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Old 04-02-2021, 06:44 PM   #1
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Question Chinese cheapo chainsaw

Is one of these eBay $80-$100 nib Chinese knock-off saws 1/2 decent or 100% stay away, every time I buy a top name brand chainsaw I use it then drain the tank and run dry, then it might be 1-2 years till I use it again and they will not start,
and the small engine repair center is $100 per saw to get me running again
just thinking of alternatives instead recurring expense
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Old 04-02-2021, 06:50 PM   #2
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I wouldn't have one if they were giving them away...F China.
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Old 04-02-2021, 06:51 PM   #3
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If the good ones won't start after 1 or 2 years, the Chinese brand won't either
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:04 PM   #4
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I have an Echo that I only run every couple of years or so and have never had an issue with it cranking up every time I use it.
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:07 PM   #5
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Only run trufuel and u might have better luck.
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:09 PM   #6
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I say get and and if last a couple years you’ll be good. This gas these day’s takes a toll on small engines, its ridiculous!! Treat it a consumable.

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Old 04-02-2021, 07:10 PM   #7
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Only run trufuel and u might have better luck.
Stuff burned up one of my Echo power heads. Local Echo dealer said stay away from the Trufuel pre-mixed stuff, the mixed ratios are all over the place. More people I tell this story, the more I hear of this same problem. Echo dealer said buy the non-mixed fuel and mix your own oil in.
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:27 PM   #8
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They are what they are kinda junky but cheap.We get em if we’re cleaning fence rows or other down and dirty jobs we don’t want to muck up our good saws.They run fine but they vibrate a lot more than your name brand saws.
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:38 PM   #9
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You may consider going with an electric saw if you are using one that infrequently.
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Old 04-02-2021, 07:46 PM   #10
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I lm not sure why you have so much trouble out of a name brand saw. I run mine about 1 day a year and always start right up ( stihl )
China is communist, evil and steal everyone’s patented designs so the can **** off
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Old 04-02-2021, 08:07 PM   #11
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Same here. I've got a Stihl I use once a year. Get done, drain it, clean it up and works great same time next year.
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Stuff burned up one of my Echo power heads. Local Echo dealer said stay away from the Trufuel pre-mixed stuff, the mixed ratios are all over the place. More people I tell this story, the more I hear of this same problem. Echo dealer said buy the non-mixed fuel and mix your own oil in.
Maybe that is one of the problem, I use trufuel / the canned stuff they sell @ TSC ,TV , ect, it’s probably lack of use , 20 inch echo ,
18 populan, 16 stihl,
I might just try hosing out the carb with cleaning fluid and then air hose ,
Just tired of basically having to pay $150-200 in service fees and wait time when I
need them , my pole saw is electric but only 10 inch and really reliable

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Old 04-02-2021, 08:11 PM   #13
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I have an Echo that I only run every couple of years or so and have never had an issue with it cranking up every time I use it.
Same. I have an old echo I bought in 2007 and it gets used every couple of years and cranks every time.
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Old 04-02-2021, 08:16 PM   #14
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Mix your own fuel mix and crank everything up once a month.
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Old 04-02-2021, 08:26 PM   #15
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I bought a 10" Ryobi 18 volt today. It compliments my Husky 20 inch and Echo 16 inch.

For running around my place cutting a few 3-5" limbs, it kicks A.

I also have the 9' pole/chainsaw (18v). Well worth the $.
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Old 04-02-2021, 08:46 PM   #16
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I bought a 10" Ryobi 18 volt today. It compliments my Husky 20 inch and Echo 16 inch.

For running around my place cutting a few 3-5" limbs, it kicks A.

I also have the 9' pole/chainsaw (18v). Well worth the $.
I bought the Ryobi pole saw and the 10” chain saw, your right, well with the money!

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Old 04-02-2021, 09:27 PM   #17
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I have an 8 year old Ryobi that has never been fed anything but trufuel. Starts everytime I need it to. I will never go back to mixing my own.
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:06 PM   #18
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Stuff burned up one of my Echo power heads. Local Echo dealer said stay away from the Trufuel pre-mixed stuff, the mixed ratios are all over the place. More people I tell this story, the more I hear of this same problem. Echo dealer said buy the non-mixed fuel and mix your own oil in.

My Echo dealer won’t warranty stuff if you DONT run TruFuel. I have 4 Echo saws, 2 string trimmers, an edger and a pole saw. I only run TruFuel and have never ever had a problem. Trimmers cranked today on second pull, 5yrs old and still have the same fuel in them from October.


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Old 04-02-2021, 10:32 PM   #19
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Buy an Echo from an outdoor power supply place, less than$200 and will run twenty years if taken care of. I have weedeaters that old and they still run great.
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:53 PM   #20
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Stihl and Trufuel. You’re set for a long, long time.
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Old 04-03-2021, 07:08 AM   #21
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I have a Stihl battery powered pole saw and its no joke. I use it to trim trees on fence lines and its a little beast. It will cut more than I can before the battery runs down. I have the quick charge and its just that-fast charge. i plan on getting the chainsaw next. it s a buy once/cry once purchase. Well worth the money in my experience
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Old 04-03-2021, 07:59 AM   #22
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Local Echo dealer said stay away from the Trufuel pre-mixed stuff, the mixed ratios are all over the place. .
They make multiple mix ratio's, but its printed on the front if the can so you know when buying.
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:04 AM   #23
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My Echo dealer won’t warranty stuff if you DONT run TruFuel. I have 4 Echo saws, 2 string trimmers, an edger and a pole saw. I only run TruFuel and have never ever had a problem. Trimmers cranked today on second pull, 5yrs old and still have the same fuel in them from October.


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Echo wont warranty unless you use Echo oil. Red Armor is the premix brand by Echo.

Echo shop joked that it is probably made by the same folks as Trufuel, must the ratios are more closely controlled. (Supposedly)

Buddy of mine that runs a pretty large lawn business was having the same issue with burned up power heads and Trufuel premix.

I mix my own now, that way I know the mixture is correct. I also use my equipment all the time and use it pretty hard.

Obviously, if it has worked for others, then, no big deal. I am not doing to have it happen to be again.

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Old 04-03-2021, 08:07 AM   #24
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Dewalt Cordless. I have the 12” and the 16”. They work great. Very seldom run my Echo since buying the Dewalts.
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:12 AM   #25
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I have a old Stihl that I use maybe once every year or two I hav only run the stihl pre mixed fuel in it. A few pulls and it cranks right up.
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:13 AM   #26
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Is one of these eBay $80-$100 nib Chinese knock-off saws 1/2 decent or 100% stay away, every time I buy a top name brand chainsaw I use it then drain the tank and run dry, then it might be 1-2 years till I use it again and they will not start,
and the small engine repair center is $100 per saw to get me running again
just thinking of alternatives instead recurring expense
Please don't support chinese junk. Do what you gotta do to get what you need of course. As a side note, I've had several chainsaws over the years. My latest is an Echo CS400 and it runs like a champ. While I couldn't find definitive location of manufacture, it seems they are all either out of Japan or their illinois facility.
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:35 AM   #27
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I have no affiliation with this product except that u se it regularly as a preventative, MECHANIC IN A BOTTLE, I had the same issues every season with my power equipment until my small engine mechanic and echo dealer told me about it I said more snake oil he said no it works. He said your trimmer that won’t start take the fuel line and put it in this product push on the primer bulb to get it in the carb then give it a fuel pulls and let it sit a few hours or overnite, next morning I filled with high octane fuel/oil mix and after about 3–4 pulls it started. I had an old echo hedger that hadn’t started in over 12 years and did the same thing and it fired up, if all else fails carbs for power equipment aren’t too expensive!!!
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:44 AM   #28
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Nothing should be left a year without cranking up. Every couple of months crank up everything and let it run. Drink a beer and run it a bit. Stuff isnt made to sit around, its made to run.
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:52 AM   #29
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Buy a new one, use it and then sale it for a $20 loss. When you need it again, buy a new one. I have a friend that does that and most of the time he doesn't even lose money.
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:56 AM   #30
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I will go with an electric next time

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Old 04-03-2021, 08:58 AM   #31
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I have no affiliation with this product except that u se it regularly as a preventative, MECHANIC IN A BOTTLE, I had the same issues every season with my power equipment until my small engine mechanic and echo dealer told me about it I said more snake oil he said no it works. He said your trimmer that won’t start take the fuel line and put it in this product push on the primer bulb to get it in the carb then give it a fuel pulls and let it sit a few hours or overnite, next morning I filled with high octane fuel/oil mix and after about 3–4 pulls it started. I had an old echo hedger that hadn’t started in over 12 years and did the same thing and it fired up, if all else fails carbs for power equipment aren’t too expensive!!!
I was told the exact same thing, and tried it on an engine that had been sitting for a long time that wouldn"t start. It actually worked.
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Old 04-03-2021, 09:13 AM   #32
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Stuff burned up one of my Echo power heads. Local Echo dealer said stay away from the Trufuel pre-mixed stuff, the mixed ratios are all over the place. More people I tell this story, the more I hear of this same problem. Echo dealer said buy the non-mixed fuel and mix your own oil in.

Huh— mine said only Trufuel.
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Old 04-03-2021, 09:33 AM   #33
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Stihl - use Stihl gas only.

Last weekend fired my Stihl up that had been sitting at lease for two years - fired up second pull. Probably 10 years old at this point.
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Old 04-03-2021, 10:27 AM   #34
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I lm not sure why you have so much trouble out of a name brand saw. I run mine about 1 day a year and always start right up ( stihl )
China is communist, evil and steal everyone’s patented designs so the can **** off
Amen to that!!
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Old 04-03-2021, 01:35 PM   #35
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Rent one
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Old 04-03-2021, 01:41 PM   #36
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Rent one
Where?
Closest city is San Antonio or San Angelo

Never mind I found a rental place

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