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Huskavarna 372 xp

Post in 'The Gear' started by Descending sparky, May 2, 2013.

  1. Descending sparky

    Descending sparky Member

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    Hello ladies and gents! I recently went out and bought myself a decent saw (huskavarna 445) when I knew that I was going to start to do some more cutting than the usual limb! I am now getting a wood stove installed for this coming winter and I have been cutting some
    Large logs and pretty much been running the saw hard every weekend! So I strolled into my local power equipment store to purchase some chaps and I was looking at the saws when the gentlemen pulled out a 372 xp from
    Behind the counter and let me give it a handle! It has just been brought in from a gentlemen who bout it about a year ago and he used it for some tree clearing on his property that said it was to heavy so to make a long story short its for sale for 600 there! A new one there runs 1000 plus tax! So I was about to take back my 445 and grab this baby cause it seems to be more suitable for the larger stuff I'm
    Doing! However then I will be stuck with this massive saw to cut small
    Limbs till I have some more cash to buy another saw lol! So I guess the question is do most of you guys have various size saws or just one medium one? Is it better to have this larger saw and deal with it being overkill at times to be able to have the zip I need to cut what I have been? As it stands when. I am cutting these 14" plus logs the saw cuts then ok but it seems to be working hard and I have to take it slow, am I over working the saw? image.jpg
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  2. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    ;lol ;lol ;lol ;lol

    A good look people's signature lines here will answer that question quickly. ;)

    If at all possible, keep the 445 for the small stuff and the 372XP will handle everything else. ::-)

    FWIW, there are some folks here that run 1 saw and 1 saw only but they are a minority for sure. They are usually running a 55-65 cc saw for one saw duty. The 372XP is a bit big for 1 saw duty but it's do-able. If you forced me to pick, I'd grab the deal on the 372XP and get a small saw ASAP afterwards.

    It's called CAD, Chainsaw Aquisition Disorder, and there isn't a cure. Treatment is similar to women's shoe afflictions. Retail therapy. !!!::P
  3. Descending sparky

    Descending sparky Member

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    Lol yes I am scaring myself and my fiancé! All I talk about is wood and stoves and saws and such lol! I always point out people's stacks and such! She is already getting sick of it and we don't even have to stove yet! What ever I get into I always become a "gear whore" lol I really want this larger saw but kinda on a budget due to stove installation! I may just stick it out with the 445! If I knew what I do now, I would have had the 455 rancher of something slightly bigger!
  4. MasterMech

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    I'm not going to help here. The 372XP (especially the XPW version) is a legend in it's own right. If it was $600 and in like new condition, that'd be real hard to pass up. 445 and the 372XP and you would be done saw shopping for a long time. (yeah okay..... :p)
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  5. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    I must be a weirdo because the only saw I own is a Stihl 023! Amazing what I have done with this saw! It's important to have a good sharp chain with a smaller saw but it has done an amazing amount of work..

    Ray
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  6. MrWhoopee

    MrWhoopee Minister of Fire

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    IMHO, the 445 is a little small for a serious firewood saw and a little big for a limbing saw. Buying new equipment forces you to justify the purchase by using it. I resist the urge to buy a bigger saw by reminding myself that justifying the purchase will require cutting wood that is larger than my back and hernia can handle.
  7. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    I only run one saw right now (jonsered 2171), it is heavy and a pain with the limbing but I deal with it because the old lady would flip if I came home with another saw. If you can afford the other go for it.
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  8. Jack Fate

    Jack Fate Feeling the Heat

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    wow,one saw:confused:

    sorry at a loss for words

    where am I ?

    ONE SAW?!!!:eek:

    this must be a dream
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  9. DexterDay

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    The 445 for your only saw can be possible. But If I had a choice for only one saw!!!

    Then the 372xp w/ an 18" and a 28" bar (small wood, big wood) would be it. With an 18" bar, it will be much less nose heavy and feel like a smaller machine. Put the 28" on of or BIG wood ;)

    But if you have the Gusto, then buy it as a second saw. Then sit back and let CAD take its course.... You'll soon have 8 saws and counting ;lol
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  10. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    One saw minority here.

    I'd buy the 372, sell the 445. Tuff it out, and I use that term loosely, with the 372 as your only saw and look for a good deal on a limber when funds become available.

    If you must have one saw, and there's nothing wrong with that, then it is better to be a little oversized than under if your body can handle it. The thing about a big saw is, while they are heavier, you hold them a lot less because they cut so much faster.
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  11. Sean McGillicuddy

    Sean McGillicuddy Burning Hunk

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    He who dies with the most tools wins!!!
  12. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    One saw guy here myself . . . the 350 has cut a lot of firewood over the years.
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  13. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    1) Cutting small stuff with a big saw is way easier than cutting big stuff with a small saw

    2) The 372XP is one of the only non-Stihl saws I'd actually consider owning
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  14. HatCityIAFF

    HatCityIAFF Burning Hunk

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    One saw here for myself..had a MS250, gave that to my father, and only run a 372 now. Out the door from the dealer was 745 brand new in the fall with a 20". Honestly I don't even notice the weight of it anymore, even coming in at 14. whatever lbs for the powerhead. I only cut 1-2 days per week, so i'm not struggling every day with it. To heavy for limbing? It really only takes about 5 minutes for me to limb a tree. Take off big limbs and throw them in the burn pile, leaving only the trunk to cut up. And the extra power is nice for bucking, and I let the weight of the saw almost effortlessly cut up the tree.

    Have a 28" for the 1-2 trees I encounter once a month, and the bar is good for stumping. I'm even considering going down to a 18" for my main bar, because lets face it, most trees that you'll be cutting down arn't that much bigger. I would dump the 445 in a heartbeat and pick up that 372. XP pro saw, better air filtration, yada yada....why buy a saw, when you wish you had another one? Get one and done and be good for 25 yrs.
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    14" trees with a 372XP. Talk about killing mosquitoes with a sledge hammer. >>
  16. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Buy the 372 XP, and look ahead to trading that 445 for a top-handle T435. I love my T435, and grab it more frequently for yard work than any of my big saws.

    Big saws are fun, but the novelty wears off quickly, after lugging it around for small limbing work.
  17. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    So the Stihl 290 which is often recommended for the one saw homeowner at 13.0 lbs is okay, but the pro grade 372 that is far superior to the 290 is too heavy at 13.4 lbs.?

    OP.......get the 372, have an extra bowl of wheaties and grin from ear to ear as you cut your firewood.
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  18. Thistle

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    Grab that 372XP now & trade that 445 for a T435 or Stihl MS 192 at a later date.
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  19. Jack Fate

    Jack Fate Feeling the Heat

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    question,372 husky does it need a computer for programing? at a dealer with that equipment ?

    You see I goggled the 372 couple mo. back when deciding between that & the 362 .

    That's when I found some comments on the programing with the Husky

    I am in no way bashing Husky ! my brother has 2 newer big ones (sorry once again I don't know his model) I can say (insert ducking for cover icon here) they sound cooler than any stilh I ever heard & big bars too (not PWNW big tho)

    just askin'

    cheers
  20. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    445 serving you well. Sometimes a bigger saw would be nice but 90%
    of the time the light weight smaller saw is just easier to operate.

    445. Less fuel, cheaper chains. Easier to sharpen

    I used my buddy's MS440, sweet saw, just heavy compared to my Husqy 359.
    I prefer mine over most any of the bigger saws.

    So to me bigger isn't better.
    A saw that closely fits your all around average cutting is the way to go . IMO

    Throw that 372 around all day , liming, trimming & cutting 14" stuff.
    Working harder than you need to & burning more fuel.

    Occasionally it's be nice, but I wouldn't get rid of the 445 to get it. ;)
  21. Descending sparky

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    Ok ladies and gents, so I was out cutting today gathering a serious load of wood and was cutting several 20 plus inch logs to haul them! I have come to the conclusion that the 445 is a moderately good saw for limbing and such however I am cutting the majority of large logs and have been since I started gathering wood! I need a larger saw and I am going to but the bullet tommrrow and buy a larger saw! I am leaning towards the used 372 xp I looked at however if its not there I may be considering another saw! So is the 455 rancher sufficient enough for my use or should I go larger? I like the husky saws however I have a Friend who swears by stihl and loves his MS250! A little small for what I am looking for however I would consider a larger stihl saw! Any thoughts?
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    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Went thru the which saw before I got mine 2 years ago.
    I got the 359 with a 20", good saw but a step below the 357xp.

    Now they have the 555 & 562xp & 576xp :
    I don't have a brand loyalty so
    My thinking though, is if I were to buy a new saw today.
    I'd get the MS362 (#1 choice) with a 20"; 2nd would be the 562xp; & 3rd choice is the 555
    You may want a 24/25" bar. (MS362 or the 562xp) for that size .
    I'd get 3/8 X .050 bar & chain (more chain types to choose from)

    I'd stay in the 60 cc area. & 20 ".
    I rarely get much cutting over 20", so it's kinda fun when I do & don't feel I need a bigger saw.

    The 372xp, is a fine saw. One of Husqy's Icon saws. If you want it , get it. Fairly light weight, great HP/weight, up to a 28" bar.

    You have to be happy with what you are using.
    I went mid range with the 359, it does everything I expected for a 12 lb 60 cc saw.

    When caught up I'll be cutting 8 cords per year. Mid range 20" fits my needs real well !
    Some references & specs to help:

    Husq562 555 372 spec chart.jpg

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  24. HittinSteel

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    I'd go get the 372 today.

    If it's not there, report back and we'll help narrow your selections for a new saw or a used pro saw....... $600 clams is a good budget
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  25. HatCityIAFF

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    The 372xp is 0.4 lbs heavier than the ms362. For less than half a pound, id go with 10 more cc's any day of the week for that 20" stuff your cutting.
    For the kind of money you are looking to spend, id skip the tractor supply/home depot saws and spend it on any good stihl/husq pro saw.

    im not worried about the amount of fuel im using with my 372. Im not cutting every day for 8hrs a day. I go through about a gallon a day when i cut...so thats $4.15 in premium fuel, and $2.00 in oil. So $6.00 to run the saw all day isn't exactly breaking the bank, nor a deal breaker for me when i was looking at a new saw.
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