Trimming : Denotes how quickly and neatly trimmers cut grass around walls, trees, and foundations.
Edging: Denotes the speed and neatness of trimming a vertical line along walkway.
Tall grass & weeds: Reflects cutting power and speed in two foot growth.
Handling: Responsiveness and balance while cutting.
Ease of use: Includes ease of starting the engine, feeding out new line, use of controls, and handle comfort.
About This Brand
Echo is the leading manufacturer and marketer of gas string trimmers. Echo products are used in the consumer and professional market. Echo string trimmers are available with two-cycle engines and split-shaft designs for attachments. Some models claim low noise, emissions, and weight and anti-vibration features. Consumers can find Echo string trimmers at company dealer stores and Home Depot.
Features & Specs - Echo GT-225
Weight (lbs.) Weight is rounded to the nearest tenth of a pound and doesn't include fuel, which can add 1/2 pound.
Engine size Engine cubic centimeters (cc), motor amperes (amp), and motor electrical voltage (volt) are from the manufacturer.
Shaft The shaft transfers power from the engine or motor to the lines that do the cutting. Models with straight shafts offer longer reach, while those with curved shafts tend to be lighter and easier to handle.
Four-cycle engine Uses straight gasoline and doesn't require an oil/gasoline mixture, as do the two-cycle engines found in most trimmers.
Dual line Trimmers with two lines cut more quickly and can handle heavier growth than those with just one line, since they do twice the work with each pass.
I use the Echo GT 225 mainly to trim my lawn where it borders sidewalks, drive way, brick work, around trees and shrubs, and around sprinklers. I like the string assembly no line feed so it's easy and very fast to place two pieces of line into the jaws rather than reloading line in a spool. It gets good fuel economy and does not seem to gum up tool if you leave it in too long during periods of non-use. It starts with one pull cold or hot with every pull. This tool does not flood or stall and I never have prime it with the prime bulb. Its lightweight so your arms are the same length when you get the yard work done. Only thing I would say needs improvement is the string. Its to light weight. I use .120 line and cut it into 8 pieces and use it, works far better than the .080 or .090 line Echo markets. I use the tool year round as I live in southern California and my lawn grows all year. I bought my tool over 9 years ago and had no problems. Then last week it began leaking fuel from carb and took it for repairs. The mechanic said it needed a new carb and some seals on the fuel tank and would cost about the same to buy a new one so I did vice repairing mine. But over 9 years of continuous service is wonderful and a great tool.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Frankfort, IL.
GT-225 Gas Trimmer Liner EateLine System
Uses Lots of Line
I use the product to trim around my drive, patio and walk ways.<br />It starts very easy and does a great job trimming, however it eats line like no other trimmer I have ever had. It came with .080 line 8 inch long and when that continued to break, I purchased the .095 size 8 inch line. The premature line breakage continued, even with the .095 line size.<br />I have to carry a pocket full of 8 inch line pieces and plyers to remove the old broker stubs of line from the trimmer head. <br />I want to convert this gas trimmer to a Bump Line Feed. If the model GT-225 cannot be converted, I will trade this one in our give it away.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Barstow, CA
Easy to Handle
Good Fuel Economy
Uses Lots of Line
Trimming Around Rocks
Weeds & Tall Grass
Have owned this GT 225 for about 10 years. Has performed very well. Gets good fuel economy and has plenty of power. Still starts on the first pull. I have never done any work to it. I like how it holds the string, you cut off a piece and push it into the trimmer all hassle free no spools to fool with. I use .100 line. Or you can buy precut line. It trims nicely around brick, rock, and open areas, walk and driveways, trees, shrubs. I have used regular gas, supreme gas, expensive pre mixed in a can and cheap gas and its worked well. Its lightweight, my wife uses it as well as me. Recently after 10 years of use has been leaking some fuel via the crab. I plan to buy a new one. This tool has out lasted all garden tools I have owned with one exception a Craftsman mower I used for 12 years.