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I have an 18" poulan p.o.s. currently, considering updating to a husqvarna saw.
for what I use the saw for, and however frequently or infrequently, I think I'd like to have one good reliable saw capable of a 16" bar and a 20" bar.
Is such a thing possible, if so which make/model ?
 

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Yes I'm assuming even stihl 50cc and up will pull a 20"
I had a stihl 261 carbed version that did good with .325 20"
In hardwood
I have not run modern computer Husqvarnas
@Stump Shot you still have that 550 mark11?
 
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Husky 545/550 or 555/562 if wanting newer saw. Stihl 261, 362 or 400 will all do fine, though I would bypass the 362 and go straight to 400 if the money doesnt scare you as they are on the same chassis.
 

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If you want strong performance with a 20” bar on a stock saw, a 60cc is a better choice. Husky 357/9, 365, 562, Stihl 036/360/362/400, Echo 590/620. Any of those will handle 20” 3/8 chain. The only 50cc that I feel pulls a 20” acceptably in stock form is Stihl 261 (.325 chain). With skip chain a few other 50cc saws can handle 20” (346,550,4910) Any of the saws mentioned will pull 16” very well.

I believe there is a ported 562 in the for sale section. It’s a lot of saw for the money.

 

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how does the 550 XP Mark II achieve 4.0hp where the 545 Mark II only 3.6 hp, with both being 3.06 cubic inch?
The 545 @ 9900 rpm vs 550 @ 10200 rpm, which I don't consider a significant enough difference that would allow for 10% more hp.

If I get the 16" bar version, was there some ultra light fancy bar available? That would be better at 20" length as an aftermarket purchase rather than getting the saw with a 20" bar? that sugihara link at the top here, they worth it?
 
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how does the 550 XP Mark II achieve 4.0hp where the 545 Mark II only 3.6 hp, with both being 3.06 cubic inch?
The 545 @ 9900 rpm vs 550 @ 10200 rpm, which I don't consider a significant enough difference that would allow for 10% more hp.

If I get the 16" bar version, was there some ultra light fancy bar available? That would be better at 20" length as an aftermarket purchase rather than getting the saw with a 20" bar?
Transfer’s different,
 

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what does "transfer's different" mean?
 

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how does the 550 XP Mark II achieve 4.0hp where the 545 Mark II only 3.6 hp, with both being 3.06 cubic inch?
The 545 @ 9900 rpm vs 550 @ 10200 rpm, which I don't consider a significant enough difference that would allow for 10% more hp.

If I get the 16" bar version, was there some ultra light fancy bar available? That would be better at 20" length as an aftermarket purchase rather than getting the saw with a 20" bar? that sugihara link at the top here, they worth it?
365xt vs 372xt, same cc, different transfer covers. Easy fix.
 

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i watched
all set on "transfers"
 

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what does "transfer's different" mean?
He is referring to the transfer ports in the cylinder. It's how the fuel/air mix "transfers" from the crankcase to the combustion chamber.
 

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how does the 550 XP Mark II achieve 4.0hp where the 545 Mark II only 3.6 hp, with both being 3.06 cubic inch?
The 545 @ 9900 rpm vs 550 @ 10200 rpm, which I don't consider a significant enough difference that would allow for 10% more hp.

If I get the 16" bar version, was there some ultra light fancy bar available? That would be better at 20" length as an aftermarket purchase rather than getting the saw with a 20" bar? that sugihara link at the top here, they worth it?
Most of the difference is in the transfer covers and the case stuffers.

HP ratings are deceiving. 550 looks strong on a graph, but in real use it’s performance is disappointing. Maybe it’s the elevation here but all the tree guys I know agree. 261 out cuts 550 and starts a lot easier. I wish it was the other way around, but it isn’t. 346 will be closer. Ported 346 is the very best.

Shop around for a light bar if you really want one. Ebay often has the best deals. Keep in mind that on a 20” .325 bar the light version only shaves a few ounces.
 

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how does the 550 XP Mark II achieve 4.0hp where the 545 Mark II only 3.6 hp, with both being 3.06 cubic inch?
The 545 @ 9900 rpm vs 550 @ 10200 rpm, which I don't consider a significant enough difference that would allow for 10% more hp.

If I get the 16" bar version, was there some ultra light fancy bar available? That would be better at 20" length as an aftermarket purchase rather than getting the saw with a 20" bar? that sugihara link at the top here, they worth it?
The 545 is a slightly detuned version as a ranch/homeowner saw
 

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Yes I'm assuming even stihl 50cc and up will pull a 20"
I had a stihl 261 carbed version that did good with .325 20"
I'm hardwood
I have not run modern computer Husqvarnas
@Stump Shot you still have that 550 mark11?
Yes, I surely do, it's my go to. :) It's not a MKII though, last of the originals.
 

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I have an 18" poulan p.o.s. currently, considering updating to a husqvarna saw.
for what I use the saw for, and however frequently or infrequently, I think I'd like to have one good reliable saw capable of a 16" bar and a 20" bar.
Is such a thing possible, if so which make/model ?
The important question is what do you use the saw for?

Chainsaws are stupid.
This guy… he gets it
 

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The important question is what do you use the saw for?

cutting trees
residential
yard clean up
i should probably just get a 18" saw, and use one of those lightweight jap bars I guess
 
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