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Echo CS-400 Upgrade reccomendations..

Post in 'The Gear' started by tbuff, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. tbuff

    tbuff Feeling the Heat

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    Hi all-

    Have had my 18" Echo CS400 for a few years now and lately have been using it almost daily. For a smaller saw, it really gets most of the work I need it to do done. I haven't done anything to the thing but sharpen the chain and clean it up. Anyway, do you have any reccomdations on how to increase performance:

    Best chain? Best bar? Etc...

    Thanks in advance for the help.

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  2. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    For that saw, maybe a muffler mod and a full-chisel chain will make you happier. You could invest in a shorter bar and chain(s), but that money might be better spent being put towards a larger displacement saw.

    Here's a good link for a CS-400 muff mod:
    http://www.arboristsite.com/chainsaw/129928.htm
  3. tbuff

    tbuff Feeling the Heat

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    Thank you TreePointer!
  4. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    I put a pro bar and skip tooth chain on my cs310 and it made a world of difference. Much much faster cutting if your willing to sharpen a little more. I just bought a stihl oilmatic skip tooth from a guy near me it was $18 if I remember right.

    Pete

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