Echo Chainsaw Review – Out with Stihl & Husqvarna, in with Echo
Took it all away. I went to a professional tree company and I removed all their Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws for thirty days. Echo wants me to be a part of an advisory group that gives them feedback on how they can improve their equipment.
I think they’re going to get more than they bargained for. Today there are two parts to this video. In the first part, we get to meet up with Scott at a big tree removal project using a crane. In the second part of this video, we get to hook back up with Scott after he has used the chainsaws for thirty days. Let’s see how this goes.
Three, Two, One
How long have you had this company? We started it 1993. Our main chainsaws are all Stihls. You also have to have a loader and Bobocat or we use a swinger. Otherwise, you’re just spinning your wheels. So why did the roll the blade like that?
It’s loaded up with saw dust it is cutting so fast so that the sawdust gets built up underneath the chain there.
So you charge how much? Six to six fifty an hour for the crane and for the guys?
So this job is bid by the hour? Yeah. So you come in you look at a tree like this one right here in front of your swinger. I’d probably figure three man hours to get here do the work and then be driving down the road.
We would have done a lot of property damage and it would have taken five times longer to get it done . And it would take you know my time long you know even though you have the additional cost of the brain generally the costs come. For about the same for did so much safer for the guy up in the tree and the guys on the ground.
That was well sad almost like you know what you’re talking about lol.
So it’s been thirty days. Let’s find out how this went. When I put all four on my garage floor last night they were all leaking oil. They get a lot of the abuse. They’re brand new it’s not surprising that something would have loosened up.
OK but they shouldn’t be leaking oil right?
Not surprising with a new saw that gets used and abused, but when you’re trying to convince someone who’s using a Porsche to take a step down to save the company some money. So the guys they wouldn’t go from a Stihl to an echo.
They would be pissed. They would be they would feel like, “why am I being treated this way?” Let’s look at it this way, you can’t put a wadded up pile of newspaper covered in duct tape and give it to Tom Brady and say, “take it to the Super Bowl.”
He knows what he’s doing. Don’t give them subpar equipment and then expect top of the line results from it. But when you take your climbing saw, half a pound makes the difference and it’s the difference between the saw being an extension of the foreman’s hand.
I want to play devil’s advocate. They have only run Stihl. Had they started out with at Echo, do you think going to the Stihl would feel out of balance?
There are subtle differences but again we’re talking professionals. These guys are going to pick up on those subtle differences.
Anyone who has experience with saws…as soon as they see this it’s like “oh ****.”
I can’t believe it hasn’t been broken off already. I mean that’s not what I would expect with a professional grade. You know another thing that’s bad. I need a tool to get into my gas and oil fill. What is the point of that? You don’t put these back on tight enough and then they loosen up while you’re using it. the next thing you know, your pants leg and the tree are covered in gas or oil. Or you put them on so now you’ve got to get a wrench or pliers to get them off. The other thing is that small hole. Seriously? do I need to carry a funnel?The clip is great an advantage over the feel is it a lock in the place Stihl is real loose and you kind of can fight it to keep it open if you try to clip it.
This saw doesn’t have the clip it just has the hole for a lanyard. Well not everyone uses a lanyard. A lot of guys just have a carabineer. Echo makes some quality equipment
We’ve got an Echo head shears. We have Echo blowers and we love them. Absolutely no problem. With the chainsaws, for a professional, they’re not quite there. The first thing I want to say is kudos to Echo for stepping up to the plate. When I contacted both Stihl and Husqvarna, I could even get a response back.
Echo was at least willing to take the challenge on . Now I ran Echo equipment for three years and never had a single mechanical breakdown in any of their blowers or trimmers, but not every piece of equipment is the same. If this test has helped you guys on some way shape or form. Let me know in the comments down below or give me a thumbs up thank you God Bless Go get ’em.