HUSQVARNA 550 XP®
Maybe, Maybe not
First off I am a HUSQVARNA NUTTTT! I bought a 550xp a few moe months ago and was in love. I have ran 445's, 365's, and 395's for a long while, so a saw close to the weight of a 445 that would cut like a 365 was my kind of party. The 550 was the real deal at first. I sunk it into a 60 or so foot cotton wood first thing and it worked, worked, worked. My plan was to outfit my eleven line clearance crews with two 550's and a 372xp (for when things get nasty#. This hasn't happend because the 550 has layed down on me. Its a pain to start, and then is a bigger pain to keep it running. This saw is so hard to keep running i have parked it. HUSQVARNA is the only brand i buy, and will stick to that forever. But i feel like you maybe missed the mark with this saw. On a side note we need rear handled 338xp's badly. We have rules against top handles and are having to use 445's for climbing saws. They want us to switch to those plastic stihl 211's, and replace them every other day. Maybe you can help. I have #22# 445's, #4# 365's, #5# 372xp's, and #4) 395xp's and would take any of them to battle any day. Thanks.
February 26, 2013
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