HUSQVARNA 550 XP®
With the price of propane last winter I needed to start burning wood. I wanted a saw that could handle a 20 inch bar with good power. The pro model saws from Husqvarna and stihl cost a little more but we're quite a bit lighter than the homeowner models. I had decided to buy a stihl ms 261 but I needed a screw missing from an old Husky 242 so I stopped by a Husky dealer. While there I asked the owner what saws he might have that would compare to the ms 261. He showed me the 550 XP. To me the weight and balance was much better than the ms 261. After going back and forth between the Stihl and Husky dealers there was no question the 550 just felt so much better to hold. I bought the 550 XP. After a couple of tanks of gas the saw now just screams through wood. I bought 3 cans of oil gas mix and got a total of 4 years warranty. Make sure you read the instructions on how to restart the saw when it is warm. The first time I used the saw I went out with a friend that had just bought a Husky 450 Rancher. After cutting for a while I shut off my new 550 XP in order to carry some wood to a truck. I could not get my new (highly bragged upon ) saw restarted. Fortunately I had my old 242 along with me so I could keep cutting. After getting home and re-reading the warm starting directions I haven't had any more problems or egg on my face.
April 19, 2014
Great saw. Light weight and handles really easily. The power is amazing. Have used it cutting firewood and clearing brush. Would buy another in a heartbeat. No trouble starting,just do what the manual says. This is one really well engineered and made saw. It really shines limbing, but isn't afraid of the bigger stuff.
March 31, 2014
Fantastic all around saw!!!
When I say Husqvarna found the sweet spot in chainsaws, I mean the 550XP. I have cut close to 40 trees with this saw since I purchased it in only a matter of 5 days. Everything from popular, cedar, hackberry, red oak, white pine and ranging in size from 6(pine) to 36(red oak) inches in diameter. Running a 20 inch bar with the H23 chain I haven't found a thing that this saw can't go through like butter. Read the manual before you touch the saw and follow the break in instructions and maintenence and this saw won't fail you. Take care of this saw and it will take care of you. I could go on about everything that is great about this saw all day! Thanks for making a fantastic product Husqvarna!
March 16, 2014
Husqvarna hit a home run with this one !
I own three other Husqvarna saws, a 395XP, a 362XP, and a 350. I bought the 550XP to replace my 350 which is 9 years old. I love the features of the 550XP. The anti vibration feature of this saw let's me cut all day long with minimum fatigue. The high RPM is great for limbing. Autotune provides me with maximum power regardless of temperature. I recently was cutting in -4 degree F and this saw started on the 3rd pull and went through wood like a hot knife through butter. I also like the side mounted chain tensioner, and the excellant sighting lines for felling. Unlike my 350, it comes with a replaceable rim sprocket which is nice. I totally recommend this saw !
February 1, 2014
Saw it truly awesome. I had some issues with it starting the first few times but after running a few tanks of fuel through it, it now starts very easy. I read this can happen and I guess its got something to do with the auto tune. I promise if your patient with it you will not be disappointed. Its light, powerful and cuts very fast . Truly a pleasure to operate. I will never buy outdoor equipment again without the husqvarna name on it.
February 1, 2014
smooth running saw
I recently purchased the 550XP to compliment my 372XP. I used to run a rancher 55 prior to the 550XP. Since it is an Auto Tune saw, it takes a couple tanks of fuel to get it dialed in. I have ran about 7 tanks through it now and it has been a great saw to operate, It's light, starts easy, and runs strong. It's pretty easy to run this saw for extended periods without feeling fatigued.
January 21, 2014
Me and my neighbor go out on weekends to cut wood for our homes,i had been using a 10 year old 142 that my grandfather gave me and he uses a 445.i went to the local dealer looking for parts for the little engine that did, and got looking at the new saws and found a saw on sale because of its use for a domo.so i took it home.the next day i proceded to out cut the 445 by allot.i cut through fresh red oak like a hot knife through butter,i worked with a tee service for a few years using husqvarna chainsaws of all sizes, but never one that was as nimble and powerful as the 550xp.next saw whatever husqvarna makes to top this one.
December 18, 2013
really happy with my new 550 xp.Some reviews suggested there is or may be a problem with starting or idling. Break in is critical on these models. Make you're purchase from an authorized dealer that can go through the correct break in procedures and you`l have no problem. It does require a warm up period but remember this is a high performance saw, not the same saw you`re grandpa used.
December 14, 2013