It’s easy to see why Echo is a leader in chainsaws. Every model they make is professional quality with long-lasting two-stroke engines and features that simplify maintenance. With a range of models that work with bars ranging from 12 to 36 inches, they fit the needs of everyone from landscapers who need to do a little trimming to professional arborists who manage large areas of forest.
Every Echo chainsaw is professional quality and comes with a 1-year warranty for commercial use or 5 years for residential use.
Maintenance is easy thanks to their YOUCAN kits. These include everything for common repairs including tune-ups, fuel system repairs and purge bulb repairs. All models have a side-access chain tensioner that lets you make adjustments without removing the case.
Innovative features make them easy to use. The G-Force pre-cleaner uses centrifugal force to separate large dust particles before they reach the filter. The i-30 starting system adds a secondary spring that helps kick the engine over when it reaches the top of the combustion chamber.
What Should I Look for When Buying a Chainsaw?
Bigger is not better. A one or two-pound difference may not sound like much, but after a day of cutting wood, the added weight can really take a toll on your body. The weights listed below are for a chainsaw without a bar, fuel or oil. Expect a bar to add between two and four pounds depending on its length, plus another pound or so for fuel and bar oil.
Echo’s top handle models end in “T.” These are compact and easy to control from the top when working in a tree or cutting low-hanging branches. All other chainsaws have a rear handle. This gives the user greater control for general use, including trimming branches, cutting firewood and felling trees.
Most models can use two or more bar sizes. Choose a chainsaw and bar combination that is an inch or two longer than the largest pieces of wood you intend to cut.
This is the lightest gas-powered chainsaw available in America at just 5.2 lbs.
The 25cc engine has a G-Force air pre-cleaner. This model is compatible with 12 and 14-inch bars.
Need more power? The CS-271T has a 26.9cc engine and the i-30 starting system, but only works with a 12-inch bar. It weighs 6.6 lbs.
With 12 and 14-inch bar support and a 30.1cc, this saw is a good choice for residential users. It weighs 7.7 lbs.
A slightly larger 30.5cc engine and i-30 starting system make this an easier-to-use alternative to the CS-303T. It weighs 8.8lbs.
Despite a larger 34cc engine, this model packs in all the features of the CS-310 and weighs exactly the same.
This new model has 20% more power than its predecessor, the CS-490. A 50.2 cc engine drives either an 18 or 20-inch bar. It weighs 10.4 lbs.
CS-620P and PW
This is Echo’s most flexible chainsaw, as it can use 16, 18, 20, and 24-inch bars. It has a 59.8cc engine and weighs 13.7 lbs. The PW has a wrap handle, giving you more options for hand positions.
This is Echo’s most powerful top handled chainsaw. It has a 35.8cc engine with a G-Force pre-cleaner and works with 14 and 16-inch bars. The CS-355T weighs 7.7 lbs.
Aside from the rear handle, this saw is identical to the CS-355T. It weighs 8.8 lbs.
CS-370 and CS-370F
This saw checks all the boxes for general professional use. It comes with a 36.3 cc engine, i-30 starting system and an adjustable oiler. The CS-370 supports 14, 16 and 18-inch bars. The CS-370F uses a FasTension tool-less chain tensioner and a 16-inch bar. Both versions weigh 10.1 lbs.
This model is identical to the CS-370, but it uses a 40.2cc engine.
The 45cc engine drives a 16 or 18-inch bar. It weighs 11 lbs.
The lightest chainsaw in its class, the 490 comes with a 50.2cc and G-Force pre-cleaner, yet it weighs just 10.6 lbs. This model is compatible with 16, 18 and 20-inch bars.
CS-590 Timber Wolf
With a beefy 59.8cc engine and support for 18, 20 and 24-inch bars, it’s no wonder this saw received the Handyman Seal of Approval. It weighs 13.2 lbs.
A 66.8cc engine and support for 20, 24 and 27-inch bars make this chainsaw a great choice for tree felling. It weighs 14.8 lbs.
Echo’s most powerful saw comes with an 80.7 cc and works with 24, 27, 32 and 36-inch bars. It tips the scales at 16.8 lbs.
When You Need Landscaping Equipment, Go to Shank’s
Shank’s Lawn Equipment is an authorized dealer for a wide range of outdoor equipment from ZTR mowers to chainsaws. That includes Echo, so we sell their chainsaws and provide the parts and service you need to keep them running. Visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. Not in the area? We can ship parts to any address in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit www.shankslawn.com.