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Need a saw for some work at cabin and got some gift cards for home depot.Looking for opinions on echo saws and more specifically the cs 450.anybody own any echo saws or have opinions good or bad.
 

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Never heard of echos. All I can tell you is that in my exp. a Husqvarna saw tears it up. A finely tuned Husky will go right through wood like warm butter. Sorry I can't help you spiker.
 

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friend down the road has an echo saw that he got for a b-day present last year only thing i've ever heard him say was he already had to replace the diaphram in the carb on it, but i would think that was because he probably didnt drain the gas or put a fuel stabilizer in it for this past winter storage.
 

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friend down the road has an echo saw that he got for a b-day present last year only thing i've ever heard him say was he already had to replace the diaphram in the carb on it, but i would think that was because he probably didnt drain the gas or put a fuel stabilizer in it for this past winter storage.
OTF I think you are correct Most likely was LOM (Lack of maintenance) & could happen to any brand those carbs can be finicky it doesn't take much to mess them up
I personally like the Husky's but the Stihls are great saws also
mine died a couple years ago (was an old saw) I did some research & found certian Craftsman models were Huskys & about 1/2 the price
I don't do a ton of cutting so I bought one & I am actually very pleased with it
If I were doing a lot of cutting every year I would have spent the long dollar & just bought a Husky ( I am not fond of Sears prices on parts )
 

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If you notice a lot of old timers they still have saws that operate that are husquvarnas (didnt spell that right) and stihls. That says something to me right there.

I cut wood all the time. Burn wood during the winter. Im also a cheapskate.

Ive been buying the Sears Craftsman brand. Im on saw #2. They will last about 3-4 yrs before you have to replace a part in them that cost about half as much as the saw. ($75 for the part)

You can cut a ton of wood with the Craftsman because its not a heavy saw and its simple to manuever around. If you purchase a Stihl here are my thoughts. Im going by an 18 inch bar for reference because thats the only ones Ive been around.

I can cut circles around someone that has a heavy Stihl saw simply because I can get around quicker. My next purchase will be a lighter model stihl with an 18 inch bar.

In my experience this saw right here is simply to heavy and bulky for having only an 18 inch bar. MS 290 STIHL FARM BOSS® - Powerful Mid-Range Chain Saw | STIHL

Thats the farm boss. To me the wood boss would be the simpler/quicker saw to use when cutting up a whole tree for firewood.

Thats just my thoughts. I know the farm boss is probably the most popular Stihl saw out there so people feel free to disagree with me.

If your not going to be cutting alot of big stuff dont hesitate to buy one with a 16 inch bar. You can cut a lot of stuff with a 16 inch bar. Plus they are lightweight. No since in lugging around a tool thats to big for the job.
 

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Finally got into something I know a little about. like has been said you can't beat Husky or Stihl but you will pay for it. As I remember the smaller Craftman saws were made by Poland and pretty good little saws. I have one now that is about 10 yrs. old and still cutting good. the only thing ever done to it was change the plug and clean the muffler. I have heard of Echo and know many people that have had good luck with them. As someone said earlier the key is to use a good oil and proper maint. No matter how much you spend, if you don't take care of it you will not be pleased. I also agree with the man who commented on smaller saws out cutting larger ones at the end of the day, within reason. something I have done is have a saw with a 18" bar and replace it with 16" even 14" depending what I was doing. makes it much easier to handle but still has the power. One of the longest lasting saws I've owned was a small Homelite that I paid less than $100 for, but I'm no lumberjack either. Just remember that no matter what you decide on good oil and maint. is the key. Charlie
 

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Just some additional, I purchased a Stihl model 032 to build my log cabin, after about 12 years I had it rebuilt and finally retired it and got the 026 pro model. It came with a 18" bar and I got a 20" and love it. I understand that the 026 has now been change to the 260 model or something like that, but basically the same saw. It's one cutting machine. Watching TV loggers they either run Stihl or Husvarna's (spelling) saws, for a reason. If you're going to cut a lot of wood, spend your money on either of these saws.
 

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Stihl and husquavarna are the best out there. Echo was a good saw until they started mass producing them to put them into home depots.
 
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