HUSQVARNA 550 XP®
After listening to a lot of hype about this saw I went out and got one and I was pleasantly surprised at how it performed. At first it ran a little funny due to the autotune doing it's job, but only after a couple of cuts the thing just got better, I could not believe that something so light and small can have so much power. The torque was there through out the power band and all it wanted to do was eat wood. After cutting for a while I could not believe how little fuel it used, I can only imagine what it will be like after a few tanks of gas are through it. I also own a 445 and a 372xp, looks like they will be getting a little less used, except for the really big stuff.
January 12, 2013
great little replacement for the 346
to start off with this is my second Autotune saw.
At first it was a pain when cold. But after a while the saws ECM sorted out the fuel/spark mapping and now it runs side by side with the 562 (which is my most reliable saw. No JOKE.)
This 50cc saw really really really screams and pulls a 20" loop its not there. I run the H23 from Husky, good fast chain for the saw.
If you need a light light saw for blocking out those annoyingly tall loblolly's by your clients lake house, by this.
First hand account: its more friendly in the tree than the 346.
Just my .2's
Now hurry up and ship out my 540xpt already!!! Tired of the 201's!!!
December 7, 2012
Time to give my 12 yr old Husky 350 some help... give it a break.
The 550XP fit the bill. 18" bar, the size and light weight and power of this saw can not be beat.
The electronic carburetor also is fantastic. Quick cold starts. Quicker hot starts and idles smooth and nice. The power curve is also very strong sawing up large Eastern U S A hardwoods of all types.
I am glad I got the 550XP and would reccomend any size Husky with the electric carb.
November 9, 2012
Light, powerful, nimble. The auto-tune really works well, too. For this kind of weight and power, this saw is very versatile. I have had the 20" bar fully buried in pine, and the saw handled it without issue - full RPMs.
The handles are very well isolated from vibration as well. Starts easily, sips gas. I don't think you can find a better 50cc saw at any price.
August 18, 2012