BERTO929: I have an Echo PB200 that I have had for approximate 7 years, it ran decent
for a while then i was only able to use about half throttle. I think it
just needs a good carb cleaning. I think it's time for a new blower. I
didn't realize Echo had so many bad reviews until I started doing research
on which blower to buy. I have an echo trimmer that I have no issues with.
I'm looking to purchase a hand held blower in the range of 400 CFM. My
question is, are the new 2014 Echo blowers more reliable than the ones
manufactured just a few years ago or should I go with a different brand? If
so, which one?
Robert Coltrin: I also own the PB250 leaf blower. A real piece of crap! lasted one season
and won't start. Took it in to dealer twice, started once after that, then
no more. 2 trips @ 70 bucks a pop, pays for new blower. I now have the
stihl. I fires up everytime. is lightter and the air intake is on the
side away from you pant leg so does not suck it in and quit blowing. Much
nicer and actually less than the Echo. I have many other echo machines but
the blower sucks.
maelizama: Spark arrest is the problem. I have both of these. Very easy to take apart
clean and also clean muffler and
your ready to rumble! Mae
TBrockSki: FIXED IT!! My neighbor has the later version PB-250with Zama side primer
bulb, EPA tamper proof carb. Nothing but bogging above 1/2throttle. I
removed spark arrestor & retried; no improvement. I removed entire muffler
and found the exhaust port of cylinder was clogged. Ran piston to BDC,
scraped out carbon buildup, blew airhose in through spark plug hole to
clean, reassembled it and it runs like new again. Try to use a plastic or
wooden pick or scraper to clean out carbon to avoid damaging cylinder wall
obumbrabit: thanks for the informative video showing the difference in the carbs
David Kaniecki: Same problem with 2012...ECHO is junk. Took it to dealer twice...same
issue. After 1st season it won't run at high RPM.
maelizama: Very good video! I had problems with the 2010 blower. still do. I love the
Echo products. Just like anything else you can iron out the kinks or ignore
them. I think Echo is on the right track by making their products better.
Doug Luciano: I have a PB250 (MFG 2010), these are complete junk -do NOT buy
capitolemiproducer: Hey I know what's wrong with your blower. I contacted ECHO about my PB-251
about the same problem. The exhaust has a spark arrestor and if you mixed
your fuel with too much oil, it will clog it. Remove it clean it well, and
it should fix it. Let me know. Hey record it and put it on youtube. I wish
I had done that when I fixed my blower
Richard Boone: I live in Orlando, Florida. Home Depot did had lot of complaints about that
blower and I am not buying no more of these. I like Stihl lot more. I used
to have PB-250 blower and it did not last long I did threw it in garbage
and file of complaints at Home Depot and told them not buying no more of
Chinese crap. I want to tell you something about cheap made stuff is Home
Depot and Lowe's and Sears doesn't sell very much made in America. When I
did go to Home Depot and I seen everything made in China and you can't buy
nothing made in America anymore I had no idea what makes Echo blower died I
will stay away from Echo products one more thing I used to have Echo
CS-330T chainsaw and it did same thing just like blower and bar & chain oil
leak and I did took it back to Home Depot and run to Stihl dealer and
bought MS 192 TC chainsaw with 14 inch bar it runs good and it's made in
Jim G: I have the same newer PB 250 that I bought almost two years ago and it
worked great for 6 months and then it died and has the same symptoms as
described here. All I do is play with it for hours to keep it running and
the power is half at best and dies all the time. I spend more time pulling
the chord then the actual run time. It is not the old carb causing the
problem, the newer one is still bad. I looked at their web site and they
are still selling this hunk of junk. They have a lot of nerve since they
must know of the problem and they still are selling it. I decided to go and
buy a different model from a different company. Because of this I will stay
away from ECHO products which in the past I loved and owned. It is a shame
since it looks brand new and only really worked a dozen times.
James Korjenek: I have a ECHO PB-200 blower that is 7 years old and exactly as you
described how yours was/is running mine is the same way and it sucks!!
Spend that kind of money and it is junk??? I have a small yard to speak of
so I am not using it that much and should last!!! Will be the last time I
buy an ECHO product again, Thanks for the video....
rshawiii: I have the new carb model. Bought in September 2011. It does the same
thing. I bought it to replace a very similar 2 year old model that seized
up. That model didn't seem to have these problems. I thought it seized up
because someone put gas in it without oil, but maybe it was a piece of junk
also. I'm regretting ever buying this thing
John Doe: I have the older version and I am fed up with it. Runs like a dog, all the
problems you talked about. Its not even been used much and starting was
temperamental even when it was new. I have an echo trimmer and had to get
carb rebuilt. Gardener told me carb goes bad unless it is used often. I
will not buy another one.
brad mefford: i have the 2010 model and had issues, took it to a echo dealer and had them
adjust the carb. they told me that the EPA has them running way too lean
because of pollution
Freeneuron: Thanks a bunch!
Fordiesel69: Your old walbro carb can be adjusted with a special screwdriver to solve
your problem. Your new style over time will still need an adjustment as
well. I had mine for 1.5 yrs and it needed an adjustment. The new carbs are
made by zama, and have a brass tamper proof screw accessed when you remove
the primer. You drill out the black plastic, remove the plug with a small
screwdriver, and adjust the needle putting the plug back in when finished,
1972FordF150: I bought it off of Ebay, from randysenginerepair
Smallgasengine1: can you do a start up and run of it? and is it ok to run 87 octane gas in
two strokes or 89 octane?
Jeff M: I have a PB-250, 2010 and a PB-2100 1995. The 2100 gave me 15 yrs of superb
service.2100 gave up the ghost after 15 yrs - I'll just get a new one. Bad
idea. I got the PB250. I know first productions are never very good. Always
wait a year or two on something new. But I needed something ASAP and it was
going to be an Echo. My f@%$ with the PB 250 was no different than anyone
else's. Turns out Mr EPA changed the emissions levels and Echo had to
comply. That's why echo change the carb. design.
pottsy215: I bought the PB-250LN in October 2012, and according to this video it has
the new carb. Worked fine last fall season, used it about 10 times. Started
it up this past weekend, on 3/9/2013 and it ran fine for about 30 minutes
with fresh fuel, then lost power on fuel throttle. I am extremely
dissapointed to learn it seems to be a known carb issue that I cannot
adjust myself. Note - I did check the muffler, arrestor screen and fuel
filter and all look fine.
baller908790: Is it possible to swap a carb from the newer model to the older model?????
1972FordF150: NO it's NOT OK to run 87 octane in a 2 stroke, they run way too hot and
dirty with 87 octane.
archifxllc: Just added cold start to my channel!
19944x4jimmy: i have the same carb on my srm230 trimmer. the trimmer is about 4-5 years
old and i haven't had any problems with mine. i'm sure you will be happy
with the new one you just bought.
stevejill91: I have had a carb problem with the new version. My issue was the flywheel.
I think I had a carb issue first were I was spitting raw fuel out the
exhaust and some hydro locking. From this I think it caused the pin in the
flywheel to brake off and mess up the timming. I just orered the new
2cyclemix: How has the new blower worked for you? I just purchased a Husqvarna trimmer
and a Honda lawnmower and all I'm going to run in it is the pre-mixed, no
ethanol 93 or 94 octane. I had two mowers die on me the same day with the
same symptoms. It's the E-10 junk that's killing small engines with E-15 in
the near future.
George LaForgia: Will the new carb work on the old pb250. I am having precisely the problem
you were with your first pb250. I am wondering if the newer carb will mate
with older version pb250.
felplay vina: Hi, I do have a McCullough leaf blower it run for about 5 minutes and them
cut off, got good spark 120 compression, what I notice it get hot and cut
the gas off, should I replace the carburetor? already clean it, inspect the
fuel filter and replace the fuel lines..
wcjcnc: It's just that the carb has to be adjusted periodically but most people
don't have the right screwdriver.
archifxllc: @templarsoul No problem at all. Thanks for watching my vids. So far, so
good on this new model. No B.S. carb problems to speak of so far.
1972FordF150: I've got the old version, I bought the carb adjusting screw driver for a
rip off price of $30.00 but that's $10 cheaper than any place else. My carb
was set very slightly lean from the factory so I just adjusted it. Never
had a problem with my carb other than that though it still ran really good
before I adjusted it. Mine most of the time starts on the first pull.
healthyamerican: my echo i bought at goodwill will start up for 3-4 seconds and shut off.
will not run any longer no matter what i do. any suggestions?
Jeff M: Bought a new carb for the 2100 and it works better now that if did 15 years
ago. I adjusted the carb!. ;) I have 4 Echo products and only the PB250
sucks (if it ain't broke, don't fix it Mr EPA!). Given the older PB250
sucks, and the newer PB250 does not, it sure would be nice if Echo had a
trade-in program of a seriously discounted carb exchange kit. Friggin EPA!
Got nothing to do but write stupid rules. They are living on a different
planet - no "real world" experience here on planet earth
sparkplugg99: the new one i have it u know the one with the zama carb it has that same
TDHReviews: whered you get the adjusting screwdriver, its the real small one right?
templarsoul: Just wanted to thank you for posting this! Heard/read so much good and bad,
but then heard about the new carbs. Problem was not knowing how to tell the
difference. Bought one today that (thanks to your vid) is definitely one of
the new carb models. Much appreciated!
ztepcs11: A lot of people don't know is that echo equipment you buy for Home Depot is
built different then if you buy it from a lawn mowers dealer the echo
machines from Home Depot the carburetors internally are made of plastic so
what happens is after a year of use the the plastic starts to swell up from
heat and it causes the machine to lose power and have idle problems and
they made them like that cause it dosent cost as much money to bulid them
2cyclemix: Have you checked your gas cap. If it can't
Tim D: Thanks for your review, mine pb 251 putted out after 2 seasons, What a
piece of crap! It was low power since purchase.
Scot Caraway: I have the PB250 and have the same carb problems. My model is the type with
the bulb on the bottom and I started seeing the problem in high speed
performance as the fuel ages in the tank. If I put VERY fresh fuel it, it
is still a little lean but much better than if I had the fuel in the tank
for a a week. They carb needs some adjustment to fix the problme but they
try hard to make this non-adjustable. Is there a special tool for adjusting
the highspeed needle?
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