Those are some impressive snags and widow makers. Be careful.I know this is an older thread but I'm in love with the Husqvarna 550xp that I bought after Hurricane Isaias rolled through my area. I already had two Husqvarna saws and a good dealer in town so it's the only brand I looked at when I decided that I wanted/needed another medium sized saw.
What brought me to the decision of buying a new saw was I was out clearing an oak tree that had fallen across a doctor customer's driveway at 9 pm in the dark by headlight and headlamp and accidentally contacted driveway gravel with my 55 Rancher. It would have been nice to just grab another saw rather than changing the chain in the dark on my truck tailgate. Also I knew that I had several large trees down on my 34 acre wooded property with some of them encroaching on or blocking access on my neighbor's properties.
I've had a 55 Rancher with an 18 inch bar since 1998 and it's been a good reliable saw, but it's a bit heavy and just doesn't handle that well. I had bought a 136 with a 14 inch bar several years ago for lighter saw work and easy handling. It's also been a good saw but it just doesn't have what it takes to handle bigger jobs.
So off to my Husqvarna dealer I went. They were sold out of the 455 Ranchers, the 461 seemed too heavy and clunky and the larger XP saws seemed like overkill and like more saw than I could see myself grabbing and running as my new primary saw. The 550XP with an 18 inch bar felt perfect in my hands, so out the door with me it went.
I've since run about 10 tanks of fuel through it and I just love the way it handles and it doesn't wear me out the way my 55 Rancher does. It's got excellent power and really rips through hardwood. It was the perfect choice for me. I also like the single lever choke/on/off control, mostly because it's so easy to shut it down when it's time to hustle away when felling. It's been 2 months and I'm still working on cleaning up...View attachment 411423View attachment 411424View attachment 411425View attachment 411426View attachment 411427View attachment 411428View attachment 411429View attachment 411432