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I jut saw this saw on the Husky website and it looks interesting. I like the little "quick grab-it" saws for smaller jobs but I can never find a saw that size that has professional features and isn't a turd (009 anyone?) It looks like a cool saw and would do well with a 14" bar, anything over 12" calls for more cc's anyhow. I am looking to replace my ailing Echo CS-345 that has been nothing but problems and it looks like a good contender.
 
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Saw Troll has one and he likes it.
That should be reason enough to buy one. I bet it really screams and cuts fast. I cant seem to find nice compact modern saws other than top handles, and I don't want a top handle unless I am climbing. All the newer homeowner saws in the 30-40cc class have huge saw bodies and look clumsy to use with a 14" bar.
 
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Have you checked out a 346XP New Edition?
Yeah looked at it but I am more interested in a bit smaller saw for quick jobs. My 55 handles medium sized cutting pretty well, I might look at one to replace my aging 55 in a year or so, but I have a greater need to replace my 5hitty Echo so I don't have to always use my EMAB with no chain brake for small cutting jobs.
 
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Saw Troll has one and he likes it.
Yes I do!!! :cheers:

It is a very nice handling little saw, despite the somewhat odd looks (Hi Ultra!).

The only serious competition really is the rear-handle MS200, but imo the Husky wins, mainly based on ergonomics and handling, but it also has a larger engine with a tad pore power.

The only thing I don't like is the "plastic" handlebar - and that is just for looks....

A 13" bar is standard here, and just right imo.
 
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The pics on the Husky site did look a little funny, I think due to an oversized rear handle that you can easily grip with gloves on. But it is hard to find a pro grade rear handle saw in that cc size that doesn't suck (009) so I am leaning twoard this saw.
 
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I wanted to resurrect this thread as I am unable to find much user info on this saw. Hoping more have been used since 02/08... I am looking for an upper quality saw for limbing crown down when tree is on ground, as well as a light carry saw for clearing trails.

Currently using a cheap Poulan 14" & just want to upgrade. Already have the mid sized saws in sig-- just need a little brother and really like the feel/ergos of my Huskys.

I have handled the MS200 and MS180 and could live with the modded 180, just want to exhaust info on the 339XP real world performance first.

Thanks,
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Have you looked at the MS180? It's small emough you can hold it up with one hand on the rear handle and plenty of power. I absolutely love mine.
 
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Blsnelling,
Have read good things about the MS180 and could live with it just fine-- just exploring all options before I buy. The Husky has a bit more umph for the same weight- the Stihl has the lower price- I respect the quality of both companies.
Something just didn't feel good with the MS200... I know, I know, just felt odd handling it and moving it around in the store. Just what I am used to I guess.

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Blsnelling,
Have read good things about the MS180 and could live with it just fine-- just exploring all options before I buy. The Husky has a bit more umph for the same weight- the Stihl has the lower price- I respect the quality of both companies.
Something just didn't feel good with the MS200... I know, I know, just felt odd handling it and moving it around in the store. Just what I am used to I guess.

2Door
It is easy to dismiss the MS200, after feeling the handling and more power of the 339xp.
 
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I've seen the 339xp, and its nearly the same price as the 346xp. The comparable Stihl would be the rear handle MS200 for about $150 more.:jawdrop: For a great quality, lightweight saw in the same weight and power range, look for a Makita DCS401 or Dolmar PS-401:chainsaw: . You can find the Makitas on Ebay for less than $250 new. The new Dolmar 420 is a bit heavier, but more powerful as well.
 
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I bought one 2 weeks ago. Have had very little chance to use it yet, but what I have done with has impressed me.

My intention is cleaning out smaller trees (4 to 8 inches) along a mile or 2 of creek bank.
 

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It might be just me, but I think a saw may feel a lot different depending on how strong you are, how big your hands are and how long your arms are. Im used to running old Homelites, so a Husky 55 is like picking up a feather, I can run one of my little saws one-handed pretty easily. I also agree with SawitAll on the "plasticky" feel, like picking up one of the new Homelites or Mac's. Theres plenty of plasticky Stihls nowdays too.
 
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