I have a NIB 462 here, but to save one pound over a 440?
That 440 hybrid will mop the floors with that 462. That’s my bet.
The fastest hybrid I saw beat a ported 462 through a 24” cant by 5 seconds, consistently. Even the slower ones beat the 462 by 4 seconds.
It’s not all about speed, the AV and ergonomics on the 462 are very good. But for balls-to-the-wall power, the hybrid will win.
If you need one big saw, 461. It’s a quad port 460.
It sounds to me like the 462 with a standard carb is the cats ass. I’m not anti mtronic, but I have a 362 standard which literally puts a smile on my face. I can only imagine the performance from its big brother. I’ve been going through this same debate: 461 vs 462 vs hold out for the 500i. I think ima save myself the better part of a grand and get the 462 with a 24”. I already have a 390xp with a 28 and I can throw the 32 skip on if need be