ECHO Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of professional-grade, high-performance outdoor power equipment for commercial and homeowner use, demonstrates its leadership role in the industry with the introduction of the CS-355T chain saw — the company’s “crowning achievement” in top-handle chain saws. Built with input from tree-trimming professionals, the new chain saw made its public debut at ECHO’s indoor and outdoor exhibits at the 2012 GIE+EXPO show last week in Louisville.

The CS-355T is ECHO’s premier top-handle chain saw targeted to arborists. The compact design offers the best combination of lightweight, easy starting and powerful cutting performance at an affordable investment. Weighing in at 8.0 lbs, the CS-355T features a 35.8 cc commercial-grade two-stroke engine that delivers 25 percent more power than the ECHO CS-360T chain saw.

“The CS-355T chain saw is the ideal arborist’s saw,” said Brad Mace, product manager, ECHO Incorporated. “We listened to feedback from the field and this is the saw arborists want. It’s lightweight, well balanced, comfortable to hold and has all the power needed to perform.”

Built with operator comfort in mind, the CS-355T also features an ECHO-exclusive palm rest that provides greater control, supporting the operator’s hand and preventing the hand from sliding. The palm rest is adjustable to three hand sizes. The contoured handle is angled for a natural wrist position so there’s less wrist movement while cutting and better balance.

An ECHO-exclusive reduced-effort starting system makes for nearly effortless in-tree starting. A G-Force Engine Air Pre-Cleaner provides a clean air supply to the engine by pulling dust and chips from the air box. An easy-access, rear-mounted air filter provides superior filtration for longer engine life. Cut-outs on the dual-post chain brake handle provide a clear view of the bar and chain.

The CS-355T also features a new style chain providing up to nine percent faster cutting efficiency and better anti-vibration characteristics than prior ECHO offerings.

Like all ECHO chain saws, the CS-355T features a five-year consumer, one-year commercial and 90-day rental warranty, and a lifetime warranty on the ignition module.

Since 2006, ECHO has introduced 15 new saws to the market. Built to tackle the toughest jobs, ECHO chain saws start easy, run smooth, and provide years of dependable performance. Available in top-handle or rear-handle configurations, ECHO chain saws feature high-performance, two-stroke engines and Pro-Fire ignition systems that ensure fast starts and smooth operation. Comfort and control are enhanced with vibration reduction technology and grouped controls that provide easy access to all saw functions.

A wide range of complementary accessories, including cases, saw chain files, sharpening kits, helmets, chaps and other protective gear, are available for ECHO chain saws.

The CS-355T chain saw is available through ECHO dealers. And from now through December 31, 2013, the CS-355T with 14-inch bar sells for $399 after an instant $50 in-store rebate when purchased with an ECHO chain saw—50cc or higher—on the same invoice.

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