Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 18
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Skilo CS-500P is the best 50.2 cc over the CS-490
The Echo CS-500P saw performs well, with lots of power once it gets broke in (after about one tank of fuel), feels great in my hands and is the lightest 50.2 cc on the market, whereas the Echo CS-490 50.2 cc wasn't as comfortable in my hands and is a cheaper venison of the CS 500P. I bought a MS 251 Stihl and returned it after reading their bad reviews and agreeing the company has cut corners on quality and warranty. My Echo CS 500P cut for hours and had plenty of power and its Japan background shined through in features and quality. For instance, its adjustable bar oilier, rubber coated aluminum handle, easy access to the washable air filter and a cold weather vent to keep the carb from freezing up in real cold weather, and it has a metal crankcase rather than plastic one making an engine repair easier. Echo oil is rated Jaso FD and exceeds FB which Stihl uses, some dealers say that using the FB oil would harm Echo products so I use the Echo's oil in all my 2- stroke engines. The Echo CS-500P is an updated 502s Shindawia now badge as an Echo. Echo and Shindawia merged a few years back making this possible. IMHO I believe the Echo CS-500P is the very best saw for the price on the market. It comes with a professional bar and chain. Echo, thanks for taking care of the details and producing quality at a fair price.
September 23, 2015
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 Dirt Boy Very nice saw.
The Echo 500 is a very nice saw. It has plenty of power to cut anything I come across which is mostly oak and locust. When I'm using it all I have to think about is the cutting because the weight, balance and power are so well matched. I have saws from two other leading brands of similar cc,s and the echo is by far my favorite. I mainly use it for felling, limbing and bucking firewood.
August 15, 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 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 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 OklahomaJack Initial impressions - looking good so far!
I had to get a replacement saw for my Homelite that died on me after very limited use over 5-yrs that I owned the saw. At the recommendation of my step-son who just happens to work for Home Depot, I checked out Echo Saws. And I'm glad that I did. After doing a lot of research online comparing various saws from Echo, Stihl and other brands as well as reading hundreds of customer reviews, I settled on the Echo CS-500P. The big turning point was when I discovered that Stihl had reduced their warranty on their chainsaws in May of this year from two years to one while Echo maintains a five-year warranty. I needed a saw that could handle trees from saplings to over 30" in diameter, that was light-weight with good power, and was durable. The CS-500P fit my needs perfectly as it sported a 20" bar, is under 13 lbs wet, and has excellent power to weight ratio. In my first use of it, which was to fell and cut up over 70 dead hardwood trees. With a week of operations under my belt with it, I am very pleasantly pleased with its performance. It is a very solidly built saw with simple ergonomic controls and is fairly well balanced even with the 20" blade. Paired with the Oregon chain that came with it, it slices through cured hardwood like butter. The chain is very sharp out of the package and holds an edge very well. I went through 20 trees before I had to sharpen it. The adjustable automatic oiler is terrific and easily adjustable depending on the intensity of cutting. And it doesn't leak bar oil all over the place when not operating like my old saw did. I love the light-weight of the saw and can't believe the power this little saw has. Even with my bad back, I was able to run this saw all day long and still walk the next day which is a significant testament in and of it's self. As for the durability, only time will tell but if lasts as well as it has performed in its first week of operations then this is going to be one awesome little saw!
July 20, 2013