasoline jerry cans. My GT225 starts on the first couple of pulls every time as long as long I don't have a stupid attack and forget to press the prime plunger, 3 or 4 plunges for a stone cold machine, 1 good plunge for a warm one.
This spring thru my own abject laziness I let our back yard go way, way too long until it was about a foot tall. That was grossly overgrown for my Honda mower so I basically mowed the entire back yard with the Echo. I ran it full bore thru 3 tanks of gas and it never missed I beat.
I am very happy with this little unit, would buy it again, and recommend it.
I would've given it 5 stars if it came with a blade style head.
May 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by FireMedic652 Excellent little ECHO
This is a great little trimmer. The quick change head is great, I read many reviews complaining of this however I find it great, If you use the trimmer properly you will not have any problems with it, I use .095 line in mine due to the heavy grass I cut and I have no complaints. If you follow the initial start up instructions the trimmer starts on third pull right out of the store and 1st pull all other times. I bought this after researching many machines and this was the best value for the price. I use twice a week for the past year and I love this trimmer. My father has had his ECHO for 15 yrs with no problems with his machine. Don't hesitate if you are considering this little gem.
June 2, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by NormB Great but...
The GT-225 is a great trimmer, but, as others have complained, the original, non-feeding head with two short strings is inadequate for heavy trimming. I had to stop and replace the strings every few minutes --even 0.105" strings. The fix is the Echomatic Trimmer Head, Echo Part No. 215-60040, which fits the GT-225 (and most other GTs). The reason for only three stars is that Echo doesn't advertize this fix, and it's difficult to find the head, even on the Internet. With the Echomatic head installed, the dry weight is a half pound less, so I've adjusted the balance.
April 4, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by ripwxman Echo, Echo
Finally had to replace my old Echo (~15 years old). Read many reviews. My brother, who works on/sells lawn and garden equipment, said that I shouldn't even hesitate to buy another Echo.
I was able to trim around house, fence, etc. and only used about 2 inches of the .080 line. Now I live in suburbia and do not run the machine at full throttle. One thing I learned from other reviews, and my brother, is that you should use .095 line. He said you can go up to .105 but anything more might put too much strain on the engine. When I used .095, I seemed to get better cutting ability. He said that you should be careful not to leave the line hanging out too far, as that can also put too much strain on the engine.
The first start of my Echo took a few minutes until I realized that the fuel tank needed to be almost completely full in order to prime the carburetor for the first time.
Speaking of fuel, my brother recommends using the Echo synthetic oil along with premium gas. Also he said you shouldn't let the gas sit for much more than a month. Most of the work he does on small engines is fuel related (bad gas). This is related to how gas is made nowadays (more stringent air pollution regulations that do not allow as many additives, etc). He said that he puts small amounts of left over gas into his vehicle (with a half to 3/4 full tank). This seemed odd but the synthetic oil is extremely dilute and in many ways similar to the gas additives that are sold over the counter. He said he has been doing that for years to his truck.
May 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Pleease If it's like my 10 year old GT-200R, buy it!
I had a couple of cheaper gas trimmers prior to buying an Echo GT-200R in 2004. Probably the best piece of equipment I ever bought. Unlike my earlier trimmers, this thing starts every time, and I mean EVERY time across 10 years of frequent use.
After wasting so much time on tangled bump heads, I liked the easy-load head, though you do need a pocket full of pre-cut string, as it goes through them. Ultimately I had trouble with the one-way "gate" that accepts the string -- kept getting jammed -- so last year bought an aftermarket head that you push a longer string all the way through -- same string coming out both ports -- and that solved it.
It cost more than the cheapest competitors, but then again, if I'd bought Echo first I would've saved the $ I wasted on the first two.
April 27, 2014