Echo CS 590 vs Husqvarna 460: Which One’s Best?

  • July 15, 2018
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The Winner (#1)
Echo CS-590 20" Timber Wolf Chainsaw
The Runner-up (#2)
Husqvarna 460 Rancher, 20 in. 60.3cc 2-Cycle Gas...
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Echo CS-590 20" Timber Wolf Chainsaw
Husqvarna 460 Rancher, 20 in. 60.3cc 2-Cycle Gas...
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User Reviews
113 Customer Reviews
565 Customer Reviews
The Winner (#1)
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Echo CS-590 20" Timber Wolf Chainsaw
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Echo CS-590 20" Timber Wolf Chainsaw
User Rating
User Reviews
113 Customer Reviews
The Runner-up (#2)
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Husqvarna 460 Rancher, 20 in. 60.3cc 2-Cycle Gas...
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Husqvarna 460 Rancher, 20 in. 60.3cc 2-Cycle Gas...
User Rating
User Reviews
565 Customer Reviews

When the two toughest kids on the block take to socking each other in the jaw, sometimes the question of who wins comes down to a number. In the case of the Echo CS 590 versus the Husqvarna 460, that number is what’s on the price tag. If you are comparison shopping, we’re comfortable in advising you to go with the one that you can get at the better price, whether it be standard pricing, a sale, or a refurbished model from a reputable dealer. Right now, today, we’re lifting the CS 590’s hand in victory.

Once the marketing is stripped away, both models have features that do basically the same things. They are nearly equal in power. Both are designed for user comfort and to reduce user fatigue. They are each designed for easy maintenance, fuel efficiency, and meeting the world’s strictest air quality standards. Above all, both saws chew through wood — hard wood — like a beaver on a birch tree. Because of that, both brands have their own partisans who swear by them.

Let’s get into the details to get a better idea.

Echo CS 590

What’s the difference between them?

Performance

The Husqvarna 460 comes with a slightly higher output of 60.3 cc, compared to the 590’s 59.8 cc. What does that mean in practical terms? Zero. On the other hand, both chainsaws are real goers. The Husky is a touch more skittish to get going, but once you have these saws roaring, they’ll make short work of trees and limbs all day.

Durability

The CS 590 is really just Echo’s 600, but with some plastic in place of metal. In the long term, this might lead to some durability issues. In the short term, it didn’t cause us any problems.

Design

The 460 is a few pounds lighter than the CS 590, and neither saw had an edge in weight distribution. Both also come equipped with vibration dampening features and low exhaust emissions for better air quality. This means that over the course of a long day of cutting, the 460 might be less fatigue-inducing. The weight difference isn’t so substantial that you’d definitely notice it, so the Husky’s edge here is only slight.

Husqvarna 460

Warranty

There is nothing complicated about this comparison. Echo offers a standard five-year warranty. Husqvarna has a standard two-year warranty for basic home use, which can be extended with add-ons at the time of purchase. It’s a simple case of numbers. In this case, Echo again has the better one.

Efficiency

Husqvarna calls the super-efficient engine that comes standard on this saw the X-Torq. It does cut down on exhaust fumes. Echo doesn’t have a fancy name for its two-stroke engine, but it does roughly the same thing.

Price

The only significant difference between these two excellent chainsaws is standard shelf price. It’s enough of a difference that day-to-day variability probably won’t bridge the gap. What might, however, are discounts, rebates, and temporary sales. You also might be able to find a really good deal on a refurbished model or a showroom model that has been slightly dinged.

Quick Rundown of Echo CS 590

Echo CS-590 20' Timber Wolf Chainsaw
113 Customer Reviews
Echo CS-590 20" Timber Wolf Chainsaw
  • Genuine OEM Echo Part
  • 59.8cc professional-grade, 2-stroke engine for outstanding performance
  • 20" Bar

Given the brands’ reputations, you might be a bit surprised to see the Echo CS 590 stack up so well against a similar Husqvarna. Brand loyalty might be a big deal right now, but what’s more important is whether the particular tool model is a good one. In this case, breaking down brand loyalty is healthy, because Echo definitely punches up with the CS 590. It’s an all-day performer with features designed for safety and efficiency and cuts anything you put in front of it with real nastiness.

Pros
  • All-day performer
  • Easy to start
  • Great value
  • Excellent warranty
Cons
  • A bit heavy

Quick Rundown of Husqvarna 460

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Husqvarna 460 Rancher, 20 in. 60.3cc 2-Cycle Gas...
565 Customer Reviews
Husqvarna 460 Rancher, 20 in. 60.3cc 2-Cycle Gas...
  • X-TORQ - Delivers lower fuel consumption and reduced exhaust emission levels in accordance with the...
  • SMART START - The engine and starter have been designed so the machine starts quickly with minimum...
  • AIR INJECTION - Centrifugal air cleaning system removes larger dust and debris particles before...

In Husqvarna’s chainsaw family, above the 460 is professional grade. The 460 is a premier large chainsaw designed to plow through large, thick hardwood. It does this with gusto. It’s big and angry and not at all designed for subtlety. Husqvarna has a reputation for quality chainsaws, and the 460 is a prime example of how that reputation isn’t just Internet bluster. The company delivers where it matters most: out doing work.

Pros
  • Runs and runs and runs
  • Large, hardwood trees not a problem
  • Easy on the user
Cons
  • Pricier

What Users Say

After looking at both these saws individually ourselves, we checked online customer reviews to see how our experiences with these tools compared to the meta narrative.

We found that both saws are very popular with people who bought them. Users that gave them low ratings were individual discontented customers who had difficulty getting saws running right out of the box, not long-time users with reviews based on actual use.

As the rating figures suggest, it’s difficult to say that either model delivers substantially better satisfaction to its range of purchasers.

Conclusion

The Echo CS 590 wins this contest based purely on one number: the current price. The two chainsaws are nearly identical where it matters the most, which is performance in the field. The Husky is a little easier on the user in terms of weight and probably a bit more durable, while the Echo is a little easier to start and has a better warranty. Both are very good chainsaws that have their own loyal customers. In this case, price wins out, and the price is high enough that we’d suggest doing a little shopping around. It’s possible that you can put together a discount package that tips the scale the other way, too.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!