(CS-400; Chain Saws)
I just purchased and spent the afternoon using an 18-inch CS-400, having borrowed other brands from neighbors and rented a Stihl (mistake) before buying. The ECHO is a WONDER-SAW! Lightweight, easy to use, fun to handle, powerful, responsive, smooth, and absolutely zips through 13-inch maple logs like butter! What a great design. I noticed on the box that it's made by Yamabiko, so I looked up the company and found that it's one of the few companies in the industry that still maintains control over all aspects of design and manufacturing. I grew up in Japan (and worked there as a consultant from 1997 to 2009) and learned early on about Japanese diligence, precision, dedication and engineering talent. So when I found the ECHO so amazing and read about Yamabiko, I said to myself "naruhodo" --It must be a pleasure to work for a company with this kind of dedication to fine products. Congratulations.
BTW my wife and I went to the University of Chicago and know well where Lake Zurich is. Maybe we'll come up for a visit next time we're in town!