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are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:43:32 am »
A friend of mine wants to buy a new saw. He is wanting something that will pull an 18" bar and last for awhile.His last saw was a craftsman.He doesnt cut much. He thought he could buy a new Stihl for $250 I laughed at him. He said he looked at dolmars and echos. His thoughts were Dolmar is too expensive. I guess the Echos come with a 5 yr warranty.He is leaning toward an Echo. Any input?

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Re: are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2014, 12:08:16 pm »
In Ohio, Echo and Dolmar are distributed by the same company (Central Power) from Columbus
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Re: are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2014, 01:03:37 pm »
Echo has had a good reputation for many years. He would do best buying from a service dealer, not H-D, who can properly set it up and service it. Most come set lean out of the box to meet emission requirements.
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Re: are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2014, 02:06:48 pm »
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I've found Echos to be excellent saws.  A muff mod really gets them going.


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Re: are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2014, 04:29:11 pm »
Duck have him come try my echo 6700 67cc out with 18".  I will get him in that for the cost he is looking at. The new 680 replacement of the 6700 670 is over $600.
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Re: are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2014, 06:15:09 pm »
Even with the issue I had with the CP-600P (search further down for my posts from last summer), I'd still recommend one. For the money, you are getting a powerful saw with excellent build quality. My only gripe is the carb mounting threads, which are plastic instead of proper metal inserts. Not sure if this carrys over into all Echo saw designs. There is nothing they really cheaped out on except for this aspect. As already mentioned, purchase it from a dealer unless you have experience tuning small engines.  Its temptingly convenient to go to Home Depot for browsing and no-pressure purchasing, but find an elite class or sterling level (whatever the designation) dealer to establish a relationship and purchase from.

I have an 5 year old Echo SRM-230 trimmer which I tore down this summer to inspect and replaced the carb (from improper/uninformed fuel maintenance on my part), and the bore and piston was as smooth/unworn as can be. Their engines are really really good.

I ended up getting the discontinued and discounted CS-360T as brand new early in the summer for limbing and rapid branch clearing and its just as useful as its big brother. 

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Re: are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2014, 03:11:45 am »
Usually the problem lies not with the brand name but with the person using it. The words "pride of ownership" have a lot to do with it. If you believe that a brand is of lesser quality you will treat it that way and get the results you were expecting. The quality in the gadings "homeowner-, farmer- and pro class" are across the brands very very similar.

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Re: are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2014, 07:24:23 am »
A friend of mine wants to buy a new saw. He is wanting something that will pull an 18" bar and last for awhile.His last saw was a craftsman.He doesnt cut much. He thought he could buy a new Stihl for $250 I laughed at him. He said he looked at dolmars and echos. His thoughts were Dolmar is too expensive. I guess the Echos come with a 5 yr warranty.He is leaning toward an Echo. Any input?

what kind of wood is your friend cutting?  an 18" bar is available options for countless different cc size saws.

if he doesn't cut much, maybe a good used saw (insert your favorite brand here) would be an option.  savings could be used for canned fuel/extra chains/chaps/sharpening equipment.

can say i have 2 echo products and am satisfied with their build quality.

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Re: are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2014, 11:46:03 am »
I have a complement of Echo weed whackers, Blowers, hedge trimmers, and roto tillers and never had any trouble with them except carb kits and fuel lines. Some of these are 15 years old.
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Re: are the brand new echo saws worth buying?
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2014, 02:07:57 pm »
IMO a firewood guy looking at a pro built style saw in 60cc.  Echo would be really really hard to overlook and would pull the trigger on one. The echo 590 can be had for under $400. Comparable saws in husky 555 562 $600 and up and stihl 362 $700 and up. 

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