13lbs 5 ounces. And it is a 10mm saw, too. Roughly 2.5lbs less than the current Husky 572xp.Dang reindeer doesn't care what brand it is, he carrys them all, i do like the non-HD filter 044 metal tag, don't they rip and sound great too, and probably sub 13lbs when dry. That Husky looks great too, tough to get to the decomp valve on some of those without opening up the plastic eh?
Those 353's won't cut no wood, they aren't even an xp saw . For firewood duties and even working on a tree service crew a sharp chain and a saw that gets great fuel economy are what I want, any extra time spent in the cut can be made up in other areas quite easily. I'm not a fan of the 51/5105 or the 6100's myself, but I like the 4300 and the 79.. saws .My favorite 50cc saw of all time is still the 346 NE or OE, a close second goes to the 353, pretty much the same saw anyway. The 550 is even better handling, but it's not a reliable platform IMHO. Never cared much for the Dolmar 5100/5105, super smooth with good power, but clunky.
The MS261 is likely the best 50cc saw made today. Don't know about the 550 mark II, on paper it looks heavy for 50cc, hopefully that translates into better reliability/durability. The old Poulan 50cc models ran and were well built too.
Preposterous .Wait - some Stihls have hot start issues, too?
Not sure where your at up here, but your welcome to come try mine out, I'll let you run it beside the 550, a stock 346 and a ported one, and even a 353 if you want.I do want to put a 261 in my hands but will have to drive quite a ways to do it.
The OE 353 and 346 were just perfect in my book, last of the real Husqvarna saws if you ask me. I'm still very uneasy about where things are headed with the brand.Preposterous .
Not sure where your at up here, but your welcome to come try mine out, I'll let you run it beside the 550, a stock 346 and a ported one, and even a 353 if you want.
They are all fun saws, but they all have their place.
It was a joke Bill .Don’t have to be an XP’s saw to be a great saw look at the 266se / 268 I think there still great saws even today. My 353 hasn’t been a bad saw too it cuts good.
With any saw it’s how it’s been cared for, maintenance wise and how you sharpen the chain. If the motor can handle it i go to a rim and drum, I go up one size on the rim use a sprocket nose bar less friction. With a razor sharp chain the rakers set at .030” she should fly through wood like a hot knife through butter. With the bigger power heads I might go deeper with the rakers if I’m running a shorter bar. But the gullet for more chip clearance must be done right. Take your time and do the gullet correctly. It will pay off when you only need to make one pass on each tooth when we refuel with the file n guide.
If you have a nylon air filter I was mine with ether to keep it free of the oils so chips don’t clog it up too soon. Wave the airfilter halves in the air so the ether dries faster.