Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Scott Very well built
I use it for maintaining clean edges and I've had to clean up over grown sidewalks. This thing breezed through all of it. Highly recommend.
July 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SouthernMan Good Edger
Initially I'm generally pleased with the edger. It is pricey compared to similar edgers. I purchased based on the name hoping to get a longer life. Not real happy with how difficult it is to get it started. Get ready to make a few pulls before it starts. Once running...no problems. BUT...it isn't very responsive to the throttle pull. There seems to be a delay when throttling up so don't expect a crisp throttle response. It doesn't seem to be a problem for performance....just seems sluggish. Still performs fine.
December 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by duellingcarl Best edger!
Upgraded my PE-225 and it did the first edge without any issue. I just ran behind it while it cut through everything like butter. All the anti-vibration is really nice and doesn't tire me out like on the older 225.
April 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Cbrush Not a walk behind
Used this twice after recently purchasing from Home Depot. Had to order it as the stores in my area do not carry edgers let alone this top model. That's a whole other story! As for the edger it works best if the area you are edging has already been edged or cut through. I think any size motor will have no trouble cutting through grass and weeds but actually carving a path not even this 28.1 will do it easily. I like it and guess I will keep it but honestly regret not buying a three or four wheel walk behind. I think for the price this has surely let me down. Do your self a favor, buy the smaller engine it will do just as good and if you aren't concerned with portability... Buy a walk behind model.
May 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PhilMantel Very Powerful and Lightweight!
Very Powerful and Lightweight! Some dirt did accumulate in the shroud, but it was easily scraped off with a screwdriver and I could continue working.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Zang1972 Upgraded from PE-2400
I have used Echo equipment for the past 20+ years, 8 of those years pro landscape maintenance. Had a SRM-2400 for 20 years and finally upgraded to a 280T last year. The PE-280 in an upgrade from a PE-2400 I ran for 10+ years. Still going strong, I just wanted more power. And the PE-280 delivers, this thing really rocks. Starts fast and runs great. Throttle response is snappy and midrange is smooth, top end screams. Idle is nice as well, low vibration and fairly quiet for the torque it produces. It's a very noticeable increase in power from the PE-2400 it replaced.
A bit heavier, but the weight is really needed to handle the power. The blade guard assembly has some weight to it which stabilizes the blade under high power use. There was a strip along the neighbors driveway on the north side of my property that had some rocks along it that I just didn't run the edger on. Today, I pulled the rocks out with a long bar and fired up the PE-280 for a pass. It was pretty heavy overgrowth of Bermuda - it tore right through it and fast.
Very highly recommended edger - this thing is a beast, lots of power. Too much power? No, just about right actually for a hand held edger, the balance between weight and power - Echo engineers nailed it - it's a bit heavier than lesser units, but this thing is fast - so, actual work time is reduced. Well worth the trade off.
April 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 best edger out hands down
i have owned a landscape co and worked for others for a total of 10 years. i have another 25 years of mowing, edging, etc. around the various acreages my family has owned. my company, Riverbend Landscape uses about 75% echo except two stihl saws, stihl auger, one stihl line trimmer, one redmax blower. rest of the blowers, trimmers, edgers, even line trimmers are echo. lots of 280-series powerheads. i have used the mid / high edgers from murayama, echo, redmax, shindaiwa, and stihl. the PE280 stands out as the best and here is why. echo's gurad does not clog up and jam the blade like a stihl does. driveshaft cables are longer lasting in the echo. the 280 outclasses all the stihl/redmax on brute hp and performance in real world useage.. it might be a little heavier than some but you will get done faster. period. very reliable. not valves to bounce out and fail the powerhead like a stihl four mix. powers through unedged areas easier than any other ( single passes well overgrown sidewalk edges with rotary corp's star 4 blade edger blade). weeklky edging you can fly through and still get a sharp edge. the best. i am a very hardcore landscaper doing higher end properties and demand continuous superior peformance. why i run echo/walker/exmark/billy goat/ some stihl.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Aspenbaby Where have you been?
I started edging after eight years. The PE 280 cut through the over growth with ease. The edger was very is to handle and did not bog down the motor. I own other Echo products for maintaining my lawn and should have bought this edger a long time ago!
July 7, 2014