Echo CS-350TES

The ES stands for “easy start” but it could equally stand for “effortless starting”. This is the more powerful of two top-handled saws offered by Echo, the other being the 26.9cc model, and it is designed for commercial use. And, if you like that sort of thing, this is one slick-looking saw.
There is no denying that in terms of weight this is a nice saw. It is light. It also seems well balanced, making it comfortable to use. What’s more, it is manoeuvrable and gives a smooth cut.
There is no trouble fuelling up the CS-350TES and the testers like the tool-free access to the air filter but yet again there is concern over the exposure of the primer bulb. “It could burst and then, not only have you got spilt fuel with all the hazards that carries but you are out of action until a replacement can be fitted,” says one tester.
Another tester notes that the exhaust blows in his direction while making some cuts with this saw. But with its 35.8cc engine and 35cm bar, it is cutting some of the larger branches.
The CS-350TES has an inertia-type automatic chain brake. Like the others it is fitted to the saw at a single point and, although it feels solid while it is new, we reckon there is a good chance that more flex will develop as it wears with use. The testers agree that, with its two fixing points, the Stihl chain brake is far more positive.
We are pleased to see that the on/off switch on this saw is mounted on the handle. It is within easy reach of the thumb. But we think it should be the other way up. One tester notes: “You need to be able to flick it off and pull it on. This one is working in reverse.”

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