Funny you should say that. The 1st job with my shiny new 355T was a nice Fir removal. I got up to my TIP at about 175 ft, and had my groundie tie on the355T so I could clear a few limbs and set up some rigging. Just before the saw reached me the little metal clip for the lanyard malfunctioned and the saw fell 160-165 ft. That poor little 355T hit the butt flair at the base of the Fir, and fucking exploded into shrapnel. Never actually even made a cut with it. Bought another one soon after, and its been a good little saw for 3 yrs now.Get it, don't drop it outta a tree as it isn't a 200. Reinforce the top plastic cover under the handle with JB weld, use fresh gas, run it like ya stole it. Had mine 6(?) yrs and never been in the shop.
Sounds like you've had shitty luck with them and we lucked out. I tuned mine after buying it in North Cali and haven't made an adjustment since. It starts right up in all weather and temps and is super good on fuel. Once it is warm it is a one pull start unlike many top handles I have used. The 201T had just came out when I was buying and I hated them. Shitty in winter, crazy price for a saw that imediately needed to be modded, finicky as all getup. Maybe they have gotten better? Tested a few husky top handles and was not impressed either. Power has not been an issue with 14in bar and yeah, price is about half of a sthil.Interesting feedback..
Don't take me as Mr Negative but...
Personally, i can't stand them. Ive never handled one that has been able to last 6 months without some sort of downtime breakage, whether it be the handle coming apart, the side cover coming apart, the recoil blowing apart, the starter cord snapping, all after minimal use... Echo is also the only brand I've ever used where i took it out of the brand new box too use, only to find out it won't run & it immediately becomes a parts saw to Frankenstein the other broken ones together & be able to cut wood that day.
Lastly, (& this was always my main/original bitch) idk whether it was the specific model or not but, they were all extremely anemic in all aspects of the power department, but just as, or significantly heavier than their Stihl or Husky counterparts. To put up with those constant issues & on top of all that be heavy with no power, turned me off big time.
The one caveat is however- We were being force fed these saw by the owner, where price point took precedence on basically everything. So i may be a bit biased here..
I'm suprised I'm not hearing the same experiences here other than Rico trying to Drop test it.. "HEADACHE!!" lol!
With that said, what's the allure of the 355 your all speaking highly of..? Price point or actual power to weight? If the power to weight is legit or it's at least balanced well, yall might be able to flip me if things have changed from just a few years ago. I know echo is trying to up their game, they just blew away stihl & redmax in the blower dept, spec wise anyways..
Have you used the 550xp to compare with the 501P? Looks like the echo is 0.4lbs lighter but man is the 550 a bomber saw.And in my opinion, as far as power to weight ratio goes, their 501P is one of the best little saws on the market. We keep the 501 and the 355 in the basket with us all of the time, and they do it everything under 18" in diameter.
I used to have a 600p that I ran stihl chain on. I had to have the saw shop make me a custom length. Or you can buy the tools and make your own length, buy chain in spools.What are the best chains you have found work with your 355t? Not a big fan of the Oregon and stock chains so I was curious what you guys are using that's cutting better than their stock chains... The Oregon's are the same basically....
I've never found a stihl chain that would fit...not lengthwise but they wouldn't fit the sprocket right, or the bar tip, or they were too wideI used to have a 600p that I ran stihl chain on. I had to have the saw shop make me a custom length. Or you can buy the tools and make your own length, buy chain in spools.