HUSQVARNA 357 XP®
I own 3 Huskies, still have my first one, a 266se which I purchased new back in the early 1980s, it still runs but is very much outdated. I cut between 6 and 7 cords of wood a year. I purchased my 357xp last year and am impressed w/ the power to weight ratio and overall performance,the only issue I've had is that it bogs @ first after cold start up, let it warm up and its fine. I'M looking @ purchasing the new 562xp and am quite excited about trying one out after seeing the power that the 357xp produces. My 3rd and biggest saw is the 385xp, what a beast, i'm running a 24' bar on it, nice saw to have around for the big stuff, but not a saw you want to use all day. I used to run Stihls, but since my first husky purchase in the 80's i'm hooked on them
February 26, 2012
I bought this saw to cut some ironwood(Eastern Hop Hornbeam) with and it has excellent power and handles well. It is much faster than my 350 and only weighs about 1.5 pounds more. One slight problem has been a little hesitation in acceleration when you first pull the trigger(even when warm), but hopefully this will get better or be adjusted when I bring in it for the 10 hour carb adjustment. I would definitely recommend this saw to anyone looking for a fast, powerful mid size saw.
February 8, 2012
TRULY A 5 STAR SAW
I did a lot of research on power to weight/max rpms and h.p. ratings on saws before I concluded on paper that this saw was the one to buy. Boy the old man was right about always doing your home work. This saw is FANTASTIC! I cut about 6 cords per year, mostly cherry, elm, oak, ash and locust. My woods is a typical PA. woodlot that has been over logged the last century with most trees in the 24 inch dia. and under class.
What I really love about the saw is the reliability factor, Since I will NOT cut wood when its hot out, this saw may sit neglected for 6 months at a time and it will fire up like I ran it yesterday! Usually about 3 or 4 pulls and it comes to life. Mine also starts Easier when it's hot. generally on the first partial pull! The decompression starting button is a giant feature on this high compression saw!
Most of the wood I cut is under 18 inches dia., and my indoor furnace burns longest on round logs of 8-12 in. dia. un-split.-simple physics involved here...door opening restricts diameter. They are the easiest handling and since I'm at the half century mark in age, I'm finally using brains, not brawn when it comes to firewood.
I have my 357 equipped with 2 bars, one is 16 inches, the other 20. Both use the 3/8 pitch chain I prefer, much better than .325 pitch, especially if you're serious about getting after it. Both lengths cover the limits of this saw.
The 16 inch bar on this saw cuts so fast I'm afraid to pull full throttle, not like I need to anyhow, talk about a shredder! Scary fast! It even cuts thru Locust like it's butter!
If you're not familiar with Locust wood, its so hard, you will occasionally see sparks coming off the chain while you're cutting it!
The 20 in. bar is at the upper end in hardwood, but, is MORE than adequately handled by this saws 4.4 h.p. and, at under 13 lbs in powerhead weight, spooling up to around 14,000 rpms, this is NO Joe blow power tool.
In fact, I would not recommend this saw to ANY novice user. BUT, if you are cutting the types and sizes of wood I have described, for fuel or profit, and you wanna get done fast, with AMAZING fuel efficiency,( another feature I really love!) there is, in my opinion simply no more effective, cost efficient tool on the market. Mines 4 years old and it runs better than the day I first fired it up.(there is a noticeable but fairly short break in period as far as starting goes.) I'm half tempted to add mine as an asset in my will, I love it that much.
January 5, 2012
Bought my saw in Dec. 2011. My Brother has a 455 Rancher and my father has a 55. I bought the 357xp for heavy use. My brother and I have to cut logs from 12 inches to 30 inches in diameter. This saw has alot of power on the low end and high end for limbing. Good saw!!!!
January 5, 2012
A lot of money for a lousy running saw!
This 357 xp saw is great once you get it running and IF you can keep it running. High end is awesome, what you would expect from Husqvarna, but it doesnt idle and once warm its difficult to restart! I have always owned Husky's but I find the quality is diminishing for such high end saws. I own a 385 xp which runs perfect, that is why I buy the XP saws for my daily work. Dealing with this problem from the begging is certainly not worth the money. Maybe its time to look at Sthil?
December 29, 2011
love the saws
these saws are tough i have four of them three are ported and polished they are great for felling and limbing the ported saws are just outrages on power .even though I've got 30 saws each one gets used every week we have saws from a 335xp climber to a 394xp and 395xp including 2 288xp, 2 372xp 2 272xp.and many others.
December 2, 2011
Excellent. Missing bolt on handle. Dealer took care of me. Just purchased month ago to replace aging stihl. Cut a few cords, works great. Will check back after a few years to see if it still performs well.
October 15, 2011
One awsome saw
I bought this saw new about 11/2 yrs ago and paid around $880.00 w/ warranty and tax. This saw has performed very well through the hard oak and locust and big 37'' pines.
I've even climbed with it to cut the big limbs my 16'' saw won't cut in one pass. The decompression valve makes that task nice.
When using this saw clients and friends always ask about it because it performs so well.
Will consider Husqvarna when i need another saw or a bigger one in the future.
September 26, 2011