Unleashing High Performance with Lightweight Design
Our very own ranch foreman and country music singer, Eli Mosely, reached out to us with a request to tackle the fallen oak trees on his estate. While we had success with a battery-powered model, Eli wanted a 50cc chainsaw that could deliver more productivity. That’s when we turned to ECHO and got our hands on the CS-501P from their X-Series lineup.
- Impressive performance in the 50cc range
- Lightweight for a 50cc class chainsaw
- Easy starting process
- Convenient access to filters
- The ignition switch doesn’t automatically return to the “on” position
- No onboard storage for extra chains
As part of the X-Series, the CS-501P exceeded our expectations when it came to performance. The chainsaw’s 50.2cc engine, combined with the 20-inch Pro-Lite handlebars and 20LPX chain, effortlessly sliced through hardwood. We have full confidence in this engine class and its ability to tackle fallen oak trees effectively.
NOTE: If you prefer a smaller bar size, you can also opt for the 16 or 18-inch versions of this saw.
To enhance the engine’s performance, ECHO incorporates their G-Force Engine Air Precleaner. This innovative feature prolongs the life of the filter and extends the intervals between maintenance tasks. Accessing the filters is a breeze, thanks to the tool-less process. Simply loosen the knob on the housing above the handle.
Additionally, this chainsaw boasts a digital ignition system and a pressure relief valve, making starting the engine a hassle-free experience.
Design Notes of the ECHO CS-501P X-Series Chainsaw
Keeping it Light
ECHO’s X-Series is all about delivering exceptional performance while keeping the weight down. Weighing in at just 10.6 lbs (dry weight), the CS-501P is the lightest 50cc chainsaw available in North America. This translates into outstanding cutting performance and less fatigue, especially during lengthy jobs.
Easy Chain Tensioning
Adjusting the chain tension is a straightforward process. Start by loosening the two stem nuts, making half-turn adjustments until the desired tension is achieved. Support the crossbar with one hand while using a wrench to adjust the chain tensioner with the other. Finally, re-tighten the crossbar nuts, and you’re ready to go. Forget about losing the bar nuts; they are securely fastened.
Ignition Switch Quirk
The only minor issue we found with this chainsaw is the ignition switch. Unlike some models, it doesn’t automatically return to the “on” position when the engine is turned off. While seemingly trivial, this quirk can be bothersome for chainsaw users. However, we’re pleased to share that the latest ECHO chainsaw model, showcased at Equip Expo (formerly GIE) in October, features an automatic return design.
- Robust metal spikes for enhanced stability
- Inertia activated chain brake for safety
- Adjustable automatic oiler for proper lubrication
- Ergonomic aluminum front handle for comfortable operation
The ECHO CS-501P X-Series chainsaw is priced between $499.99 and $519.99, depending on the length of the pole you choose. It comes with either a 5-year consumer warranty or a 1-year commercial use warranty.
The Bottom Line
Using the ECHO CS-501P X-Series chainsaw is an absolute delight. It effortlessly powers through hardwood, combining exceptional cutting performance with a lightweight design for improved handling. While the ignition switch may be a drawback for some, we believe the CS-501P offers an unbeatable combination of weight and power in the 50cc class.
- Model: ECHO CS-501P
- Engine: 50.2cc
- Fuel: 50:1 air/oil mix (up to 10% ethanol)
- Fuel Capacity: 16.6 oz
- Pole Length: 16 – 20 inches
- Chain Pitch: 3/8″
- Oil Capacity: 9.5 oz
- Dry Weight: 10.6 lbs
- Warranty: 5-year consumer warranty, 1-year commercial warranty
- Price: $499.99 – $519.99