ST1 Knapsack Duster: Following the Second World War, food shortages across Japan necessitated a huge improvement in agricultural processes. The hand-crank powered spreader used for transmitting dry chemicals to crops was created to increase the efficiency of farms and alleviate famine.
The first ever ECHO chainsaw, the CS-80 was released. This was the first model to feature the ECHO name.
Due to a drought, a group of landscapers in California modified the DM-9 backpack sprayer unit by removing the liquid tank and sealing the hole. They used this modified unit to blow powerful bursts of air and clear grass clippings and leaves from the pavement - creating the first ever power blowers. ECHO engineers went out to California , and in the same year we launched the PB-9; the first ever power blower.
During the 1973 oil crisis later known as the "first oil shock" embargos forced mass shortages and oil prices to quadruple. As a result, many were forced to use wood to heat their homes. This created great demand for a high quality, powerful and affordable chain saw. The ECHO CS-302 was exactly that, and at the time, rose to be the best selling chain saw in the world.
The Shred 'n' Vac was released, an innovative new product on the market for blowing, vacuuming and shredding leaves.
At ECHO, we move into new technologies only when we are absolutely sure they offer the quality and performance we are known for. Advancements in digital and battery technology mean we are now able to offer our first fully automated robotic mower. A revolutionary new technology built from the knowledge and skill of over 70 years of producing tools you can depend on.