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Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« on: September 20, 2009, 10:43:22 pm »
Hi Folks,

Looking to buy a 372XP or similar saw.  I have an old MAC 651 (60cc) that I want to replace.  I want a saw that I can pull more than a 20 inch bar with. I want something I can pull 28" bar with but will use a 20 or 18" bar with typical work.  This is for home use and clearing but I do about 10 trees a month so I want a saw that will last.  The weight isn't an issue for me since I am using a MAC right now. Two things I want to know:

1. I like a straight handle bar.  Would I be better off with a Jonesred 2171?
2. Can a 372XP handle a 28" bar?
3. Is there something more up to date saw wise that I sould consider over the 372XP?

Hope you all can give me some input.

Tom

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 10:55:50 pm »
Excellent choice, although finding a 372 on a dealer's shelf might be tough since they were replaced with a 'new and improved'  ::) model last year. Since you prefer the straight handle the Jonsered 2171 would likely be your best bet. Some may promote the new EPA saws as 'better' but I prefer saws without catalytic converters.

Yes, the 372/2171 will handle a 28" bar if you don't horse on it a lot. It is happier with a 24" and will scream with a 20".

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 11:19:58 pm »
Rocky_J

What is the improved model are these the ones with the XP G or XP W.  I want to stay away from those in case I want to do a mod to the saw.

Does the Jonesred have any EPA modificationd done to it like the 372XP's?

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2009, 11:29:21 pm »
The new replacement models are the 575xp and the 576xp.

The 372/2171 does not have the catalytic muffler as far as I know. I think all the Husky saws with catalytic converter mufflers will have a green gas cap.

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2009, 04:33:25 am »
G stands for generator,heated handles. No idea about the W.
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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009, 09:34:22 am »
  The "W" is for full wrap handlebar, also I think the XPW's are 75cc.   :) TT
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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2009, 06:11:07 am »
Can anyone recommend doing a muffler mod for a 372Xp?

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2009, 07:55:11 am »
Can anyone recommend doing a muffler mod for a 372Xp?

I added a port and screen on the clutch side of my 365 with a 372 BB kit, plus opened up the factory outlet, and it made a big difference.
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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2009, 01:52:47 pm »
Can anyone recommend doing a muffler mod for a 372Xp?

I added a port and screen on the clutch side of my 365 with a 372 BB kit, plus opened up the factory outlet, and it made a big difference.

Like he says using a Husky 288 deflector $8 - $15 depending where you buy ( I do this to make my own DP dual port covers out of stihl covers on 084's etc.
Then you can also go straight out the front bracket and sandwich a screen in between there at no cost also.
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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2009, 08:55:42 pm »
Just remember the carb needs adjusting after any muffler mod. I have to admit I wasnt much for Husqvarnas before building this saw, but it sure is a fun machine to run, and its not ported. It is a 365 with the BB kit with OEM Stihl 064 rings, Walbro carb, and a healthy muffler mod. I love my 044, but this saw walks all over it.
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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2009, 09:22:33 pm »
Bowtie and Cut4Fun,

I am sure this topic has come up before.  Is there any recommended hole sizes for the muffler mods on the 372?  Does the shape matter too so that flow is better.  Example is an oval shape better than a square/circle?

Is there any link that may explain this too.

Thanks again for your help,
Tom

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2009, 10:21:20 pm »
Most any improved flow from the muffler will help, but the area you can use to open the muffler installed on the saw dictates most of that. Im no expert on flow data, but I oval my mods when possible, and add a deflector. Im not 100% anal about getting every ounce of possible power out of a saw (99%), lol. The thing to think about is not making the hole TOO big. A lot of numbers get tossed around, and people like Timberwolf and Cut4fun would be more helpful on specifics. I know Timberwolf has spent a lot of time and tried a lot of different things, and built the flow charts to show his findings. He is a wealth of knowledge.
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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2009, 08:55:59 am »
I have a 372 and like it very much, I had (2) 365s and liked them too. Though for ten trees a month, I would probably go with the 372.

That being said .... if weight is no issue, try to get a used Stihl 066, which is 90cc. It had to be the most enjoyable all around saw I have used and weighs 3 pounds (18 something) less then the Mac 650/651.

Most of the saw is metal, not plastic. I considered that a bonus. It did not feel any heavier then a newer plastic 660.

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2009, 09:57:20 am »
Has anyone had experience running the 576XP.  If so how does it compair to the 372XP?

I was wondering if the 576 has more power or uses more fuel?


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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2009, 12:29:30 pm »
Just test runs with the 576 in a big log at the ohio spring gtg where the 32" or 36" bar was buried. I was impressed with the stock not broken in first tank of fuel 576.

Al ran it more then me in the big wood. So maybe he will tell you how he felt about the 7?cc saw in the big wood?

If you are leaving a saw stock the 576 was impressive in the cuts.
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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2009, 10:42:26 pm »
Thanks Cut4fun,

I may lean towards the 576 instead of the 372XP since you had the saw burried in the wood and could feel it making a good cut.  How would you say it compaired to a muffler modded 372XP would you say it was equal?

Maybe Al can get in on the conversation and add how he felt about the 576.

Thanks again,
Tom

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2009, 08:34:46 pm »
That saw had plenty of guts,I'll say that for it .How it would compair to a 372 I have no idea ,can't ever remember operating a 372 and if it were at a GTG I doubt it would be in stock form anyway .

I also can't remember how much bar was on it either,either a 24 or 28" but it didn't phase it a bit buried to the hilt in what ever that hardwood log was  ,oak or beech maybe,don't know  . The thing was just a rch too large to nip straight through with a 36" bar unless you walked over the top a tad bit and came back around on it .Maybe 40 inches on the fat end more or less .

My take on it from just a few cuts is it had plenty of go for 75 cc's .I really think a leg up on a stock  046 for that matter . How it does after a day or two in woods I can't really say though .

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2009, 01:02:45 am »
Thanks Al,

I appreciate your input.  I am now debating between a 372XP, 576XP, Stihl 460, or Dolmar 7900.  I don't think I can go wrong with any of these.  For most of my sawing a 20 inch bar works but when i get into a big tree I want to be able to throw on a 28" bar.   I am hoping that a higher hp saw with the 20 inch bar will reduce my time per cut.

Thanks again,
Tom

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Re: Question about buying a husqvarna 372XP
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2009, 04:23:25 am »
 A majority of my cutting is done with 70 to 80 cc saws,older ones that have been worked over in varied degrees .

From the list you just gave I think any of those saws will serve you well .

The average person doesn't get into really large stuff enough to warrent a 100 or above cc saw .They're nice on occasion but the occasion is usually so rare the cost is not justified unless you're a tree trimmer or west coast logger .

Since you mentioned that McCulloch I might add I cut a lot stuff ,really really a lot of stuff back in the day with a PM 610 Mac and it always got the job done .Still have the saw too . ;)