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Husqvarna 562 XP?

Post in 'The Gear' started by doug crann, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. doug crann

    doug crann New Member

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    Thinking about buying myself a Christmas present. I currently have a Husqvarna 460 Rancher. No real complaints, other than the bar oil leak which I hopefully just repaired. I use skip tooth chains on it that I hand sharpen. We live in an area where the roads are private. We have a 3.2 mile loop road thru the 'hood that I have volunteered to do some tree removal along. Trees are all Ponderosa Pine of varying sizes. There has been a few times that I would have liked to have a bit more power as the saw just will "stall"....Don't know what the proper term is but full throttle, cutting away and the saw just runs out of power, chain stops and motor starts to bog. The saw is not in a bind when this happens. I liken it to putting a car with an automatic in it up against an immovable object and flooring it, if that helps. Not a fan of Stihl equipment....which is why I bought the first Husky saw. Would like for it to not be any heavier that the 460 as I have shoulder problems. The 460 makes 3.62 hp, 3.4 nm of torque with a weight of 12.79 pounds, excluding cutting equipment. The 562XP makes 4.7 hp, 3.65 nm of torque with a weight of 12.57 pounds, excluding cutting equipment. If I buy another saw I will get the shortest bar I can for the 460 so I can use it in tighter areas....So what say the fine folks of my new favorite internet forum? Good saw? Bad saw? I have inhaled a bit too much premix?

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  2. bpirger

    bpirger Minister of Fire

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    I run a 372XP and a 350 myself (though the 350 has lost its muffler with the bolt problem....) I run the 350 most of the time until I hit something bigger. There's a HUGE difference between these two saws. Not only in power (and weight) but also in build strength. I too am thinking of buying a 362XP as my go to saw, though I have not run one yet. The auto tune stuff makes me a little concerned...technology in a chainsaw might be misplaced.

    Not a very helpful post, but you will find a clear difference with the XP vs. the non XP. My 372 is way too much bigger (hp) to make a comparison about XP vs. non-XP directly however.

    Once I run the 372 on even a 12" soft maple, I wonder why I waste my time with the 350.
  3. doug crann

    doug crann New Member

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    Auto tune has me concerned as well. From what I have read it woks well. One review I read made mention of verifying that the local dealers are capable of dealing with it.....apparently there is a somewhat pricey cable/software needed to "tweak" it if necessary....
  4. NH_Wood

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    I haven't ran the 562xp, but I have a 262xp and absolutely love the saw - similar specs, but obviously much older (mine is a 1993). I agree with bpirger about the technology - it might be just fine, but for me, I've been trying to find the older saws in really good condition for their simplicity to work on. You may be able to find a very good condition 262xp on eBay or CL for about $400 or so, which is what I'd choose to do if I were you - for the reason above. That said, I'm sure you'll enjoy the 562xp - I've heard great things from folks about that saw. Cheers!
  5. pjohnson

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    Is your chain getting hot and tight, maybe not getting enough oil.
  6. Nixon

    Nixon Minister of Fire

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    I've had mine for a couple of years . Great saw ! If you want to keep it as light as possible , put a tech lite bar on it (20") .
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  7. MDFisherman

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    I've heard from a few people about the autotune being temperamental but I have no personal experience with them. I too would recommend an XP saw but it looks like husky is slowly phasing out the 3 series.

    If you could come up with the cash, I would go with a 372XP. Lots of power and not nearly as heavy as the 390's. Get a shorty bar for the 460.
  8. Macpolski

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    I purchased my 562xp last July, after the storm hit South Jersey. It has been getting stronger with each tank of fuel and I think it's finally broken-in with the pile of oak my neighbor let me have. I use a 20" bar with Oregon full-chisel. I'm no expert, but it's a ripper! Absolutely no problems with the auto-tune.
  9. NH_Wood

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    As I mentioned above, I like the old carbs - was just goofing around and found this vid - this is what I want to avoid. Cheers!
  10. doug crann

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    Getting plenty of oil on the bar. Can hold it 8" or so off of a clean stump, pull the trigger on it and after 30 seconds or so see a film of oil on the stump.

    Thanks for the advice....
  11. doug crann

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    Stopped at 2 different dealers today,, they both told me the same thing, that the saw is a great piece of equipment. Neither one of them claims to have heard any complaints in regards to the Auto Tune....Both said that if there is a problem with it they will take care of it for me. I spent a good half hour talking to the first retailer. He also sells Stihl saws. While I was chatting with him someone who purchased a 562 came in. He told me that he was a lifelong Stihl fan. And after using the 562 for just a few minutes he was sold on it. One retailer wanted $30 more than the msrp. One $20 under it. One was hell bent & determined to sell me the extended warranty, and a goody bag fill of stuff I already have, ear plugs, safety glasses etc. I ended up buying one from the retailer that was under msrp. Of course being the chuckle brain that I am sometimes I left without having them show me the basics of it. And I managed to flood it when I went to fire it up when I got it home. The cold start procedure is WAY different than the 460. Will try to light it off tomorrow.....if we do not get to much snow tonight, it was flurrying when I came in, I will be "breaking it in" tomorrow....
    The one retailer did suggest I lose the 24" bar off of the 460. He told me that Husky suggests not running that long of a bar on that saw full time. I want to run the 562 for a while before buying a new bar for the 460. I very well may try and sell the 460. But living an hour outside of town makes selling stuff on CL tough....
  12. Clyde S. Dale

    Clyde S. Dale Feeling the Heat

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    Congrats! I'm sure it will be a great saw. The 562XP is high on the list of saws I would like to own. How 'bout some pics? Or even better video of it ripping through some wood!!
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    I fixed my 350 muffler bolt problem.....;)
  15. Nixon

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    Congratulations! You'll love that saw. Carefully read the warm /hot restart procedure in the owners manual . The AT saws are a little different to restart than a normally carbureted saw . It's caused amore than a few to think that they had a problem until they actually read the manual . And , yes ,I was one of them ! ::P
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  16. doug crann

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    Will take some pictures of it before I get it dirty. Video will have to wait until the wife is home. She is going to a friends place to do some sewing.
    I have seen this mentioned in a few places....what exactly was the problem?
    Thank you Sir. I am guilty of not reading the manual. I came inside yesterday, after I flooded it, and googled how to start a 562 xp and found this.....



    and felt like such an a**. Live & learn.....
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    "( I came inside yesterday, after I flooded it, and googled how to start a 562 xp and found this.....
    and felt like such an a**. Live & learn..... )"
    Don't feel bad about it . I think it's just a rite of passage with AT saws . Sort of like putting a chain on backwards ,or bar oil in the gas tank . :)
    I went through it with the 562 AND 550 . I even put them on my analyzer to check them ...... Perfect .
    Went down to my dealer and explained the problem ,and asked if anyone else was having difficulties .
    The answer ...."only those that don't read the manual " . !!! DOH!
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    When we were heading to the truck with it yesterday the Salesman opened the door and told me to read it before I tried to start it but.....going to feed the dogs and go give it another shot...
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    After cutting several chords the bolts become loose with the weight/vibration of the muffler and will strip the threads.

    I installed a thread insert and took my saw to the Co-Op and he found a bracket that fit fom a different model that goes under the 2 bolt heads
    on the muffler and then fastens under the 2 bolts down the side.
    There is a bracket (recall I think) that fastens under the muffler bolt heads then goes UP with a bolt that goes into the fin area.
  20. Nixon

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    Might be way off base here . But I'd check your clutch for wear .
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    Just had the clutch out to try and stop the leak, looked good. Will take it apart again and post a picture of two, perhaps I have no clue in regards to good vs bad?
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    IMG_0105 (Medium).JPG IMG_0106 (Medium).JPG IMG_0107 (Medium).JPG This thing screams! Got it started first pull. after following the directions. Once warmed up, started every time with ease. Took down a 18" diameter Ponderosa Pine. Took the chain off and put it on the 460. Fired it up, let it warm up a bit. Took a few limbs off to make sure it was hot. Took a slice off the bottom with it. Put the chain back on the 562, fired it up and got it warmed up again. Took a slice with it. What a difference between the two saws. While the 460 cut thru the trunk the 562 ripped thru it. Nothing against the 460 but it just does not compare to the 652XP. What a saw.....
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  23. ErikR

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    Thanks for the pictures and your opinion. The 562XP is on my short list of saws to look at when it's time to go bigger! There's a saw shop a couple hours from me selling a "demo" saw with a 28" TechLite bar for $729, but that's much more bar than I need or want... How big is your bar?
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    It has a 24" bar. If anyone in Eastern Washington or the panhandle of Idaho wants to try this saw before buying it just get in touch with me, would be glad to let you try it out. The saw is very responsive. Sort of going from a car with a karbanator to one with EFI. The sound of it bought back memories of my dirt biking days. Saw is very well balanced.
    Has a very solid feel to it. I don't really need a 24" bar. But I have a half dozen near new chains. Very well might downsize when I need to replace the chains. I might get a shorter bar/chain for the 460, just to try it out...
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    Thanks for the review and pics.. I live in Colbert and was in Country Homes Power Supply recently looking at the 562XP.... It looks very good!

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