The CS-680 is ECHO's most popular felling saw delivers excellent speed and reliability for enhanced productivity. It has replaceable bumper spikes that help improve control for easier cutting along with a cushioned left-handed grip for added comfort. The CS-680 come standard with a 24 in. bar and chain. This unit comes with a standard five year consumer warranty.
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94%of customersrecommend this product16 of 17reviews
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Ease of use
94%of customersrecommend this product16 of 17reviews
I have been cutting wood for more than 30 years and am a mechanic. I own Stihl, Echo and Homelite plus used to be a Poulan dealer. I bought an Echo CS-4500 in 1987 and still use it regularly. My recent purchase of the CS-680 occurred when I upped my 044 Stihl to a bigger bar (36") for large willow and hemlock and wanted another felling saw in the 70cc class. My excellent 20+ years Echo experience led me to look at this CS-680 which is still an old school saw. It does not have the auto-tune features of the newer model designs and (after "decaping" the jet screws) I am able to adjust the saw for maximum power. During the first hour of heavy cutting I adjusted the high speed twice by enriching a 1/16 turn. I rated its features as Good because of the issue with having to decap the jets. I would expect that if you cut heavy (20"+) without a break as I do, you may have the potential to run too lean and stick the piston. Of course the warranty will cover it if you use the Echo oil and don't mess with the jets but.... Why blow up a good saw if you don't have to. This saw is several hundred dollars cheaper than the Husky and Stihl equivalents and is a joy to operate. As far as power, you won't notice the difference between it an the others. Buy it while you can as rumors have it that Echo will phase this out and you will be looking at a saw with a whole lot more plastic.... the old school manual over-ride oiler is great in seasoned wood too!
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Cuts Well, Good Size & Weight, manual oiler overide, $200 cheaper than stihl
I like to break a chainsaw in easy. My first use with this CS-680 was on two standing dead Red Oak trees about a foot across at the base of the trunk. Using "Midgrade gas" with a echo oil mix this saw made light work of it's first job. Both dead trees where down and cut too 18" logs ready for my log splitter in no time. The next two hardwoods I will be cutting will tell me more about what the saw can do. I own a CS-450 It impressed me enough to buy this CS-680. The 680 is a little harder to get started. Once it's running it has the power needed for my type of work. I heat my home with wood. Both of these saws will make this a much easier job to do.
I cut wood to heat our home. I have been fine with an 18" chainsaw, but started to run out of smaller trees that had fallen. This chainsaw cuts about twice as fast as my craftsman 18" chainsaw, and seems to be built better too. I have only had this for about a month, but seems to be a great running chainsaw with no problems yet.
I did not purchase my saw from Home Depot, I purchased from a local dealer, however this saw has blown all my expectations out of the water. I have owned 3 Stihls in the past and they don't even come close. I have made four test cuts in 20" solid red oak and the saw didn't even skip a beat. Plus it comes stock with a dual port muffler. It pulls a 24" chain without hesitation. The bar and chain are Oregon power match painted with Echo's logo, and the chain is a full chisel. This saw is a true sleeper.
this saw cuts great for it's weight. I live up in the mountains and depend on fire wood for heat in the winter. the Echo cuts down 18" to 28" trees all day long and rounds them up in no time. Could have a smidge more power, but once the timing adjusts to your cut it powers right through a 24" tree like a champ. pretty good purchase for the buck.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Powerful
My Family bought me this chain saw for Christmas. This is the most powerful and lightest saw of this type I have ever used. It easily cuts thru hard rock maple and never loses power. I absolutely love this saw. Thanks for an excellent product!!!!
I purchased for use around the ranch, with a very large oak down over a road. It's no longer blocking the road. Plenty of power to use the entire blade. This is not a saw for a beginner. I'm left handed but of course I use this right handed. It's easy to start, it has lots of power and with a 24" blade it handles all the big jobs. It does have a 27" blade available which I'm sure it can handle.
Pros: Cuts Well, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Powerful, Great Engine, easy starting
I've got around 10hrs on this saw now and love it. The chain tensioner took a little getting used to but works great; oil capacity & automatic oiler w/manual is perfectly matched to gasoline capacity. Outstanding power, 24" bar makes short work of 80yr old Oaks & Hickory. Though a little hefty for endurance cutting, the speed of cutting makes it a great choice. This saw replaced a worn-out poulan pro. Only bummer with the saw is no carrying case / scabbord.
I bought this saw to turn three large trees in my yard into firewood so basically to cut all three trees down and into smal enough peices for the log splitter (shortest tree was about 50'). This saw did an excellent job. Had debated between Echo and Stihl and went with Echo as I've heard they last much longer and I saw they are much more affordable and have a 5 year warranty compared to Stihls 1 year. The only advantage to Stihl that I've heard is they run at a higher RPM so they cut a little faster. Being a guy I was intrigued but this Echo is more than powerful enough. One last thing is Echo is based in Chicagoland and buying through them helps protect the local economy and American jobs. Using this saw just reinforced the fact that there is no way I would buy another brand.
The nice thing about Echo is that they all use the same gas/oil mix. Buy the Oil by the Case cheaper. Thios saw does the job as advertised. Can order bigger or smaller bars a Plus.
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Review 14 for 24 in. Gas Chainsaw
Age Range:45 to 54
Home Improvement Profile:Other
fast cutting and powerful felling saw
PostedJanuary 13, 2013
Ease of use
Bought cs680 and cs400 in feb 2009. Have cut 176 fullsize truck loads (LONG WHEEL BASE) of firewood before any trouble. I let the 680 get too hot. Having it rebuilt. Great saw. Keep it clean and you will have no starting problems. Use the echo oil-gas mix. Saw is as heavy as this 54 yr old can handle. Have to pull it out on the big ones, trim with the 400.
Pros: Cuts Well, Sturdy, Durable, Powerful, Great Engine, Long-Lasting