Definitely would not buy this again. It works fine, if...
August 15, 2020
Definitely would not buy this again. It works fine, if you can get it started. It took a while to discover that I have to take the spark plug out and put it back in to get it to start cold. I know 2-strokes can be finicky, but this one is down rough hornry. Overall, adequate brush cutter with a poor engine. Other brands must work as well and start more easily.
I purchased an SRM 225U on June 3. The included harness was missing. Instead there was a shoulder strap with no shoulder pad that was not only incomfrtable but cut into my neck while wearing it.
I tried calling customer service over the next few days but was placed on a forever hold. So I sent an email. A week later I get a response that I was in error. It doesn't come with a harness.
I responded by copying the text of the ad which clearly states that it comes with a harness and asked for ECHO to honeor the ad and supply the harness. I never heard back.
This brush-cutter/trimmer is almost $100 more than an equivalent Husqvarna or Stihl. I assumed it was because of the included harness.
It is a heavy machine and requires a harness to use. I would not recommend ECHO.
This tough machine is perfect for me to finally clear a vacant lot I have owned for 15 years in the FLA Panhandle. It is heavily wooded with thick undergrowth, tangles of briars, thick vines and numerous types of young 1" to 4" diameter trees. (The bigger ones, I cut around on both sides to bring them down...nice and low to the ground with no stumps.) String trimmers can't cut through this stuff. Chain saws do, but you can't reach in to the middle of thickets to reach central stalks without hours of using hand tools tediously cutting brush and getting scratched up. This rips through everything in the way. I had to make some changes to the basic kit for max performance for this job. Tried two different blades and found a carbon tipped blade, similar to a wood ripping blade, that works best. I also upgraded the harness to double-shoulder style straps for greater stability and comfort. For me, this machine performs like a champ. Like all Echo products, it is easy to start and runs smooth. I love it. When this job is done, I'll switch back to a brush-cutter blade for low brush maintenace which is very easy and fast to do. Great machine!