Deciding to buy an Echo chain saw is an easy decision since they have a reputation for reliability, performance and easy maintenance. Deciding which model of Echo to buy is a little more difficult with a choice of over a dozen, or 51 if you factor in all of the different bar lengths. This guide will help you understand the differences so you can find the right saw to fit your needs.
What You Get with All Echo Chain Saws
Every Echo chain saw comes with a professional quality engine and is backed by a 5 year consumer warranty, one-year commercial warranty and 90-day rental warranty. Rest assured: choosing a residential model doesn’t mean you’re buying something that’s disposable. These chain saws are easy to work on, too: the air filter can be removed without tools, and the tensioner is exposed on the side of the chain saw. Echo’s engines also use digital ignition, so they’re easy to start and keep a steady idle.
Bigger Isn’t Always Better
A bigger bar and engine let a chain saw cut faster and handle bigger trees. However, that also means more weight to lug around, which can make that extra ability seem less and less desirable as the work day wears on. Echo’s smallest chain saw, the CS-310, weighs in at 8 lbs. without a bar, which is about half as much as their largest saw, the CS-590. When purchasing a chain saw, you should be buying just enough power and length to get the job done, and no more.
Decoding Model Numbers and Features
Echo chain saw model names start with “CS-” followed by a number indicating the approximate engine displacement. For example, a CS-450 has a 45cc engine, and a CS-800P has an 80.7 cc engine. All Echo chain saw motors are two strokes.
Echo models with an “F” in their name use the FasTension Tool-less Chain Tensioning System, replacing the locking nuts and adjustment screw with a lever and tensioning wheel. Currently, this feature is available on the CS-370F and CS-400F, but can also be added to the CS-370 and CS-400 with an accessory kit.
The Performance Cutting System adds an upgraded bar and a few minor tweaks for better cutting performance. Models with this system have a “P” in the model number, like the CS-550P.
“W” stands for “wrap handle.” The only model with this feature is the CS-620PW.
Models and Bar Lengths
The length of the bar determines the diameter of wood the chain saw can cut with one pass. To help balance out weight and performance, most Echo chain saws can be used with multiple bars. You can use a long bar for felling trees and a short bar for trimming branches.
CS-310, CS-352, CS-361P: 14″, 16″
CS-370: 14″, 16″, 18″
CS-400: 16″, 18″
CS-450, CS-450P, CS-490, CS-500P, CS550P: 16″, 18″, 20″
CS-590 Timber Wolf: 18″, 20″
CS-600P, CS-620P, CS-620PW: 16″, 20″, 24″, and 27″
CS-680: 20″, 24″, 27″
CS-800P: 24″, 27″, 32″, and 36″
Parts and Accessories
Echo goes out of their way to make sure common maintenance and repair tasks can be accomplished without having to bring your chain saw into the shop. That includes tune-up kits that have everything you need to get your chain saw ready for the next season, making it even easier to use one.
When you need anything Echo, whether it’s a new chain saw or a tune-up kit, go to Shank’s Lawn Equipment. They’re a certified Echo dealer with factory-trained personnel and a large parts stock to help you keep your equipment running. Their shop is located at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, just off route 11. To get there from I-81, take Exit 10 to Marion. Not in Pennsylvania? We can ship parts and accessories to any address in the U.S. and Canada. Just visit our site, www.shankslawn.com.