Working smoothly since 2010
The Echo trimmer is a tool Fran has used for more than three years. It always starts and always works. Fran named it Bruno "because it's a beast!". You can see in the videos she loves the power she commands with a flick of her finger. Every so often you become genuinely fond of a machine, and that makes it easy to recommend the Echo SRM-225 trimmer.
It has what Echo calls the i-30™ starting system. It means it is much easier to pull the starter rope to turn the engine over. Fran has no problem starting Bruno in the videos. The biggest trick is remembering to make sure the on/off switch is set to on!
It has a 59 inch shaft…almost 5 feet. That means you can trim up a hill without climbing or reach over into a weedy patch easily.
All the specifications are down in the bottom right corner of this page.
I just counted and gosh, I have 9 detailed videos staring Bruno (the Echo SRM-225). Look on the right for links.
Maintenance? Fran has cleaned it every so often. I sharpened the line cutter once (video here). A few times some brush wrapped around the head and I cleared that out (video here). We cleaned the air filter. Added more line as needed. But nothing every broke or anything!
I switched our 3-year-old Echo to a Speed Feed Head for faster loading (see how to video here). Lucky you, this newer model already has the Speed-Feed trimmer head!
See a list of all eight our Echo videos to the right --->
Accessories you'll want
A Universal String Trimmer Strap very quickly became essential. The trimmer only weighs 12 pounds, but even 12 pounds is much easier to carry when you are hanging it from a shoulder strap. For a few bucks more, you can get a padded shoulder strap.. Below are 3 links to straps, one for a plain strap and two for the same padded strap, just choose the better deal. You need to be at least 5'7" to fit the padded strap model. The plain universal one fits any height person.
Then I even tried the Grass Gator Head (2 videos, here and here), which has three solid blades for tougher jobs. I watched it cut down bushes with finger-sized trunks. I decided not to try it on any actual fingers (Fran is such a party pooper sometimes).
The Echo SRM-225 trimmer is powerful and it can throw stuff around at a high velocity. If the line happens to hit a rock or chops up thick stems they can fly out and whack you. Kind of like if someone was shooting rubber bands around. This isn't like a wimpy electric trimmer…it's the difference between Bruce Banner and the Hulk. There are bigger ones, but this one seems like the perfect balance of power and weight.
Wear some reasonable protective clothing. Protect your hearing with some sort of ear plugs, too. Fran usually wears gloves and a long sleeved shirt, too.
Face shield - a full face shield is ideal, that's what Fran wears, but at least wear gogles. See the Amazon links below. Take note of what has the shorter shipping times.
Ear protectors - You probably have some that'll do already. If not, here is the kind Fran uses. She likes how they can slip under her hair comfortably. They're lightweight, and cut the noise down to a hum. Plus they're inexpensive!
Protective pants - Carhartt makes great, durable bibb overalls. Order them at least a size too large and you can just step into them. No need to change! And "floppy" pants actually stop flying debris better than tight pants and they breath better,too. Make sure you buy un-lined pants! Lined pants will make you roast in summer. Fran shows how to make bibbs sexy in this video.
Shoes, not flip flops! Seriously, this trimmer is powerful and stuff goes flying, including small stones if you hit one. I find any sort of tennis shoes are good enough.
In a couple months you'll need more trimmer line. Some other trimmers come with a line that has circle shape in cross section. Bruno comes with a line that has 4 raised squared sides that create 8 sharp edges which cuts way better. Viewed from the end it looks like a plus sign (+). It's called "Cross-Fire 350 ft. 0.095 in. Premium Nylon Trimmer Line". Each time you re-load you'll use around 20 feet of line, so 350 feet will last a long time.You can find it at Home Depot when you need more. Amazon charges around $25 here, if you don't want to get out of your chair.