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yard owner guide

Right tool for the job

Before you can get started cutting wood, blowing leaves, or trimming for the first time in your very own yard, you’re going to need the right tool for the job. Luckily, we’ve got the right tools you’ll need, whether you’ve got a little patch of grass behind your house or a whole ranch to call home.

Choosing the Right Chain Saw

Chain saws come in plenty of sizes and in two basic configurations: rear handle and top handle. Top handle saws allow more control and work well for cutting low branches up in a tree, whereas our rear handle saws are more popular for general use. If all you need is a saw for light on-ground pruning and occasional firewood cutting, you’ll only need a 30-40cc range rear handle saw. Here’s an easy way to break it down:

Beginner, Occasional User: You can start with any of our light-weight models, like the CS-310 through the CS-400. These saws are easy to use and easy to start—the CS-370F and the CS-400F even have the FasTension™ tool-less chain tensioning system to make quick and easy chain tension adjustments or bar and chain replacements without a scrench or tightening tool.

Choosing the Right Blower

Like choosing any piece of equipment, selecting the right blower will really depend on the size of your property, the type of work you’ll be doing, and what is most comfortable for you.

If you’re moving light debris every now and then in the close-quarters of a small yard surrounded by other homes, you’ll want a small, quiet handheld blower like our PB-250LN, while large yards with a lot of leaf ground-cover in the fall will need something more like the PB-500 backpack blower with either hip-mounted throttle (PB-500H) or a tube-mounted throttle (PB-500T).

 

Choosing the Right Trimmer

Whether you’re trimming around fence posts after mowing the yard, edging along the sidewalk, or clearing away heavy brush and maintaining a large property, ECHO has a wide range of trimmers. Just like our saws, trimmers come in two main configurations: curved shaft and straight shaft.

Curved Shaft: Lighter weight, great for maneuvering around objects like trees and fence posts, and popular among shorter individuals (under 6’ tall). Our GT-225, easy starting GT-225i, and GT-230 are all great options if you’ll be doing light trimming around the yard.

Getting Started safely

Now that you’re set with the right equipment, let’s get ready to put those machines to work.

Before You Can Start Up Your Equipment, You’ll Need the Right Fuel

ECHO PowerFuel™ is a pre-mixed fuel, containing 93 octane gas and oil, that’s ready-to-use right out of the can. With no ethanol, PowerFuel is specifically developed at a 50:1 ratio and is the only pre-mixed fuel that uses ECHO Red Armor Oil™. ECHO PowerFuel is recommended for use in all air-cooled, 2-stroke engines. It facilitates proper break-in and helps extend the life of your equipment. It even features a fuel stabilizer that keeps the fuel stable and useable for up to two years after opening, so you never have to worry about using stale fuel.

ECHO PowerFuel™: ECHO PowerFuel™ is a pre-mixed fuel, containing 93 octane gas and oil, that’s ready-to-use right out of the can. With no ethanol, PowerFuel is specifically developed at a 50:1 ratio and is the only pre-mixed fuel that uses ECHO Red Armor Oil™.

Mixing Your Own Fuel: If you want to mix your own fuel, you’ll still need the right fuel and, especially, the right fuel mix. ECHO outdoor power equipment (and really all power equipment) is designed to tolerate up to 10%

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO HELP PROTECT YOUR handheld outdoor POWER EQUIPMENT

Fueled up and ready to go? There are a last few safety steps you’ll want to take when you get out in your yard with that equipment!

CHAIN SAW SAFETY

  • Always start the saw at least 10 feet from the fueling area.
  • Use a funnel or a flexible hose when pouring fuel into the saw, and never try to fuel a hot (or running) saw.
  • Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw's chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting.

LEAF BLOWER SAFETY

  • Don’t ever direct the blower toward bystanders, open doors, or windows.
  • Always wear eye protection, such as goggles or safety glasses and ear plugs, and don’t wear loose fitting clothes.
  • Start with the nozzle close to the ground at first and then raise it to a height where it doesn’t generate dust.

TRIMMER SAFETY

  • Remove any debris in the yard including glass, limbs, rocks, and trash that could become a projectile before you start trimming.
  • Monitor the string length. ECHO trimmers feature a cut-off knife in the shield that keeps the line at a safe, optimal length so always keep the shield in place to avoid too long of line – which is unsafe and will wear on the gear case.

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