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Husqvarna 372, 575, 576 or 365?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by moose5180, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. moose5180

    moose5180 ArboristSite Operative

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    I am in the market for a chainsaw and would appreciate your expert opinions.
    A friend of mine helped me cut firewood this year and i really liked his Husqy 372.
    I cut about 5-7 cords a year so i am no pro by any means, but appreciate the power and efficiency of the pro saws.
    I am a bigger guy, about 6'4 350 so the longer bars are a real back saver. I would like a 24" or 28".
    I currently have a smaller consumer model Stihl, good trusty saw but sure is a lot more work and time. Would use it for a backup.

    So, i am looking at the 372 which i have already used. The 575, 576 or 365.
    Any suggestions on which one and why?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. farrell

    farrell Weekend Warrior

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    i own and love my 372! the 365 is the same as the 372 but has less power. i have no experience with the other saws but a lot of guys here own and love them. so flip a coin. any of these saws will serve you well. best of luck in your decision.
     
  3. mikefunaro

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    Are we talking new or used here?

    The 365 and 372 are now only available as x-torque or strato saws, though there are probably many non-strato versions still out on shelves. At present the 365 and 372 in the x-torque variety are the same displacement but have modifications in porting/top end design that makes the 372 yield more power. The 365 is usually a competitively priced saw that can be had for $100+ less so this makes it a good option. Previously the 365 had a wider power band with more low end grunt but I don't knwo what the story is now with the XT varieties.

    The 575 is NLA and has been NLA for a long time. The saw has some loyal users but also has a reputation marred with claims of various parts failing at higher than typical rates. The extent to which this is actually true and not just fear mongering is unclear; however, it did have a very short life before being replaced by the 576 so this at least shows that husqvarna was aware of the problems with the 575's image, if nothing else.

    576 is bulkier than the 365/372 chassis. Has more power and maybe more torque. Certainly than the non-xt variety. 576 also has autotune available.

    They're all good saws and you cant really go wrong. There was one of these a week ago and the one thing I see a difference on is that if the saw will be used for smaller wood as well, it's probably better that it's a 365/372 rather than a 576 but this isn't a huge deal, the 372 is just lighter/easier to maneuver and feels like a smaller saw to me.
     
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    moose5180 ArboristSite Operative

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    Thanks a lot for your replies!
    Sounds like you know your stuff. I have seen them used on ebay, but may just bite the bullet and buy a new one.
    Like i said i used a 372 this summer and is the reason for looking for a new saw. Was just wondering how the others mentioned stack up.

    Thanks!
     
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    576.

    Big guy like you can toss it easily. WAY more snort than a 372, can run a 24' bar with ease.
     
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    I will keep that in mind oldtimer!
     
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    mingo ArboristSite Operative

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    I have owned quite a few of the non strato 372 and they were the most reliable saws I have ever owned. Just bought a 576A/T and it is a little heavier than the 372 but a much smoother running saw, with more low end power. Only time will tell how reliable it will be so far so good. I can't tell you much about the strato 372 I tried it an went with the 576.
     
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    The 372 is the best all-purpose saw of those mentioned. It is nimble enough for limbing, great for felling, and also good for bucking/firewood. The 576 is probably the best bucking saw, but not very nimble.

    A new old-stock 372xpw (74cc) model is probably the best if you can find one.
     
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    The 365 will run a 24 and cut plenty of firewood and in this area cost about $200 less than a 372. The 372 definitely has more power and would do better with a 28. I do not have any experience withe the other models.
     
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    Just my opinion big guy, but I really think you would just love a 576AT (autotune) It's pretty much the smoothest saw Husqvarna makes, and thats sayin a lot! Plus, the autotune feature means it will automatically adjust to its environs. You dont have adjust the carb due to altitude. And it is stronger than the 372 you ran. But as many have said, either way you will not go wrong. Good luck!
     
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    The auto tune might be a good option as i live @7100' and cut fire wood closer to 8000
     
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    Get a 372 XT or a 576 AT.


    Either choice will blow your mind.
     
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    576 auto tune. Never ran the 372 but the 365 with 24" I ran 10 years ago stunk bad compared to the 288s we've had for 20 years, No bottom power at all.I still have 2 288xps & the 576 Autotune , & I'm 160 pounds 6 " tall. What's with all the big guys that can't limb a tree with the 288xp & 24" bar???:msp_confused: Are my skinny arms exceptionally strong :poke:
     
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    365 and put the baileys BB kit on it.

    You wont be disapointed.
     
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    37/5 or a 575/6 hard to go wrong. I would buy which ever one is cheaper.
    If money doesn't mater get a 390.
     
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    My 365 gets more use than my 372XPW. Might have more to do with the size of trees i cut than anything else. 20-24" max.
     
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    Get the 372xp but the 71cc model. You can find them floating around ebay brand new for 750 to 820. Right now there is one for 750. The reason I say this it is the most proven saw outta all the ones you mentoned. That saw will pull a 24in bar stock through the hardest wood no problem. But if you wanted more power I would step up to the 390 or the 385 if you can find one new. I run a 28in bar on my 385 through anything and I run a 24 on my 372:
     

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