High Torque ECHO SRM-2620T Line Trimmer Preview
High Torque from a line trimmer, who needs it? Let’s answer this with another question: who doesn’t? We’ve all been there, as a professional landscaper or even homeowner, when Spring has sprung and the new growth exceeded expectations. Or, you get the call to cleanup that Bank Repo home that has been sitting untouched for 6 months. Regardless of the exact circumstance, this is where you need the ECHO SRM-2620T line trimmer, or something like it. A 2:1 gear reduction produces more torque to the cutting line, reducing the chance for bogging.
From Pro Extreme to X-Series
In the past, the flagship and performance leaders under the ECHO brand were the 28cc units, such as the ECHO SRM-280T. In 2016, ECHO launched the Pro Extreme series as their professional line. Then, in 2017, the name was shortened and referred to as just the X-Series. ECHO says the X-Series 2-stroke line is made for the pro. Displacement for top units has dropped, from the 28cc to now the 26cc (25.4). ECHO ensures us they are able to pull more horsepower out of the newly-designed smaller powerplants, such as the ECHO SRM-2620T line trimmer.
ECHO SRM-2620T Line Trimmer Features
The”T” designation in the ECHO SRM-2620T line trimmer identifies this unit as a high-torque model. The 25.4cc X-Series engine produces up to 1.35 hp and is made from military-grade magnesium. Performance is not the only focus for the X-Series line, they have also worked on re-starts, especially in hotter climates. While we haven’t completed a full review of the ECHO SRM-2620T line trimmer yet, we did put it to some random work around our shop before putting it in the field. Starting was not an issue, cold or hot. Typical starts when cold took 2 or 3 pulls under full choke before it fired. After warm, and even Hot, the 2620T seems to start on the first pull…when you don’t run it out of fuel.
The air filter on the high torque SRM-2620T can be removed and replaced without tools. Two plastic-covered thumb screws offer access to the pleated filter, hence filter replacements become quick and easy. We’re not sure yet where fuel efficiency will be for this ECHO high-torque line trimmer, but we do like the large 21 fluid-ounce fuel tank. Furthermore, in the ergonomics department, ECHO added rubber over-molded front and rear hand grips. Holding line trimmers are never fun, so it’s great to get any help where you can.
Speeds and Feeds
It’s all about speeds and feeds! The ECHO SRM-2620T line trimmer delivers more torque through the use of a 2:1 gear reduction, reducing the potential for bogging or slowing the head down. The regular SRM-2620 (without “T” designation) has a gear reduction of just 1.62:1. With the higher torque coming down the line — shaft — then you have to lay that power down somehow. ECHO includes the Speed-Feed 400 cutting head that reloads without disassembly. Just line up the arrow to the eyelet, feed the line through and twist it up. The Speed Feed 400 head also comes preloaded with .095 twisted nylon line.
Living in Central Florida, weeds and grass grow so quick, it’s hard to keep up with them, even on a schedule. Much less, you turn your head for one minute, and next thing you know, you’re wading waist-deep in a jungle. The need for a high-torque unit like the ECHO SRM-2620T line trimmer is almost a necessity. Our initial thoughts on the 2620T are all good, but the true colors will show once we’ve fully tested it. Currently, the SRM-2620T is being put through the paces with a large landscaping company that handles hundreds of residential and commercial properties. And, they have typically leaned to another brand, so we’re sure to get full truth in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned for the full review, which we’ll add right here. To find out more, just click the ECHO High Torque SRM-2620T Line Trimmer.