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Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« on: February 20, 2012, 01:45:40 PM »
I know, asking for advice may start a feud, but I could use some help.

I'm looking for a new saw, something in the 60-70cc range. I like the looks of the new 562xp but the new 'Autotune' has me worried. I'm afraid of the new technology until it's out for a few years. I'm either going with Jonsered or Husky, doesn't matter which, both are good dealers.

I was at the Jonsered dealer today and he happened to have a new Husky 365 on the shelf. After I told him what I was looking for, he suggested that it might be just what I need. First thing, does the XP line have any advantages over this saw? The saw gets good reviews, but I'd never seen many 365's in action, mostly 357xp and 372xp.

So now I'm weighing my options, 562xp, 365, 357xp, 372xp, or the jonsered equivalents. My father has a couple year old 2171 and I like the power, but i'm not sure I need to go that big.

I cut about 20 cords of firewood a year and enough saw logs to feed my woodmizer.

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Re: Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 03:47:30 PM »
I haven't used any of the newer XP saws.  I have a 372 XPW, and i really like it.  I think it is great for the size/weight.  I would not hesitate to buy another one.
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Re: Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 05:29:28 PM »
I'm leaning toward a 372xp or the 357xp due to the long history of reliabilty and performance.

I am curious though, does anyone have a 365?
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Re: Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 05:53:45 PM »
The old 365/372's were the same saw chassis with a different piston/cylinder. The new 365/372's designated XP X-Torq (it's getting hard to find the OE's still in dealer stock) are exactly the same saw, notwithstanding the restrictor plate in the transfers of the 365 that is not found in the 372. The piston/cylinder are exactly the same. You can remove the transfer cover and grind the restrictor out and viola', you have a 372. Either version and displacement is a fine saw. If it were my money, and I was in the market for this size saw, I would get the 365 and get to grinding.

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Re: Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 06:40:10 PM »
The old 365/372's were the same saw chassis with a different piston/cylinder. The new 365/372's designated XP X-Torq (it's getting hard to find the OE's still in dealer stock) are exactly the same saw, notwithstanding the restrictor plate in the transfers of the 365 that is not found in the 372. The piston/cylinder are exactly the same. You can remove the transfer cover and grind the restrictor out and viola', you have a 372. Either version and displacement is a fine saw. If it were my money, and I was in the market for this size saw, I would get the 365 and get to grinding.

Thanks nmurph. The dealer mentioned the 365 was underrated at 65cc, i guess that's what he meant. Is there a reason the 365 isnt labeled as an XP saw, besides marketing?
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Re: Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 07:27:21 PM »
The new strato X-torq 365 71cc

The older 65cc ones came in open and closed port. I had several of the 65cc ones in closed port and the were great runners.  Mine showed 365 special on decals.

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 10:51:44 PM »
The new strato X-torq 365 71cc

The older 65cc ones came in open and closed port. I had several of the 65cc ones in closed port and the were great runners.  Mine showed 365 special on decals.

Yep, I've had a couple of Specials and they were pretty close to the 372's.

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 10:52:04 PM »
The old 365/372's were the same saw chassis with a different piston/cylinder. The new 365/372's designated XP X-Torq (it's getting hard to find the OE's still in dealer stock) are exactly the same saw, notwithstanding the restrictor plate in the transfers of the 365 that is not found in the 372. The piston/cylinder are exactly the same. You can remove the transfer cover and grind the restrictor out and viola', you have a 372. Either version and displacement is a fine saw. If it were my money, and I was in the market for this size saw, I would get the 365 and get to grinding.

Thanks nmurph. The dealer mentioned the 365 was underrated at 65cc, i guess that's what he meant. Is there a reason the 365 isnt labeled as an XP saw, besides marketing?

No reason... the saws are exactly the same except as noted.

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Re: Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 08:32:21 AM »
Won't know for a year or 2 if you made the right choice.  ;)  That's the trouble with life,no way to turn back time and try another saw. I was just at the dealer in Buckfield and he had some 372 on the shelf. I had a 372 for years now. Just replaced the anti vibration springs on it.
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2012, 06:38:48 PM »
Won't know for a year or 2 if you made the right choice.  ;)  That's the trouble with life,no way to turn back time and try another saw. I was just at the dealer in Buckfield and he had some 372 on the shelf. I had a 372 for years now. Just replaced the anti vibration springs on it.

Was it Frechette's in Buckfield? I saw that 365 at Ralph Libby's in buckfield, but he normally sells all Jonsered.

I'll try to make this one of my last questions. People mentioned the new 365 vs the "old" 365. Any way I can tell if the one on the shelf that i saw is the old style or the newer one that is nearly identical to the 372?

Thanks again
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Re: Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2012, 07:50:35 PM »
The new 365/372's designated XP X-Torq... are exactly the same saw, notwithstanding the restrictor plate in the transfers of the 365 that is not found in the 372.... You can remove the transfer cover and grind the restrictor out and viola', you have a 372. Either version and displacement is a fine saw. If it were my money, and I was in the market for this size saw, I would get the 365 and get to grinding.

I believe I read somewhere that the difference is in the transfer covers themselves, and not in a separate restrictor plate. If I'm remembering correctly, the photos indicated that you could not make the change simply by grinding. You'd have some extra work to do You have to make the channel on the cover deeper, but there is not enough meat to do so without building the cover up).

I may be remembering this incorrectly, but it's something to look at more closely before you buy a 365 with the idea of converting it.
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2012, 07:51:45 PM »
One word of advice I can give you.  I bought a Stihl 361 a couple years ago.  I love the saw and wouldn't ever give it back.  I do have a reasonable amount of money invested in it, and if I didn't mind collecting saws and only had one main saw I would have gone bigger.  It remains my largest saw for the moment, but I hope to add a 460 this year.  For the small price difference go a little bigger, I doubt you will regret it.  Happy saw shopping.  ;D
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2012, 07:49:41 AM »
The new 365/372's designated XP X-Torq... are exactly the same saw, notwithstanding the restrictor plate in the transfers of the 365 that is not found in the 372.... You can remove the transfer cover and grind the restrictor out and viola', you have a 372. Either version and displacement is a fine saw. If it were my money, and I was in the market for this size saw, I would get the 365 and get to grinding.

I believe I read somewhere that the difference is in the transfer covers themselves, and not in a separate restrictor plate. If I'm remembering correctly, the photos indicated that you could not make the change simply by grinding. You'd have some extra work to do You have to make the channel on the cover deeper, but there is not enough meat to do so without building the cover up).

I may be remembering this incorrectly, but it's something to look at more closely before you buy a 365 with the idea of converting it.

The transfer covers are different on the inside, but in that the 365 has the restrictor cast into it. You will need to loosen and raise the cylinder enough so that you can remove the transfer and grind the restrictor off, but it is not necessary to completely remove the cylinder to get the transfers off if you don't want to. As a practical matter it isn't a big deal to pull the cylinder the rest of the way off, but it might be to some. You will also need a Torx bit for the tamper-proof bolts. They have a small hole in the middle of the bit that allows the small pin in the middle of the bolt to slide into the recess. They are available at any automotive shop, tool supply, etc...The whole process is maybe a thirty minute job for a first timer with basic mechanical skills.

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Re: Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2012, 07:54:56 AM »
Yes,it was Frechette's. Ralph did not want the sell all of the Husky line,trimmers,lawn mowers,snow blowers ect so I heard, so he got away from them. I thought Ralph was selling Efco too.
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2012, 01:56:47 PM »
Real easy way to know new from old. New 365 has de-comp button in top of cylinder cover. Old 365 had de-comp button on right side of cylinder.

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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2012, 03:16:20 PM »
I'd get the 372XP. I have a 346XP now that I cut firewood with now. It's nice and light, fast and powerful. I cut half of what you do per year and I'm considering the 372XP for myself!

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"I wish I had bought a 10 ton splitter instead of this 20 ton splitter...."

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Re: Husqvarna chainsaw advice
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2012, 03:34:04 PM »

How many times have you said:
"Gee, I wish I had built this shed/garage/barn/etc. a little smaller, I have more room than I need."


I have actually said this  ;) :D. When I replaced my 70x55 2 story barn with a new barn 36x48 (I think). I just dont need that much space anymore.    teeter_totter

You also need to know the 372 and 365 x-torq are both 71cc now. Only the older ones had cc difference.

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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2012, 04:02:08 PM »
...and the 365 X-Torq will save quite a few dollars. I believe it is something like $150 dollars cheaper. Husky charges like a surgeon to remove that restrictor.

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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2012, 04:36:20 PM »
I could get the new 365 XT 71cc with 20 out the door for a total of $570 with 18 $560.

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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2012, 12:28:56 PM »
The older 365's where similar to the 371 XP. They had a power peak of 9,300 rpm's where the 371 XP went to 9,600 rpm. That's loaded speed, not free revving. Free revving they will go close to 14,000 rpm's. I bought my 365 in "97" and haven't had a minutes trouble with it. It has cut a lot of wood. Firewood for the house, firewood for the sugar house and logs and cutting up on the landing, just about anything you could imagine. Been a good saw. The XP's cut faster but for 20 cords of wood a year the 365 will shine. The old 394 XP is a great saw for the landing. Power++


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