Husqvarna vs Echo – A Chainsaw Showdown

May 31, 2023

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Husqvarna vs Echo Chainsaws – Which is the Better Choice?

Husqvarna vs Echo - A Chainsaw Showdown

The Husqvarna is a popular choice for many people wanting to buy a chainsaw.

The main reason for this is brand recognition as they have been around for over 125 years, with their first-ever chainsaw being manufactured in 1903. Husqvarna is one of the most trusted brands in the industry when it comes to chainsaws – making them a great choice, regardless of experience with chainsaws.

Echo Chainsaws are also very popular.

They are often used by professionals but are also available in different sizes for different needs and budgets. Echo has been in the industry for over 40 years and there is no sign of them slowing down their production any time soon.

They make great chainsaws as well, but are they better than Husqvarna?

Generally speaking, Husqvarna is known to produce higher-end products – in comparison with Echo, and therefore carry a higher price point because of this.

Some people may find this out of their budget range, but you can get some great deals on Husqvarna for home use too!

Lets make some comparisons – Husqvarna vs Echo Chainsaws

Below are the two chainsaws we will be comparing in this article. They have been chosen as they are the most similar in terms of engine size and saw design.

Echo CS400

The Echo CS400 is light enough to use all day long, yet solid enough to handle any workload you can throw at it.

When you’re using this saw in the winter, or when temperatures are below 5 degrees there is a is plug in the housing you can shift to deal with the cold.

And as the day warms up, move the plug back and keep going.

  • The CS400 has a large capacity point .41 Litre fuel tank.
  • Has a .28 Litre bar and chain oil tank
  • No tool required – easy access – to the spark plug and air filter
  • Front spiked bumper
  • Throttle lock-out on top of the handle
  • Easy to access on off switch
  • Large capacity primer
  • Anti-vibration handle.
  • Adjusting the chain is pretty straightforward. There are two nuts to loosen then turn one screw to make the adjustment – easy!

Husqvarna 435

The Husqvarna 435 chainsaw is another great option – this competition is a tough one!

With a 40.9cc engine and weighing 4.4kg. This allows for fast and efficient cutting of branches and trees.

The 435 has an adjustable chain tensioning system that makes it easier to maintain the chain. It also has a low kickback bar that reduces the risk of injury

Power output 2.2 hp Power output 1.6 kW

  • Smart Start® – The engine and starter have been designed so the machine starts quickly with minimum effort. Resistance in the starter cord is reduced by up to 40%.
  • Weight (excl. cutting equipment) 4.4 kg Lubricant Oil tank volume 0.25 l
  • Recommended bar length, min-max 13-18 in Bar length (inch) 16 in Chain type SP33G

Here are some of the tech specs spoken about on the Husqvarna website.

  • Power output 1.6 kW
  • Cylinder displacement 40.9 cm³
  • Maximum power speed 9000 rpm Idling speed 2900 rpm
  • Clutch engagement speed (±120) 4300 rpm
  • Fuel consumption 652 g/kWh
  • Electrode gap 0.5 mm
  • Ignition module air gap 0.3 mm
  • Oil pump type Fixed flow Exhaust emissions (CO2 EU V) 813 g/kWh

There’s two simple features that I really appreciate about this model:

  1. Simple replacement and cleaning of the air filter – can be removed very simply and replaced.
  2. To make your felling super accurate they have put a ‘felling line’ on the body of this model meaning you won’t be off at all.

Our Thoughts

So there you have it, that is the specs for the Husqvarna vs Echo showdown. If you’re still finding it confusing making a decision solely based on the specs of the two saws, I think the key thing to weigh up is whether you want to invest in a very well known brand in Husqvarna, or rather what we believe to be a ‘younger’ yet very sturdy competitor.

I have been in your shoes.

My decision was to go with the Echo model. It has been great, and servicing has been very simple. I would highly recommend it, however I think you would be satisfied with either of these two options.

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

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