Rated 3.5 out of 5Â by 63
Rated 1 out of 5Â by rays start failure
Purchased 9-1-14 from Home Depot also the canned quart 50 to 1 fuel. Arrived home read the manual fueled it up and attempted to start it. Not even a sputter so went through instructions again without gaining any additional insights. Tried to start but again nothing, like the stop switch was off but was on. I will return to Home Depot and see what else they have. I have other echo products and very satisfied with them, maybe this was an exception. Truly disappointed.
September 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by burnout8488 What a smooth operator!
I come from an Echo family, but tried this and the Stihl BG-55 head to head. They are both entry level blowers, and offer similar features. The Echo is such an easy starter, much like my SRM-210 trimmer. The recoil is very smooth, and in most cases I can start the blower with half a tug, even when it's completely cold! One pull starting on a 2-stroke is often unheard of, but it fires right up when the choke is engaged, and will stay running if you're quick enough to turn it off and give it some throttle.
The Stihl got returned, mainly because the Echo starts so much easier and doesn't rip my arm off. The Stihl actually ripped the recoil cable back a few times, which knocked the unit over and hurt my elbow.
Once running, the Echo is smooth! It gives off a great little sound that isn't irritating. This is my favorite two-stroke engine in the garage by far. All gas leaf blowers are loud, but this doesn't give me the feeling that I'm irritating the neighbors. Airflow is sufficient to blow grass, rocks, sand, and leaves out of my lawn, gutters, and curbs. It's simple, and it works.
As always, use a 2-stroke oil that has a fuel stabilizer built in, or add it yourself to avoid carburetor trouble down the road... and definitely make sure you run the unit dry before Winter storage. However, last season I was running two year old fuel in my SRM-210 trimmer (essentially the same engine) and it still started on one pull, with no carburetor issues whatsoever. I have since changed my ways, but for what it's worth, my Echo still runs like a top! This could be attributed to the Echo Power Blend oil, which really isn't bad at all for a factory mix, and includes fuel stabilizer.
The blower is light and doesn't fatigue my arm after ten minutes of use. The intake for the blower is on the left of the unit, so right handed users might notice their pants getting sucked in. This doesn't seem to block the flow of air too much though, as Echo has designed a huge intake grille to allow air in from all angles. Left handed users won't be affected by this.
The throttle lock "cruise control" feature is smooth and feels well implemented, not cheap. Whipping this blower around at full throttle is almost fun.
September 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by fevheb66 Best bang for your buck machesney park home depot
I have been a Husqvarna fan for several years and my father has always been a Echo fan. After using his lawn equipment I have been sold on the entire Echo line up. Everything they sell is light weight easy to use and very reliable. I have used there products until they are very hot and will still turn over on the first or second pull. Bottom line is you cant go wrong with any echo purchase you get what you pay for!!!
May 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Turkey happy
When I read some of the reviews I was concerned about buying this product because of the fuel comments and starting problems. I bought the product anyway and I am glad I did because it works just fine. Let me say something about the fuel problems for those that may not know. Don't buy gas with ethanol in it to use in two cycle engines because it will rot in the container and cause problems. Another thing, I have 3 chain saws, one ice auger, one weed whacker, all 2 cycle, all use some mix of fuel, 40:1 or 50:1. I do not mix oil in my gas any more. I use a product called "Opti-2" which I have used for over three years. It comes in a packet to mix a one gallon of gas or a packet that mixes 2.5 gallons of gas. It makes no difference which engine it goes in they all work fine, no trying to mix the exact amount of oil in the gas and no problems with starting, no more carburetor adjustments required. A number of rental shops now use this product in their 2 cycle engines. My leaf blower after I primed it started on the third pull right out of the box. I would recommend not to completely run this unit out of gas because you will notice it will not run right for a few seconds when you start it back up. It will move the leaves off the grass nicely.
April 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by brebot12 Brebot12
I love this blower! It has a lot of power and it's quiet. It also starts smooth. I am a female and it is a little bit heavy so a strap would be nice. Also the pipe that leads to the locking collar takes some real force to clip in. I'm ready to see what it's capable of in the fall it already moves decent sized sticks and even clumped dirt . Overall great product, take care of it and it will take great care of you!
September 2, 2014