Echo CS 362 WES vs Stihl MS201: Review [2024]


Both the Echo CS-362WES and Stihl MS 201 TC-M are designed to be compact and lightweight, making them ideal for tree pruning, limbing, and other tasks that require precision and maneuverability.

Echo CS 362 WES

Echo CS 362 WES

Product Specifications

  • Engine Displacement: Typically ranges from 30cc to 80cc, depending on the model.
  • Power Output: Varies based on the engine displacement and design, typically measured in horsepower (HP) or kilowatts (kW).
  • Bar Length: Usually between 12 inches to 24 inches (30 cm to 61 cm), which determines the maximum diameter of wood the chainsaw can cut.
  • Weight: The weight can range from around 8 pounds (3.6 kg) for smaller models to over 20 pounds (9 kg) for larger, professional-grade chainsaws.
  • Fuel Type: Most Echo chainsaws use a mixture of gasoline and 2-stroke oil, with specific fuel ratio requirements.
  • Chain Pitch: Refers to the distance between the chain’s drive links and determines the size of the chain that fits the chainsaw.
  • Chain Gauge: Indicates the thickness of the drive links and affects the compatibility with the chainsaw’s bar.
  • Features: Echo chainsaws may include features such as automatic oilers to lubricate the chain, anti-vibration systems for reduced fatigue, and easy-start mechanisms for effortless starting.

Stihl MS 201 TC-M

Stihl MS 201 TC-M

Product Specifications

  • Engine Displacement: 35.2 cc
  • Power Output: 2.2 kW (2.96 horsepower)
  • Bar Length: 14 inches (35 cm)
  • Weight: 8.16 pounds (3.7 kg) without fuel, bar, and chain
  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 9.1 ounces (270 ml)
  • Chain Pitch: 3/8 inch
  • Chain Gauge: 0.050 inch
  • Max Chain Speed: 16.1 meters per second (53 feet per second)
  • Oil Tank Capacity: 5.1 ounces (150 ml)
  • Vibration Damping: Yes, featuring Stihl’s anti-vibration system
  • Chain Brake: Yes, with an inertia-activated mechanism for safety
  • Starting System: Stihl Easy2Startâ„¢ system for effortless starting
  • Decompression Valve: Yes, for easier starting by reducing compression during startup
  • Carburetor: Stihl M-Tronicâ„¢ electronic engine management system for optimal performance and consistent engine operation
  • Air Filtration: Stihl HD2 air filter with radial seal and pre-separation technology for extended filter life

The Echo CS-362WES weighs approximately 8.2 lbs (dry weight without the bar and chain) and features an ergonomic handle design, which makes it comfortable to use even for extended periods. The Stihl MS 201 TC-M, on the other hand, weighs slightly less at 7.9 lbs (dry weight without the bar and chain) and also features an ergonomic handle, but with an additional anti-vibration system, which helps reduce user fatigue.

Echo CS 362 WES chainsaw on the ground
Echo CS 362 WES
Stihl MS 201 TC-M on the ground
Stihl MS 201 TC-M

Performance and Power

The Echo CS-362WES is powered by a 35.8cc 2-stroke engine that delivers 1.49 kW of power, making it suitable for various tasks, including cutting small to medium-sized trees and pruning. The Stihl MS 201 TC-M is equipped with a slightly smaller 35.2cc 2-stroke engine, producing 1.8 HP, which is also suitable for similar tasks. Both chainsaws feature easy-start systems, making them convenient to use in various conditions.

In terms of cutting performance, both chainsaws are efficient and provide smooth, precise cuts. However, in my experience, the Stihl MS 201 TC-M tends to be slightly more powerful, providing faster cuts in hardwoods.

Fuel Efficiency and Emissions

The Echo CS-362WES and Stihl MS 201 TC-M both feature engines designed to meet emission regulations and provide improved fuel efficiency. The Stihl MS 201 TC-M, however, has an edge in this category due to its advanced 2-MIX engine technology, which reduces emissions and provides better fuel economy compared to the Echo CS-362WES.

Maintenance and Reliability

Both chainsaws are designed with user-friendly maintenance features, such as toolless air filter access and easy-to-reach chain tensioners. In terms of reliability, both models have a solid reputation among professionals and homeowners alike. However, Stihl is generally known for its long-lasting, high-quality products, which may give it a slight advantage in terms of durability.

Price and Value

The Echo CS-362WES is usually priced lower than the Stihl MS 201 TC-M, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious buyers. However, considering the Stihl MS 201 TC-M’s additional features, such as the anti-vibration system and more advanced engine technology, it may be worth the extra investment for those who prioritize comfort and fuel efficiency.

Pros and Cons

FeaturesEcho CS-362WESStihl MS 201
WeightLightweight (8.2 lbs)Slightly lighter (7.9 lbs)
ErgonomicsComfortable handle designComfortable handle design
Anti-vibration system
Power1.49 kW (35.8cc engine)1.8 HP (35.2cc engine)
Suitable for various tasksSlightly more powerful
Easy-startEasy-start systemEasy-start system
Fuel EfficiencyGood fuel efficiencyBetter fuel efficiency
MaintenanceUser-friendly maintenance featuresUser-friendly maintenance features
PriceLower price
Engine TechnologyStandard 2-stroke engineAdvanced 2-MIX engine technology
Anti-vibrationNoneAnti-vibration system
PriceHigher price


Both the Echo CS-362WES and Stihl MS 201 TC-M are reliable, compact chainsaws that offer great performance for their size. The Echo CS-362WES is an excellent choice for budget-conscious buyers, while the Stihl MS 201 may be a better option for those looking for additional comfort features and improved fuel efficiency. Ultimately, the choice between these two chainsaws will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

Happy cutting!

John Carlos
John Carlos
Forestry Author

The beauty of logging isn't just about felling trees. It's about understanding nature, mastering the art of chainsaws, and respecting the environment. I believe in sharing my experiences and knowledge, ensuring that we move towards a sustainable future together.


You should have used the 201-c long handle pic for your article the fundamental design of the saws vary greatly. Apples and oranges. Not that this seemed like much of a comparison of performance and or use and more like an extended comparison of sales brochures and advertisements. We are all capable of reading the spec sheets. Have you even run these saws? Sorry 1 out of 5 stars do better

Daniel Adams
Jason Conley
May 2, 2023 9:48 am

So where is the Stihl MS 201 description. The title says "versus" but only the Echo is reviewed.

Daniel Adams
April 27, 2023 10:39 am

I apologize for any confusion caused by my mistake in adding the wrong content. I have now corrected the article and kindly request that you please take the time to read it again. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Kristin Watsons
John Carlos
April 28, 2023 12:36 am

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