Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 10
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sawman Great saw, great price
I have 3 80 - 85cc saw a Echo cs8000, Husky 385xp, and a Dolmar 7900 and they all cut real close in bigger wood. They Echo and Husky wieght the same with the Dolmar being a couple pounds less. The Echo has a nice wide powerband, the Husky not too bad while the Dolmar doesn't lug very good but cuts good if the RPM are kept just right. I can't see how anyone can say the Echo is low quality when it has every bit as much quality as the best Husky and Stihl saws.
January 31, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mrousnr Massive Power, Solid, Quality built
Just finished up some very large cutting jobs with this new saw. After struggling with my aging Poulan 18’ 40cc saw, I wanted a very powerful saw to make quick work of some very large downed trees while clearing land. This thing did the trick, powering through 24” trees like a hot knife through butter, slightly slower in large maple, but still very impressive! What took about 10 minutes with my smaller saw, this thing ate through in seconds! If you want power this is it! It is not a baby saw, make sure you are ready to move it around, it makes my old saw feel like a toy, this thing is on the heavy side, but it is almost all metal (even the on/off switch!), very well built, and the weight helps it power through vertical cuts, leaving massive piles of saw dust in its wake. I have a 36” bar on order, so far I’m making use of the supplied 24” bar and chain, but it has the power to handle much more. I bought the Echo hard case, it is also well built and works well with this saw. I priced this against a similar Stihl, and Husqvarna, I’d say this is value, and massive power for the money that is hard to beat.
July 27, 2010
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by d7576xp Echo cs-8000 chainsaw with 24" bar and chain
I bought this Echo cs-8000 chainsaw with a 24" bar and chain from home depot.com last spring. I wanted to try out this chainsaw base on the video I saw on Echo's web site. I own Dolmars, Husqvarna xp's, and Stihls. I process about 75-100 cords of firewood a year.
1. The chainsaw is very heavy-heavier than my still ms660
2. There is no decompression valve
3. The chain adjuster is located near the inner Dog-not on the bar cover like most premium chainsaws.
4. There is no anti-vib. sys. If you try on a dolmar ps7900,
or a Husvarna 576xp, you will never wanna pick this (cs-8000) behemoth again.
5. The cs-8000 is pricey-almost as much as a pro. saw.
The Echo cs-8000 chainsaw will cut just about anything, but will not out-cut my stihls, husqvarna's, and dolmars.
Bottom line, if you are looking to purchase a premium saw, buy a Husqvarna, Dolmar, or a Stihl instead. The price difference of a Husqvarna 576xp pro saw and the Echo cs-8000 is apprx. $75-$85.
All-in-All, the echo cs-8000 is a good saw. But not an excellent/professional saw.
September 6, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by k4i0n8g great saw
i have used dolmar,stihl,and husqvarna chainsaw,i even have 2 stihls im not going to lie they are both great saws i have ms 660 and ms 441.But they are a little pricey. but this echo is great for the price its a true stump puller. It is a little heavy but has plenty of power. i run a 36 inch bar on mine and fell trees 40+ inches in diameter and never bogs down.
i love this saw!!!!!
November 1, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ephblum Pro Level Performance for Nice Price
I've had this saw for a few years, used regularly but not professionally (not every day more like a couple times per month). I like the price vs other pro level saws. I wanted quality and power. We have an echo cs360 top handle with 12" bar as well as an echo pole saw with 12" bar and echo cs330 with 14" bar. Also 3 Craftsman 18" saws we never really use anymore. This saw, the pole saw, and the top handle cs360 are basically all you need. No, you should not make this your first chainsaw-for your safety you should be well-versed in saw operation before engaging this much power. Yes, this saw is heavy with its all-metal case and big bar/engine. Yes, it will tear through big cuts (buy a 36" bar if need be and you will be able to power through really big wood). Yes, you will get a workout when using it (so that's a bad thing?). Yes it does have an anti-vibe system where there is rubber-like material between handle and case to absorb engine vibration (another reviewer said it doesn't). The heaviness aspect you actually come out ahead because you will finish whatever cutting you are doing much more quickly because of the speed/power of the saw. Yes it is hard to start because you are cycling a big engine. No it is not that hard to start, and restarts after warm on first pull. Very satisfied with this saw vs others close to 2x the price for same power. Spend your savings on bigger bar for when you need it and more/better chains and you will be happy with the purchase.
May 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by woodMan Awesome Power
I use to own a Homelite I purchased from Home Depot, it started to die after it warmed up. So I took it back to the store two years after original purchase date, with no receipt. They were able to look up my purchase from my credit card. Home Depot gave me a full 140.00 in store credit which I put towards the 300.00 Echo CS-400. I liked the chainsaw very much, it was an unbelievable difference from the Homelite.
Unfortunately, I was not able to keep up with my buddy's whom had Husqvarna 455-Rancher's. I then realized the value a "Big Saw" would have for harvesting wood, compared to just trimming and limbing. So I compared prices from every manufacturer on the biggest chainsaws available, and Echo had the best deal. Stihl was the only distributor that had a bigger saw, it was 121cc, but it was also over 1700.00!
So I went with the Echo CS-8000, knowing I was already a completely happy Echo customer, I wanted to see what this saw could do. The Echo left my buddy's with the Husqvarna's in a "dust cloud" of mulch from my saw, literally!, it was awesome.
Before I had the big saw, we would both start cutting towards each other on the same log, he was able to make cuts all the way up to me before I even completed one cut, pretty embarrassing. Now with the new Cs-8000, the tables have officially been turned! Pretty incredible, what an amazing display of effortless power while saving all kinds of time!
Couple words of Caution though, this saw does have amazing power, and there are Warnings all over the saw and in the manual reminding the user to be thoughtful and respectful of this devise.
A healthy dose of reverential fear is required while in operation, being mindful of the possibility of the severe damage "Kickback" is capable of causing.
November 18, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Davie I like it !! Starts Easy
Started on third pull. Cut through a 24" cherry log like it was butter. I didn't find it as heavy as others have said, but i don"t have anything else to compare it to. I have an older echo string trimmer, blower, and small limb saw. They all start easy and that is what i like.
February 2, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SThomas Absolute GARBAGE! Lucky it had a warranty ECHO did not want to honor!
It was bad enough, that this saw quit on Me in about 30 seconds after making My first cut, about halfway into a good sized Hickory that I was preparing to fell.After pulling My heart out for quite a few minutes, I realized that I could not just leave a tree standing cut halfway through, so went and got a much more reliable saw, made by another maker, and managed to get it down thankfully avoiding any property damage, or personal injury.Back to the saw, after pulling some more, on and off for a half hour, checking the plug, ON/OFF switch, choke, reading and rereading the manual, and then doing the same thing the next day, I decided it was time to bring My new saw with about 30 seconds of running time to the shop, which had about a four week wait, till it could even be looked at.At week 5 I decided it was time to call, and wouldn't You know, they had just looked at it (and where reaching for the phone to call Me I'm sure). I was told that the cylinder was scored, and that no ECHO would not be honoring My warranty, because obviously I had run straight gas in the saw, the same straight gas, from the same can, that My string trimmer, other saws, blower, post hole digger, and dirt bikes, have been running on for I could not even tell You how long right? After many e-mails, and phone calls, ECHO decided to be so very gracious, and back up their product...After another three weeks the parts came, and the repair was complete(yeah they couldn't just give me a replacement)I am almost sorry they did ...
I do not even know where to start, and end with what a total piece of junk this saw is, nothing at all like the ECHO of My Grandfather, that everyone used to rag on him for owning.
1. Could the chain tension screw be in a little bit tighter location?I do like how it can not easily be tightened with the T handle screwdriver/spark plug wrench, it gives Me a chance to carry extra tools around, and it will have to be used quite often, the bar sprocket gets clogged very quickly with wood chips, and freezes up, once after about 15 minutes of cutting time.
2. Really like how the bar oil cap is recessed, making a great place for chips, dust and grit to collect, so that when more bar oil is needed I have a good excuse to go back to the garage so it can all be blown off with compressed air before adding more bar oil.Honestly?Is this pro grade?So glad I am not working off grid or something
3. The plastic used extensively throughout, for instance, on the bracket that holds the air cleaner cover directly onto the carb. I am sure that saved so much weight, on this boat anchor.
4. Love that I can not feel My hands after a couple of hours of use from all the vibration, in fact I was happy when the flimsy 1/8 " thick foam came off the handle, glad it only lasted a couple of months.Now I get the full effect.
5 The lack of a decompression valve has really helped Me develop My strength and endurance to new levels.
6. I haven't broken it yet, but I am really looking forward to busting the flimsy little plastic choke lever
I am really glad I have back up saws, that weigh less, have more power, and out preform on every level.I did spend a little bit more for one of them, but it was worth it, and if I every had to make use of the warranty, I am sure it would have been honored without any aggravation but it has lasted well beyond the warranty with nothing more than air cleaners, and a couple of spark plugs, and lastly, that I am not trying to make a living with this saw.
October 16, 2013