Echo vs Stihl chainsaw

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Mownmachine144, Jun 11, 2019.


Choosing chainsaws

  1. Echo chainsaw

    10 vote(s)
  2. Stihl chainsaw

    8 vote(s)
  1. Mownmachine144

    Mownmachine144 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    I'm in the market for a chainsaw this week. I am not to familiar with stihls products. I'm currently running echo equipment. I really like how there holding up. I've heard good things about stihl chainsaws, I just don't know to much about them. I'm leaning more towards an echo chainsaw, since I've ran them and know their quality. My budget is around $280 - $399.

    Any help is much appreciated.
    "NOTE" I plan on picking one up this Thursday, along with my hedge trimmer.
  2. Mumblingboutmowers

    Mumblingboutmowers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    I've had good stihl saws and I've had bad ones. Looks like your saw budget would get you a MS251 or MS271. Either are adequate for smaller trees and will zip right through limbs.
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  3. OP

    Mownmachine144 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    Anyone there?
  4. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,932

    i not a chain saw expert . but i know plenty of guys , most from age 50 to 70 , that have climbed their whole life and they all gave me only two choices = stihl or husqvarna . ive owned a stihl ms310 for 10 years and i love it . but ive only cut down and sawed up say 50 medium size trees with it , with bout 4 big ol 70' oaks thrown in . my saw cut up all these trees into fire wood and stihl hums right along like new .
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  5. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 18,624

    Depends on what your planning on cutting
    A limbing saw?
    A good echo for general firewood duties either a 490 or 590:weightlifter:
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  6. OP

    Mownmachine144 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    I have some property i need to clear a few spots out with. Mostly tall some what thick pine trees. And I plan i using it for any tree trimming jobs I get here and there.
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  7. Mshawn

    Mshawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    I run a Stihl ms291 I love the thing. Husqvarna is good as well . I do like echo products. I own a sc490 and it is a great saw. I got it used after a guy bought it and used it to clean up a bad storm here then let it sit for like 4 years and never started it again. I fixed a mower for him and he brought it to me and gave it to me. I rebuilt Catb and it runs great. In short I believe either are great.
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  8. Cam15

    Cam15 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    I've also heard stihl or Husqvarna are the best brands out there.
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  9. ggb6259

    ggb6259 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    Buddy swears by echo. I bought a Husqy and wish I had the echo. Bot work but the echo is just nicer all the way around.
  10. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 684

    Your budget is limiting higher end homeowner grade saws low end pro at best. I think a $350 echo saw will be better than a $350 Stihl. Husqvarna is my preferred saw.
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