The minute I handled this chainsaw at the Arb Fair last month, I knew our testers would love it - and they do. This is one powerful and lightweight saw and it has a few nifty features that should appeal to those working away from base.
Having revamped its brushcutters, Echo has turned to its chainsaws, and the 390 is the first in the series to get the makeover. Aimed at ground workers, this rear-handled model has a 38.4cc engine, but with an output of 1.9kW it feels more like a 45cc saw. But the weight is just 4.5kg.
"I really like it," says Chambers. "It's a really good power-to-weight ratio." Buckton agrees: "For the size of the saw this is really powerful. It's good, although it has a few ergonomic issues for me. I find the rear handle a bit uncomfortable when I turn the saw on its side."
Believing that arborists and regular chainsaw professionals should know how to adjust the carburettor, Echo has left this well alone. Electronics are only going onto domestic models in the range.
The tensioner is easy to access and the saw is easy to start, but look at this clever trick - the pull handle on the starter cord can be used to unlock the fuel cap. It is ingenious and, although we are not sure we will use it in preference to other tools, we think it may be useful as a last resort.
Bar sizes: 33cm or 38cm
List price: £374.17 + VAT (33cm)/£399.17 + VAT (38cm)
Tel: Echo Tools - 0800 597 7777
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The Review Panel
Jason Buckton, level 3 student, arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Darren Chambers, lecturer, arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Mike Cullen, head of arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Andre Gardner, manager, Cannington Centre for Land-based Studies, Bridgwater College
Gareth Martin, level 2 student, arboriculture, Bridgwater College
Simon Northard, level 3 student, arboriculture, Bridgwater College