ABOUT ECHO History

History

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For over 60 years, we have been designing and building high performance, commercial quality products. From our humble beginnings in Japan with a simple hand-held crop duster, we have grown to become a technological leader and well-respected global brand.

Over the years, many power equipment brands have come and gone, but we have thrived. Why? Primarily because of our commitment to quality and providing our customers with the best products possible. All of our engines are designed to the same standard – commercial grade. We make no compromises. To ensure this commitment, we cast and machine every engine in Japan where quality and consistency are closely controlled.And to gain manufacturing efficiencies, we assemble them at our various factories around the world to the same exact standards.

With ECHO, you will always get a commercial grade engine and long-term value. This is our brand promise. We appreciate your consideration of ECHO. Whether you are a contractor or a homeowner, you can always buy our products with confidence.

1947

Backpack Duster

Kyoritsu Noki Company Ltd. is founded on 8 September. A revolutionary manual duster for pest control and a new power duster-fogger are introduced.

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1955

Backpack Power Duster/Mist Blower

DM-Series of backpack blower misting and dusting units opens a new era in pest control.

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1960

Backpack Brushcutter

First Kyoritsu brushcutter (Power Scythe) is developed.

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1963

Chain saw CS-80

First ECHO chain saw, CS-80 is released. This is the first model named with “ECHO”

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1966

Straight Shaft Brushcutter

New shoulder type straight shaft brushcutter (Swing Scythe) is introduced.

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1970

PB-9 Backpack Power Blower

Kyoritsu revolutionizes outdoor cleaning and maintenance with innovative backpack power blower PB-9.

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1971

CS-302

Corporate name is changed from Kyoritsu Noki Company Ltd. to KIORITZ CORPORATION. Light weight ECHO chainsaw CS-302 is introduced as a first real professional small chain saw.

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1981

2-Cyl. Opposed Chain Saw

Twin cylinder opposed chain saw is introduced.

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1990

Curved Shaft Power Edger

Curved shaft power edger is introduced.

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1992

Shred ‘N’ Vac

Vaccuum attachment for handheld power blower, Shred ‘N’ Vac is introduced.

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2000

i-start

Brushcutters and power sprayers equipped i-start are put on the market.

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2001

i-start

i-start wins Gold award at Urbavert 2001, France.

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2002

Rapid-Loader Trimmer Head

Trimmer head with revolutionary quick-loading system, Rapid-Loader is introduced.

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