Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rivman96 Has met my expectations!
I did my homework on this chain-saw and it seems to have worked out well! A little more than I wanted to spend but I guess you get what you pay. I wish it had been available in the store but the delivery went quickly and efficiently. It has been easy to start and I hope I continue to have no problems with this saw.
July 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DGSC Quality product
Starts very easily and runs smoothly. Cuts very efficiently with sufficient power
July 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hillbilly Best power to weight ratio, best warranty best saw
Reading the two negative reviews, tells me they have a screw loose. never seen a saw in the 50cc class that has two dogs from the factory.(guide bars, or something like that he called them). the saw is extremely well balanced with ergonomic design built in. The Air cleaner the other mentioned. holy cow, who would run the saw 30 hours without cleaning the filter!!! not anybody that respects their equipment. my self i cut over 30 cord (90 rick) before i opted to change my filter that's easily cleanable. and then i changed it merely for the start of the new season. The stock bar is an Oregon, it is no less flimsy than the oregon he replaced it with. but if i'm correct the stock oregon bar with Echo painted on it, is Oregons premium bar. I think those fellas didn't know how to care for or maintain (let alone use a saw) so are punishing Echo for merely selling a doo doo brain a saw without giving them a 40 hour class on chainsaw operation and maintenance. if they'd of admitted their in-experience any dealer i could imagine would have given them basic instructions. The owners manuals also define routine maintenance.
It'd be a rare occasion that they'd of gotten a lemon Echo, and even a more rare occasion if an Echo dealer didn't go out of their way to fix the problem/s.
I have run a lot of saws for a lot of years. This was the single best saw i have ever seen or heard of, i use it to cut down and buck as much as 36" Oaks, it is not under powered, rather amazing.
I did mention "was my favorite saw" The new Echo 352, at 8.8 pounds, 34 cc's out performs my solo 39cc and my stihl 42 cc, and nearly keeps up with my echo 500 making it the ultimate dual purpose saw (limbing and bucking). I have to remind my self to switch to the 10.5 pound 500 when i'm done limbing and start bucking, especially on 20 inch trees (I rarely switch saws for 12 and 14" trunks). To tell the difference between the two saws on 12" oak needs to be timed. Even though i do cull out a few jack pines and even some whites most of my cutting is Burr oak, Red oak, white oak and maple. the bur oak is usually twisted and is a bugger to cut and split, but all three of my echo's work like a dream. I also have a 600P, but prefer my 500P, both have the 20 inch bar, and even up to 36" diameter, i rarely fire up the 600 unless I've pinched my bar or ran out of fuel on the 500 with only a few cuts left for the day. The 600P is heavier without enough difference in performance, and is a gas hog compared to the 500. (I'm wanting to try the 590 and the 490 just for shats n grins. )
Echo has stepped up to the plate and given us light wieght extremely powerful, reliable equipment that is professional grade, with a darned good warranty that is honored. (i have to be careful how i say that since i've not needed the warranty honored outside of initial new purchase tuning, like most any saw, hence a reason to buy from a dealer rather than a box store like menards, home depot and the likes there of that don't tune new saws for customers, nor do they repair them on site.
July 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rontide 500-P Saw
I have used this saw a great deal to clear around my lake for the past 4 months.
Lighter weight makes it much easier and it is very powerful.
Starts every time. I love this saw.
June 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Calvin Lot of power
Excellent saw for the money.Pleased with the performance, and light weight.
April 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bob 15 Good saw
I'm pleased with the saw, starts easy and has good power. It is primarily used for cutting firewood and I'm cutting dead black locust trees, which are quite hard. The saw has the power to cut through them with ease.
April 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Larry Great chainsaw
I chose this saw because of the power to weight ratio. I've had saws that were much heavier that didn't cut near as well. I'm in my 60s and the weight matters more and more evey year. This saw starts easily, cuts like a demon and doesn't wear you out from just trying to hold it up. I'm the proud owner of other Echo products and am well pleased with them. I've owned the other high end brands and believe Echo is just as good or better.
July 24, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by treeman Very Poor Design
I have been using chainsaws for over 25 years now and the CS500 has the worst design anyone could ever imagine. I am a professional tree climber and worked for many companies before becoming self employed . When the saw was designed it should have two guides on each side of the bar to help keep the bar straight when cutting through the wood. Total dissapointment on workmenship and If I would have paid more attention to the saw design I would have not wasted the money !!
March 4, 2015