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Chainsaw - husky autotune.

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steve terplak

11-26-2013 16:25:21




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Hey guys,
my dad is looking for a new saw. His first NEW, good, chainsaw. We have a used 262 we picked up about 10 years ago, a 460 rancher we got "used" for 250 bucks (had been run once or twice). The 262 is getting pretty run down...it started rough to begin with and feel that it is time to get a new saw.
We cut hardwood for an outdoor wood furnace, and indoor woodstove and other stuff...totals out to 15-20 cords a year, so we do a decent amount of sawing.
Looking at a 550 XP model with Auto tune.
Does anyone have experience with the new autotune technology? like or dislike? Is a 550xp enough saw - puts out more HP at higher speeds than his 460...didn't know if a 562 xp is a bette saw to go with...
thoughts? we are pretty set on Huskys...good dealer support, familiar with the saws...
thanks guys.

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Bret4207

11-28-2013 04:47:49




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to steve terplak, 11-26-2013 16:25:21  
Recoil is easy. What's wrong with the flywheel?



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steve terplak

11-27-2013 13:19:57




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to steve terplak, 11-26-2013 16:25:21  
Thanks for the advice everyone.
We went with the 562xp...did a little bucking of some wood today...i dont think we will regret this purchase. Any tips for the care and maintenance of the XP model saws?



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Bret4207

11-27-2013 04:58:30




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to steve terplak, 11-26-2013 16:25:21  
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How do you get more HP from a smaller displacement saw- 550 vs 460? Higher rpms. Higher rpms means shorter life of the saw IME. I'd see about fixing the 262 first. If you're set on new, the XP series is top of the line.



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EricB

11-26-2013 19:26:36




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to steve terplak, 11-26-2013 16:25:21  
I bought a new Husky 545 auto tune this summer. The good points are fuel efficiency, vibration free and amazing performance when you hit the throttle...reminds me of Corvette performance in the late sixties. However, I have been very disappointed with auto tune in regards to starting the saw (cold and delayed hot restart). It was such frustration nearly every day for the month and a half duration of the job. I couldn't spare the time to take it back to the dealer for weeks. Once they did all the checks and re-sets they said they found nothing wrong. Personally I would go for the pre-auto tune set up. I have had chainsaws for 47 years so I'm not new at this.

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Butch(OH)

11-27-2013 04:04:44




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to EricB, 11-26-2013 19:26:36  
Eric, I have read of some issues with some of them like you are speaking of and those problems are fixable. My 550 always starts cold on the 4-5th pull with choke on. It also stays running. Very unlike the old choke, pull til it pops and dies then turn choke off and pull til it starts routine) When it starts pushing the choke lever down to high idle keeps it going then trigger it to get low idle. Warm or hot I choke then unchoke to obtain high idle, pull once and running.
No way I would fight a brand new saw. Take it back and tell them fix or trade for another, Husky stands behind their saws but some dealers are not taking to the electronics very well.
This post was edited by Butch(OH) at 06:19:37 11/27/13.

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EricB

11-27-2013 11:04:10




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to Butch(OH), 11-27-2013 04:04:44  
Thanks Butch, in a way I can appreciate having this challenge being that I have scanned numerous reviews on Husky saws, most are great reviews but I can truly relate to the new owners that had lots of frustration while some real Husky enthusiasts call these people stupid or that they should never own a chainsaw.



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8v92guy

11-26-2013 17:43:47




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to steve terplak, 11-26-2013 16:25:21  
Spend a little extra and get the 562xp. great saw you can just about stand on it when cutting and it will just keep on screaming. I have been selling husky saws and stihl for years. husky has made some saws in the last few years that I would not stock on our shelf. however none of those were XP saws. When the 562 autotune first came out I was skeptical but after going to school and learning about the electronincs and selling a few I became a fan. I have a logging co. that runs five of them it will hang with a 372xp and weighs a lot less. had only one blow up and it had 345 hours on it[I can check that with laptop]so that's pretty good considering air filter, sparkplug had never been changed. sorry for the long post I guess I like talking about saws.

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atlarge54

11-26-2013 17:26:36




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to circus, 11-26-2013 16:25:21  
I've never run one, but have heard some owners claim it (562xp) may be the best saw they've ever owned. Pretty high praise for the new Husky lineup overall. Kinda pricey for my blood but I'm a cheapskate.



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Butch(OH)

11-26-2013 17:25:20




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to steve terplak, 11-26-2013 16:25:21  
(post corrected to 550, sorry for any confusion)I have owned a 550 for about three months now and like it a lot. Mine is wearing a 16" 325 pitch bar and it runs it with authority. It will run along side of the son's muffler modded 346. The only sign of it being anything different in use is it starts easier and runs the same RPM and power at all times. Always comes back to a nice idle too. Ergonomics are very well done. That being said I do worry about the 'lectrics down the road. I have nothing bad to say about my 550 but I put it down when the wood gets over 12-14" and pick up a bigger saw. I dont consider it or any 50cc saw to be the best one for a one saw fits all program but near perfect small saw in a two saw set up with a 70 CC saw for big work. For one saw does all my preference would be 60CC range. Depends on how much big wood, how much hard wood, operator preferences etc. Although not a bad saw your old 460 is not in the same league as the 550 or any XP saw,,,,, in my opinion, Family sedan vs 2 door sport coupe with handling package. :?
This post was edited by Butch(OH) at 06:20:58 11/27/13 2 times.

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JWalker

11-26-2013 16:33:54




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to steve terplak, 11-26-2013 16:25:21  
What are your plans for the 262? I have one I need some parts for.



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steve terplak

11-27-2013 13:21:47




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to JWalker, 11-26-2013 16:33:54  
I dont know what my plans are yet...
may give it a good tune up and sell it as a running saw.
may tune it and keep it as a backup backup.
may sell for parts...
what parts do you need?



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JWalker

11-27-2013 15:50:11




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to steve terplak, 11-27-2013 13:21:47  
I believe I need the flywheel and recoil.



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JeremyR

11-27-2013 15:20:21




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 Re: Chainsaw - husky autotune. in reply to steve terplak, 11-27-2013 13:21:47  
The 262 is worth fixing up. One of the better older designs. If you going to get rid of it put on the waiting list.

Jeremy



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