MACHINERY manufacturer ECHO has released a round-up of its outdoor power tools introduced this year, which it describes as reflecting its move to low- and zero-pollution solutions for all types of work.

Early in the year saw the introduction of the CS-621SX, the latest chainsaw in the ECHO X Series of ‘Best in Class’ products. The CS-621SX boasts a new 59.8cc low emission, professional-grade 2-stroke ECHO engine, designed and manufactured in Japan. ECHO describes it as it is surprisingly lightweight for a heavy-duty saw at 6.3kg (dry weight).

ECHO also launched what it describes as the world’s first chainsaw with Auto Choke this year, the CS-352AC, an all-round rear handle chainsaw with the patented Auto Choke feature enabling quicker, easier and safer starting. All that’s needed is one pull, regardless of the engine temperature, and the chainsaw starts first time - without the risk of flooding the engine, ECHO says.

The ECHO range of three domestic and semi-professional double-sided hedgetrimmers -the HC-2020, the HC-2020R and the HC-2320 - each feature the latest ECHO low emission engine, improved ergonomics with better balance and lighter weight, said to be ideal for tackling small to medium-size domestic and professional jobs.

For the tree care professionals and arborists, there is the ECHO DCS-2500T, the first battery-powered top handle chainsaw with its 50V Lithium-ion battery, said to  generate the same power and cutting performance as its equivalent petrol packing chainsaw. The DCS-2500T is part of a range of ECHO 50V battery-powered tools where one battery fits all.

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