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Stihl 066 or Husky 372xp?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Sonnofa Redgum, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    First post here and you are already picking fights, eh? :p

    If you wanna debate law suits and power tool design elements we can go round and round about that, especially with John Deere and the lobby for EPA laws on saws in the US, clean burning 2-stroke technology, AV, air filtration, ignitions, porting, yadda yadda yadda... in the end as a consumer, does it really matter? Or are you just trolling here for a fight?

    Various forms of variable and auto-tune have been used for a long time in lots of types of engines. Stihl has the auto-tune M-tronic out there now, its already on the market. Has been for a long while. The 562 is a good saw, but it has an inboard clutch. What are you gonna do when you pinch that bar in a cut? Or if you just want to swap out rims on the fly? As I have said many times here and elsewhere, inborad clutches generally suck. Why Husky sticks with them on saws like the 346 and 562 is beyond me. The 576 also has a coil limiter in it, so it does not have the power that it could. A tad more power than the 71cc 372xp (same power as the74cc), smoother AV, heavier saw than the 372 though by over a pound.

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Honestly I didn't think the post was so much written to pick a fight . . . rather to me it sounded like either a dealer, Husqvarna employee or Overly Avid Husqvarna Fan . . . it did come across as a little over the top . . . but sometimes words alone do not convey a person's true intent.
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    I'm interested in the lawsuit, hopefully he posts a link to the decision.
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  5. bclumberjack

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    I have had several huskie 372 power saws and each one blew up with in two months. The bottom bearing went on the crankshaft I'm a logger for a living and I need a good dependable saw and huskies arnt dependable
  6. bclumberjack

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    I'm a logger for a living and I need good dependable saws and the Husqavarna 576 auto tunes were not a great saw. I had three of them and two out of three blew up after 5 months of use. They wouldnt rev up either. They dont have a lot of power for the size of the saw and the weight that you have to carry every day.The Husquavarna dealer ship didnt give me good service either
  7. Bigg_Redd

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    That's an odd either/or, but, of those two (and I hate to say this) you gotta go with the 372. The 066 is a real beast and, IMO, too much saw for even the most enthusiastic firewood cutter if it's your main or only saw.
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    I would think after so many problems you wouldn't buy another Husky, but you bought several after failures. Sounds fishy.
  9. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    Links or it never happened? ;)
  10. Joful

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    A local arborist who I've used for a few jobs had the same opinion, when I asked. He has two or three small crews working for him, and used to buy 100% Husqvarna. A few years ago he switched to 100% Stihl, and says he's not going back. In his words, "for performance -- power to weight ratio and such -- they're pretty equal, but for durability you can't beat Stihl." He said the Husqvarna's broke to easily and often, and he doesn't have nearly the same maintenance costs and failures with the Stihls.

    For the average pro-sumer, using and caring for his own saws, I can't see this as being much an issue. Likely much more an issue for someone supplying quantities of saws to a crew of a dozen or more, where the saws are not likely to be cared for in the same way you care for your own saw. One of his anecdotal stories was about how frequently they run over saws with trucks and/or tractors, and how the Stihl's always fare much better when being inadvertently run over by a small dump truck or dropped out of a tree by a climber.

    Just one pro's opinion, don't shoot the messenger.
  11. bclumberjack

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    I bought three at once and your right after all the problems I've had I won't be buying any more Husquavarnas
  12. MasterMech

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    Another pro's opinion:

    We used to re-jug 346XP's and 372XP's (more so the former) quite often for the die-hard Husky tree jockeys. Put a lot of handle/fuel tank assemblies on those saws too! Many would say they bought Husky because of the performance and the superior AV, better filtration and so on and so forth. But every one of them had an old 044/046 kicking around on a truck that just refused to die.

    Kinda like a fast car, everyone loves to brag about how fast it is or how good it looks. But they are pretty tight lipped about the repair bills. ;) ;lol

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