/ How much trust do you put into product reviews and ratings? #41
which CS is that?Tell you what I put my new CS Echo to the test today and it shines. Only thing I had to do was buy a non cat muffler for it that interestingly Echo sells and add a set of bucking spikes. It's the lightest saw I've ever used and has plenty of balls too. Running it on synthetic 50-1 fuel, It's very happy and so am I. It's a one hander at 7 pounds fueled. Have to check out their pole saw. I have the HF (electric) one and it works well but the bar oil capacity is not much and it's hard to fill.
HF discontinued the Portland pole saw but replaced it with a Hercules, I think
I do know one thing, compared to a Stihl they are a bargain, Stihl has priced themselves out of the market more or less.
Still a lot less than the Stihl Combo unit. Increasing prices are everywhere and you and I both know who is to blame for that. I'll stick with my 59 buck electric Portland and struggle with filling the bar oil tank. I put my small Champion 2000 watt inverter in the back of the side by side, an extension cord and some bar oil and the Portland and trim. Portable as I require. Even the cheapo Portland came with an Oregon chain and bar. Of course it's 1/8" lo pro chain but no big deal. I can sharpen and pitch chain here.The Home Depot that is 30 minutes from me hasn't had the Echo gas pole saw in stock for about 6 months, but they've had it in stock at another store about 60 minutes away. I had been hoping they'd get one in stock locally, but it didn't happen and they raised the price from $419 to $449 in the meantime.
I don't share the hate for Amazon that some do, but of any of the on-line merchants their reviews are probably the most useful. Yeah, you've got to know how to filter them but once you ignore the obvious shills and idiots you can get some good info there.I find the best, unbiased reviews on Harbor Freight actually and the worst and most biased on Amazon but I try to avoid Amazon anyway.
Must be your browser or you aren't reading them as I have never found that to be true at all and I leave negative reviews on junk that are published on their site. Junk is junk. My issue with Amazon is they hardly ever post anything but positive reviews.Harbor Freight? You gotta be kidding!
My 59 Buck Portland pole saw (other than the crappy bar oil tank) has been golden. Cut a ton of limbs with it and it's paid for itself. Of course I do keep the chain sharp (have an Oregon professional chain grinder) and flip the bar after every sharpening (which I do with all my saws anyway) and like you said, it don't 'droop' at full extension. Project Farm did a test on them a while back and they all droop except the cheapo and now discontinued, Portland.I think we all tend to give HF a break on ratings because we know going into a purchase that they are selling value priced tools. Their $59 w/coupon 110v corded pole saw is probably one of the best buys for a homeowner who just wants to cut some limbs in their yard and has access to a power outlet. There are no batteries, no chargers, no mixing fuel. The HF saw is fully adjustable for length. Doesn't droop. Has a good chain. I've used mine enough to feel like I got my money's worth and then some.
Or you can spend something like $340 for the M18 with a 6 amp hour battery and a charger if you can find one on sale.
If you happen not to like the HF saw, you're only out $59. The 6 amp hour M18 battery itself is $98 unless you get one as part of a kit with the M18 saw.