Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 65
Rated 1 out of 5Â by 1Texan I WOULD AVOID ECHO BLOWERS DUE TO PROBLEMS WITH FLYWHEEL SHEARING OFF!!!
I would avoid Echo Blowers especially the PB-XXX lines. I've always purchased Echo equipment (weed eaters, hedge trimmers, etc.) and had success with them in the past. I purchased this blower in 2010 and after about a year it became increasingly more difficult to start but eventually after 20 or 30 pulls it would sometimes crank. I discovered through research these units have a defect in the flywheel which controls the ignition and will randomly shear off. The key is molded inside the flywheel and must fit into a slot on the shaft. After using the blower, the key starts to shear thus making the unit harder to start until it eventually wears completely off. I replaced the flywheel myself ($45 part) )because I did not keep the receipt from HD and could not prove the purchase date for warranty. A few months later same problem again. When the flywheel starts shearing it will become loose and move out of position thus throwing the ignition timing off. By constantly cranking 20 or 30 times you can sometimes get it to align up again and the unit will start if you are lucky. Eventually the key will completely shear off allowing the to become completely out of whack!!! See attached picture.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by domd06 Updated review
Since writing the last review several days ago which was just posted yesterday, I've used the blower about 5 times. It seems I've worked out the issues in starting and it goes like this:
press primer bulb 2 times
go full on choke
go 1/2 choke
pull cord 2nd time and unit starts right up
go off choke & run blower without issue
So I actually borrowed another reviewers idea for starting and blower does start no issue. I hope this continues to start this way 10 years from now. Again time will tell, but so far happy with this purchase...
October 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by EchoRuler 2 years old and it still screams
What can I say? I bought this before last season and used it for two years now and still love it. If you follow the directions it's perfect. This blower is made to scream because once it get warm, about 45 seconds it goes like it's on fire. When you first start it up it works fine but after the warm up it really runs. I have had power tools that have screamed for the first 45 seconds then when warm just couldn't man up. This is the first echo anything I bought and am now an echo fan over Stihl. I have a Stihl chainsaw from the 70's and a Stihl hedge trimmer too. I believe that the echo equipment is comparable to the Stihl stuff but except that the Echo starts easier and stays running. Besides, the Echo stuff is just a little better priced. So I am in the market for a chainsaw because that Stihl is such a pain to keep running and the chain keeps loosening and you guessed it, I'm buying an Echo.
September 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Butch68 Excellant product
Very good blower. Starts with 2 pulls when cold, and one pull when hot. It is very quiet, but has plenty of power. I have read where other users complaining about hard starts. The instructions say to push the bulb on the carb about 8 times. This only applies out of the box when just fueled for the first time. When I start it after that, I only push it 1 or 2 times. Use full choke for the first pull of the starter, then go to half choke and it starts right up every time. When hot, use NO choke.
August 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by EchoUser WOW! PERFECT PLEASURE
Have been using PxxxxxPxo which claims to be 200mph, for quite sometime. For a change wanted to try the PB-255LN, what a difference it made. Filled it 50:1 gas mix, primed it and started the engine. The engine noise is very low and might I add a very powerful blower. Was able to lift the dead and stuck leaves from the ground causing bare spots on the lawn. My old blower was unable to do that task. Very light weight. After this experience went and bought the Echo SRM225 trimmer, PE225 edger and the CS352 saw. It's party time. Will be getting rid of my old gear pretty soon.
Overall excellently satisfied.
August 26, 2014