Are Echo chainsaws any good?

When it comes to chainsaws, there’s no shortage of brands and models on the market. And different brands will specialise in different types of chainsaws, for example, there might be some that do best at larger chainsaws for cutting down big trees, whereas other companies do better at smaller chainsaws that are better at cutting off branches.

There are also 2 main types of chainsaws, the type that runs on gas, and the type that runs on electricity.

In this article, TalkAboutTrees.org will be looking at one brand in particular, Echo. We’ll be looking at some of their best and worst chainsaws, as well as their history and philosophy.

Are Echo chainsaws any good

Their story

Echo was founded over 60 years ago in Japan when they started making hand-help crop dusters. Since then, they’ve grown into create all sorts of tools to make our lives easier, including chainsaws.

They started making chainsaws in 1963, with their first one being the CS-80. Although it was great for the time, it’s not quite as environmentally friendly or efficient as their chainsaws today. Their first light weight chainsaw didn’t come out until 1971; the CS-302.

And in 1981, they started releasing chainsaws with twin cylinders.

Since then, they’ve continued to create new and amazing chainsaws.

Now let’s take a quick look at why Echo claims to be so brilliant.

According to their website, Echo have an extremely simple philosophy, to create professional quality tools that meet the demands of the user. They pride themselves on having engineers who are know what it is that people want in their products, and who will then use their knowledge and expertise to turn those ideas into a reality.

They are never afraid to think outside of the box and use the latest materials and technology to always be improving their products. At the factories, the robots and humans work hand in hand to create nothing less than the best.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular chainsaws that Echo do.

CS-271T

Echo CS-271T

First on the list we have the CS-271T.

This particular one comes with a 12″ bar, making it great for light to medium work such as cutting down smaller trees, or cutting off branches. It even comes with a built in “air-precleaner”, this means that the filter will get clogged less often. And as with most modern chainsaws, it has a chain tensioner on the side to make tightening and loosening the chain much easier.

However, it is not particularly affordable, and it’s not great for heavy duty work.

CS-310

Echo CS-310

Secondly, we have the CS-310.

This saw also prides itself on being lightweight, and having great balance which will also give the user the feeling of maximum control. And it’s starter will always start within no more than 3 pulls. If your branches are up to 8″, you’ll have no problem. If they’re any larger, it will still be able to cut them with relative ease.

However, the only downside to this saw is that it isn’t very good at all for cutting down larger trees.

CS-352

Echo CS-352

Our third saw on this list is the CS-352. It comes with either a 14 or 16″ bar.

Thanks to the i-30 quick start system, this chainsaw will even work when you pull the starting chord slowly. And at 8.8lb, it’s certainly not a particularly heavy saw. And if you’re new to chainsaws, this one has an anti-vibration handle which will make it easier to use, as well as reducing fatigue in the user.

The only downside is that the chain that it comes with might not last as long as some of the chains on other chainsaws.

CS-400

Echo CS-400

And the final chainsaw on this list is the CS-400. It has an 18″ bar.

The engine on the beast is very powerful, enabling you to cut through even the hardest of woods with ease. It also has the i-30 system which makes starting it easier. It’s weight is slightly over 10lbs. So it’s not feather, but it’s not bad at all considering how powerful it is. And it even comes with engine oil.

A few downsides though are that you need to get the ratio of fuel to lubricant just right, otherwise, it won’t be able to reach it’s ultimate capacity. And there have also been a few reports of this saw seizing.

Verdict

My general verdict of Echo chainsaws is that whilst they do make a few models that can just about tackle some of the bigger jobs, the majority of their saws are made for smaller tasks such as cutting off branches. However, if you’re looking for something lightweight to help you to perform such a task, then Echo would be one to keep in mind.

Whilst none of them are quite as mind blowing as their website might have you believe, all of them are relatively easy to use and do a good enough job.

Value for money

For most of us however, how good a chainsaw is isn’t the only thing that matters. We also want to make the most out of our hard earned money.

So, how much does the typical Echo cost, and is it going to be worth the money?

Depending on which model you buy, they can retail for between $300 to $500. This is about what you would expect to pay for a chainsaw. So overall, it’s fair to say that they’re okay when it comes to value for money.

Conclusion

Echo are a Japanese tool manufacturer who have their own line of chainsaws. They started off over 60 years ago, and even today, are still going strong. As time goes on, the quality of their chainsaws keeps on growing as they become more powerful and easier to use.

However, they are not some god sent that knock all of the competition out of the park.

But if you’re looking for an easy to use, and reliable chainsaw, then I wouldn’t blame you if you brought yourself a chainsaw from them.

But if you didn’t, then I wouldn’t blame you either.

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