Friday, 17 June 2016

Torque to the professionals

ECHO SRM-2620TES
Landscape professionals need two key factors from their outdoor power tools: increased productivity combined with minimum downtime for maintenance. You want to get the job done quickly and efficiently, particularly where you’re using a brushcutter to power through dense brush. It’s all about torque - more torque means more cutting performance, allowing you to tackle a wider range of tasks with just one brushcutter.

ECHO has launched the ECHO SRM-2620TES, the latest model in the range of ECHO High Torque Brushcutters, to do just that. Utilising a unique gearbox design, ECHO ‘TES’ brushcutters deliver up to 50% more torque at the cutting head than previous models, giving you the same cutting performance as a larger machine but with a smaller, lightweight engine. The 25.4cc professional grade 2-stroke engine provides greater power with improved acceleration, and a gear reduction ratio of 2.07 means the SRM-2620TES generates outstanding levels of torque. The lightweight design also features low levels of vibration, providing reduced operator fatigue without compromising a cutting performance that’s equal to a higher capacity machine.

Further improvements with the SRM-2620TES include a new fan cover design which reduces the snagging of cables on branches in overgrown areas. There’s a tool-less air filter cover for easy access, even with gloves on, which makes it easier to clean the air filters on site. Changes to the air filter include a pleated main air filter and foam pre-filter to keep dust and debris away from the engine. All of which adds up to ensuring longer service intervals, better engine performance and more time to take on those extra jobs.


The ECHO SRM-2620TES is available in both U-handle and loop-handle versions and the customary two-year professional warranty and five-year domestic warranty are testimony to the tough, durable and dependable quality ECHO build in to all their machines. Find out more from your local authorised ECHO dealer. 

Visit www.echo-tools.co.uk or call 0800 597 7777 for more information.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

ECHO chainsaw helps ‘Restore’ confidence

The Oxford charity ‘Restore’ have received a new ECHO chainsaw donated by UK distributor Ariens Company Limited, whose UK head office is in Great Haseley.

Restore provides innovative rehabilitation employment and training support for people with mental health problems, providing gardening, allotment and craft activities to assist the process. The charity’s gardening activities are centred around the development and management of beautiful, restful and publicly-accessible gardens at each of their sites. Members benefitting from their work are involved in all the activities from planning layouts, designing planting schemes and then carrying out the work to create and maintain the gardens.

The ECHO chainsaw is a lightweight CS-310 with a powerful 30.5cc Stage 2 low emission engine, ideal for pruning and logging and it will be put to use in three of Restore’s recovery group sites two in Oxford and one in Didcot. Chrissie Jones, Recovery Co-ordinator at Restore has used ECHO tools for the past ten years and attested to their quality.

Brian Corcoran, Gardening Facilitator at Restore says "We're very pleased that Ariens Company has given us this fantastic chainsaw. It will be put to great use when we're coppicing our willow and hazel in the autumn and removing self-set trees on our allotment sites."

Darren Spencer, European Manager at Ariens Company Limited added: “We’re also very happy to see ECHO tools making such a worthwhile contribution to helping people enjoy gardening and gaining confidence to get back into work.” 


The outcomes for those participating in the activities run by the charity are a sense of achievement - leading to improved self-confidence and self-esteem. They enjoy improved social contact, reduced isolation and better teamwork skills through working with others. There are also opportunities to learn new skills with the possibility of a formal qualification for those who want to take one. 

Overall, physical as well as mental health can be improved through participation in outdoor activities. As one member at Restore says: “I’ve just started gardening and I imagined I’d get all wet and dirty, but I love it - seeing things grow that we planted… Four weeks ago I started part-time temp work again. When I was ill I thought that I would never work again. I feel so much more positive – I actually have a future.” For more information about Restore visit www.restore.org.uk or call (01865) 455 822. For details of ECHO power tools visit www.echo-tools.co.uk or call 0800 597 7777.  

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

PB-580: Cool, calm and collecting leaves

ECHO have announced the introduction of a new backpack power blower available for professionals. The new PB-580 is ECHO’s most comfortable to date with a host of new features that enhance operator comfort and help reduce fatigue.

A new, ventilated backpack pad is designed to keep the operator cool even when the Stage 2 compliant 58.2cc engine is running at maximum revs. Four anti-vibration springs and padded shoulder straps provide increased support for the operator’s back to make this blower more comfortable to use for longer periods; in turn increasing productivity and seeing faster clearance of leaves and debris. The blower’s handle has a newly designed palm rest and hand stop, to reduce the chances of the operator’s hand slipping down the handle and losing control. The blower has a longer trigger for increased throttle precision.

An important factor for the operator in the field is being able to maintain a blower with minimum down-time. The ECHO PB-580 has an air filter cover that can be removed without the need for tools, allowing the pleated automotive-style air filter to be easily replaced if needed. There is also easier access for tightening the throttle cable which is a time-saver.

It’s no good having a blower that gets clogged and the PB-580 has a leaf guard to eliminate clogging of the fan and filter. Another neat and important feature is the metal ring at the end of the straight or curved pipe which helps prevent damage from general wear and tear.

ECHO’s professional backpack blowers have a deserved reputation as tough, durable and dependable machines and come with a two-year professional warranty. The new PB-580 is no exception. 

Download the marketing bulletin for the new backpack blower today. The bulletin includes all of the key features and benefits for this superb ECHO machine.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Light, compact, powerful. ECHO’s new top handle saw.

Compact, lightweight and with an outstanding power-to-weight ratio, the new ECHO CS-2510TES top handle sets a benchmark for chainsaws. It’s clear the designers have aimed to create a top handle saw that fulfils the arborist’s needs in terms of superb balance, reliability, performance and comfort. This latest model in ECHO’s range of new generation chainsaws is their lightest and most compact saw to date. The dry weight is just 2.3kg and with its ergonomic, compact design the saw is highly manoeuvrable and can be used for long periods with little operator fatigue. The engine produces 1.11kW to give the CS-2510TES a superior power-to-weight ratio. Tim Kirk, Managing Director of TKF Training, got his hands on the saw before its launch.

 “I was recently given the new ECHO CS-2510TES top handled chainsaw to test – it was the only one in the country – and my first impression was it must be one of the smallest chainsaws on the market. The saw was fitted with a 10” bar and I have to say it was very light. The big test for such a small saw was the removal of limbs between 150mm to 200mm. I was amazed the saw cut through oak and beech without a dip in power.”

A key feature Tim picked out was using the starter cord toggle as a tool to open the fuel and oil filler caps. This can be done even when wearing gloves. Wider tank openings also make oil and fuel refilling easier and the oiler adjustment is conveniently on top for operator access. The dropout prevention nut is held on with a wire spring to prevent loss when working at height. Attention to detail in the design sees the CS-2510TES fitted with a selection of other features to make the operator’s life easier and more productive. There’s a swing-out lanyard ring for attaching the chainsaw to harness ropes, leaving the operator’s hands free for easier and safer climbing, while the rotating plastic chain catcher is a key safety feature. Narrow louvers in the body are designed to prevent pine needles and debris penetrating the engine compartment. Summing up, a great saw arborists are already talking about and ECHO dealers can’t wait to get in their showrooms, the CS-2510TES is available from November 2015.
 
Watch an overview video of the ECHO CS-2510TES by clicking here.

You can find out more from your ECHO dealer. You can also visit www.echo-tools.co.uk or call 0800 597 7777 for more information.

Monday, 5 October 2015

The ECHO CS-2510TES product test

Tim Kirk, managing director of TKF Training was lucky enough to get his hands on the new ECHO CS-2510TES top handle chainsaw. Below are his thoughts when he did a product test in the summer.

'I was recently given the new ECHO CS-2510TES top handle chainsaw to test. It must be one of the smallest chainsaws on the market, I was very fortunate to get my hands on it as it is the only one in the country.'

'The saw was fitted with a 10” bar and chain and I have to say, it was very light. I used Aspen pre-mixed 2 stroke fuel and ECHO Bar and Chain oil. The saw started easily and ran smoothly. I removed several branches of varying sizes and found the wrap around handle that came back at 45° very good.'

'Now for the big test for such a small saw - the removal of limbs between 150 - 200mm. I was amazed the saw cut through Oak and Beech without a dip in power - it continued to cut safely and efficiently. I gave the saw to two local authority tree surgeons to also put to the test. Both guys were suitably surprised and impressed. The icing on the cake was when I used the starter cord toggle as a tool to open the fuel and oil filler caps.'

'Look out for the ECHO CS-2510TES when it appears on the market, I suspect it will go like hot cakes.'


Download the marketing bulletin for the new saw today. The bulletin includes all of the key features and benefits for this superb ECHO machine.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

ECHO top with professionals

There is much debate among professional arborists about the top handle chainsaw. Working at height, balance, performance and reliability are critical factors for the highly trained and qualified arborist and they need the right chainsaw.

“Having the right gear to do the work quickly, efficiently and safely is imperative,” says Niall Campbell, a Lead Climber for Special Branch Tree & Hedge Surgery in St. Andrews, Fife. “Nowhere is the gear debate more hotly contested amongst arborists than that of the top handle chainsaw. I was lucky enough to win an ECHO CS-360TES at the 2014 Confor APF Fair. I have been so impressed with this chainsaw.”

ECHO, part of the Yamabiko Corporation, has been a leading Japanese manufacturer of professional outdoor power tools for over thirty years. In designing the latest generation top handle chainsaws it’s clear Yamabiko are aware of what arborists really need. They haven’t just looked at one part of the chainsaw, they have looked at everything and started from scratch. This begins with maximum control over the machine to work in the safest possible way. ECHO began by creating excellent balance and made the saws light enough to be used throughout the day, without causing excessive user fatigue. Arborists want a clean running saw that accumulates very little debris and that was built in. The ECHO G-Force engine air pre-cleaner reduces the chainsaw’s maintenance for less downtime and safer operation.

Next, the chain brake was slimmed down to allow the operator a clear view of what they are cutting. The ECHO Stage 2 Low Emission engines with Easy Start offer effortless starting, which is what arborists really want, while a patented palm rest and larger thumb space ensure greater control and operator comfort. The contoured handle is designed to fit comfortably in the operator’s hand to reduce fatigue. All of which adds up to a combination of productivity with less downtime for maintenance and the ECHO promise of being tough, durable and dependable. Qualities that are borne out by Niall Campbell who says,

“having used all of the popular arborist chainsaws I am extremely happy with this saw, having given it hard use in a professional environment for ten months. In an industry dominated by two ‘big boys’, ECHO have stepped out of the shadows with an excellent product.” ECHO have two models of top handle chainsaws, the CS-280TES and CS-360TES and with demand high the range is expanding with a new model, the CS-2510TES arriving in October 2015 following its first showing at the 2015 ARB Fair. There is no doubt arborists are talking about the top handle chainsaws and can’t wait to get their hands on them. Tim Kirk, Managing Director of TFK Training, one of the country’s leading independent training providers, product tested the CS-2510TES and says, “I love this top handle chainsaw and I expect it will sell like hot cakes when it’s available.” The warranty on ECHO chainsaws is 2-years in professional use.

You can find out more from your ECHO dealer. You can also visit www.echo-tools.co.uk or call 0800 597 7777 for more information. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

ECHO CS-360TES Product Review

'Like many other arborists, I am incredibly passionate about our industry. I enjoy every aspect of my job and having the right gear to be able to do the work quickly, efficiently and safely is imperative. Nowhere is the gear debate more hotly contested amongst arborists than that of the top-handled chainsaw. I was lucky enough to receive the latest ECHO CS-360TES top handle saw at the 2014 Confor APF fair. I was awarded the chainsaw as a prize in a competition held by TKF Training. I have been so impressed with this chainsaw that I would like to share my thoughts on it.'

'Out of the box I noticed marked improvements on the previous model (note also that the CS-350TES was the first top-handle I had owned). In particular, the ergonomics felt better and the chain brake was slimmed down and felt much more robust. I was initially disappointed to find a felt air filter as opposed to the gauze in the 350. However, it proved to be a very clean running saw, never accumulating much debris, even after the hardest day smashing the nastiest Leylandii. After running the saw for longer, it got better and better, having much more low end grunt and guts. Pulling at the 14 inch bar supplied was no bother, it only ever so slightly bogged down in the cut when I buried full bar in Beech.'

'Other noticeable improvements on the 360 were the increased throttle response and pick-up I did after running it fully. I switched to a 12 inch bar but this was solely due to personal preference. The only gripe I have with this saw, which I feel could use a bit of work, is the tuning screws being more user friendly - it would have saved me a trip to the dealer.'

'Having used all of the popular arborist chainsaws, I am extremely satisfied with this saw having given it hard use in a professional environment for 10 months. In an industry dominated by two “big boys” ECHO have stepped out of the shadows with an excellent product and more traditional tool. The ECHO CS-360TES top handle chainsaw easily stands up to the rivals.'

Review from Niall Campbell, Lead Climber at Special Branch Tree and Hedge Surgery Ltd (Fife, Scotland.)

The SRP for the ECHO CS-360TES top handle chainsaw start from £410 (ex-VAT).

You can find out more from your ECHO dealer. You can also visit www.echo-tools.co.uk or call 0800 597 7777 for more information.