The Echo CS-310-14 is a powerful standard gas-powered chainsaw. The 14-inch bar is strong enough to fell trees but small enough to store in a garage. The 30.5 cc two-cycle engine is light but has enough muscle to rip through wood while also maintaining fuel efficiency. During our test, the Echo took only four attempts to start, typical for the best of the gas chainsaws, thanks to an i30 starting system.
The Echo chainsaw cut through our test log at high speeds, averaging just under five seconds per cut. However, its noise level reached the low 90s, which is loud enough to warrant the use of hearing protection. The chainsaw’s plastic and aluminum body weighs only 8 pounds (the heaviest chainsaw we reviewed was the Poulan Pro, at more than 10 pounds). These materials may bend if strained, but they keep the saw light and easy to handle.
Parts and repairs are available for this Echo saw from large home improvement stores and licensed dealers alike. This gives you the option to visit a specialty store or a large chain, depending on the services available in your area. Some chainsaw brands require licensed professionals to perform maintenance, which increases the chances of your chainsaw being repaired right the first time versus making multiple trips to the home improvement store for new parts. Luckily, this saw is under warranty for five years.
This specialty service is part of why this Echo model doesn’t come with many accessories. Rather than including items like a chain or sharpening tools, you must visit these specialists to find exactly what the model needs. In the box, there are essentials like an owner's manual, scrench, bar scabbard and engine oil. Although there is no carrying case included with this model, Echo dealerships provide cases, files and other accessories you may need.
The Echo CS-310-14 is light and starts quickly, making it a suitable chainsaw for any new or experienced residential users. Its easy start system helps you save your energy for the task. The chainsaw's tested cutting times were above average, but not enough to make up for its lack of included accessories. Thankfully, finding service for this chainsaw isn't difficult because licensed professionals and large retail locations alike carry it.