The Takeaway: Echo’s trimmer is a good fit for heavy-duty users who require durability, cutting power, ease of use, and easy maintenance.
- 25.4cc engine has plenty of power
- Speed-feed cutting head makes replacing line a snap
- Large 20.6-ounce gas tank is translucent, so you can see your fuel level at a glance
Weight: 13 lb.
Rural homeowners and others with a house on a large lot have a property-management ally in the Echo SRM2620 string trimmer. It’s got more than enough torque for lawn trimming and can handle the rough stuff at the yard’s edge or even beyond. Suppose you’ve got to keep weeds and grass under control along fence lines, at the edge of a long driveway, and around the perimeter of ponds, or you have to keep riding trails clear for horses, bikes, or ATVs—the Echo can handle all that.
Simple, Easy-to-Use Design
Echo built its reputation by building powerful, easy-to-use outdoor power equipment, particularly string trimmers, a product category that it knows well. So we weren’t surprised by the Echo’s performance at a rural property in Pennsylvania. The machine trimmed where needed and slashed its way through some pretty ugly stuff. We did everything with it from the delicate trimming at the edge of flower beds and along a concrete driveway to the rough-and-tumble zone where the neat lawn gave way to an intermediate zone and beyond where a trail led into the woods.
We would describe the Echo as a traditionally designed piece of outdoor power equipment. There’s nothing clever or confusing about its design. Push its purge bulb in a couple of times, set the choke, and with one or two pulls on its recoil handle you’re off and running.
Powerful and User-Friendly
And when you run with this machine, very little stands in your way. Propelled by a 25.4cc engine, the dual-line head leaves a 17-inch-wide swath. The cutting line is .095 inches in diameter and extremely stiff. It makes short work of turf grass, and it has more than enough toughness to blast through briars, and fibrous weeds like golden rod and tall stands of foxtail. As stiff and as tough as it is, you can break the line, and it will certainly wear down to the point that you need to change it out. We were glad for the trimmer’s Speed Feed reload design. You cut a 20-ft. long piece of line and feed it through the two holes in the head, going in one side of the head and out the other. When you have about 10 ft of line on each side, you hold the trimmer by the head while turning the rewind knob clockwise. There’s no disassembly and no fussy spooling of the line on a two-tier track.
There’s more to cutting power than the line, obviously. The power to the line comes from the 25.4-cc engine, which feels to us like it has a very broad torque curve. For a lot of trimming, we didn’t need to run the machine at full throttle. Excellent throttle response allowed us to go from feathering the trigger to full out when we went from the lawn into the growth at its edge and into the woods. A gear case at the top of the line head uses a nearly 2:1 (1.62:1) gear ratio to make the most out of that engine torque. You’ll be grateful for that torque when you lean into the tall weeds and mow ’em down,
Other Great Features
The Echo is an expensive machine with a price that reflects what professionals put these machines through. For example, its large 20.6-ounce gas as tank is translucent, so you can see what your fuel level is at a glance. It’s protected by a wraparound plastic skid plate that prevents damage to the tank as you slide the trimmer in and out of a truck or into a tow-behind cart. The skid plate also acts as a cradle to hold the trimmer right side up.
Tool-free access to the air filter and fuel filter help you keep the trimmer in top condition along with sensibly designed access to the carburetor’s idle speed screw. Other maintenance jobs, such as removing the flexible drive shaft to grease it, are simple enough. Taking care of the Echo is pretty simple. When you do that, taking care of grass and weeds is even simpler.
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