HUSQVARNA 550 XP®
Great handling lightweight powerhouse!
This saw is powerful, has great ergonomics, runs perfectly due to AutoTune and is a pleasure to use. Site guage on fuel tank is handy, RevBoost rounds out a perfect package. On top of all else, it looks great too. Can you tell I like it?
August 19, 2013
Power to weight ratio is awesome. This saw screams!
Vibration is kept in check making this saw a pleasure to run all day.
Could not be more pleased.
August 18, 2013
UPGRADE FROM 353
While my cutting time with this saw is just starting, my initial impressions are very positive. So far I've found the 20" bar to be a back-saver and the speed and power are very impressive. I traded a Husky 353 for this 550 XP and was amazed at the upgrade in technology that comes with this saw. It's actually slightly lighter with more hp and speed than the 353 and is priced within my budget - I'm retired. Although my cutting experience is only for home firewood, so far this saw has exceeded my expectations. I look forward to many enjoyable trips to the woods with this new 550 XP.
August 15, 2013
The 550XP is a nutty little revver!!!!!!
All I can say is WOW!! The power this little saw makes is unreal. I can't imagine a saw this physical size being any more powerful. It revs like crazy and has wailed through all the pine and popple I have pointed it at. I agree with prior reviews that states superior power to weight ratio here. No kidding. The starting method is fairly specific, and as long as you use it, it will start fine. I have no complaints on the starting/idling of this saw. I have the 18" bar on mine and have no desire to go bigger - I mainly use this saw to clear trees that fall down in my yard and on my trails; I do not burn firewood for heat. I stepped up to a pro model saw simply because I cannot handle the idea of owning a saw with a plastic crankcase. I cannot comment on the drive sprocket as I have not disassembled that far yet. I am very happy with this saw and would recommend to anyone.
August 1, 2013
Excellent all around saw
I paid my way through graduate school clearing right of way for a road crew, so I have a good understanding of how to run a chainsaw. Now I cut several cords of firewood a year. Did I need an XP Pro saw? No. Am I glad I bought one? Absolutely. This saw is excellent. Awesome power to weight ratio, great handling and ergonomics. Like a few others here, I had trouble starting it after refueling or sharpening. Here's the trick: First, engage high-idle. Second, lightly pull the cord until you feel the starter pawls engage. Then, a sharp pull will get it started. I was cranking and cranking but if you don't get the starter pawls engaged, you are wasting energy. Using that technique (which is spelled out in the manual) this saw is an absolute dream. Now I'm saving my pennies for a 562XP! My only complaint is the chain sprocket, which makes it tricky to mount a chain.
July 17, 2013
little note people
2Strokes have Never idled for long without being rapped in the throttle. So if you're inexperienced and that's causing stalls then don't blame it on the product for that. It's a pro model saw so it's kinda made to be WOT all the time also when chipping wood, one should cut then chip the pile or have a second meathead feed the chipper
July 14, 2013
Works well when it actually runs
Purchased the 550xp a few months back. Ran well for the first day. Next few weeks it was runnig odd and low on power then eventually stopped running. I had the entire saw Replaced under warranty. New saw inhand and it continues to give me trouble with cold starts, loss of power here and there. Saw feels great and cuts great. When it actually runs right. sadly dissappointed cost me more money than was worth. I am a big Husqvarna fan, i just hope my next saw is nothing like this one.
May 26, 2013
lab rats r us
The 550 I purchased 3/12/13 has been a big disappointment. The saw requires a pathetic warm up period and unless it is fully hot or fully cold it doesn't restart well. It commonly acts like it is running too lean on the low speed jet. This incentivizes an unsafe work environment by making the operator want to leave it idling during short term operation jobs like chipping. This saw should have been better tested before put in the field. Husqvarna needs to make this right with people clearly I'm not the only one.
May 4, 2013