HUSQVARNA 550 XP®
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
A good medium saw.
I bought this saw for my farm work in the winter 2013, through internet services from USA. For the first couple of weeks I was very pleased with this, then it developed a issue suddenly in idling. It would run good for about five minutes or so and then quit. The ignition plug was not wet at all, spark was good. Any field-strip did not work for it. It was one week after this when I find the answer in the carburetor. I gave the cab overhaul to blow off any unknown stuff sticking in it and it came to life again. Now it works so good, so powerful again. But still I really don't understand what the reason of that problem was. Why something goes in the carburetor of a brand new saw?
The Auto Tune is wonderful when bringing this up in highlands, yet I prefer an idle adjustable screw, at least if possible, rather than the Auto Tune only.
One more outstanding advantage is its bar oil. Husqvarna's genuine oil is marveras. I surely recommend this with the machine.
May 1, 2013
A wood eatin son of a gun
As my Father in law called it.. that's a "wood eatin son of a gun".. I will mainly be using the saw for pine, but have recently been using it for some Black Locust that has setup like concrete and it has done a great job. If you dig the dogs in and lean hard on the bar, it will bog down just like any other average sized saw. If you wind the motor up, this little saw rips. On the inital start-up I had to let the saw run for a few minutes, then it blubbered out. After starting the second time and letting it idle for 5 min, the ECM mapped and it was ready to go. I live at about 2700 feet. In month I'll be heading up the hill for firewood cutting at 6500-7500 feet. I'll update my review after that for a review of how the auto-tune works up high. I also turned the bar oiler adjustment up a little bit from the factory setting.. it runs a little stingy on the bar oil. It's nice to have that option.
April 25, 2013
Great little saw, but
I have had a hard time keeping the saw running at idle. My dealer cleaned the carburetor and set the computer back to the original settings? It still is very hard to keep running and very hard to start. I never drop start a saw but I have to on this one. I like the saw other than that. I need help from Husqvarna to help me with this problem. I have had many 372XP Husqvarna saws and never had this problem. Why do the 550 and 562 have purge bulbs. I never needed this on the 372xp saws. I'm worried a small limb or thorn will poke a hole in it.
April 5, 2013