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echo 2620 extreme series vs shindaiwa 262  XML
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Nicklesinski1

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I know that echo owns shindaiwa. But curious what the difference is. Thoughts from ppl that have used either one.
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I really like my 2620. Its a very good durable dependable and lightweight machine. It chops down anything I throw at it but it also trims and maintains beautiful lush grass.

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Echo does not own Shindiawa. Yamabiko owns both companies, Echo and Shindiawa, they are sister companies.

The difference between the t262 and srm-2620 are only the "features".

Both have the exact same engine, one in red one in Orange. The Shindiawa has a steel drive shaft the Echo has a flex drive shaft, different trigger handle and different debris shield.
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Thanks guys. Mickey which one would you prefer? I've got a few things of echo An just bought the shindaiwa ht232 which I really like.
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Personally I have no need for anything that big. It would be better if they made a SRM225 with a better clutch and remove that easy start.

To answer the question they look like the same thing. The only thing that I see as different is the shield and the handles. It really will come down to if you like red or orange better and what one you can get at the best price .
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I personally like the 2620 because I already have a lot of Echo Orange in my fleet.

The Shindiawa has a solid steel shaft tho if want that feature, also has a 20" cut vs 2620 17" cut.

Talking about the srm-225 and upgrading the clutch and starter...That's what the srm-230 is for...
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I agree it is nice when all the stuff you have will match. I do question the echo coming with a flex shaft. I thought when this came out the big deal was that it did not have the "S" model because it came with the solid shaft. I then looked at the manual and it looks like it is a hollow shaft so it is not flexible.

In regards to the 230 that is an old hot box. I used to use that about 10 years ago and it would burn my arm all the time. When the 210 went to the 225 I thought I would try it out. I have been happy with it and would never go back to a 230 that is more money and runs hot. I can not fail a 225 under normal use and it has the power I need. I just think echo could make a better clutch and remove that dumb starter to really have something incredible.
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I don't have any experience with the 2620 or 262 but I own a srm225, pas225, srm230, pas266 and a shindaiwa t235
and I prefer the shindaiwa over the rest. The controls are more comfortable and it seems to have good power to weight ratio
and as mentioned before you can run the string longer on the shindaiwas.
 
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