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Husqvarna 550 XP® is developed for tree care professionals and skilled land owners. The saw has a ground breaking design and is loaded with innovative solutions for efficient, convenient operation. Our unique X-Torq® engine technology provide more power where you need it, up to 20% less fuel consumption and 75% less exhaust emission
(based on 67 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Most Liked Positive Review
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...Read complete review
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.
Most Liked Negative Review
Could be great
This saw could be really great one day, however I feel like it was rushed to market and now some of us are having to pay the price, and on a pro saw that...Read complete review
This saw could be really great one day, however I feel like it was rushed to market and now some of us are having to pay the price, and on a pro saw that you should be able to depend on, this is unacceptable.The saw looks and feels great with good balance characteristics but it can't make up for the problem areas.The saw I received out of the box would not oil, so after waiting 3 weeks on a stripped oiler gear, I finally was able to get to work. This issue should have been caught in QA and should have prompted action on the company's part. Were it me, I would have issued an apology and sent a gift box or something to my customer, instead, I was met at every turn with people who only seemed intent on protecting the company rather than being an advocate for my issues. In fact, this saw would not (and still will not) stay running at idle until it is hot. I was told that it was supposed to run like this. Really? A pro saw will not stay running until it is hot? Laughable. My Stihl 441CM exhibits none of these issues.After several minutes of pressing bulbs, switching switches, furiously yanking the cord, babying the saw off idle and profuse swearing you can get to work, where quite often the saw will lay down on you and die mid cut.I use ONLY fresh, Premium, ethanol free gas in all of my engines mixed with XP oil so I really do not wish to hear this nonsense again from another rude company rep.In the end, after MANY calls to local and corporate reps, I am defeated by this corporate giant, stuck without recluse with a saw that I truly wish would start and run reliably. I really like the feel of the saw and don't want to seem bitter, but its precisely because I am so frustrated with the lost potential that this saw has.While I could just go buy another Stihl, I would honestly rather Husqvarna just swap my saw for one that works reliably. I don't feel this is unreasonable, but then with corporate profit and shareholder returns more important than a happy customer these days, I, like many others it seems, will have to hang our heads, pound sand, and live with regret on this purchase.Too bad, this saw could have been really great.
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Best Saw Ever...when it runs
from Evergreen, CO
About Me Do-It-Yourself
Comments about HUSQVARNA 550 XP®:
Running it around 8,000ft in Evergreen/Conifer area. Use only HP Ultra at 45:1 using premium ethenol free gas (via Brad's Conoco) or Trufuel premix.When this saw runs, there is simply no better saw for trees up to 18" or so. It's a light weight limbing weapon. Great AV. Crazy fast acceleration.However, my 2012 550xp constantly has hot start problems when running in warm temps. I follow the purge>choke>high idle sequence and no dice. This would be a deal breaker for a home owner saw and is unacceptable for a pro saw.This is one of many known issue with these saws.Fortunately my backup/big saw is a 15 year old Dolmar 7900 that always starts and always runs.I'm going to probably sell this saw and try to find a like new 346xp free of any autotune problems. Also, listen up Husqvarna. Allow the owners an easy way to upgrade the autotune software for free, at home, like any other software controlled device.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Done with Husqvarna for now
I bought this saw to replace an old 032. This had a similar feel. The weight and balance was exactly what I was looking for. I use saws very little. I cut some firewood to each year to heat the house. My first saw was 2014. I used it a little and in 2016 with less than 5 hours of run time, the piston burned up. Husqvarna / Dealer did me well and fixed it under warranty. I asked a lot of questions because I really want the saw to last. The first part of 2017, the saw locked up. I took it to the dealer and found it had a stuck piston. They un-stuck the piston, charged me a service fee, and I was off to cutting again. The saw then burned up on the first day I went to use it. I took it back to the dealer. The saw had 1.5 hr's of run time. Now it is a $350-$400 repair. I am getting a second opinion on whether it is a defect or not. I am at a loss. I have used Husqvarna premix and the best answer I can get from the first dealer is I let it idle to much. I personally question the carb / chip combination and whether it is controlling the fuel mixture correctly. I have never had a saw burn up until this one and this one has been in the shop three times now and I have not even passed the break in period.
Service and delivery comments:
Customer service was not helpful. The best answer I could get was that the saw needs to go to a dealer. I was hoping that I could send it in to Husqvarna for a second opinion, but Husqvarna will only talk to the dealers and get their opinions from the dealer. I found a second dealer and have not heard back yet.
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Will NEVER buy Husky again. I got hosed.
By Robert Goad
from North Idaho
Used it to cut less than 5 cords of softwood
from Québec, canada
About Me Novice
You should burn you money instead of buying such a problem!! Third piston in it over a month, they last about three thank each. If that is a pro chain saw then pro don't work much!
Won't Start at Altitude
from Bailey, CO
Spent all the first day of ownership trying to get it started for the first time. My neighbor, a mechanic, came over and we determined it was flooding. This is an auto tune saw and I was starting it at 8800 feet. We dried it out and finally got it started. I ran it for several minutes at load, per the manual to set the auto tune, per the manual. The next time I went to start it, same thing, flooding. After fiddling and removing the spark plug several times, I finally got it going (30-45 mins).Now the good news... Once running, it cut great. I had a rather big tree for my area (20" ponderosa pine). The saw is balanced well and easy to handle. It had all the power I needed to drop the big tree and cut about 15 sections.I stopped the saw and topped off oil and gas. Then tried to start - nothing. A couple of times it tried but after another 30 minutes of yanking on the cord, I called Husqvarna customer service. What a joke. They only do basic troubleshooting. The girl didn't listen to what I told her and launched into her script. When I told her for the third time it was brand new, she told me I should return it to the dealer. So now back to the dealer who is 3500 ft lower than me. I just want something that works. I had high hopes for auto tune but it looks like a bust. Does anybody have suggestions on a good saw for 8500-9500 feet?
The best saw I have ever purchased
from Faber Va
I have purchased multiple husqvarna saws over the years and this is hands down my favorite saw. It is very light and feels extremely nimble. I have an 18" bar and use it for 80% of my firewood cutting duties. It is also extremely fuel efficient. It starts on the 3rd pull cold and as long as you follow the warm starting instructions, fires up first pull. Excellent power for the weight of the saw as well. Saw rev's very quickly- real joy to use. Vibrations control is excellent too..
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I recommend this saw to anyone
from Huntington Wv
About Me Professional
Excellent power, light weight, balanced and cuts great. Fun saw to run because of the high rpm power and cutting ability of such a small saw. Pricey but worth it. If you cut a lot this is a must have for you business or farm.
from Virginia, USA
Unfortunately the worst saw I have ever owned. Was hard to start from the beginning, eventually not starting at all. Bogged when cutting. Stalled when through with a cut. Itermittently would not prime. Had it in the shop 3 times with only ten hours on it but whatever the problem was continued on. Carb was replaced, vent was replaced, decompression valve was replaced, computer was reset. The dealer, who I respect, refunded my money but they are getting no satisfaction from Husqvarna, they are having to eat it.
Best saw for its size
I'm running this as my do all saw, and it can do it all.There is times I wish it had more power, but the weight is great, it's FAST.DEFINITELY not a new guy saw, you will cut your self we cut hedge, oak,and white pine. Ithe makes short work with a sharp chain.Only concern, I have never needed the decompression. I run pre mixed gas and it's just Prime,choke,pull. Unchoke, pull,trigger to drop idea. From then on just one pull,and cut,cut,cut.Love this saw
Do not buy this saw
from Ben Lomond & Quincy, CA
I've owned and used chain saws for forty years to cut firewood (2-4 cords per year) and to manage fire safety on two mountain residences. I've owned this saw since May 2016 and have had nothing but trouble. It is currently at an authored service dealer with unacceptable performance problems related to transitioning from idle to full power. About 75% of the time it stalls when the throttle is pulled after warmup period. It will start again and run at full throttle, idle agin, but fail when throttle opens. It has been to shop once before with similar problem; dealer found that fuel pickup tube was porrly attached. It was reinserted and ran ok for short period, now has same problem, but appears to be ok. Stay tuned for updateIn terms of other features, ergonomics are good and it cuts well at full throttle, but poorly at partial throttle due to stalling out.
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AutoTune gives optimal engine performance throughout automatic engine setting.No time spent on carburetor adjustments. It compensates fordifferent fuels, altitude, humidity, temperature and clogged air filter.
Centrifugal air cleaning system removes larger dust and debris particles before reaching the air filter. This results in reduced air filter cleanings and improved engine life.
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