Don't know if its true or not, but have heard not from one but several dealers that Echo has been having a lot of carb problems on most of their small engines. It was one of the deciding factors that helped me choose a Stihl BR -340.........but hell I think I have carb problems with it now anyhow, so you never know. That said, I have Echo chainsaws that are used hard and put up wet and never missed a beat. Echo makes a fine engine IMHO. Not at all familiar with the other brand other than they seem to be of good quality. I had contemplated getting one of their gas powered hedge type trimmers one year as they seemed to have the best built trimmer out there.
I have a Stihl ST400 which basically the same as the BR420. I have had it for about 7 years and the only problem I had with it was a bad coil pack when I first bought. Otherwise it has always run like a champ.
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