ECHO Equipment Information:
ECHO Incorporated was founded in 1972 as Kioritz Corporation of America. The company started in Northbrook, Illinois. The ECHO name was established in 1978. Originally the company was an importer of products from Japan. By 1979 ECHO started to focus on engineering and manufacturing. They began production and assembly operations in Wheeling, Illinois. The first of their products produced for the United States was the curved shaft GT-200 grass trimmer. ECHO soon expanded to making chain saws, straight shaft grass trimmers, brushcutters, backpack and hand-held blowers, along with hedge trimmers. ECHO is the largest subsidiary of the Yarmabiko Corporation of Japan.
With over 40 years of manufacturing, ECHO Incorporated has become a worldwide leader in professional-grade, hand-held outdoor power equipment for commercial and home use. ECHO takes pride in setting industry standard with innovative technology and quality. Aggressive market research has allowed ECHO to push the limits of products. ECHO successfully debuted 2-stroke engine technology. This kept up with the demands of the commercial market, but also fit into the EPA emissions regulations and CARB standards. ECHO is an industry leader with over 50 models that meet emission requirements.
In addition to low emissions, ECHO has worked on low noise engine technology. Blower noise is a problem that ECHO has worked on. ECHO became the first manufacturer to produce a 65dB(A)-rated blower and the only one that is handheld and this low. The ECHO PB-251, PB-365L, PB-460LN are all rated at this level which is what some communities require for use. This commitment is why ECHO has made over 1,000,000 units since 2000.
ECHO now sells accessories, brushcutters, cut-off saws, engine drills, pruners, sprayers, trimmers, bed redefiners, chain saws, earth/ice augers, hedge trimmers, pumps, spreaders, blowers, chippers, edgers, pro attachments, and shred ‘n’ vac options. Innovative technology like the 2-stroke engine and Pro-Fire ignition system set ECHO chain saws apart from the rest.