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Stihl ms362 or Husqvarna 562xp???

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Baberuth 43, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Baberuth 43

    Baberuth 43 New Member

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    So I've been looking for a new saw for a while now, and I think I finally narrowed it down to these two saws. Now this is where it gets tricky... I have two Stihl stores in town and one Husky store, the first Stihl store has what seems like idiots working for them... while the other has donkeys... the Husqvarna place has very nice customer service, and I have no doubt will really fight for me in case something goes wrong with the saw. Now the next problem is I am not that sure in Husqvarna's auto-tune technology thats in the 562... Ive read a few bad reviews saying the saws have problems starting and then a couple that had theres completely burn up because the thing just went to lean on them. The Stihl seems like a nice saw, with really no noticeable down falls other than the dealers. I just want to hear yalls thoughts and opionions on what I should do, and over these saws themselves, like if the auto-tune is really anything to worry about after all or if yall have experienced any issues with them? Also the husky is about $70 more =/ but the good customer service I think makes up for it...
     
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  2. Hinerman

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    Based on your opinion of the dealerships it is a no brainer. Husqy 562xp is your answer and I don't even own one. Service is more important to me than brand of saw, especially with autotune or M-tronic. Both are good saws.
     
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    The 562 shouldn't have a cat in the exhaust. I would ask your dealer if they have the diagnostic tool for the auto tune technology. In the area I live in, auto tune has been very slow to be stocked and sold. Either saw model you are looking at would be a good choice.
     
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    The 562xp plus a superior dealership is an easy choice as long as the dealer knows how to fix the occasional ones that come through with carb or autotune issues. That's a reasonable discussion to have with the Husky dealer.
     
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    By all means get the 562xp - there really isn't much comparison if you want a responsive and well handling saw!

    As it looks to me, the complaints on the 562xp never had anything to do with the Autotune, and most "issues" could be tracked back to operator errors (people not reading the techical part of the manual).
     
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    bower4311 ArboristSite Operative

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    Everyone will say the 562 especially because of the dealer. Don't rule out a ported 50cc saw. A good chunk of us here seem to not use the 60cc saws as much once more saws start flowing in. A ported 50cc will be closely priced to a 60cc. But...it will void your warranty, unless you buy used which is also an option. I'm assuming a ported 50cc, even a 346 will outcut a stock 562. Then you could avoid the autotune if it's not that important to you.
     
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    Husqvarna has the bugs worked out of their 562, a lot of the bad reviews stem from their earliest saws. I'd go with the 562, just make sure its a more recent build date so you'll to get all the revisions.
     
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    mtrees AboristSite Guru

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    I have no experience with the 362. I do have experience with an 036 Pro. If it helps my 036 is gone and I replaced it with a 562 and love it.
     
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    I'm a Stihlhead, but I have to go along with the mainstream opinion on this one. The 562xp appears to be the better of the two saws, but that doesn't mean that the MS 362 is a bad saw, quite the contrary. This, and the fact that the Husky dealer is the better, makes it an easy choice. Hopefully the dealer is set up to take care of any issue that may come up with the auto-tune, but rememer that you have an amazing resource right here on this website. There are dealers and techs lurking around here almost constantly, and would probably be happy to help you if there's a problem.
     
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    Get the 562xp!

    I've had mine a year and a half with no problems at all. Very Impressive Saw!!!
     
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    My brother has my 562xp that I got from terry land rum. That saw is unreal. Moody is porting a ms362 for me. I can't wait to run those side by side. I really think if will be interesting and fun to compare side by side ported.
     
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    Is husqvarna still in business? After all them auto tune problems and Hard start issues. It appears they are running low on cash. We have numerous guys on here that keep bring their saws back to the Husky dealer and it still wont work right, Dealers do not appear to have the support of the Mother ship to correctly repair problem saws, I know the Husky is a little faster. Maybe a little better balanced and a little better liked by the AS community. But wouldnt you rather get a saw from a solid MFG. Number 1 in the world. Them Stihl saws Just run and work. Reliability is the key to life, I dont need my car to do 180MPH but I do need it to work as designed, Once you get to understand these truths and agree with them. Life will become simple. Buy the ms362 and be happy. It will spend more time cutting wood than being repaired. Now this in no way Suggests that all husky saws are problematic. I like husky Equipment. I just wish they wouldnt release something to the public to purchase without fully testing the product, I am sure at some point in the future these midsize Husky autotune models will be a great saw. Good luck with your saw purchase. If you go husky, rub your rabbits foot and pray for a good one. You Can most likely deal with more aggravation in your life c:msp_wink::msp_wink::msp_wink::msp_wink:
     
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    Some problems with the first release of 562s'. Very few reports of problems after that.

    Now the 550xp is the one having some problems now.

    80% of these problems were owners not knowing how to operate them..

    Big noise here when a new saw has problems. Hundreds of these things out there cutting wood without any problems...
     
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    562! I just got 1! I'm very impressed and its light and easy to handle
     
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  16. Baberuth 43

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    Has anyone ran them both? How do they compare on speed and actual power? And do they have the same warranty time period or is one longer than the other?
     
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    I ran a 362 vs my 562. 562 Is faster and better balanced. My saw also started easier that day.
     
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    I've not run a ms362, but have run a couple different ms361s' (it predecessor) and hear they are close in power. The 562xp cuts noticeably faster, more grunt with bar buried, is lighter, smaller, smoother and better balanced. Now this is saying a lot because I really like the ms361.

    Husqvarna just extended their warranty, but don't know how long. Never needed one.
     
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    Agreed. I have owned 2 husky 346xp's and had nothing but problems with both of them. They spent more time in the shop than with the bars buried in wood. I have had zero problems with all of my stihls. Yeah the 346 cut equal to or faster than my 034 but the 034 is way more reliable and would always run when needed. My vote is dont buy the 362 or 562 but rather a 361 and have Mastermind port it.
     
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    Odd that you have Two 346xp's with problems?

    I've had one since first of 2001, put tons of hours on it and no problems except one set of clutch springs and a few fuel lines. Had my other 346 for 3 years and absolutely no problems.

    Actually the only saw to give us any problems is my brothers pos Stihl ms290. :confused:
     

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