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Offline woodchipper95

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545 vs. 550xp
« on: January 01, 2014, 05:12:47 pm »
What is the difference here?

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 09:01:35 pm »
Different Coil
Different transfer ports
Crank stuffers in the 550xp
Silver case on the 550xp

I own a 545 and just picked up a used 550xp for fun to see if I can tell the difference between the 2 saws

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 07:17:18 pm »
Different Coil
Different transfer ports
Crank stuffers in the 550xp
Silver case on the 550xp

I own a 545 and just picked up a used 550xp for fun to see if I can tell the difference between the 2 saws


So does this justify $100.00?

Can you tell a huge difference?

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 07:28:14 pm »
If you are a member of an internet chainsaw forum, it likely will be worth it to you.

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014, 07:17:18 pm »
If you are a member of an internet chainsaw forum, it likely will be worth it to you.

Hahahah well 2 of them! I'll have to run them, but I don't like new saws I like them with a few tanks. I found it makes a huge difference.

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 11:55:05 pm »
Stock for stock both great saws IMO. Owned both. I would take the 545 550 over the stock 346 anyday JMO. Pick one buy it go cut your wood.

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2014, 12:17:42 am »
Different Coil
Different transfer ports
Crank stuffers in the 550xp
Silver case on the 550xp

I own a 545 and just picked up a used 550xp for fun to see if I can tell the difference between the 2 saws


So does this justify $100.00?

Can you tell a huge difference?
Of course it does, the "revboost" feature of the 550xp alone is worth that much - then there is the power differense.
Remember that chain saws last a long time for the average user, so that price differense is minimal per year.  :)
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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2014, 12:32:07 am »
Stock for stock both great saws IMO. Owned both. I would take the 545 550 over the stock 346 anyday JMO. Pick one buy it go cut your wood.

It sure is nice hearing this from someone that USED each saw
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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2014, 12:54:35 am »
Different Coil
Different transfer ports
Crank stuffers in the 550xp
Silver case on the 550xp

I own a 545 and just picked up a used 550xp for fun to see if I can tell the difference between the 2 saws


So does this justify $100.00?

Can you tell a huge difference?
Of course it does, the "revboost" feature of the 550xp alone is worth that much - then there is the power differense.
Remember that chain saws last a long time for the average user, so that price differense is minimal per year.  :)

Will the RevBoost help when bucking, or is that mainly a limbing thing?

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 12:58:37 am »

Will the RevBoost help when bucking, or is that mainly a limbing thing?

Mainly for limbing, but it makes all cutting more fun!
Firewood saws: Jonsereds Raket 621 (1970), Husky 353G, Stihl MS361W, Husky 372xpg, New Edition Husky 339xp, Dolmar PS5100SH, New Edition Husky 346xpg, Jonsered 2153WH, Husky 560xpg.

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2014, 01:11:00 am »
Ok, well I have picked these two saws I will be running them within the week. I just hope they have a few tanks in them already so I get the full power of both. I am pretty sure my dealer has the AutoTune software, ill have to ask. If not I guess ill have to find one that does. since you can hardly buy a new saw without it.

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2014, 01:22:45 am »
Ok, well I have picked these two saws I will be running them within the week. I just hope they have a few tanks in them already so I get the full power of both. I am pretty sure my dealer has the AutoTune software, ill have to ask. If not I guess ill have to find one that does. since you can hardly buy a new saw without it.


That's the best way of doing it; get the saw's in your hand and use it before making any decision 

That's the way I done it  :) 
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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2014, 08:16:05 am »
I have owned the 550xp now for 1 1/2 years. Ive run the 16" and 20" bars and their is virtually no difference in power loss with the 20. It will cut a full thickness 20" stick without taking a breath!  It just keeps on going. I do have a little trouble on hot restarts especially after refueling for some reason. I normally set choke but take off hi idle, start then full rev till it settles down. Its like it has to remember how to run after each start. Once running its ok. Ernie
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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2014, 09:53:55 pm »
I have a 455, a 550 XP and a little 240E.  The 550XP is lighter than the 455 and has more power than the other two combined.

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2014, 07:57:08 am »
Ok, well I have picked these two saws I will be running them within the week. I just hope they have a few tanks in them already so I get the full power of both. I am pretty sure my dealer has the AutoTune software, ill have to ask. If not I guess ill have to find one that does. since you can hardly buy a new saw without it.

These saws do need a few tanks to brake in. They are kind of lame on the 1st tank. By about the 5th tank you'll begin to smile as you are cutting.

The rev boost is nice when limbing, but a non factor for bucking. Lot's of folks aren't really sure what it is. It gives you a 2 second burst of an extra 2000rpm when you hit the trigger. But keep in mind that any cut longer than 2 seconds and you are back down to 14,000.
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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2014, 11:35:54 am »
Here are the power ratings of the 2 saws from my 545/550XP owners manual.
545: 2.5kw/3.4hp @ 9600rpm
550XP: 2.8kw/3.8hp @ 10200rpm

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2014, 02:29:22 pm »
Here are the power ratings of the 2 saws from my 545/550XP owners manual.
545: 2.5kw/3.4hp @ 9600rpm
550XP: 2.8kw/3.8hp @ 10200rpm

Is the 10200rpm with the revboost?

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2014, 03:11:51 pm »
Here are the power ratings of the 2 saws from my 545/550XP owners manual.
545: 2.5kw/3.4hp @ 9600rpm
550XP: 2.8kw/3.8hp @ 10200rpm

Is the 10200rpm with the revboost?


Thats showing where max HP was found at is all.   ;) 

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2014, 03:48:19 pm »
Here are the power ratings of the 2 saws from my 545/550XP owners manual.
545: 2.5kw/3.4hp @ 9600rpm
550XP: 2.8kw/3.8hp @ 10200rpm

Is the 10200rpm with the revboost?


Thats showing where max HP was found at is all.   ;)

So if a 545 had a mm and was ported and ran at 10200rpm would it make the same HP ???

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Re: 545 vs. 550xp
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2014, 05:31:35 pm »
if a 545 was ported and muff modded it would make ''more power'' than the stock 550xp. 
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