Good write up,,, But sheesh!!!!!! Tha SawTroll is gonna have a field day with this!!!!!!!For those that don't know, I have an addiction.
When PA Plummer announced that he liked his 440 better than his 441... and I happened to stumble across one locally on the shelf... Well the rest is history.
So I found myself with a new half wrap 440 this week. First impressions were, "Wow, this really is light and nimble especially compared to my 441." I really didn't notice the extra weight over my 361 which is about a pound. It is about a pound lighter than my 441. Both 361 and 441 are 3/4 wrap, dual dawg, deep cover models.
Well, I sort of got to run the 440 this weekend. A few chunks of hardwood up to about 24". Vib's aren't too bad, nice gutteral sound. Really nice cutting saw. It has noticably more power than the 361. It doesn't have the manors of the 361 or 441 but it is a lot of fun.
I don't think it is as torque'y or as smooth as my 441 but I didn't get a chance to run them head to head. It needs bigger and dual dawgs. I really missed the dual setup. Muff was right into the wood.
Overall impression: It is a great relatively light weight saw for someone who needs a bit more bite than the 361 delivers. I like the weight advantage over the 441 but think the 441 is a smoother faster saw. The 441 is really kind of a pig to haul around and that extra pound is noticable. 440 is a better "go to" saw the 441 a better "bucking" saw.
Now if they could make a 440 that is this light yet has the smoothness and speed of the 441, that would be a nice saw.
P.S. If someone has a 3/4 Wrap for a 440/460 they want to trade for a Half Wrap let me know.