Testimonials & Reviews
ECHO is proud of the durability built into every one of our products, and we are developing a library of our customers’ product testimonials. If you have a story to tell about the ECHO equipment in your garage, please send a synopsis and a photograph (if possible) using our testimonial submission form. We would be pleased to add it to our site. Below are some of the submissions to date.
I Asked Him if he had a "GOOD" Chain Saw ...
(CS450-P; Chain Saws)
Hello. I wanted to send you an e-mail to let you know that I recently purchased one of your chain saws and I am very happy with it. Prior to the purchase of my ECHO I had a brand new Husqvarna. I had just set up hunting tent and only had an hour of daylight left to cut some firewood for the night. I fired up the chain saw for the first time and it would not run properly. It kept stalling when I let go of the throttle. It would take 5-10 minutes to get going each time. Then it started to ping and knock. I did manage to cut enough wood for the night, but the next day I drove into Coleman, Ab to the only ECHO dealer in town.
The owner took my Husky into the back, opened it up and discovered some broken parts. That was enough for me. I asked him what he had for a "GOOD" chain saw. He showed me the ECHO models that he had on hand and explained to me that they are very highly rated. He demonstrated how easy it was to start it. Two pulls and it fired right up. Then he shut it off and with only half a pull it started again. That was good enough for me. I purchased the ECHO.
CharlesandHudson.com Review: For the Rancher in You
(CS-590 Timber Wolf; Chain Saws)
ECHO Timber Wolf CS-590 Chain Saw for the Rancher in You
Chain saws are must-have tools for homeowners with large yards that include trees, shrubs and other foliage. Storms and wind will often fell old or diseased trees as well as throw branches everywhere and a chain saw is the only tool capable of safely and swiftly clearing the debris. Long valued on ranches and farms, chain saws are no longer for arborists or farmers.
We checked out the Husqvarna 455 Rancher last year and ECHO contacted us with an opportunity to test their Timber Wolf CS-590 chain saw which was rolled out to Home Depot and independent retailers a couple months ago. It’s available in 18″ and 20″ bar lengths and aims to compete with Husqvarna 455 Rancher, Stihl MS 291 and MS 290 Farm Boss.
Out of the box we installed the bar and chain, then added chain oil and pre-mixed gas/oil. We followed the startup instructions from ECHO and the chain saw fired right up! There’s a handy decompression valve that makes starting it very easy and the pull is gentle on the shoulder. The air filter is located at the back of the saw and is easily accessible and the translucent fuel body makes it easy to check the level.
This is no “beginner” saw as it’s made for tough work and its heft might scare away the dainty types but is required for heavy-duty jobs. With a 59.8 cc engine it’s the largest of the bunch and has power to spare.
If you’re a cowboy you’ll love this chain saw even more as it’s the official chain saw of the Professional Bull Riders. Visit ECHO’s website and you can hear a testimonial video from two time PBR World Champion Chris Shivers who retired last year from professional bull riding to be a full time rancher and is running a 1,000 head herd, raising livestock, and organizing his Mini-Bulls Training Camps and Competitions.
Got Trees? ECHO CS-590 Timber Wolf Chain Saw Can Take Care of That
(CS-590 Timber Wolf; Chain Saws)
By Matt Weber in Extreme How-To, Lawn and Landscape Equipment, Tools · February 13, 2014
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty chain saw built tough enough to withstand the roughest ranch and farm environments, then check out the new CS-590 Timber Wolf chain saw from ECHO. It’s equipped with a 59.8-cc, 2-stroke engine that delivers 3.89 horsepower—that’s more than the leading competitor models in the same size class.
The EHT staff put the CS-590 to work on some recent land-clearing jobs. The saw was easy to handle and performed like a champ.
The saw features a decompression valve and a digital ignition system for easy starting, and believe me, this is a nice amenity. I’m no fan of jerking my arm out of socket from fighting a stubborn pull start. The G-force Engine Air Pre-cleaner is engineered for top-notch performance and to help reduce air filter blockage.
Available with 18- and 20-in. bar lengths, the CS-590 has a handy side-access chain tensioner, a clutch-driven oiler and a dual-post chain brake system. The saw’s housing has a spring-cushioned anti-vibration system for comfortable longtime use with less fatigue and muscle ache. ECHO backs this tough-as-nails chain saw with a 5-year consumer warranty. Find out more about the saw at www.echo-usa.com.
4 Star Rating from Popular Mechanics Magazine
(CS-590 Timber Wolf; Chain Saws)
Echo CS 590 "Timber Wolf"
Ranking:★ ★ ★ ★
Engine size: 59.8 cc
Weight (fueled): 18 lb
Bar length: 20 in.
Likes: The Timber Wolf excels at one difficult job: bucking (crosscutting) big logs. It easily gnawed its way through a frozen cherry tree that measured 26 inches across. We liked that gutsy performance and were pleased to find the saw starts easily, despite its big engine. Press its compression-release valve and two or three yanks are all it takes to make the Timber Wolf howl to life.
Dislikes: This is more an observation than a complaint. The Timber Wolf is a lot of cutting capability for the money, but it's also bigger and heavier than the other saws. We started this test with Echo's feisty bantamweight, the CS500P ($449 to $469), a great little machine and the lightest 50-cc saw in the industry. But a saw in that price range was no match for the Husqvarna or Stihl. The Timber Wolf proved to be more competitive. If you want to get close to the Stihl's or Husqvarna's cutting ability, you'll need to move up to a much bigger saw.
Run the 355 with Pleasure!
(CS-355T; Chain Saws)
I bought the ECHO 355 top handle from Bill at Coastal Equipment about 3 months ago. So far it has been a great saw; at this point it's certainly broken in. I bought this saw since I couldn't get the new Husky 540 at the time and didn't want to buy the Stihl 201 since it doesn't seem to get good reviews. I do run two Stihl 200T's and was having carb problems with one of them and decided I needed another top handle, so I went with the ECHO 355 since it was cheaper and seemed to get great reviews. The only other ECHO top handles I've owned are the 341 and a 330 which made me hesitant to buy another ECHO since they are really slow compared to the Stihl 200T I'm used to. They are extremely slow compared to the 200T I'm used to. We do use them for cutting saplings 4" and under - they are ok.
So the 355 has been a great saw that's not too far behind the 200. It would be nice if it would hold a higher rpm in the cut. I've heard a 6 degree timing advance will remedy this, but I've yet to try it. I did have the screw that holds the air filter cover break. It was dropped 3-4" onto the asphalt, so it could of just landed right. The only real gripe I have is the handle is a little on the fat side. The plus side is there's still enough room to hold the saw with thick gloves on. It would be nice to see a small handle. After running the Stihls, I have a bad habit of engaging choke and high idle when trying to shut off the saw since the ECHO is backwards from what I am used to. I'm sure time with the saw will remedy this. The absolute worst thing about this saw is the tiny gas/oil fills. I almost always over fill the gas since the gas can spout is the same size as the fill hole. Bigger fills would be a great addition.
This saw does get equal use to the 200T. So in all, it's a great saw and with a few tweaks would be an awesome top handle. I will keep my fingers crossed to see a new one that will: hold a higher rpm in the cut, have a smaller handle, have a stronger screw for the air filter, and larger fill holes. But until then, I will with pleasure run the 355 regularly.