The Echo CS-370 chainsaw has an anti-kickback guard on the bar tip and an inertia-activated chain brake, plus a five-year warranty. The CS-370 doesn't provide tool-free chain tensioning but positions the chain-adjustment screws on the side, where reviewers say they're most accessible. Auto-oiling is adjustable, and air filter maintenance is minimized by tool-free access plus an air pre-cleaner. Echo's i-30 startup technology makes the CS-370 easy to start, according to reviewers. Power comes from a 36.3 cc engine, and this chainsaw is available with a 14-, 16- or 18-inch bar. If you'd prefer an eco-friendly electric model and can work within 100 feet of an outlet, you may want to consider the Husqvarna 316E (Est. $300) corded electric chainsaw.
We found the most credible review of the Echo CS-370 at ConsumerReports.org. Popular Mechanics also includes this model in its 2008 review of chainsaws, and owner reviews are available at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and BackyardBoss.com. At Lawnsite.com, a recent discussion thread offers additional information about the Echo CS-370.
ConsumerReports.org editors rate and rank a total of 26 gas and electric chainsaws from 10 major brands, based on tests of cutting speed, safety, ease of use and ease of maintenance. The ratings chart also specifies whether the chainsaw has any of 11 desirable features. The Echo CS-370 chainsaw with a 16-inch bar is among the gas models evaluated here.
Review: Chain Saws, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Popular Mechanics tests seven gas chainsaws with engine sizes from 35 cc to 38 cc by putting them to work pruning, felling trees and cutting up logs. Each is given a rating of up to 5 stars. The Echo CS-370, with an 18-inch bar, is rated 4.5 out of 5 by the editors, who say that the only thing they can find to criticize is its somewhat undersized starter handle; otherwise, it's "almost perfect." The Echo CS-370 is also one of the quietest of the chainsaws tested, though hearing-protection gear is still recommended.
Review: 7 New Chain Saws Reviewed : Comparison Test, Thomas Klenck, Oct. 2008
This site is primarily geared toward lawn and garden professionals, but it also offers information for homeowners. A short discussion thread concerning the Echo CS-370 features a couple of owners who say they like its power, light weight and easy starting.
Review: Discussion Thread: Echo Chainsaw CS-370, Contributors to Lawnsite.com
Twelve owners have posted Amazon.com user reviews; they give the Echo CS-370 (with a 16-inch chain) an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most are quite satisfied with this chainsaw's performance and reliability; a couple of people say they had trouble getting their Echo CS-370 started, but after some minor repairs it worked fine.
Review: Echo CS-370 16" Gas Chainsaw, Contributors to Amazon.com
Only eight owners have posted reviews of the Echo CS-370 at BackyardBoss.com. All but one rate it a perfect 5 out of 5, praising its power, cutting speed, handling and easy starting. The other reviewer gives it a 1, saying he had a very hard time starting it.
Review: Echo CS-370, Contributors to BackyardBoss.com
Just over 10 owners rate the Echo CS-370-16 (CS-370 with a 16-inch chain) and the CARB-compliant California model, the CS-370-16C; all but one give it a perfect 5 out of 5 rating. Reviewers cite this saw's power, lightweight feel, easy starting and cutting speed.
Review: Echo 16 in. Gas 36.3 cc Chain Saw, Contributors to HomeDepot.com