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The Echo brand name is well-respected throughout the industry for the quality of their chainsaws and other outdoor power equipment. The Echo CS-400 is further testament to the power and efficiency of their products through a combination of engine efficiency features and power enhancers.
The Echo CS-400 comes with an air purge bulb, air precleaning and air cleaner cover that you can access without the need for tools. At the same time, the chainsaw lacks a key feature we expect to find on such tools, namely a tool-free chain tensioner. It makes up for the oversight with additional key features like an easy-start system.
This is one of the best chainsaws out there due to its combination of a powerful engine and versatile features. It operates on a 40.2 cc engine with a bar length of 16 inches. The current length helps in achieving a significant amount of stability when cutting, though obviously the chain tension will play largely to its success. While adjusting the chain tension may prove problematic due the need for a tool to make the change, frequent tension adjustments shouldn't be necessary.
The Echo CS-400 comes with a standard warranty, though buyers are advised to pay close attention to the terms of the warranty. Using the incorrect type and mix of oil can void the warranty entirely. Many times consumers don’t find out about these warranty infringements until after the fact when it’s in the shop for repairs and Echo says they won’t cover anything.
Other chainsaws choose to approach vibration dampening through the use of coiled springs. In comparison, the Echo CS-400 approaches the problem with rubber bushings. The change in material simulates the characteristics of a coil, but without the potential for reduced resistance over time due to frequent vibrations from the engine. The rubber bushings are actually made of a polyurethane material capable of being as soft as a rubber band or as hard as plastic, taking the middle ground on this to absorb some of the shock of the engine vibration while still minimizing its effect on operators.
The Echo CS-400 is an excellent purchase, offering an impressive array of features and designs to make it well worth the expense. While the price associated with this chainsaw does run higher than many other competing brands, Echo is a well-recognized brand capable of delivering professional and quality products for light-to-medium cutting tasks.