I'm in need of a new saw.
I have an old Husky 61, (28 yrs old) parts missing.
Needed parts to make it run are different gauges of wire,
Misc epoxy & 3 kind of tape.
I think I narrowed it to 3 saws.
346XP 20” 11.2 lbs 3.7 bhp $509
357XP 20” 12.1 lbs 4.4 bhp $709
& considering the 20" 359 (basic same as 357 but less hp & $559)
Looked at Stihl, about same $$ but heavier. No reason not to like them, just I have a Husq that lasted 28 years & still runs (well kinda)
Almost ready to go with the 20" 346XP. Dealer here is out (sold all their saw right after the big wind storm 3 weeks ago)
Waiting to go see, touch feel &kick the tires before I spend that much on a new saw.
The .7 more hp for the 357XP is impressive & only 1 lb more but $200 more also.
I believe with the 346XP, I'll see considerable improvement from my old 61 & quit a bit lighter.
It has .325 chain (others have .375) which I don't know what that does for performance.
Will it cut fire wood well? ....Birch & spruce here in the Mat-Su Valley.
I've only ran into 3 or 4 birch that were bigger than 20" & rarely see spruce that big here.
Lighter weight for a older back seems like the smart thing to do but .7 more HP. Ugh ugh. macho in me says more hp is a good thing to have.