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on July 3, 2013
Found this saw for almost one hundred dollars less on a big box store website, but they could not sell it as only sold where in stock. So, they called my local Echo dealer who met their price.
Echo support says the engine is identical to the CS-600. According to Echo, the only difference between the CS-590 and the CS-600 is that the CS-600 has an aluminum handle, a pro bar with a replaceable nose, and a clutch drum that takes a replaceable rim sprocket. The CS-590 has a plastic handle, laminated bar with non-replaceable roller nose, and a clutch drum with attached sprocket. My dealer has the clutch drum for the CS-600 on order, which Echo says will fit right on the CS-590, so after getting that I will have the inexpensive-and-easy-to-replace rim sprocket and still have spent $100 less than buying the CS-600.
I have used this saw for only a few hours at this point, though lots of cutting during that time. Lots of power with its 59.8 cc engine. The CS-600 literature offers it for sale with a 27" bar, so I see no reason the CS-590 with the same engine can't take at least that (I read where one person said he used a much longer bar with a skip chain).
Starts and runs every time so far. I read reviews that said the air filter works great due to a pre-filtering system. That looks to be true, as after hours of cutting oak the air filter looks like the saw was not used (nothing on it). Adjustable chain oiler is in fact adjustable, and appears to only oil when clutch is engaged, as described. I have not taken the saw apart, but looking at it it looks like it will be easy to get the carb off if that is needed. No tools needed to access the air filter and spark plug. The transparent gas tank is convenient to see fuel level. So far I am glad I got it instead of paying much more for a comparable size Stihl, though if I were using the saw every day and making money with it the decision may be different. Time will tell (hopefully many years).
Forgot to mention the chain brake. Before buying this saw I had read reviews that said a consumer magazine tested chain saws and rated this saw's chain brake as the best of those tested. I have used chain saws with chain brakes since the early 1980s. I don't recall a chain brake ever engaging, even when I had a minor kickback (never had a major one thank goodness). In those first few hours of use this saw's chain brake engaged twice. Not false triggers, just very sensitive at the right time. Makes me feel safer when using this saw.