john scimeca: if your blower as half the power and it is about a year old it the screen on the muffler is clogged if you look at the muffler there is small cover with 4 screws that shoot the air to the side remove the screws and the screen throw the screen away and it will run on full power
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.
obumbrabit: thanks for the informative video showing the difference in the carbs
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
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. Thanks!
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
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 Germany
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.... Jim
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
wcjcnc: It's just that the carb has to be adjusted periodically but most people don't have the right screwdriver.
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.
Echo Blower Model PB-250 Carburetor Problems & Differences New VS. Old Model5
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