Echo Chainsaw Reviews
The first product to bear the ECHO chainsaw brand name was the CS-80, which was released onto the market in 1963 by the Kiortiz Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. Two years later a second model, the CS-60 was released, followed in that same year by the beefed up CS-100. None of these machines were released in the United States. The first Echo’s to come to America did so in 1969, with 4 models released, followed by a further six in 1970. Further models were released with rapidity over the next few years, bringing the ECHO chainsaw brand to familiarity across the nation.
The company that came to be known as ECHO, began life as an importer of Japanese back-pack 2 cycle engines. The company was founded in 1972 under the trading name of Kioritz Corporation of America. Based in Northbrook, Illinois, Kioritz began to design and manufacture home maintenance products in the late 1970’s. The first in the range was a hand-held lawn trimmer. In 1978 the name changed to ECHO and production and assembly operation was transferred to a new plant at Wheeling, Illinois. The very first-yard maintenance product was a curved shaft grass trimmer. Within a short time, ECHO was producing chainsaws as well as a range home maintenance tools.
By 1984, ECHO chainsaw had established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the home and heavy maintenance markets. It was in that year that ECHO Power Equipment, Canada was incorporated. Warehousing and manufacturing plant facilities continued to expand over the years. ECHO chainsaw now has in excess of 54,000 square feet of office space, manufacturing and warehouse facilities. In 1994, ECHO began distributing through Home Depot specifically for the home user market.
In the year 2000, ECHO chainsaw’s ongoing expansion saw the need for the construction of a new modern distribution facility.
Today ECHO chainsaw and Kiortiz are a part of the Yamabiko Corporation as a result of the 2008 merger of Kioritz and the Shindaiwa Corporation. The corporation is based in Ome, Japan. ECHO chainsaw assembles their machine’s out of Illinois and have 13 suppliers across the continental United States and Canada.
The pioneering team of researchers and designers behind the ECHO chainsaw brand have brought a number of innovations to the chainsaw marketplace. In recent years they have been working hard to meet EPA emission regulations as set out by CARB standards. They have also advanced 2-stroke technology push the limits of power and performance that a small to medium engine can achieve.
Quality of ProductsAll ECHO chainsaws are made in Japan. The quality of their products, along with innovation and technical advancement, has forged an enviable reputation for this brand among discerning saw users. They are especially renowned for the low emissions of their machines, along with durability, lightness, and toughness. ECHO chainsaws also provide a fantastic 5-year warranty.
ECHO chainsaw does not make public the power numbers of their chainsaws. Not knowing the horse power rating of the saw you are considering makes it difficult to compare it with other manufacturer models.
Top 3 Echo Chainsaw Models
Bronze Chainsaw Award
Echo CS-400 18” Gas ChainsawChoose this chainsaw if:
You want a professional quality, multi-application saw but don’t want to pay a professional price for your hardware.
A great mid-range offering from Echo, don’t think this saw has middling quality. It’s 40.2cc engine has the power for nearly any job, and the blade is long enough to keep up with what you throw at it. Plus, with its easily adjustable chain, performing regular maintenance on the saw is going to be a breeze. It comes in a lightweight build, meaning you can do powerful cutting without having to lug around a huge machine. Anyone looking for a saw with professional power at a great price should give the CS-400 a look.
- 18-inch blade: makes even big cutting jobs easy to handle.
- 40.2cc engine: enough power to handle nearly any job around the yard or at work.
- Easy start engine: makes using this chainsaw a delight.
- Lightweight: makes this saw easy and fun to use, even for extended periods of time.
Read our detail Echo CS-400 Chainsaw review
Silver Chainsaw Award
ECHO CS-450P-20 45.0CC CHAINSAWWith a professional grade 2 stroke, 45 cc engine, this machine will do most jobs with power to spare. It features ECHO chainsaw unique bar and chain cutting system. A digital ignition system makes starting this unit a breeze, while automatically adjusting the engine timing for optimal performance. An automatic, adjustable clutch driven oiler. This gives you the option of matching the amount of oil to the cutting conditions while reducing oil consumption (it only oils the bar when the chain is moving). The air filter is easy to access and utilizes a superior filtration system, reducing maintenance time.
This is a great mid power machine that’s packed with innovative features to make your job of operating the saw as easy as possible.
Gold Chainsaw Award
Echo CS-590 20” Bar Timber Wolf ChainsawChoose this chainsaw if:
You’re looking for a powerful, professional-grade chainsaw you can use for your big jobs on the farm or at home.
Basically the bigger, tougher version of the CS-310, the Echo CS-590 Timber Wolf is everything you’d want in a chainsaw. This thing is POWERFUL. It’s got a 20-inch blade for serious cutting and a 59.8cc professional-quality engine. That means it can handle basically any professional quality job and keep going. Plus, it has the standard Echo features you’d come to expect from a company with Echo’s reputation including easy start up and a top-rated chain break for safety. The new king of the farm, if you are looking for an incredibly powerful and robust chainsaw, this is it.
- Great chain break: helps keep you safe while cutting.
- 59.8cc engine: professional grade power that gives you more than enough power for your job.
- Decompression valve: makes starting the chainsaw a lot easier.
- 5-year consumer warranty: this is a saw that is built to last, and Echo is willing to back that up.