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SRM-225 String Trimmer, 21.2CC, 17 In. Cut Width
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|Sold By||Griggs Lawn And Tractor LLC||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com|
|Cutting width||1,700 in||1,700 in||1,000 in||1,700 in||1,600 in||1,800 in|
|Item Dimensions||14.5 x 71.5 x 13.8 in||9 x 70 x 12 in||9.9 x 70.1 x 12.5 in||11.25 x 41.8 x 12.4 in||10.63 x 11.8 x 39 in||31.5 x 12.99 x 5.12 in|
|Item Weight||24.2 lbs||11 lbs||11.2 lbs||18 lbs||14.25 lbs||9.9 lbs|
|Size||—||17"||26.9 cc Engine||12.4" H x 11.2" W x 41.8" L||17"||10 Amp, 18" Cutting Path|
|Voltage||—||—||—||120 volts||—||120 volts|
' String Trimmer, Fuel Type Gas, Cutting Width 17 In., Shaft Length 59 In., Shaft Type Straight/Flex-Cable, Engine Displacement 21.2cc, 2 Stroke Engine, Line Diameter .095 In., Line Advance Bump Feed, Anti Vibration Handle Yes, Fuel Tank Capacity 14.9 oz. '
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I recently gave up trying to get my Homelite trimmer to work (properly, or at all usually) and my Black & Decker electric trimmer is a pain to use and the replacement spools are way too expensive, so I decided to try this trimmer out based on the other reviews at my local big-box store's website.
In a word ... WOW.
This thing is a beast. It is amazing. It is so far and above better quality than the Homelite piece of junk I had, and totally out-performs the Black & Decker, I simply cannot believe I had never tried a good piece of equipment like this.
My story, as brief as I can be:
I removed the packaging, read the directions (I know, crazy right?) and filled it with 2-cycle gas. I pressed the primer bulb several times, until the bulb filled up and fuel was returning to the tank. I put the choke on (70 degrees outside, meh) and yanked a few times. No luck. I turned off the choke and it fired up after about 3 pulls and idled nicely. I let it warm up for about a minute and then jammed it into some thick weeds and ivy that are a perennial problem on my fence and ... and ... and WOW it just tore right through the ivy like it was nothing. I mean, it absolutely DESTROYED it.
My old Homelite would choke and die on this ivy (and many smaller tasks). I ran this Echo through everything I could find at the edge of my yard and it just doesn't care, it rips right through it. It is an amazing machine. Over the course of a week I have managed to completely remove all the weeds, thick ivy and it's branch-like roots, small bushes, tall grass, and anything else that needed to be removed. I now have a nice 1' wide swath of dead-zone around my yard which had previously been taken over by invasive plants.
I also managed to take back a corner of my yard which had been completely taken over by various ivy and creeping vine-like plants, along with other tall plants and weeds. It's now trimmed down to the ground! This is the first time since I bought my house nearly five years ago that I've been able to get back there.
Over the course of two weeks I've used this trimmer and it starts up on the first or second pull every time I remember to put the on/off switch into the "run" position. :)
Ok, bottom line:
+ Starts quickly and easily.
+ Too powerful for mortal beings.
+ "Bump" to feed more line works immediately and every time.
+ *Incredibly* easy to re-string (I've never seen a trimmer that is so easy to re-string - you don't have to remove the head - just spin the empty head until the holes in the middle spool line up, stick the new line through, center it, and wind it in!).
+ Could probably cut down a tree, but easily goes through bushes and branches of all sorts.
- A little expensive, but seeing as how I had to throw away my last two bargain trimmers it will probably be more cost effective in the long run.
- A little on the heavy side. After about 20 minutes you'll want to take a break. However, you'll probably be halfway done with your yard, instead of only 1/10th, so this really isn't a big issue.
- The manual references a strap, which does not seem to be included, so I ordered one and am waiting for it to arrive since the big-box stores take weeks to get things shipped. :(
- The protective cover over the string is very small, and as a result you will get hit with rocks and sticks a lot if you don't take care to tilt the trimmer with the right side down to the ground, flinging stuff *away* from you.
As a closing note, I would suggest you purchase a wear safety goggles that are fully "enclosed" - similar to a scuba mask - which has complete coverage between the frame and your cheeks/eyes, instead of standard "glasses". This monster throws a ton of debris, and even with my full-coverage goggles I still got a few rocks and such inside the goggles. I also got hit in the face by a 2" long stick which cut me pretty good. This is a powerful machine, treat it with respect!
Now to the trimmer:
I follow the starting instructions for cold start. First set the trimmer down on the ground. Pump the bulb 5-8 times, switch to full choke, pull the string while you hold down the trigger all the way. Follow this procedure until you hear the engine start for a split second then die. This always happens on the second pull. Next, turn choke off, engage switch HALF way and then pull the string. This always takes one pull. So there are 3 pulls total in the procedure. I don't know if there is a quicker method or not but this is the procedure stated in the manual and that's what I follow.
As far as the trimming goes it works. I've never had it bog down or quit or run rough or act weird. It just runs and cuts til I turn it off. That's what I need my trimmer to do and it does that so I'm happy. The bump head is still going strong and has worked flawlessly, it's a complete piece of cake to put new line in it.
My only complaint really is that it seems to throw an uncomfortable amount of rocks at your legs. If you adjust the direction you hold it it can help a lot. I have really only used an old ryobi before this and don't remember having this much of an issue but I was mowing another lawn back then.
There are instructions in the manual on what to do if you store it longer than (I think) 30 days. Drain fuel, run it til it quits, pump bulb, start again, run til it quits, pump bulb start again, run til it quits. Do this until it won't start anymore. That's how you drain all the fuel. Then, open spark plug, pour a very small amount of oil into the hole (amount specified in the manual) and then pull string very slowly until piston reaches a certain position (it tells you how to do this and how to tell you've done it right). The reason for this is to lubricate the cylinder to prevent rust and to seal it up so that moisture doesn't get in. This will ensure that your engine stays tip top and doesn't get all rusted out in storage which will lead to shorter engine life or engine failure. I must add though that I have yet to follow this procedure. I actually kept my premixed fuel in it all year long and both springs I went to start it for the fray time it started right up with no hesitation the same way it did when new. I think this year however I will definitely follow the procedure for storage. I just thought I'd add that. I 100% believe the reason I've not had any issues is because this trimmer has not seen a drop of ethanol in its life.
So in conclusion.....make absolutely sure your echo SRM-225 never sees any ethanol at all and you should have yourself a damn fine trimmer for years to come.
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I got mine elsewhere for $199.99 PLUS Discount Code for and additional $20 off