The Echo chainsaw is an excellent DIY tool for comfortable long use, time-saving maintenance, as well as safe and powerful performance. However, a woodworker or DIYer must know how to start echo chainsaw and operate it properly to enjoy its benefits.
Though the starting process of an echo chainsaw varies depending on the model, the most common steps are: filling fuel, checking tension, stabilizing the saw, adjusting some settings, and pulling the cord. Another consideration is the engine condition of the saw.
Following, we’ve explained the whole process to aid you in turning on your echo chainsaw regardless of its engine condition.
How to Start Echo Chainsaw?
The starting process of an echo chainsaw varies depending on its engine condition. So follow any of the three processes based on your chainsaw’s engine.
Wear Safety Equipment
When operating an echo chainsaw, it’s highly recommended to wear personal protective equipment first. The equipment includes:
- Eye protection
- Safety-toed boots
- Chainsaw chaps
- Properly fitting clothing
- Hearing protection
- A hardhat
- A face shield
The Echo chainsaw starting procedure is:
- Fill the Liquids
Before starting your echo chainsaw, make sure that the saw is full of fuel, bar, and chain oil. Wear your safety glasses before starting to handle those liquids.
For fuel, use fresh 89 octanes or higher gasoline contained in a quality sealed gas can. Mix the gasoline with air-cooled two-stroke oil, maintaining a 50:1 ratio that is raked as JASO-FD.
In this case, you can use eco power blend gold oil or eco red armor oil. To refill, unscrew the fuel cap and carefully pour in the fuel. Then secure the cap tightly and wipe off any spills.
Instead of regular engine oil, you should use oil specifically designated for use with bars and chains. In this case, an echo premium bar and chain oil are preferable.
Similar to filling fuel, unscrew the bar oil tank cap, refill carefully, put the cap back on firmly and clean off any spills.
- Ensure Proper Tension
It’s also essential to check and ensure proper chain tension before starting the chainsaw. Wear your gloves to avoid injury during checking the close chain. There are two ways to check if the chain has proper tension.
Firstly, pinch the chain slightly in the middle of the bar and pull up. The driver should clear the bar track and the chain should return to the bar after releasing it.
Secondly, check carefully to see if the chain is binding. To experiment, use the shaft of the chainsaw tool. Pull back the chain brake to deactivate it using the shaft and advance it. If you notice the chain is loose or too tight or binding, follow the chain tensioning instructions in your owner’s manual.
- Cold Engine Starting Procedure
A cold engine means a chainsaw that hasn’t been started for some time or is cool to the touch. To perform a cold engine starting procedure, first move the chain brake forward to the ON position.
Then remove the bar scabbard and place it to the side. Now, move the on-off switch up to the run position. Pull out the choke lever and press in the decompression valve.
Place your echo chain saw firmly on the ground with nothing touching the bar. For better convenience, you can bar your right foot through the back handle and grasp the loop handle tightly with your left hand.
Then pull the rope with your right hand and you should listen to fire and die or false start on choke. Sometimes it may be necessary to pull the rope five times to hear the fire and die. Once you hear it, stop and push the choke lever back in.
Afterwards, continue pulling the rope again until the sauce starts. Since the fast idol is still on, click the throttle trigger to return from the fast idol to the normal idol. Otherwise, your echo chainsaw can get damaged.
- Warm Engine Starting Procedure
To perform a warm engine starting procedure, move the chain brake forward in the lock position and remove the bar scabbard.
Go to the rear part and move the on-off switch up to the run position. But don’t pull the choke out, as warm engines don’t need to be choked.
Press the decompression valve in and place the saw firmly on the ground without anything touching the bar.
Pull the rope until the sauce starts. The sauce should start generally within five polls. If it doesn’t start after five tries, it means the engine may be cooled down more than you thought. Stop and go back and repeat the cold starting procedure.
- Flooded Engine Starting Procedure
If your echo chain saw doesn’t start after applying any of those procedures, check two things.
Firstly, check that there’s fuel in the tank. If the tank doesn’t run out of fuel, it could be flooded around the muffler. Plus, if you notice wetness or smell unburned gasoline, it means your chainsaw is flooded.
To start your flooded engine, move the chamber brake forward, locking it in. Then, push the on-off switch up to the run position. You have to do different thing with the choke lever. Pull it out till it clicks to active the fast idle.
Push the choke lever back into the run position, keeping the machine locked in the fast idle position. Place the chainsaw firmly on the ground and press the decompression valve.
Then pull the rope as many times as possible until the sauce starts. Typically, it takes 10 to 15 polls before the sauce begins. As long as the fast idle is still on, click the throttle to take the machine from fast idle to normal idle.
After turning on the saw, you may see a little bit of smoke, which is normal. It means the saw is clearing unburned fuel out and the flooding itself.
Video of Starting Echo Chainsaw
For a better understanding of the starting process, you can watch this video.
- Are ECHO chainsaws easy to start?
Starting an echo chainsaw is extremely easy. Even its I-30 starter system reduces the effort required to start a chainsaw by around 30% more than usual.
- Why does an echo chain saw not start?
Your echo chainsaw may stop turning on due to plenty of issues, including insufficient fuel or air. The chainsaw may also not start if the fuel line is clogged, the on/off switch is damaged, the ignition coil is faulty, or the carburetor gets dirty.
- How tight should a chainsaw chain be?
The chainsaw chain should be so tight that it feels slightly loose on the guide bar. But it shouldn’t allow you to pull the drive links out of the bar nose.
The Echo chainsaw comes in diverse models and sizes to handle light to heavy woodworking and DIY projects. So it’s recommended to check out a certain model’s user manual to get the exact process.
However, the methods we’ve described will let you start with the most typical echo chain saw.
After learning how to start echo chainsaw, do some practice to build your confidence and skill. Lastly, don’t forget to place your echo chainsaw firmly on the ground to avoid messing up.