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.
When we tested this saw, our lab team had several things to say about it. One tester appreciated the placement of the primer blub, “More convenient primer location than on Husqvarna.” Another tester had a different comment, “ It’s more convenient for you, because you don't have to hold the trigger to prime it.”
They also commented on the cutting power it produces, “Doesn't seem as powerful as the previous two,” one said, referring to the 30.5 cc Sthil MS170 and the 38.2cc Husqvarna 240, compared to this model’s 30.1cc engine. But that wasn’t enough to sour them, “Not a bad saw, though.”
Echo uses an i30 starting system for quick ignition. We started each chainsaw for the first time out of the box. We noted how long it took each one to start with just one pull of the cord – the Echo took four attempts. This is good, but not the fastest we saw in our test – Husqvarna only took three attempts while the Poulan Pro took seven.
The Echo chainsaw cut through our test log at high speeds, averaging just under five seconds per cut. However, its noise level reached the around 90 decibels. That being said, you should always wear hearing protection when operating any chainsaw. The chainsaw’s plastic and aluminum body weigh only 8 pounds. These materials may bend if strained, but they keep the saw light and easy to handle.
We used all of the chainsaws we compared to clear out an over grown yard with half dead bushes, dead trees, stumps and more. We were impressed at how well the Echo cut through everything in its path with relative ease, even on a hard, dried cherry tree stump – which several of our corded models – like the Remington RM1645 - struggled mightily with.
The final verdict for this chainsaw from the testing crew was, as one tester put it “these are more pro models, not for use around the house.” Professionals, enthusiasts and frequent users will appreciate all the aspects of Echo, but it’s overkill for the occasional user who wants to remove a bush in his yard.
Parts and repairs are available for the Echo saw from large home improvement stores and licensed dealers alike. This provides 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 correctly 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 professionals, power tool lovers and rural home owners. It’s easy start to start, handles well, provides the power to cut through thick wood and it’s easy to find service centers for regular maintenance.