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346xp with 20"?

Post in 'The Gear' started by ampamp, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. ampamp

    ampamp Member

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    Done a lot of homework on this and have gotten a 50/50 response on if this combo would work. I do a log load or more of hardwood primarily for firewood. I'm use to a 450, 18" bar full chisel. It does bog down a bit, but it seems to work pretty well. I seem to get into larger stuff and that's seems to be the case with the standing trees espeically. Either way, could a 346xp swing a 20" bar? I can get a 357xp at 10% off list....which seems like a good option and a great saw......it's just that bottom line I'm talking a few 100 bucks more. You guys have been a great resources. Looking forward to the comments.​

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Yes a 346 should pull it fine. No record speeds but if its half the saw they say it is, it should pull it off!
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  3. Dairyman

    Dairyman Feeling the Heat

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    It'll pull it fine, I'm running a 18" on mine and she screams. If I was to go bigger I'd jump to the 562.
  4. kenskip1

    kenskip1 Member

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    As long as you are pulling a 325 and not a 3/8 chain you should not have any problems,Ken
  5. mayhem

    mayhem Minister of Fire

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    Husqvarna rates the 346XP to pull a 20" b&c. Have at it!
  6. MarkinNC

    MarkinNC Minister of Fire

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    That's what mine was wearing when I bought it new but I switched it to a 16" bar for more speed. I think a 346 with a 20" bar would work fine as a solo saw that will do most of everything. If you have the bar buried in oak, it's not gonna cut as fast as a big saw, but it will do it. That pro saw should have a nice long life span compared to lesser units.

    Mine did not wake up for a few tanks of gas. It's a noticeable difference IMO. The Stihl 261 is the equivalent and is supposed to be an awesome saw as well.

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