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 looked at several trimmers and chose the Echo GT-225 because it was lightweight and, I thought, a good quality, all-purpose trimmer. It's fairly easy to start, so that isn't a problem. It's difficult getting the gas in it because it needs to be at a specific angle. Also, the plastic red trigger handle is too short, and I have trouble hanging onto it when I'm gripping the handle. They couldn't spend an extra ten cents to lengthen the plastic handle in order to make it more useable??<br /><br />Also, I am constantly replacing the individual trimmer strings because they don't last more than a couple of minutes. I have to carry the package of plastic strings and a pliers with me when I'm trimming, or else I'm constantly walking back to the garage.<br /><br />I'm about ready to sell it online and go back to Stihl.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from St. Louis, MO
Trimming Around Rocks
Love this trimmer! I opted to spend an additional $10 and have the standard head swapped out with the easy load head which makes it so simple to replace line. This trimmer starts easy and runs great, it is light and easy to handle plus it is an Echo so it comes with a 5 year warranty when most competitors only offer a 2 year warranty. The lawn shop I bought it at said they get the Stihl trimmers back all the time for warranty work and their comparable model has its engine made in China whle the Echo is all American and never comes back for waranty service. Besides the trimmer I own a Echo chain saw and blower and have never had a problem with this brand. I am a customer for life!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Montgomery, TX
My quit working after 7 months
I purchased this product for trimming around the house. The string breaks constantly and there is no option for a bump head. Now after only 7 months the unit will not start. We found out it was because of a defective plastic part in the carburetor.