Rated 4.8 out of 5Â by 27
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mikecreates Excellent Power Source
I love Echo products and this one doesn't disappoint. Starts on the first pull, full power within a minute, and hours of steady, reliable cutting / edging / trimming.
This is the power source I'd recommend if you want more power than the base model.
April 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Leko Useful tool around the yeard
We were on the market for a bunch of power tools for our newly purchased home, and a trimmer is a must have. We decided to go for a medium power and that you pay a good upgrade price for it. I read many reviews, googled, asked friends and Echo won on every category. It's easy to use, starts easily, it's light weight and the best about buying a power head is that you can add attachments for different uses. We purchased an edger and a trimmer. Was going to buy the blower but decided to have as a second piece in case I have help gardening. I'm very satisfied with my choice so far. Will update this review if anything happens.
April 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Kidcov Worth the cost
Starts right up with 2 pulls (1st to prime,2nd starts), the other brands that I have purchased took between 10 to 20 pulls to start - a lot of this old man to do. The safety feature of the cut off switch right on the shaft (trigger section) is out standing, as if you need to cut off the engine in a hurry there is no fumbling to do so - and it stops accidental start ups if the switch is not in the on position, something the other brand do not do (they are always in the on position). To sum it up - worth every penny spent on it.
July 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Rousabout Good Porduct
This is a great power source but had to drill new hole where I could turn the shaft to use it to edge with.
March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Stimpson Great Tool!
I bought this product around 3 months ago and have used it maybe 15 times thus far. Changing the attachments is simple and takes about 10 seconds. I have three attachments at this point. I have the edger, the quick load trimmer attachment and the brush cutter attachment. The edger works great, the rapid loader works great and I've used the brush cutter only once.
The edger makes a clean line along curbs and driveways. I've found that if I follow the edger for one pass and then drag it backwards for a second, quicker pass, it leaves a much cleaner line and throws the cut soil out of the cut. The edger is the heaviest of the three attachments I own. It can get a bit heavy with this attachment, so getting the sling will be helpful and will be my next accessory purchase.
The rapid loader string attachment with the heavy (.095) line works great for grass and around shrubs. We have a flagstone patio with sharp stone that tends to cut the line relatively often but I found that if I run the trimmer at lower speeds and am a bit more careful, I can get a lot more time out of the line before it needs to be replaced. I have roughly 20K sf of lawn to trim and I can do it with 4 line changes. Sometimes the line gets a bit wedged, but I've yet to have to get a pair of pliers to pull the line free from the rapid loader head. Pushing from the outside and pulling from the inside simultaneously tends to do the trick for the most stubbornly wedged trim line.
As stated, I've used the brush cutter only once. The only drawback I found is that brush that tends to hang over well outside the radius of the trunk of what you are cutting makes the job more difficult as you can't see what you are cutting. You almost have to trim the brush back and then cut the base with the brush cutter. I was able to prune tree limbs overhead as well. The brush cutter cut through 1" limbs and brush with ease. You'll want to focus your cuts on the left side of the blade or it has a tendancy to 'jump' to the right as it may roll around what you are cutting.
Overall, I'm quite satisfied with the product. I elected to get the 230 in lieu of the 225 for the increased power and it hasn't let me down thus far. The final drawback of the system is that it is a bit expensive to load up with attachments. Thus far, I'd say I've invested nearly $600 between the power head and the three attachments I own.
September 13, 2011