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Has anyone had good luck with echo chain saws? Our old homelite gave up the ghost last week and I had my crew leader run over to our local dealer to p/u an Echo 16". So far...so good. It starts easily and seemed to handle the (3) trees very well. Has anyone used these saws in heavier applications?
 

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Echo's are fairly good saws but saying you got a 16" saw doesn't mean anything. I can put a 16" on my 7+ horsepower Husky 395 and have an unstoppable saw or put a 16" on a Stihl 017 and it will bog. What size engine does it have? If it is a larger Echo you will probably be pleased with it. If it is a small cheap one then that is what you have.
 

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I have an Echo CS-346 (16" bar) and just bought it about 2 months ago. I have only used it maybe 5 hours so far. It seems to be a very nice saw from my experience. Good power and light. I would buy another one.

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I have two CS-3450's that I've had for three years now and I use them quite often, really work them at times in the winter cutting up blow downs and such. Use them for heavy pruning also. So far I've had no problems with them at all. Back in the day when I worked in the woods I used nothing but Stihl but these little guys seem to be holding up very well, I like them :)
 

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The Echo cs340 and cs300 are decent saws if you need a top handle. Other than that they are a waist of money. You pay more money for a husky or a stihl, but those saws will last you 20 years. If you do run an Echo make sure you stay right on top of your maintenance or you'll have some seriouse problems. Check out the husqvarna 345. It will be a little bit more money but its twice the saw.
 
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