If you have a large area of land to manage which requires some serious and regular cutting work to be carried out, many of the homeowner saws available on the market may struggle to cope with the job.
In circumstances where you have large trees to fell and buck or need to cut firewood on a regular basis, you may need to turn to something with a bit more power. And when it comes to powerful homeowner saws, they don’t come much better than the Husqvarna Rancher, the Echo CS-590 Timber Wolf or the Timberpro 62cc.
In today’s article we’re going to take a look at these three chainsaws and see if any are right for you. I always think it’s quite useful to see how products compare at a glance and the table below shows some of the main characteristics.
|Husqvarna Rancher 460||Echo CS-590||Timberpro 62cc|
|Maximum Bar Length||24-Inches||27-Inches||20-Inches|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||0.11 Gallons||0,17 Gallons||0.15 Gallons|
|Fuel Mix (Gas: Oil)||50:1||50:1||25:1|
|Idling Speed (RPM)||2,700||2,600||3,000|
|Maximum Speed (RPM)||9,000||13,000||10,800|
|Oil Tank Capacity||11.0 fl oz.||10.1 fl oz.||8.8 fl oz.|
|Noise Levels db(A)||104||Not Published||117|
|Price||$500 - $600||$400 - $500||$100 - $200|
As you can see, the saws have a number of similarities. The engine sizes are pretty similar and too close to make any real difference. All these machines are well capable of dealing with the medium and heavier duty tasks for which they were designed. They all weigh about the same so one saw shouldn’t be more difficult to handle than another and buyers of these products all rate them very highly.
So what are the main differences? Firstly, in terms of price, the Timberpro 62cc is several hundred dollars cheaper than the other two, with the Husqvarna being the most expensive. The Echo costs slightly less than the Rancher. This reflects the fact that both Husqvarna and Echo are well known and proven brands in this market, whereas the Timberpro has only been around for a couple of years. The Echo CS-590 can take the longest bar, however in reality all these saws are probably best operating with a 20-inch bar.
Numbers, facts and figures, however, don’t always tell the full story. So let’s have a look at each saw individually and consider some of the pros and cons.
Husqvarna Rancher 460
The Rancher has plenty of great features, which is a reflection of this manufacturer’s excellent technology.
There is an anti-vibration system which delivers both front and rear handle vibration levels below 5m/s², which is considered to be low for a power tool. This is obviously important for anyone using a saw for a prolonged period to help prevent hand injury.
As you would expect from a saw in this class, it is solidly constructed and provided it is properly maintained will last you for many years to come. It has an automatic and adjustable lubrication system and the typical side mounted chain tensioning system.
Featuring Husqvarna’s X-Torq engine, it delivers excellent fuel efficiency. There is a centrifugal air filtration system which reduces the number of chips reaching the quick release air-filter. This improves performance and reduces maintenance.
WHAT’S GOOD: Performance. Ratings. Range of Features. Quality Brand.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD: Price
Echo CS-590 Timber Wolf
As far as quality and performance goes, the Timber Wolf can certainly hold its own against the Rancher. As you would expect for a saw in this price bracket it has been built to last and also has a range of features which is reflected in the cost.
These include a rugged 59.8cc professional grade 2-stroke engine together with a decompression valve and digital ignition system for easy starting. There is a translucent fuel tank which enables you to easily check the levels of fuel. As well as this, it features Echo’s G-Force Air Pre-Cleaner system which pulls dirt and debris out of the powerhead, ensuring that the filter doesn’t have to be cleaned and replaced as often. The filter itself is easy to access and has a large surface area, allowing for maximum air filtration and easy cleaning.
In addition to an adjustable automatic lubrication system, the Timber Wolf has a side chain tensioning system. Not only this, but Echo stand behind their product and offer a 5-year consumer warranty.
WHAT’S GOOD: Superb performance. Ratings. Range of Features. Excellent warranty.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD: Price
Timberpro 62cc Petrol Chainsaw
When it comes to price, the Timberpro is the hands down winner. Generally available at under $200, you get an awful lot of saw and power for the price.
So what’s good about the Timberpro? First off, unlike many gas saws it starts easily. Cutting performance, backed by the monster 62cc engine, is excellent and is one of the main positives cited by consumers. It’s easy to handle and has some decent features. Like the other two saws it has an adjustable, automatic lubrication system as well as a side screw to tension the chain.
Added to the above is the fact that the Timberpro has excellent ratings. Many buyers commented on how surprised they were by this saw, especially given the money they had paid for it. A number of consumers also compared it favorably to other well-known brand models which they had owned in the past.
You may think that this all sounds too good to be true, so are there any downsides? When you’re paying several hundred dollars less than the competitors there has to be a compromise and reason for this and the Timberpro does have a few drawbacks. The two chains supplied with the saw are Chinese made and although they do the job well enough aren’t as good quality as the branded chains available. You can of course replace these with branded chains in due course. In terms of construction, the Timberpro is pretty solid but perhaps not quite as tough as the Rancher and the Echo. This is obviously reflected in the price.
WHAT’S GOOD: Price. Great consumer ratings. Excellent cutting performance. Easy to start and use.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD: Chain quality.
Now that we’ve looked at these saws, which one comes out the winner?
If you don’t wish to invest $400/$500 in a new saw then the Timberpro is a great option. (Note: Some suppliers offer this product for sale at over $500, which is the only option available when other suppliers are temporarily out of stock. If you are interested in buying the Timberpro my advice is to wait until the saw is available for under $200.)
If you want something with more features then the Rancher or Echo CS-590 are both great options. They are both similar in many respects (weight, ratings, engine power) although the Echo is slightly cheaper. That said, the price difference isn’t that great so at the end of the day the choice may come down to personal preference.