HUSQVARNA 550 XP®
So close Husqvarna yet so far
I bought a 550xp as a small saw for felling and processing Norway spruce up to 12" in diameter. I already own a 372xp for larger stuff. The first saw ran like a bag of nails and spent the next month back and forward to the dealer and Husqvarna UK. 2 carbs, countless diagnostic sessions and a new piston and cylinder later and still refused to rev from idle. A replacement saw was given to me by the dealer that showed exactly the same fault! After a period of 30 seconds or so of idle, the saw would bog down when the throttle was pressed. My dealer who was most helpful throughout replaced the 550xp with a 560xp which to date has been spot on. The 560xp however is a little heavy for what I originally bought the 550xp for. Will Husqvarna ever sort out this throttle from idle issue on the 550xp?
March 28, 2015
I have this saw for about a year now. I wanted to wait until I had some hours on it before I gave a review. Since I bought my 550 XP I've over 200 cord of Ash firewood and about 30 cord of oak. This saw is so awsome, the lightwieght and power is still a little unbelieveable. Tank after tank of gas this thing just keeps throwing the sawdust. It is definately designed to run best at higher rpms. The only thing I can fault it on is, restarting it when it is hot. That can be a little challanging, but once it's fired up again, it just plain cuts. I put a 16" bar on mine with an oregon chipper chain and it out cuts my friends saws that are quite a bit larger. I wasn't sure that I would like the auto tune carb, but so far it's been great.
March 24, 2015
Like the 346xp better
I have had two 346xp saws over the years and that was a saw that was perfect for gound us. Light, comfortable, and powerful. I believe this saw is too other then I feel they have cheapened it up. I hate the caps for the gas and oil. These will not last one day out in the field. You can put stuff like this on homeowner saws but when it comes to professional saws, we need stuff that last and can be used over and over. These quarter turn caps brake constanly. It would be nice if they would us the old style on this saw like the 346xp had. I believe in time this saw will be just as good if not better then the 346xp.
February 17, 2015
great saw poor snow guard design
Love this saw its got great power, light and starts a lot better then the older husqvarna saws. The auto tune works good other then the rich spot right off idle. Husqvarna really dropped the ball when they designed the snow guard for the recoil cover. How come I have to drill holes threw the recoil cover and the decal of a brand new saw to install? They should have just included a 4" strip of duct tape cause thats what I'm using.
February 16, 2015
My number one saw!
I own 3 husqvarna xp saws and 3 profesional stihl saws. This has become my number one all time favorite saw! light weight for the power and handles extremely well. Tipping this saw from side to side to limb a tree takes far less energy than my other saws. I use a 20" bar and use this saw for anything under 16" (solid oak) and for cutting all of my notches and back cuts where a 20" bar is long enough. I also take this saw into the tree once my 14" top handle is too small. The controls are the most convenient I have ever used. The only "problem" is learning to start the saw. Anyone i let use the saw has problems starting it. This however is user error. It starts great cold or hot once you know where to keep the controls. I hope Husqvarna never stops making this saw!
February 4, 2015
Worse saw I have ever bought
I have worked in the woods for my whole working life and this is the worst saw I have ever bought! It has been in the shop being fixed for 3 1/2 months out of the 4 months I have owned it! The following things have been fixed on it, piston, ring and jug, then the carburetor, and today they are replacing the bearings! It's a good thing I have a few back up saws or I wouldn't be working. Bought these saws for years but this one is making me rethink this company and go back to Sthil.
January 23, 2015
The Husqvarna 550xp is an awesome saw
This saw is a very small, light and yet a very powerful chainsaw. It is an excellent saw for limbing and all around general use. I got one last year for my 12 birthday. This also one of those saws that you can use all day and not feel sore the next day. If you are looking for a small, light weight and powerful saw that is commercial grade I would recommend this product for you.
October 25, 2014
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 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.
October 10, 2014