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Posted By ampamp,
Feb 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM
is a deal 300$ with no bar or chain?
If you need a 90cc saw...
If it's in very good condition, running, with no issues/flaws...
Then yeah $300 is fair IMO. Keep in mind that a big bar (28"+) and a couple chains will prolly total over $100.
Make it $250 and it'd be real hard to pass up I think.
Thanks for all the information. I figured this post would yield some good conversation...it did. My local dealer is close and carries both Husqy and Stihl....so I will get one of those (would have anyway). I'm going to stop down and take a look (and feel) the saws I'm interested in. I'm leaning toward the 357XP almost entirely now just because of the lightness (12.1 lbs), and I think the saw will obviously handle a bigger bar....I may use this as my big saw even though it's mid at best. It gets me thinking though, I might as well stick around the 50cc saw for my small saw and probably jump to this bigger saw for my firewood saw (65-70cc) as many have suggested. Anyway, the saws on the table are the following in order of what I think I like the most for a firewood saw. Of course...opinions welcome.
555 off list since it's not really been proven in my area too much
that jump to the 365 would be sweet but I bet those others feel better by far. the XPs especially.
the 362xp looks good on paper if you are already spending that much on the 357.
Husky doesn't list a 365 on their website as a current or recently discontinued model. When was it produced?
357xp is rated up to a 24' bar as is the 359, though I note that the website specs show a 20" as the current recommended max.
OK here is the deal. Get your hands on a new or used 346XP. I'll give you Dan Henry's #. Send him your saw. You will thank me, trust me! If you like the idea of carrying around a saw as light as a 346 with nearly the power of stock 372. Runs 3/8 full comp chain and pulls it like no saw you've ever ran before. You will have to run 100+ octane fuel though. I just run AvGas in mine. No problems with it 4 yrs later.
can you put a 16" bar on them?
The 365 isn't available everywhere since it fails emissions....I think in California. I know a dealer who has them....just wanted to go with a pro saw.......
well whats a good saw i will love and not regret buying, im gonna start looking to buy soon.
555 is the nicest starting and running saw I have ever had the pleasure of operating. 266 has a bit more torque, but can be a pia to start compared to the new one!
Ever rebuild the 266 carb?
the 455 rancher is 482$ here. i dont know if its worth it.
No. It has always been a pia to start. Should have had a decompressor...it is really stout to pull over. Dealer knew I had it and warned me about ripping the cord out of the 555, as I was used to pulling on the 266.
I new pump diaphragm may cut down on the number of times you have to pull it over cold....then all saws should be 1 pullers warm.